Prenatal Yoga: Nurturing the Nurturer, Thursdays at 4:30pm

Starting Thursday, December 3, 2015, prenatal yoga classes will be held weekly at Breathe Yoga & Wellness in downtown Morganton from 4:30-5:30pm.

Leading medical institutes and research show that prenatal yoga help women prepare for labor and promote balanced health, not only in the mother, but also in the unborn child. The benefits of yoga are many — encouraging stabilization of the hips, stretching, mental centering, and focused breathing. Studies have also shown benefits of prenatal yoga include improved sleep, reduction of anxiety, decrease in lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and shortness of breath. Mayo Clinic reports a decrease of the risk of preterm labor, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Group prenatal yoga classes help women meet and bond with other pregnant women, which helps reduce the stress of becoming a new parent and cultivates community.

This nurturing one-hour class is designed to adjust with the mother as her baby grows. Included are yoga postures and breath-work especially for the latter two trimesters, but women who are conditioning their bodies for pregnancy, as well as those in early months of expectancy, will find many benefits. This class uses blankets, bolsters, blocks, and yoga chairs for maximum comfort and balance.

No yoga experience is necessary but women should have a wellness practitioner who follows them for prenatal care. Each class is $12 ($8 for active Breathe Monthly Members) payable via cash, check or credit card. Medical practitioners who would like to arrange discounted sessions for their patients, or anyone who has questions about the class, should contact [email protected]

Prenatal Yoga instructor Annaliese Koltermann is a Registered Yoga Teacher, member of Yoga Alliance and is trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, one of the world’s leading institutions.

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