- Reduce common discomforts of pregnancy
- Maintain tonicity, strength and fitness
- Practice movements that help you prepare for labor and encourage optimal positioning of your baby for birth
- Learn deep relaxation and breath techniques for pregnancy, birth and beyond
- Enjoy time to connect with yourself and your baby
- Gain helpful resources and information for your journey into motherhood
- Meet other moms-to-be
I looked forward to your yoga class every week and believe that it was a large part of my pregnancy going so well, not just physically but also because of the emotional support and personal connections. ~Heather The doctor said that I did an amazing job pushing and that I was very focused. I told him that it was my amazing yoga training! ~Alicia I am grateful for your support during my pregnancy and delivery. Your yoga classes centered me, provided me with a community, and enabled me to safely get the exercise I needed. ~Beth
There was a good balance of lecture & activity (movement, acupressure, brainstorming, birth planning). We feel better prepared to be clear with our health care provider about what we want. We feel like we know what to look out for, and my husband feels empowered to advocate for me. We had discussed our birth "plan" prior to the class, and reviewing it really helped us to reinforce those decisions, while having a really strong reasoning for why we have our preferences (thank you!)
Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm in Scarsdale
Sundays, 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm in Tuckahoe (no class July/August)
*Please always check the schedule for class changes and cancelations*
Birth Stories from Our Students
Well, I graduated from prenatal yoga! Jack William Rentz arrived on Thursday March 8th at 12pm, weighing 8lbs 4oz and 21 inches long! We are so, so, so in love with this little guy! I end up having to be induced on Wednesday because of low amniotic fluid, which my doctor had discovered on Monday. While I was hoping to go into labor naturally, that did not happen. After being on pitocin for 26 1/2 hours, my body wasn’t opening in the way it needed to, so a decision was made between my doctors, myself and Steve that I would have a c-section. Although my birth concept/idea did not go the way I thought it would, I still feel that I owned my labor. I know I will be seeing you soon for lactation help, but I wanted to let you know how much yoga has helped me over the past 24 weeks or so, when I started coming to Yoga Haven. Throughout my labor I tried to mentally tell myself that I was strong, capable and able to this. I utilized different breathing techniques from class like rainbow breath and the hand breathing. I also felt that you taught me to be more vocal to my doctors and nurses in the L&D room. Lastly, I really think you helped my husband to realize how important his role was during and after my labor. So thank you!!! We went to the pediatrician yesterday. Jack gained two ounces, which is great. I would still love for you to come over for lactation help. I definitely feel like each day is a bit better, but I would love to have your insights. Our biggest problem is getting Jack to wake up- he’s the sleepiest baby. The pediatrician said as long as he’s gaining weight, she’s not concerned. (He is also a bit jaundice, which I guess can lead to sleepiness as well.) Again, thank you for helping me through my pregnancy the past few months! While it was challenging at times, the prize is definitely worth it! Julie
Just wanted to send a note and say that I've graduated from pre-natal yoga. Jack David Lucas was born on Sunday afternoon, February 18th! I shared at yoga on Saturday morning that I think I was going into labor - I was correct! I had a feeling something was going to happen beginning on Friday night. I started having mild and occasional contractions at about 4 am on Saturday morning that would wake me up but pass quickly. I wasn't sure if it was the real thing or not. I ended up going to yoga Saturday morning (I wish you were teaching my last class!) going out to lunch, running an errand and then relaxing/resting most of Saturday. I was fairly certain they were contractions but still mild and 30-45 minutes apart. Went to bed again Saturday night and they woke me up every 30-45 minutes. Around 4 am, I knew this was happening and I was up. Used lots of the techniques you shared - rainbow breathing, yoga ball, hip circles, making low (as opposed to high) sounds, the other position with one leg out to the side, etc. All were really helpful. As contractions got much more intense and closer together, we started discussing going to the hospital. I decided to rest which caused them to space out again. But I thought it was time to head to the hospital. Chris was saying it was too early, that they were too far apart and we should try going for a walk. I told him he was crazy and I wasn't sure I could make it to the car. Just moving from lying down to standing up caused them to start coming much more rapidly. Arrived at the hospital at 10:30 and the doc checked me and I was 7-8cm dilated. I was thrilled to have labored so much on my own terms in the comfort of my own surroundings and really surprised to hear I was that far along. Thank you for the tools to make that happen. I'm happy with how the rest of the birth went as well. I think moving into the hospital setting combined with the increased pain and frequency of contractions, caused me to lose my focus and forget some of the tools I had been using to that point. The nurse said that without an epidural, the baby could arrive in 1-2 hours and that an epidural may delay things a bit. After requesting another check sometime later, the doc confirmed that I was still 7-8 cm and I elected for an epidural. It was nice to have a bit of a reprieve after 30+ hours of contractions and missing out on 2 nights of restful sleep. It did delay things a bit, but I was more comfortable in the end. The doctor was great and really followed my lead and let me make the decisions, which surprised me a bit. In the end, Jack was born at 5:25 weighing 8 lbs. 9 oz and measuring 20 in. Recovery is going well - trying to do my pelvic floor work! I'm looking forward to joining the nurture cafe next month! I'll miss you, the class and my Saturday morning routine. Thank you for being such an important part of my pregnancy and providing me with so many useful tools to deliver my baby in a way that I was comfortable and confident. It was such a different experience than my first pregnancy/delivery and I credit much of that to you. With so much gratitude, Megan
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to write to you sooner but I want to thank you! I am so thankful and grateful to have taken your labor course. You gave me the courage and confidence to have a better delivery experience this time around. You empowered Andrew and I to say no, to ask why and what is the rush. Madelyn Marie was born on a April 22nd. Contractions started 5am. Around 3pm they were 5-7 minutes apart we headed to the hospital. I was 6 cm dilated. I ended getting the epidural and of course things slowed down by then. My doctor came in telling us she wanted to break my water since I wasn’t progressing. That is when I asked if there was anything I can do naturally. She said no bc I couldn’t get up due to the epidural. I asked to be propped up in a sitting position maybe gravity would help. Andrew ended up asking what the rush was, we were only there for an hour and our first baby took 32 hours so we were we willing to wait. An hour later, the nurse noticed an increase of fluids coming out ..as soon as the doctor checked me my water broke! I felt and heard it pop, such a strange feeling. Four pushes later our baby girl arrived at 7:39pm. We wanted to thank you ! We are forever grateful for you and your course. Keep up the amazing work you do :) Delivery was much better this time around but recovery has been a bit for difficult. We couldn’t be happier though with our little nugget. Love, Maria and Andrew
I've officially graduated from prenatal yoga! I gave birth to my healthy, beautiful son, Cameron Nicholas Pool, on Tuesday at 2:45am. Your childbirth class was incredibly useful for labor and delivery - Justin and I both used so many of the practices and techniques we learned during class. Also, my doula was priceless - her support and guidance were soooo incredibly useful in getting us through the entire process (brief synopsis: water broke Monday morning, no significant contractions for the next 7 hours, Pitocin started at 6pm, contractions intensified around 9:30pm, used nitrous from around 1:30am through delivery at 2:45am). I know that the combination of your class and my doula helped get me though labor with only Pitocin and nitrous. We are home and doing wonderfully! I'm now looking forward to the Mommy and Baby yoga classes in a couple months! Allison Pool
- Reduces stress – (daily stress reduces fertility).
- Detoxifies the body, increases circulation, enhances the immune system, helps keep ovaries healthy & rebalances the endocrine system.
- Supports the emotional ups and downs of treatment, and creates community for women.
I left each class feeling amazing especially on days that were really difficult for me whether it was work related or related to issues regarding my fertility. The class allowed me to feel safe, welcomed and connected.
General InformationExpecting Better, by Emily Oster The Birth That’s Right for You, by Ness, Frederick-Berner & Gould Rubin Prepping for Delivery Five Movement Habits for a Better Birth Perineal Massage Pregnancy Discomforts & Conditions 6 Natural Remedies to Soothe Nausea Gestational Diabetes Self Advocacy & Empowerment My Kick-Arse Double Breech Twin Birth Labor & Delivery Birth Physiology ACOG's New Childbirth Recommendations Aim to Limit Interventions 9 Ways to Prepare for a Safe and Healthy Delivery Study: Can Prenatal Yoga Help Labor Pain & Delivery Outcomes I Wish I'd Known This Before I Gave Birth One Potentially Dangerous Thing Women Do Wrong in Childbirth, According to a Midwife Pitocin is not Oxytocin C-Sections Meet the OB Speaking Out on the US Cesarean Section Rate
Pelvic Floor, Diastasis & Post-Baby Body
Caring for Fussy Babies
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