The method is known for its emphasis on proper alignment, which allows the bones, joints and muscles to work with more stability and less effort. It teaches body awareness that shows the student how everything is connected to the mind, body and breath. Emphasis is placed on how the body moves as well as on the actions in a pose. To make a pose accessible and beneficial to all practitioners, props are used, when needed, to allow students to practice poses comfortably and safely.
The physical positions of yoga are called poses or postures, not exercises. The work pose expresses a feeling of moving into stillness. In Yoga the body is eased into alignment with the awareness of the breath. The pose is then held quietly until the mind and body are one. Performing yoga poses with awareness creates a state of calmness. When a pregnant women feels inner clarity, her confidence grows. When she feels peaceful, her anxiety concerning the birth process decreases. The mind becomes involved in the body movements.
The focus allows the pregnant women to tune out distracting forces around her during labor and to respond appropriately to the contractions. This ability to focus takes practice. Yoga provides a way to refine the movements of the body. When first performing the poses, you may feel slightly awkward and stiff. Continue to do the same poses and perform them at any pace you are comfortable. After practicing them over and over again, the body will stretch, adapt and gradually move into alignment. As you get to know your own body through practicing yoga poses, you will be confronted with your physical strengths and weaknesses. This is a valuable training, for labor is a very physical process. As you feel the growth of your baby within, you need also to experience your own inner growth. Therefore yoga is not a type of exercise to be learned. It is an approach to be understood. The Yoga way is a calm, mindful way and will help you adjust to the physical demands of labor, birth and motherhood.
In this series of classes, you will learn yoga postures that strengthen your muscles and protect your joints. Standing poses specifically enhance your ability to balance on your feet as a way to prevent or reduce injury from falls. Yoga learning tools such as chairs, blocks, and other supports will provide the extra stability that is necessary to gain confidence in the postures – at any age.
Participants in this group class must be ambulatory (able to stand and walk with relative ease on their own). Specific individual needs will be accommodated within reason. The instructor (who is in her 60’s) has practiced and taught yoga for more than 30 years.