Prenatal yoga, offered by Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, in Harleysville, is an opportunity for moms-to-be to prepare their bodies for bringing new life into the world. In community with others, women can learn tools and techniques to get ready for one of the most significant experiences of their lives. The class is ongoing at the center, and moms-to-be can come anytime without any commitment.
“Family life and, most importantly, how one is feeling during pregnancy can be unpredictable,” empathizes owner Kathy Tooley. “We find that offering the freedom to come to class or not to come to class really supports women during this time.”
In a safe and supportive environment created by Melissa Brown, 200-RYT, class begins with a brief group discussion. Moms connect and are invited to share current experiences and questions. A brief centering and meditation, including breathwork (pranayama), leads into more active yoga postures (asana). Strengthening the body to prepare for labor and delivery is balanced with tools and techniques for calming the mind––ideal preparation for the birthing process. Class ends with a period of rest and relaxation (savasana). This class is suitable for those new to yoga.
“My classes are gentle, but playful––with a lot of modifications and props––because the opportunities for us to play as yogis are endless!” Brown enthuses. “My goal is for moms-to-be to connect more deeply with their babies, as well as their changing bodies, and embrace all the wonders pregnancy has to offer.”
Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can offer many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
Cost: $17/class; packages available. Location: 690 Harleysville Pk., Lederach (across the street from their previous location). For more information, call 215-740-1354, email Info@AnahataYogaWellness.com or visit AnahataYogaWellness.com.