Postpartum Yoga FAQ

Affectionately called “Mama Yoga” by the regulars, postpartum yoga started as a way to focus on healing the physical challenges of post-pregnancy, but quickly became so much more. More than “just” a yoga class – postpartum yoga has created a community of mothers who share joys and milestones and support each other through challenges and come together for a once or twice weekly opportunity space, rest, reflection, self-care and healing.

We’d love to have you join us! Check out the answers to these frequently answered questions and email us if you have others!

HOW SOON AFTER GIVING BIRTH CAN I COME TO CLASS?
We have had moms return to postpartum yoga as soon as 2-3 weeks after giving birth. Many return to their practice within the 4-8 week range, after being cleared by their midwife or doctor for physical activity. As with all things, I encourage moms to listen to their own inner guide as to their readiness to get out of the house and away from the baby and back into a loving, attentive relationship with their bodies. In general, refrain from practice until you have stopped bleeding postpartum, and it may take a few weeks more if you had a cesarean section or difficult birth.

CAN I BRING MY BABY TO THIS CLASS?
This class is devoted to self-care for mothers, so no babies in Postpartum/Mama Yoga! If you’d like to come practice with your baby, join us for Mommy/Baby Yoga on Thursdays at 10:30 AM.

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE PHYSICAL PRACTICE?
Each session is tailored to the needs of those in attendance, so it varies from session to session. Some sessions will be quite restorative, some quite strong, depending on the energy and needs of the mamas on that day. In general, all classes will cultivate elements of posture & strength, eliminating back pain (a common pp complaint!), building core awareness and strength and deep rest! We often focus on reversing “breastfeeding posture” by opening up the chest and shoulders, and healing issues such as pelvic floor weakness and abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti). We can also refer those with serious issues to pelvic physiotherapy.

I HAD MY BABY “X” MONTHS/YEARS AGO, CAN I STILL ATTEND?
Absolutely – if you are mom, you enjoy community with other moms and like to practice yoga, you are welcome and will benefit, no matter how long ago you gave birth!

CAN I USE MY CLASS PASS FOR PRENATAL YOGA?
YES! Class cards are good for all regularly scheduled yoga classes (but not special workshops).

HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS? EMAIL US!

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