Yoga for Pregnancy
Poses, modifications, and physiology Prenatal yoga is a wonderful addition to a pregnant woman’s journey toward labor and birth. Prenatal yoga can strengthen the body and increase flexibility and endurance. It can also vastly decrease general discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as lower back discomfort, headaches, shortness of breath and swelling to name a few. A regular yoga practice may also help in creating a faster and less painful birth experience, as well as a quicker postpartum recovery. During this workshop we’ll discuss general precautions for all trimesters, hormones and the prenatal woman, the pelvic floor, as well as common pregnancy discomforts. We’ll also learn poses (asana) and corresponding modifications specific to pregnancy that can support the woman during this time of change. We’ll do a short prenatal yoga practice during the second half of this workshop, including restorative poses appropriate to pregnancy. This is a great workshop for teachers who want to learn more about the pregnant women who come to their classes and the modifications they can offer to their students. It is also a great workshop for pregnant women wanting to learn a little more about the physiology of the pregnant body and how to support their own yoga practice. A handout will be provided.
Jenni Brandon is an award‐winning composer, conductor, Registered Yoga Teacher (e‐RYT 200 & RYT 500) and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) through Yoga Alliance. She received her 500‐hour training at Kava Yoga in Long Beach, California with Cindy Zackney and Andrea Morgan. In the summer of 2013 she received her 85‐hour prenatal yoga training with Jennifer More. Jenni is passionate about supporting women’s health, and specializes in prenatal and postnatal yoga. Besides teaching flow classes each week, she teaches prenatal yoga classes at Kava Yoga and Free Spirit Yoga in Long Beach. Jenni also works privately with prenatal and postnatal women through her company Bloom Yoga which specializes in private, corporate, and prenatal/postnatal yoga.