7 Bay Area Studios For Prenatal Yoga
It’s no secret that yoga has a myriad of benefits, both physical and mental. But there’s one group of people who can benefit from a yoga practice even more than the norm — mothers-to-be. In fact, more and more studios in the Bay Area (and nationwide) are creating classes specifically designed for those downward dogging for two.
Why is this trend becoming so widely adopted? According to Mayo Clinic, there’s some major benefits for expecting mothers and their babies including: Improved sleep; reduced stress and anxiety; decreased lower back pain; and increased strength and flexibility in muscles needed for childbirth. Also, classes and poses are typically modified specifically for mothers’ changing bodies, and class theme tend to center on connecting with breath, body, and baby. Plus, prenatal and postpartum yoga classes bring together expecting and new moms, so there’s a community of women going through the journey of motherhood together.
This list of benefits goes on and on. So for those feeling inspired to try out a yoga class for two, we’ve got you and your baby covered. Below are a few studios in the Bay Area with a focus on pre-natal yoga.
Yoga Garden, San Francisco
Located in the heart of San Francisco, Yoga Garden is housed in a cute Victorian house and features everything from classes to teacher training and workshops. But what expecting moms will be excited to hear is that Yoga Garden considers itself a haven for mothers who are expecting and who are postpartum. Yoga Garden focuses on challenging, safe, and supportive poses for both mom and baby and offers at least three pre and post natal class options a week (and occasional free community classes too). Plus, the community of other moms looking to connect with their bodies extends the benefits of their yoga classes.
Yoga Garden | 286 Divisadaro St., San Francisco | 415.552.9644 | YogaGardenSF.com
Yoga Tree, San Francisco
Yoga Tree (SF)
Yoga Tree offers a fully comprehensive program for expecting mothers that includes two prenatal class options a day, plus a mom & baby (pre-crawl) class per day — offered at various studios around San Francisco. This studio’s prenatal classes focus on breathing techniques as well as movements to open the hips and prepare the body for childbirth. The classes are gentle and designed to reduce aches and pains that accompany pregnancy. Since there’s eight San Francisco locations, there’s no doubt that City living moms to be can find a class nearby.
Yoga Tree San Francisco | Various SF locations | Yogatreesf.com
Namaste Yoga, Oakland + Berkeley
With two convenient locations in Berkeley and Oakland, Namaste Yoga is an excellent option for expecting and new East Bay mothers. This studio describes its program as the most comprehensive in the East Bay, and includes a variety of pre and post natal classes and bimonthly prenatal/postnatal workshops. Prenatal classes are focused on developing strength, flexibility, and balance while strongly incorporating breath work. Postnatal classes are aimed at women who are 4-6 weeks postpartum until baby is crawling. Plus, the Namaste Berkely locations offers a team of compassionate baby holders. Say what? Yep, you can namaste knowing your happy baby is being cradled in the next room.
Namaste | Oakland and Berkely locations | ilovenamaste.com
Barefoot Movement, Oakland
Barefoot Movement’s classes offer up to 6 classes weekly of pre and post natal classes. Prenatal classes involve a gentle flow aimed at increasing flexibility and strength, while postnatal classes are designed for moms and baby to flow together so mom can incorporate a self-case routine that allows restoring and strengthening the body post baby. For mamas to be who are looking to do prenatal classes but are new to yoga, Barefoot movement recommends coming in during the second trimester.
Barefoot Movement | 1635 Broadway, Oakland | 510.550.5257 | Barefootmovement.com
Plus, if you’re looking for a doula, Barefoot Movement has teachers on staff who are trained as pre and postpartum doulas. Feel free to reach out directly about their offerings
Downtown Yoga Shala, San Jose
Downtown Yoga Shala in San Jose offers three types of yoga classes specific to new mothers: Prenatal yoga, Moms and babies (postnatal yoga), and prenatal partners workshop for both parents to enjoy a deepening connection. Classes are taught by Kim Bick-Maurischat who is a yoga teacher, midwife, and childbirth educator, and her classes link yoga postures with breath in a calm and peaceful environment. With an experienced teacher who knows the needs of new mothers in classroom that welcomes questions and concerns about body changes, birthing, and motherhood, Downtown Yoga Shala is a great spot for those who yoga for two.
Downtown yoga Shala | 467 S. 1st St., San Jose | 408.272.2631 | downtownyogashala.com
Blossom Birth + Family, Palo Alto
For South Bay expecting moms, Blossom Birth & Family is an all-in-one community space that offers various services, resources and support for expecting families. Including (yes, you guessed it) Prenatal yoga. In fact, this center offers about 12 (yes, 12) classes a week to choose from, ranging in intensity and fitness level. Blossom Birth & Family is overall a tremendous full resource for new parents and expecting families.
Blossom Birth + Family | 290 S California Ave. Palo Alto | 650.321.2326 | Blossombirthandfamily.com
Any woman can begin their yoga practice during any stage of pregnancy or right after childbirth. Just be sure to work with your doctor and find a class that fits your body and your personal style. A comfortable mama is a happy mama. Drop us a line below and tell us if we missed any studios!