My belly is growing bigger daily, my body is starting to ache a bit more & my “normal” exercise routine is getting more uncomfortable daily. Luckily, one aspect of of exercise regime doesn’t have to change… my yoga practice. In fact prenatal yoga is often encouraged because it helps you learn to breathe deeply & relax – something that will come in handy in the next the couple of months!
Baby Center has some great tips regarding prenatal yoga: “Seek out an instructor who is specifically trained in prenatal yoga, but if that’s not possible, make sure your instructor knows you’re expecting… Be aware, that your slowly expanding girth will affect your sense of balance. Don’t try to hold poses for a long time, and remember to sink into yoga positions slowly & carefully to avoid injury. Take your time and don’t overdo it. During the second-trimester avoid lying flat on your back now, too, to keep blood flowing properly to your uterus.”
When it comes to yoga studios, Orange County has lots to offer. Here’s a list of local studios that offer specific prenatal yoga classes. However, if you can’t find a class nearby, call your local studio, more than likely their instructors are trained in prenatal yoga adaptations.
Yoga Works, (949)415-0955
Orange County Yoga Studio, (949)307-9517
Yoga Works, (949)380-9642
Yoga Works, (949)640-9642
Yoga in the Hills, (714)289-2248
Soul at Home, (714)573-7685