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.”

Looking for something you can do from home? Check out THESE yoga poses that are recommending during pregnancy, or try THIS DVD.

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.

Costa Mesa:
Yoga Center, (949)646-8281
Yoga Works, (949)642-7400

Irvine:
Triad Yoga & Pilates, (949)724-1479
Yoga Shakti Wellness Center, (949)856-9642

Laguna Beach:
Yoga Works, (949)415-0955

Lake Forest:
Orange County Yoga Studio, (949)307-9517

Mission Viejo:
Yoga Works, (949)380-9642

Newport Beach:
Yoga Works, (949)640-9642

Orange:
Yoga in the Hills, (714)289-2248

Tustin:
Soul at Home, (714)573-7685

xoxo, K