As Laurel is quite busy pursing her PhD and doing lots of great research on mindfulness in expectant and new moms, the sessions beginning May 22nd will be taught by Samantha Menzies. Samantha successfully completed the Mindful Mamas Prenatal Yoga Training and offers some fabulous relaxing yet challenging classes! Please see Breathe website for more info on registration. Laurel will be back to teach by 2016.
Prenatal Classes are offered:
Pre-registration is needed for all classes. Register and pay online here.
Fridays 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.@ Breathe
All 6 week sessions cost $80 +hst ($90.40).
Laurel is registered as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with the Yoga Alliance.
Why Prenatal Yoga?
The classes provide an opportunity to develop greater vitality and awareness of your body that is now home for two, as well as deepen your relationship with your baby.
Gentle postures, breath work, vocal toning and meditation will be explored to cultivate flexibility, calm and confidence in preparation for labour and childbirth.
It will enhance relaxation, comfort, and enjoyment to help manifest a calm birthing process, thus reducing pain and increasing the joy of giving birth.
Practicing yoga will help prepare you for an active and natural birth.
No previous yoga experience necessary.
Physical Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Yoga is truly ideal for pregnant women. When practiced mindfully, yoga increases flexibility, strength, circulation and balance. Pregnancy is such a physical experience and a woman often becomes hyperaware of the many changes her body is going through.
Yoga allows her to adapt more gracefully to these changes and to feel a sense of integration and appreciation for her body. Many women find that regular yoga practice helps to reduce swelling, back & leg pain, and insomnia.
Mental Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
- Create deeper bond between Mom and Baby
- Lessens anxiety and fear about labour
- Reduces feelings of stress and thereby reducing stress to your baby
- Open and supportive environment for moms-to be to connect and share experiences.
Each week I looked forward to Laurel’s prenatal class. Finding my breath, meeting other mom’s to be and staying active motivated me to sign up for three sessions in a row during my pregnancy. I have since stayed in touch with many of the yoga moms. Laurel had a way of making us feel like a community. — Thanks, Kristen
I took Laurel’s class while I was about 5 months pregnant with my second child. I loved it and so did the baby! The relaxed pace and peaceful atmosphere was wonderful. Laurel has a beautiful vibe and she gently encourages you into selected poses. I found the class beneficial both mentally and physically. I know the practice helped my labour and delivery, especially for the breathing and pushing! I would recommend her class to anyone (expecting or not)! In fact, once I renew my passport I’ll be enrolling my son and I in her ‘Mommy & Baby’ class! Namaste~ Chani Crutchfield
I have thoroughly enjoyed my Prenatal Yoga classes with Laurel. I was thrilled to hear that she will be continuing the class after the six week session is nearing the end. I am in my 22nd week with twins and the weekly 75 minute session leaves me feeling exhilarated and stress-free after a long day at work. The prenatal class is my first experience with yoga and I will definitely continue after the birth of my children. – Lori Stuart -1st time Yoga Student
This class was my first exposure to yoga, and it has done just what I hoped it would. Laurel’s classes make me feel relaxed and strong in my body at the same time, which is a wonderful preparation for labour. As an instructor she is aware of the specific needs and possible limitations of the pregnant body, which is very reassuring: I know she won’t ask me to do anything that wouldn’t be healthy for me or the baby. I plan to keep going right until I’m due! — Barbara