There are many benefits of doing yoga while pregnant. It will open up your hips, teach you how to breathe, strengthen your muscles and help combat stress. In fact, there are actual studies that prove that yoga is great to not only help you while you are pregnant, but also while giving birth.
There are numerous yoga studios that offer prenatal yoga classes in the GTA, but this doesn’t mean that these classes are the right choice for you. There are actually many reasons why they may not be, and why private prenatal yoga sessions are the better choice. Here are the benefits of doing private prenatal yoga classes.
They are designed specifically for you
In a group prenatal yoga class, the class is designed so that anyone at any level can join. They are also open to mothers at any stage in their pregnancy, so you will have people in the class in their first, second and third trimesters. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it also means that the class is not designed for you. When you do private yoga sessions they are designed specifically for you and your needs. Private classes take into consideration what stage you are in your pregnancy, and are modified each week as you progress further into your pregnancy. As well, if you have any injuries, these can be properly accommodated.
They go at your pace
If you have years of yoga experience and don’t want to do the gentle stretching and slow breathing that many prenatal yoga classes offer, private prenatal yoga is great for you. Prenatal yoga doesn’t have to be slow paced. It can be just as vigorous as it was before you were pregnant, within reason, of course. You can still continue to do much of what you did before you became pregnant, making modifications as your tummy gets bigger. The same is true if you are an absolute beginner and are doing yoga for the first time. A program will be designed for you and at the pace that you need.
You’re not locked in
Most prenatal classes are prepaid, and if you don’t show up you won’t get a refund. The problem with this is that pregnancies are unpredictable. You never know when you may have an off day. Or you may have a complication when further along that will prohibit you from doing any more yoga. When you do private prenatal yoga classes there is no commitment. You can stop whenever you need to. You can even cancel your session if you are having a bad day. This will cost you nothing, so you aren’t losing any money. You don’t have to prepay for private yoga classes. You just pay as you go.
You choose the day and time
Yoga studios that offer prenatal yoga teach on set days, at set times. Sometimes they are even taught as workshops, for example; every Saturday at 12:30 for 6 weeks. This means that there are specific days, times and even dates that the class takes place. When you do private prenatal yoga you get to choose the day and time that works for you. So if you want to do it before you go to work in the morning you can. You can practice in the evening, in the afternoon or on the weekend. It’s completely up to you.
You don’t have to leave your house
One of the great things about doing any kind of private yoga is that you do it in the comfort of your home. This means that you don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy the benefits of prenatal yoga. I come to you! This is a huge advantage as you get further along in your pregnancy, as you may find it uncomfortable to leave your house, get in a car and drive somewhere. I come to you with all of the equipment needed to enjoy a safe, prenatal yoga session.