Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga
Prenatal Yoga Classes
Mondays 5:45 - 7:15 pm
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Description of Prenatal Yoga Classes:
The prenatal yoga classes at Yoga Focus are specifically designed to support the changes during pregnancy. A variety of classical yoga postures are taught specifically for the pregnant body and can be modified for any level of yoga experience or stage of pregnancy. All postures are taught with awareness of your growing baby. The standing postures promote strength, flexibility, and confidence. Seated and kneeling postures help to open the hips and pelvis, as well as lengthen and bring elasticity to the spine. Many postures work to expand the rib cage, easing the breath and creating space for your baby. Restorative poses promote conscious relaxation of the body, focus of the mind, and awareness of the breath – all of which are beneficial during pregnancy and beyond.
When to Start:
The best time to start regular class attendance is at the beginning of your second trimester, however, you may start the class any time during your pregnancy. You do not need to start at the beginning of a session of classes. Enrollment is “rolling” due to the time limited nature of pregnancy. Please inform your instructor of any injuries or health issues that may effect your participation or safety in class.
You may attend your first prenatal class any week that we are meeting. (It does not need to be the first class of a session). At your first class, you will be asked to complete a registration/consent form. At the end of your first class, you can decide to either pay per class ($20) or join the current class session (prorated at $15 per class).
Prenatal Fee structure:
Drop in Class - $20
Sessions lengths at Yoga Focus range from 6 to 12 weeks and can be prorated at $15 per class
Example: If you join when there are 8 weeks left in the session, your prorated fee would be $120 (7 weeks for $105, 6 weeks for $90, etc.) You must use the classes within the session in any of the Prenatal classes (Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday). Unused classes do not carry over the to next session with the following exception: If your due date falls within the session, you may prorate the class session on the back end or use any unused classes in the Postnatal Class. We accept cash or check made out to the instructor, Marlene McGrath. Access registration materials here.
Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Class
Wednesdays 12:30 - 2:00 pm
This class is combined for prenatal women and postpartum moms and babies. Postures for the postpartum women are taught with a focus on strengthening and realigning the body after childbirth. Specific areas such as the pelvic floor, abdominals, neck, shoulder, and back are targeted by the postures. Some of the benefits women experience in the class include regaining strength, flexibility, and energy, as well as finding balance and restoration. This class also provides a space for mothers to connect with one another. It is not a vigorous or traditional yoga class.
When to start:
Rest is the most important posture after birth. After sufficient rest, you may join the Prenatal/Postnatal class anytime you feel ready to attend. Babies are welcome and most moms do bring their babies to class. You may attend the class with your baby until your baby become too active to stay close to you. Please inform your instructor of any injuries or health issues that may effect your participation in class.
You may attend your first class any week that we are meeting. (This does not need to be the first class of a session.) At your first class, you will be asked to complete a registration/consent form. Due to the unpredictable nature of babies, postpartum students have more flexible payment options. You may pay per class (drop in fee is $20) or you may buy a package of 5 classes or 10 classes that do not need to be used sequentially.
Postnatal Fee Structure:
Drop in class: $20
Package of 5 classes: $80
Package of 10 classes $150
The package classes do not need to be used sequentially. We accept cash or check made out to the instructor, Marlene McGrath. Access registration materials here.
Prenatal Partner birth YOGA WORKSHOP
(OFFERED EVERY OTHER MONTH)
Friday, February 1, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Friday, April 5, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Pregnant women and their birth partners are invited to a workshop exploring yoga postures that can be used during labor. Learn and practice postures with your partner, which utilize gravity to assist in the baby’s descent and your body’s natural abilities to open during labor and birth. Partners will learn how to assist with the postures, movement, and relaxation. We discuss and practice moving during early and active labor, including positions for birthing. We also explore approaches, including breathing practices and sound, to work with the transformational pain of labor.
$50 Per Couple
We accept cash or check made out to the instructor, Marlene McGrath. Access registration form here. After you have completed the form, if you would like to pay online, please visit: marlenemcgrathyoga.com
About the teacher
Marlene McGrath has been a serious student of yoga for over 25 years and has been teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga classes in Ann Arbor since 2001. In addition to a yoga teacher apprenticeship, she completed specialized training in prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction in Seattle.
Marlene’s own study and practice of yoga during her three pregnancies and postpartum periods has significantly informed her teaching, as has her work teaching and learning from the hundreds of pregnant and postpartum women who have been her students. She hopes to inspire her students to develop a lifetime yoga practice of their own.
If you have a question, please contact Marlene below.