Whether you’re pregnant, post-natal, or looking for the right way to exercise, yoga is calling your name. The benefits include strengthening muscles used in childbirth, stretching the body to enhance flexibility, increasing circulation, and decreasing pregnancy-related discomforts like nausea, swelling, and joint sensitivity. If you’re already hooked on yoga, you probably don’t want to stop just because you’re pregnant, but it’s critical to find the right instructor who understands prenatal (and postnatal) techniques and considerations.
Luckily, San Francisco Prenatal Yoga has put all the information you need about pre- and post-natal teachers, classes, workshops, and products in one place. If you’re looking for a class, S.F. studios from Bernal Heights to Glen Park to SOMA are listed here, including the date and time information for the classes and links to contact info. You can also search by teacher, finding a certified instructor by specialty, level of experience, or the special vibe you get from reading their bio. If you’ve already had that bouncing baby and he looks ready to throw in some mind, body, and spirit moves of his own, search San Francisco Prenatal Yoga under “Workshop” to find the “Parent and Baby” category.
The site focuses on studios in San Francisco, but we’ve got some favorite yoga studios outside the city, too. Yogaworks has light-filled, zen-like studios in SF as well as Larkspur Landing, Mill Valley, and Walnut Creek. East Bay moms go for the prenatal yoga classes at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland or Namaste Yoga on College Ave. (and opening their Grand Lake location this fall!). Down on the Peninsula, Blossom Birth in Palo Alto does everything from prenatal to Mom-and-Toddler yoga. Let us know where you like to get your yoga on!
p.s. Got a big birthday coming up? Consider throwing a yoga birthday party at It’s Yoga Kids in the Presidio, where a 45-minute yoga class, refreshments, and a dance party are all part of the package.