Prenatal Yoga is a safe option for women to continue being fit during their pregnancy.
Urban Ashram Manila offers Birthlight Prenatal Yoga. This class supports the mother as she goes through changes that comes with pregnancy by allowing her to connect with her body and her baby while keeping fit, strong, and relaxed. All expectant are welcome to join whether or not they have practiced yoga previously.
Birthlight is significantly different from the regular yoga classes I used to take.
For instance, there are no reverse twists and no intense core work. The aircon is cooler compared to vinyasa classes. The transition from one pose to another is also slower.
I personally find it light and relaxing.
There are a lot of stretches to offer back relief . Lower back pains are common among pregnant women as the back bears the weight of the growing tummy.
It's a mix class. Women on their 14th week can join those who are already on their 35th week. So, teachers adjust the poses depending comfort levels of the other students. If you feel you can do more strength poses, you can tell the teacher and she can provide you with options.
We use the wall for support when we do modified versions of warrior, downward dog and balance poses.
Depending on the teacher, there are some sessions that offer dynamic (repetitive) poses for a bit of cardio. I personally prefer this over the relaxation poses. But maybe I will change my tone when I reach the third trimester.
Each class is 550php for 1 hour and 15 mins. Visit urbanashramyoga.com to get the schedules.
Oh! I also do 40 mins power walk 4-5x a week.