Pregnancy is a unique and special time in a woman’s life. Her body is changing daily while she grows her baby.
With those changes come excitement and anticipation,aches and discomforts, and an opportunity for exploration and renewal. Join us as we work with the pregnant body and learn which movements can help stretch, strengthen and tone the body in expectation of labor. You will learn stretches and postures that you can practice at home as you move through this dynamic time in your life.
We’ll be finding ways to:
• Strengthen and tone the muscles
• Ease aches in the low back and shoulders
• Create openness and mobility in the hips
• Work with the breath and the pelvic floor
• Find deep relaxation and rest
Classes and workshops are held at
Yoga & Movement Center
in Walnut Creek, California. Click here to check class schedules and availability.
Sandi Smith-Grove is a Licensed Midwife, Certified Yoga Instructor and a prenatal educator at a major Bay Area HMO. She began her work with mamas-to-be in 1992, the same time she began practicing yoga. She is now combining two of her passions, yoga and serving expectant mamas, as she offers Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth workshops.
She believes that the female body is strong and powerful, yet benefits from nurturing and compassion, especially during the season of gestation and change. She began studying with Diane Valentine as part of a healing regime after back surgery, and is now completing her 200 hour certification at The Yoga & Movement Center.
She received her Prenatal Yoga Teacher certificate from Jane Austin in 2017; completed a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program with Nancy Bardacke in 2002, and has integrated yoga and mindfulness principles into her childbirth education classes.
When she is not working or practicing, you can find her in the garden, on the trail, in one of her women’s groups, or reading a good book.
Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth
Prenatal Partners Yoga
Midweek Rest, open to all
Mom & Baby Postpartum Yoga
Begins 1/8/2019 * Tuesdays 1:45-3:00 PM
Congratulations, your baby has arrived! Your amazing body nurtured and grew your baby, and you gave birth. Now it’s time to reconnect with your body, grow the connection with your baby, and discover the supportive circle of mamas in the community. Join this gentle yoga class where we will ease tension, restore strength and flexibility, and regain tone in the pelvic floor. There will be time for discussion and yoga for baby as well!
This all level class is open to mamas and their pre-crawling babies. No yoga experience necessary.
Open to mama-to-be and her primary Birth Partner, an all level workshop to help prepare for labor and birth.
Yoga can be an essential component in remaining grounded, calm and present during birth and beyond. Our workshop begins with a gentle yoga sequence for mama and her partner. We’ll work with the breath and poses for strength, flexibility and opening. Class ends with a deep relaxation for all. Along the way we’ll add in effective and comforting poses for pregnancy and labor, massage for mama, and affirmations for both. There will be time for questions, discussion and forming connections with other expectant families.
All trimesters and birth philosophies welcome, no yoga experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily, jeans are not recommended. Bring a light snack and water bottle.
About the Instructor
Life is full and busy. We think we have so many places to go and so many things to do that we often forget we need to nurture ourselves, to find quiet and to find rest. Midweek rest is designed as a way for you to do just that. To stretch out your muscles, quiet your brain, and find deep relaxation. To connect with the breath, prana, our life force energy. Starting with gentle stretches to help our bodies unfurl from our day-to-day activities. Moving into gentle Yin poses to allow gravity to relieve sore muscles more deeply. To finish our practice, we’ll settle into restorative poses, to find the deep quiet and relaxation that our bodies crave.