Yoga

Yoga

To register for The Wellness Garden Doula Collective’s Yoga, or for more information, call 250.328.4107.

Prenatal Yoga

The Wellness Garden’s Prenatal Yoga offerings are mindfully crafted to support Mom throughout the three trimesters of her pregnancy. The specific physical needs of these very different stages of pregnancy are acknowledged, and women are guided to support and nourish their bodies and babies through their practice.  From first trimester challenges like fatigue, emotional fluxuation, tension, and nausea to late trimester complaints like constricted breathing, muscle fatigue, and Varicose veins, all areas of physical and emotional well-being are benefited through gentle Asana (physical yoga), meditation and mindfulness.  Prenatal yoga offers an opportunity for deeper connection between Momma and baby, and a sacred space in which to deeper explore this growing bond.  Through weekly prenatal yoga, The Wellness Garden also offers women a chance for connection and community-building with a gathering of women experiencing the same emotions and physical challenges inherent in this time of transition and expansion. Preparation for birth is a great benefit of prenatal yoga, through skeletal alignment, muscular (in particular abdominal and pelvic) toning, strength-building, and techniques for labour positioning and pain-coping techniques.

The Wellness Garden’s Prenatal Yoga is offered on Friday nights at 5:30-7 and Tuesdays from 6:45-8.  Please phone 250-328-4107 to register or for more information.

Postnatal Yoga

The emotional and physical process of birth is deeply empowering, but also taxing on Momma. Postnatal yoga offers the woman an opportunity to restore and rebuild physically from birth.  Beginning slowly with gentle asana, focusing on the woman’s reconnection with her pelvic floor and lower abdominal tone, this class serves to help the new mother’s body as it transitions back to it’s pre-pregnancy muscular and skeletal alignment.  Honouring the great work and metamorphosis a woman’s body endures during pregnancy and birth is first and foremost, and the asana practiced during this class will serve only to benefit and expedite this resettlement, never to push a woman beyond her ability, or dishonour the energy and time required for this process to properly unfold.  In this light, it is recommended that women don’t generally join this practice until about 4-6 weeks after birth. This physical practice will support the many demands on Momma’s spinal alignment and integrity as she often carries her baby and breastfeeds. Postnatal yoga serves as an opportunity for Mom to step out of her role as an “exclusive mother” and reconnect with her being and creativity in all the many other elements of her existence.  Here, a community of Mothers is offered, supporting and nourishing one another as they gather on their mats.

Mom and Baby Yoga

While integrating similar intentions of Postnatal Yoga, this class offers Momma an opportunity to strengthen and rebuild her body, centre her mind, and connect with her baby.  This class is very relaxed, free-flowing, often changing to accommodate the needs of the particular Mommas and babies gathering on that day.  Pressure-free, Mom’s can connect with their babies through physical asana, holding-friendly posturing, in a nursing and noise-friendly space that is moulded to meet the needs of infants.  This class offers Mommas an opportunity to find their center in the often chaotic and busy first weeks and months of a baby’s life, while fostering meaningful connections with other Mothers having the same experience.