Yoga for Childbirth: A Couples Workshop
An innovative curriculum for expecting mothers and birth partners. If you are interested in hosting this workshop for your community contact us.
This is a great refresher for second or third timers as well as a more in depth look at movement, breathing and meditation tools for first-timers. This class is essential for expecting couples to fill in the final details around how to access and receive support during labor and childbirth! You and your partner will learn; ways to manage pain, uncertainty and negativity using movement, sound, breathing, affirmations and relaxation. You will receive a "cheat sheet" including all information covered for your labor bag and a recording of a guided relaxation practice that you can use before and during labor. Help your partner feel confident and introduce them to what you've been learning in yoga!
Because yoga is a mind/body practice, the class will cover both the physical and psychological aspects of birth. You will be offered a variety of practices to become more aligned with each other and your own inner strength and capacity.
The first half of class you will learn about the ways that fear, anxiety and fatigue affect the birth process and gain mental coping tools. You will be offered contemplative journaling and dialogue opportunities for you and your partner.
The second half of the class will be dedicated to partner positions, yoga-based movement, breathing, relaxation and affirmation work.
Limited to 7 couples. Third trimester or late second trimester is preferred. Click on location links below for registration. Please fill out this survey prior to attending the workshop.
Sun March 4, 2-4:30p, Grateful Yoga, Evanston
Sat, April 7, 12:30-3p, Evolution Yoga, Glenview
Sun, April 29, 2-4:30p, Grateful Yoga, Evanston
Sat, May 19, 1:00-3:30p, Twisted Tree Yoga, Des Plaines
Sat, June 16, 12:30-3p, Evolution Yoga, Glenview
Sat, Sept 1, 12:30-3p, Evolution Yoga, Glenview
Grateful Yoga classes are led by Lela
Evolution Yoga and Twisted Tree Yoga classes are led by Cassie
$65 per couple. Pre-registration required. Refunds will be given with 24 hours notice (or in case of early delivery).
"This class was a safe space for my husband and I to connect to each other and to our baby. I found it to be a great compliment to a childbirth education course. My husband was able to learn a lot of stuff that we do in yoga class that we can now do together when I go into labor. It was great to practice these skills in a peaceful, supportive environment." -A.B. 33 weeks pregnant with first baby