Yoga is one of the most recommended forms of exercise during pregnancy, as it’s low impact yet gently builds strength for labour. Prenatal yoga focuses on specific exercises to help build strength and ease tension in the body, allowing for a more comfortable pregnancy. Yoga also helps you more deeply connect with your own body, building greater trust in your abilities, and connecting with your little one. What I love about Kundalini, and Khalsa Way Prenatal Kundalini in particular, is the focus on connecting to the nervous system to support the body inside out.
In 2012 I took my Khalsa Way certification with Gurmukh and Akal from Golden Bridge Yoga. On Gurmukh’s soul journey, she trained with Yogi Bhajan, who asked her to create such a program after training with midwives.This was an incredible experience and helped deepen my love for Kundalini. While meditation has been a part of my life since I was a child, I feel Kundalini helps me connect even more deeply, allowing my intuition to flow.
Kundalini yoga is based on the idea that the feminine energy lies at the base of our spine, our Root Chakra. After grounding, we begin to awaken this intuitive, healing energy through movements, sound, breath, and working with the nervous system. Through this practice, our mind, body and soul is primed for deep meditation. Kundalini is a blend of three forms of yoga:
- Bhakti – devotion and chanting
- Raja – meditation and self control
- Shakti – expressing energy through movement
Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga offers simple adaptations of Kundalini exercises to build strength and stamina for the mind, body & soul. These exercises are perfect for those who are beginners or those with injuries, whether you are pregnant or not. This practice is also recommended for those planning to conceive. Movements work with the lower body to gently ease lower body tension and built up energy. ‘Keep-up’ exercises focus on building upper body strength and overcoming the chatter of the mind with the practice of breathwork or pranayama, adapted for the health of mother and child. This class encourages you to connect to your intuition, to connect to your body, and to connect to your baby. All classes challenge strength, balance, and flexibility, followed by a peaceful meditation and savasana. This class will be led by Shideh, who exudes nurturing energy!
Even in utero our babies are aware of the energies around us. They can feel when we are at peace, just as they can sense our tension. There have been many circumstances which I have witnessed, where fellow teachers and students have gone into a meditation and known exactly what was happening while they were in utero, only to have it later confirmed by their parents. Taking care of our bodies and souls not only supports our well-being, but that of our childs. Learning to connect to your body during pregnancy can be incredibly empowering during birth, for a more conscious and intuitive journey. Connecting to our child early also helps to build a deeper connection after they are birthed.
This Fall we have many exciting classes and events to celebrate the journey of motherhood, and two of us at the studio are pregnant & we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
- Yin – soothe your mind, body & soul with Katie(accessible for prenatal) on Thursdays
- Prenatal Kundalini – connect more deeply to yourself & baby with Shideh on Saturdays
- Sacred Journey for expecting Moms with Clara on Saturdays
- Pilates – amazing core rehab for postnatal with Clara on Wednesdays
- Signing Babies with Lee Ann on Tuesdays
- Yoga for Tots & Parents with Mathius & his son on Saturdays
- Zumbini with Milica & her little one on Monday & Saturdays
- Sept 29th – Birth & Postpartum Fair with so many amazing practitioners!
- Nov 25th – Birth Partner Workshop with Clara & Mathius