Pre/Postnatal Yoga

Pre - Postnatal Yoga

Pre/Postnatal Yoga | Bonding from the beginning

These special classes are an open forum for conversation where friends are made and community is created.

SHARE. NURTURE. LAUGH.

JAI prenatal yoga and baby bonding classes and workshops were created by Yoga Center Minneapolis founder and certified instructor, Jennifer Gray. J.A.I. stands for “Josh, Annie, Isabel,” Jen’s 3 kids, and also means “hurrah” or “victory” in Sanskrit.

YCM offers both prenatal and postnatal classes and workshops, and a variety of wellness and spa services designed especially for moms-to-be, new moms, and their babies.

JAI Prenatal Yoga Classes

Jai PrenatalLocations: Minneapolis North Loop studio and St. Louis Park studio.
Dates: Offered days, evenings and weekends (check our class schedule for days and times)
Cost: $17 for a single class, or purchase a class pass for discounted rates.

Prenatal yoga can help you stay fit, reduce stress, enhance sleep and relaxation, and prepare you for childbirth… and a healthy baby.

YCM prenatal classes use meditation and pranayama (breath work) for childbirth preparation, as well as asana (yoga poses) for strength and flexibility. Come prepared to calm your mind, and safely build strength through a Sun Salutation sequence geared to pregnant moms. You can join the class at any time. All yoga levels are welcome.

If you’re a mom-to-be, or new mom, make yoga a part of your journey. Our yoga concierge can help you create a personal program that will bring health to you and your baby. No yoga experience is necessary for prenatal yoga classes, so they’re a great place to start your yoga practice if you’re a beginner. You can reach us at 612-436-4700 or email us at info@yogacenterofmpls.com.

Be sure to get your health care provider’s okay before you begin a prenatal yoga program.

JAI Prenatal for Birthing Workshop - for moms-to-be and their birth partners

Jai Prenatal for Birthing WorkshopLocations: Minneapolis North Loop studio and St. Louis Park studio.
Dates: Every other month (check our schedule for upcoming workshops)
Cost: $90 for two

In this fun and interactive workshop with founder of JAI Prenatal Yoga, Jennifer Gray, couples will learn a variety of yoga-based coping techniques for labor and delivery.

Each couple will practice what they learn and will receive a take home packet of information and tools for the birthing room!

The workshop includes breath work along with labor massage, movement, relaxation, and visualization.

Special attention is given to the birth partner, who will be mentored in labor support.

Workshops are great for expectant women who have goals of unmedicated birth, as well as those who are open to pain medication.

Yoga Baby Bonding Classes - for moms, caregivers and babies JAI Baby Bonding classes feature a blend of yoga for babies and yoga for moms.

Yoga Baby BondingLocations: St. Louis Park studio.
Dates: Wednesdays. 11:00am -12:00
Cost: $90 for 6-Week Series

Yoga Bonding is a baby integrated yoga sequence that is a fun, uplifting way for moms–caregivers and their babies to build trust, confidence and love together. The benefits for babies are wonderful; babies sleep better, have better digestion, are better adjusted, and happier! Yoga Bonding starts class with baby yoga, and then you’ll have an opportunity for your own practice with the sequence created specifically with mom’s postnatal needs in mind. Baby becomes part of your practice.

Infant/Baby massage fosters closeness between parents and their babies through touch and bonding opportunities. Babies benefit by learning to let go of stress early on. Parents improve confidence in understanding baby’s communication.

Everyone is welcome Moms, Dads, Partners, Grandparents and Nannies. Join class when babies are about 4 to 6 weeks old or when you have permission from your caregiver to exercise. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring 2 blankets for baby.

When baby’s needs are met and they feel safe and cared for, the foundation is laid for a lifetime of trust and security. The first year of life establishes the ground stone of the “earth element” energy we need to sustain a long and happy life. This energy is what establishes our “survival programming,” such as diet, exercise, amount of sleep, and how to care for ourselves when we’re ill. Practicing yoga bonding with your baby assists in motor development and helps them develop emotional intelligence, which has been documented as key to having a solid personal life strategy and good coping skills.

Anyone and everyone can benefit from a regular yoga practice, but if you’re a new mom you have an even bigger reason to keep yourself healthy and strong, calm and balanced. When moms are calm and happy, so are their babies!

Babies need physical contact, with touch, sight and sound important to development of their sense of trust, security, and self confidence. Spending time interacting with baby creates a spiritual connection and bond, and allows you to absorb the many wonders of their first year. A regular practice will also help build your own confidence as a parent.

Here are a few other ways a regular practice can contribute to your wellbeing, and your baby’s:

  • Helps you establish a routine and build on baby’s growing knowledge of anticipation and repetition.
  • Because the Yoga Bonding Sequence is physically engaging as well as mentally stimulating, it’s also tiring. So baby will sleep better and longer, allowing mom to sleep better and longer.
  • Practice will also improve baby’s digestion and assimilation, and aid in neuromuscular development. The routine will also help regulate baby’s emotions, and relieve fussy behavior and colic.
  • A regular practice will help you strengthen and tone your body, increase endurance, improve digestion, regulate your hormones and reduce stress and anxiety.

Our JAI Yoga Bonding class is designed to be fun as well as a healthy physical and mental exercise for moms and babies. We start class with baby yoga, and then let moms work on their own practice with the sequence created specifically for moms’ postnatal needs. The class is part moms’ group, part yoga class. We feed babies, diaper them… whatever needs doing is part of the experience. Classes also provide an open forum for conversation, where friends are made and community is created.

Yoga Baby Bonding Workshops - for partners

Yoga Baby Bonding WorkshopsLocations: St. Louis Park studio.
Dates: Offered regularly (check our schedule for upcoming workshops)
Cost: $30 per couple

This workshop is a blend of yoga for babies and yoga for parents. Yoga Bonding is a baby-integrated yoga sequence that offers a fun, uplifting way for moms/caregivers to build trust, confidence and love together.

  • Start class with baby yoga, then indulge in your own practice while bringing your baby along for the journey.
  • Best for babies 4-6 weeks old, up until crawling.
  • Bring two blankets, one for laying baby on and one for swaddling.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.

Everyone is welcome–Moms, Dads, Partners, Grandparents, and Nannies.

Dharma Pre/Postnatal Spa Services | Pamper yourself pre- or post-baby with one of our wellness services in our St. Louis Park studio.

Book appointment or call our studio at 612.436.4700

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. This technique addresses the specific structural, physiological, and psychological discomforts of pregnancy, and uses bolsters to lift and support the mom so she is completely relaxed and comfortable. A great baby shower or postnatal present!

Services

60 minute session from $75
90 minute session from $110
120 minute session from $150

Baby Moon (Prenatal)

Expectant mothers welcome this soothing ritual. Fatigued feet regain their connection to earth with energy balancing techniques and warm towels. Pillows especially designed for her comfort will create space to relax, even to drift into sleep! A signature blend of cocoa butter and flower essences nourishes the skin while preventing stretch marks. (With Kristin Wilk)

Services

60 minutes $75
90 minute $110

Infant Massage Private Instruction

Pre-crawling infants only (with Kristin Wilk) Infant massage instruction connects babies to parents the way nature intended. Through gazing, skin-to-skin, exchange of scents, and cuddling, the relationships of parents and babies become harmoniously in balance. Babies will benefit through improved sleep, better digestion, mind-body awareness. Massage oil provided.

Service

60 minutes $75