1:00PM – Postnatal Yoga with Andrea Barton
It takes a village to raise a child, and a mother. Being a new mother is the hardest job in the world, and many mothers feel unprepared and unsupported once they are left to care for themselves and a newborn. As our villages have been quarantined, and mothers wonder what the future holds, it’s more important than ever for new moms to have space to lean into one another, and together find the best ways to navigate this brave new world.
Postnatal yoga provides the sustained support of community for new mothers, as well as movement practices to help reduce congested or stagnant energy, relieve muscle tightness and soreness, increase muscular tone, and reconnect with their body following potential birth trauma. Postnatal yoga also encourages self-care and relaxation through breathing techniques that calm the nervous system and help mothers connect with themselves & their babies.
Join Andrea Barton on Thursdays at 1pm, Central time, for a 75-minute drop-in postnatal yoga class designed to help remind mothers that they are enough just as they are, and that prioritizing self-care is a necessity, not a luxury.
In this class, you will:
• Practice movements that provide relief for common physical challenges of the postpartum body, including: back, neck, chest and shoulder discomfort; fatigue; pelvic floor laxity & incontinence; vaginal or rectal prolapse; and diastasis recti.
• Learn how to use the breath, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques to help manage and alleviate common mental and emotional challenges of pregnancy, including: anxiety, restlessness, trouble concentrating, sadness, feelings of loss, postpartum depression, feelings of social disconnection.
• Practice breathing techniques to encourage emotional balance, reduce unintentional reactivity, and access your own relaxation response.
• Connect with your inner wisdom, and learn to trust your intuition so you can be a strong advocate for yourself and your baby,
• Have space to name and process trauma as it relates to birth and/or parenting.
• Practice touch & massage techniques and share songs that support bonding for mother and baby.
Postnatal classes begin with a sharing circle, assessing where each individual finds themself on the spectrum of sensations, emotions and energy, followed by centering through breath and intention. Asana practice begins seated to gently awaken the body, and progresses through various movements with supportive adaptations demonstrated along the way. If babies are present in class we often explore baby massage techniques, sharing songs or integrating breathing techniques. Classes end with rest (savasana) or snuggling with baby.
Andrea is an experienced yoga teacher, and a mother of three children. Her own experiences with pregnancy, labor, and delivery have been challenging, but overwhelmingly positive and deeply fulfilling. She respects the body’s inherent knowledge, and wishes for others to find a deep level of trust and appreciation for the miracle of life occurring within them.
This offering is for mothers who have recently had a baby, preferably at least 6-weeks after delivery and who have been cleared for physical exercise by their OB, physician, or midwife. Previous experience with yoga/asana is not required. While not required, having 1-2 yoga blocks, a blanket or towel, and a yoga bolster or two supportive pillows are ideal.