Monday, March 10, 2014

Spotlight On: Yoga Instructor, Erin Betz

We're so excited to be offering an 8 week Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Class (as well as one Toddler Yoga Class) with instructor Erin Betz!  Find class details below and an interview with Erin!

Prenatal Yoga - $15 drop in rate or $100 for 8-class package
2pm on Sunday’s - April: 6, 13, 20    May: 4, 18    June: 1, 15, 29
This gentle flowing class focuses on yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to ease physical, emotional and mental demands of pregnancy.  We focus on preparing your mind, body and spirit for childbirth and provide a venue for you to connect with other future mamas and your baby.  This prenatal yoga class is for all stages of pregnancy and no previous yoga experience is necessary.  Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and water to class.  Class is 60 minutes.  (No advance registration req’d, 8-class package should be purchased at first class.)

Postnatal/Mom & Baby Yoga - $15 drop in rate or $100 for 8-class package
3pm on Sunday’s - April: 6, 13, 20    May: 4, 18    June: 1, 15, 29
This class focuses on regaining muscle tone, abdominal strength and flexibility after childbirth. We stretch and strengthen muscles with a flowing yoga practice and provide ways to connect with your baby during your practice helping you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.   This flexible class is ideal for babies 6 weeks-18 months, no prior yoga experience necessary.  Please bring a yoga mat, extra blanket for your baby and any toys they may enjoy.  Class is 45 minutes.  (No advance registration req’d, 8-class package should be purchased at first class.)

Toddler Yoga - $12 per child
May 11 – 1pm
Toddler Yoga is a fun, interactive way to connect with your child as they become more mobile. We focus on growing flexibility, strength and balance for parent and child. This playful yoga practice instills positive traits in your child through physical poses, creative exercises and relaxation techniques. For strong walkers-3 years. Please bring a yoga mat; no previous yoga

How long have you been practicing yoga?
I have been practicing yoga for over 16 years.  I was initially exposed to yoga when I was recovering from two knee surgeries and I fell in love with the mind, body and spirit connection I felt when I practiced.  I have studied various types of yoga throughout the country and world and I am particularly passionate about helping pregnant women and new mamas connect with their babies, bodies and each other in this beautiful and challenging time of life.

What benefits are there to practicing Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga?
There are so many!  One of the key benefits of prenatal yoga is that improves strength, flexibility and endurance preparing you for the physical demands of labor and motherhood.  It also reduces back pain and sciatica, reduces stress and anxiety, improves sleep, helps maintain good posture and aids in digestion. Postnatal yoga is extremely important to help regain the strength of your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles which have been taxed throughout your pregnancy. It also alleviates back pain, builds patience, strength and inner calm, along with improving circulation and increasing energy.  A few special benefits of the postnatal yoga classes are bonding with your child and being a part of a supportive community of like minded women.

When can I start postnatal yoga?
It's recommended to wait at least six weeks after delivering to begin postnatal yoga.  If you have had a cesarean, it may be recommended you wait a bit longer. It is best to consult your doctor and follow their advice for your specific situation.

Can I bring my baby to postnatal yoga? If so, what age range do you recommend?
Yes!  One of biggest benefits of postnatal yoga is the chance to bond with your baby. All ages between 6 weeks and 18 months are encouraged to join, and I customize the class based on the ages of the kids involved. The class will let you enjoy the health benefits of yoga while bonding with your child in interactive poses without having to pay for a sitter!  Throughout the class we alternate time for yoga for mom with yoga for moms and baby together.  This class has a flexible approach so you are welcome to come and go, feed or play with your baby at any time.

What should I bring to class?
Wear comfortable yoga clothes and bring your own yoga mat and water.  If you are bringing your child to a postnatal/mom and baby yoga class, please bring a blanket, toys and snacks.

You're also offering a Toddler Yoga Class on Mother's Day!  What are the kids age ranges for this?  This class is for toddlers who move around by themselves and are strong walkers up to 3 years old.  A great way to bond with your child on Mother's Day or reward yourself by shopping in the store!

Thanks, Erin! We can't wait to get started. Have you ever practiced pre/postnatal yoga? What were your experiences?

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