Prenatal Yoga in Chicago

POSTED by Kate on April 15, 2011 | CATEGORIES: For The Baby, For The Belly, In The Windy City, Prenatal Yoga

Beth Prystowsky is a prenatal yoga instructor and writes Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom for Chicago Now. She agreed to answer a few questions for me. Below her interview is a short list of studios in Chicago that offer prenatal yoga. If the studio also offers a Mommy & Me class, I’ve made a note of it.

1. Why should I consider prenatal yoga?

Prenatal Yoga has many benefits. It prepares the body for labor and delivery through many poses including squats, which helps to get the baby’s head in the right direction. We also spend a lot of time working on breathing, which is a great tool for staying calm during the delivery as well as after if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

My students repeatedly tell me that they sleep so much better on the nights that they come to yoga. We stretch the entire body focusing on low back, hips and groin, which tend to be major areas of pain for pregnant ladies.

Also, my favorite benefit of prenatal yoga was to connect with other pregnant ladies experiencing the same worries, questions, pains. We spend time at the beginning of class talking about issues we are facing even if they aren’t yoga related.

Lastly, prenatal yoga is an amazing opportunity to bond with your baby. Many ladies come in and say they didn’t really “feel pregnant” until they began to visualize their baby and connect during yoga.

2. Can I start yoga during pregnancy even if I haven’t practiced in a while?

Yes, no experience is needed to begin Prenatal Yoga. You simply can come to class and breathe and stretch to any degree that feels good for your body.

3. What can’t I do during pregnancy (vs. regular yoga) and why?

We do not do anything on our bellies or our backs during Prenatal Yoga. In addition, no inversions. Otherwise listening to your body and not pushing yourself too far is what I suggest.

4. I’m a little intimidated. Any suggestions?

I think a lot of people are intimidated to try yoga. Coming in at any level is fine. I try to offer different options. I tell my students, “If you’re feeling off today, just sit and breathe.” A lot of yoga is physical but a lot of it is not — it’s also breathing, connecting with your baby and taking time for yourself.

5. Where do you teach?
I teach on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at Self Centered Yoga and Wednesdays 7:15 pm at Soulistic Studio. Both classes are 1/2 off your first time.
WHERE TO PRACTICE PRENATAL YOGA IN CHICAGO*
*List compiled by Big City Belly on April 15, 2011. Always call the studio first to confirm its schedule. If you’d like to add to the list below, please leave a message for me in the comments or email bigcitybelly @ gmail.com 

Self Centered Yoga in Roscoe Village (Beth’s class; there’s also one on Saturdays) — also offers Mom/Dad & Baby class

Soulistic Studio at Milwaukee & Chicago (Beth’s class; several other prenatal yoga and pilates) — also offers Mommy & Me Yoga & Pilates

Nature Yoga in Wicker Park — also offers Mommy and Baby

Bend Yoga & Movement Studio in Ukrainian Village — also offers Baby & Me and classes for older kids, too

Bloom Yoga Studio in Lincoln Square — also offers Mom & Baby, Parent & Tot and Storytime Yoga

Sweet Pea’s Studio on Ravenswood, just south of Grace — the private studio of Jennifer Barron Fishman offering tons of classes for during and after pregnancy

Yogaview on Elston with a second location on Division

Moksha Yoga Center (three locations) — also offers Baby & Me

Namaskar in Lakeview

Sana Vita Studio in West Loop/East Village

Vessel — FREE Mommy & Me demo classes on Tuesday, 4/19. One at 9:15 am for ages 2 months to crawlers; the other at 10:15 am for walkers/toddlers to 3 years old. Read more on Wee Windy City’s blog and be sure to call the studio to reserve your spot. Vessel also offers prenatal yoga — next session begins on 4/23/11.

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Margo April 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hi Kate! Thank you for posting my Mommy and Me class! Should be great fun! Just wanted to add I also teach prenatal at Vessel and our next session begins next Saturday 4/23! Check out the website for more details but I figured since it is after all a prenatal blog I would let you know that tid bit too! Hope to see you Tuesday and thank you again!
:) Margo

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Christine April 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I did prenatal yoga at Bloom when I was pregnant with my first. I loved it! I credit all that yoga with having the wonderful-in-spite-of-it-all birth experience I had with her. I did NO yoga with baby #2. I wish I had, but the babysitting challenges, etc. I think I just let all that get in the way. So I say learn from my mistake and DO IT.

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Jeanette McCulloch May 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Thanks for this great listing of prenatal yoga offerings – I’ll be sure to share it with Birthways families!

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Katie July 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for including the list of mommy and me classes. I am looking for a mommy and me yoga class on the weekends because I go back to work next week. I can only find a monthly class at bloom. Do you know of any others on weekends? Working moms need yoga too! :) thanks for any suggestions!

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lidia October 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

I loved my prenatal yoga class at Vessel. I also used the Anna Getty Prenatal Yoga DVD at home. I believe committing to a regular yoga practice during my pregnancy helped avoid back problems and made post-partum recovery easier. Now that little one is 8 weeks old, I’m hoping to find a great Mommy and Me yoga class in Chicago!

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Natalie April 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hi! I teach a pre-natal yoga class on Monday evenings (5:15 to 6:15) at Pure Wellness which is located in Lincoln Park, 2536 N Halsted. Would love to have you!

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Truth dbvg April 14, 2013 at 6:21 am

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Deb February 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Chicago is becoming a huge market for yoga and prenatal yoga makes it that much better!

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