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It’s common for women to be introduced to yoga or pilates when they fall pregnant. Both prenatal yoga and prenatal pilates are considered safe during pregnancy and a popular alternative to other forms of exercise.

My prenatal yoga classes combine yoga poses, breathing exercises, guided deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation to prepare your body and mind for labour, birth and motherhood.

I use props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, the wall or stability balls to assist or challenge a pose.

My prenatal pilates classes include exercises using your own bodyweight for resistance and small props such as therabands, stability balls, magic circles, foam rollers and hand weights to build physical and mental stamina and strength for labour and birth.

In both prenatal yoga and prenatal pilates, a theme around pregnancy, birth or the 4th trimester will be discussed and interwoven throughout the class.

In both prenatal yoga and prenatal pilates you’ll discover poses and breathing techniques for an active labour and birth.

Both prenatal and prenatal pilates will finish with a deep relaxation and meditation as I believe these are essential tools for labour, birth and motherhood.

Both classes will start and end in circle where we’ll enjoy tea and nourishing snacks to build a community of like- minded mamas.

Mamatoto Retreat in Milton are now offering both prenatal yoga and prenatal pilates classes. To find out more go to: https://mamatotoretreat.com/yoga-and-pilates-classes-milton/

If you have any questions about prenatal yoga or prenatal pilates, please comment below.

I look forward to meeting you in class soon.

Melissa