Dear Boston Mamas, I'm pregnant with my first child and would love to find a prenatal yoga class in Harvard Square or Watertown. Do you know of any good classes/instructors? Thanks!
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm so happy to hear that you are considering prenatal yoga. I'm 23 weeks pregnant and have been enjoying continuing my yoga practice as a pregnant person. And the terrific thing is that yoga is one of the forms of exercise that you can do all the way through to the end of your pregnancy.
Now, I haven't tried any local prenatal classes since I engage in my own practice at home, but I do have some thoughts to share:
2. I checked in with three of my sisters; all active yogis and two of them teach yoga in the Boston area. My sister Jennifer (a fantastic massage therapist) reported, "Clients of mine who go to the Isis Maternity [now Isis Parenting] at the Prudential seem to be pretty satisfied." My sister Kyoung shared, "I was going to take this class just to try it out...why not give Genevieve a try? She comes to my Sunday morning class, is a mom, and a yoga instructor." And in Watertown, my sister Sharon recommended Inner Strength for its "great teachers" (they offer prenatal yoga) and she also suggested checking out Down Under Yoga in Newtonville.
3. I recently learned about the OMBE Integrative Health Center in the Back Bay. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but they offer prenatal yoga classes among other services.
5. Finally, I would also recommend you check for additional leads at the local yoga resource site Boston Yoga. They include a section on studios that offer prenatal yoga, plus general tips for engaging in yoga during pregnancy.
I hope these leads are helpful Jenny! They certainly are inspiring me to consider visiting a prenatal class!
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