1) When is the best time to join your prenatal yoga series?
Truly, any time! People are welcome to join pre-conception as they prepare their bodies for pregnancy, first trimester, second trimester, or even the last week of pregnancy. If your estimated due date is during a series, no problem! Pay a prorated series fee prior to the first class and then pay per class after 38 weeks gestation. For example, you are 38 weeks after the 4th class in a series. You would pay $19 x 4 on the first night and then pay $19 at the 5th class and $19 at the 6th class.
Keep in mind I am reserving a special spot in class just for you! :) Therefore, unfortunately, I can't allow refunds or discounts for missed classes due to vacations, illness, previous or unexpected commitments.
2) What if I have never done yoga?
I have had students in class with no prior yoga experience and they have all enjoyed it. Classes are about much more than yoga! Build a community, challenge your body, learn something new. Each class is modified to be appropriate for each unique body.
3) I heard you talk about labor. Is this a childbirth education class?
I am not a childbirth educator; however, I am a certified birth doula so I am trained to share resources, knowledge, and my experiences around pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. If you would like a more in depth childbirth education class, I highly recommend Powerful Mamas Online Natural Birth Course taught by Jacquelyn Duke, M.Ed., CCCE, CLD, CPD, CIES(IPPA), also of Ankeny, IA. I know Jacquelyn, and the content in my prenatal yoga classes complements her online course well.
4) What should I bring to each class?
Bring something to drink (filtered water is available), a yoga mat, and wear comfortable clothing. If you do not have a yoga mat for your first class, I have a few extras in the studio available to borrow.
5) Is it possible to come to just one class rather than an entire 6-week series?
The intent of Empowered Pregnancy & Birth's prenatal yoga is to build connection with other pregnant people as well as with your body, baby, and breath while stretching, maintaining strength, and enhancing flexibility. Therefore, these prenatal yoga classes come in a series. It is encouraged to attend more than one series for more connection, confidence, and discussion of new topics in every class.
6) What are you doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?
Health and safety is Empowered Pregnancy & Birth's first priority. In-person classes have limited capacity and the floor is marked so that students stay at least 6 feet apart. An online option is also available for students who prefer to stay home. Students are asked to bring their own yoga mat and limit the items they bring into the studio. Frequently touched surfaces are disinfected regularly and everyone is expected to wear a mask when they are not on their yoga mat. Finally, if a student is not feeling well or has been around others not feeling well, I ask that they join the online class that week.