Welcome to our thriving community and the beginning of your journey into parenthood. As a resource center, we provide information and education for new parents as their family expands, offering various workshops and lectures that addresses common issues related to pregnancy, early childhood parenting, family dynamics and alternative healing. We look to create a quiet sacred space and community where you and your family can step out of the busy New York lifestyle to find warmth and comfort.
We do not preregister any of our prenatal, postnatal, or Baby & Me yoga classes at the Upper West Side studio. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early before taking your first class. New prenatal yoga students are welcome to take any class on our schedule and then decide whether to put their first class towards a class package, or purchase a single class. If you prefer to continue as a drop-in student, after your first class, you will be limited to our weekend classes.
Please note that all students may opt to take drop-in classes at full term, generally after the 37th week of pregnancy.
At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed each class using our unique three-pronged approach to prenatal yoga.
The use of asana in class is multifunctional in preparing the student’s mind and body for birth. On a physical level, we use asana to alleviate common pregnancy aches and pains as well as we look at how each pose can create balance in the pelvis, pelvic floor and pelvic ligaments. When the body is well aligned, the baby may be better positioned leading to a more functional, speedy birth.
From a mental and emotional standpoint, asana practice is an amazing tool to lean into safe discomfort and find coping skills. Labor, birth and parenthood has emotional and physical challenges. We build essential lifelong coping skills to deal with these struggles.
We start each class with “circle time,” where students introduce themselves, say how far along they are, and discuss any aches and pains they would like to address in class. Pregnancy and postpartum periods carry enormous physical and emotional changes; this bonding time creates a springboard for long lasting friendships among students.
Now more than ever women are being robbed of their choices about their bodies. In prenatal yoga class, lies a unique opportunity to empower pregnant people to make their own choices in childbirth.
“We need to empower women to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood and supported.” ~Deb Flashenberg, Founder and Director of Prenatal Yoga Center
We seamlessly interweave childbirth education themes and current birthing trends into our classes. Our intention is that the new parents will feel more confident and prepared to make conscious, empowered choices during their pregnancy, labor, delivery and transition into parenthood.
Through a regular weekly practice, prenatal yoga can help reduce stress, ease the common aches and pains of pregnancy and develop useful pain management and breathing techniques for all scopes of labor and birth.
To help you find your path into a regular practice, we have developed several options for class packages and series.
Valid for 31 consecutive days. You may suspend your pass for your postnatal period – we’ll restart it when you are ready to return. Two week extension does not apply to the monthly unlimited. If you come twice a week, that is just $22 a class!
With 2-month minimum contract.
Currently available for purchase in studio! Valid for
duration of contract. Students can enroll at any
Our prenatal yoga classes are intended to serve as a resource and support to the prenatal and postnatal student. We respect and understand that sometimes partners, parents, support people and friends may want to accompany the pregnant person in class. Out of consideration to other class participants, we limit attendance only to pregnant people.
For partners and other support people wishing to better support the pregnant person, we recommend attending our Partner Yoga and Massage Workshop, Childbirth Education class, Caring for Newborn and How to Breastfeed Workshop.
We offer a variety of workshops including Childbirth Education, How to Breastfeed, Caring for Your Newborn, Infant Massage, and more! Please note that workshops do require pre-registration.