Your post-baby being deserves special attention that can uniquely be delivered through yoga, whether or not you practiced yoga while you were pregnant. Every woman has a different prenatal, birth and post-natal experience, and working privately or in small groups allows a practice that is focused on your unique needs during this beautiful and challenging time. Your well-being is extremely important whether you are a new—or not-so-new—mom! Six weeks after a vaginal birth or eight weeks after a c-section is a great time to begin a post-natal yoga practice (with the permission of your OB or midwife).
Private Post-Natal Yoga will help you:
• Build core and spinal strength
• Support good posture
• Increase your endurance, strength and physical balance
• Assist digestion and elimination
• Stabilize hormones
• Relieve anxiety and stress
• Relax and renew your mind and spirit
• Expand your intuition and as a woman and mother
• Reconnect you with your Self.
I am a strong believer in the Fourth Trimester, both for mamas and babies. My philosophy is to honor this transitional period and support Nature’s healing process. There is a natural, biological course to things going back to “normal,” and I believe the general cultural pressure to shed weight and get “back into shape” as quickly as possible is unhealthy—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It also can be physically injurious, as residual pregnancy hormones increase your risk of strained muscles and tendons.
My goal is to help moms deal with all the demands of motherhood, address any aches and pains they might have, and help build a store of energy needed to get through their days. Most importantly, I want to help mamas maintain a sense of themselves. I know how hard that can be. Of course, all of this takes into consideration any injuries or special conditions a woman may have had prior to her pregnancy.
I carried twins to term, and I incorporated my babies into my post-natal movements, doing some yoga at home, walking the hills around our house with the babies snuggled to my chest in a wrap, and devising little core routines for myself when I was gently bouncing with them on an exercise ball. One of the biggest things I did for my physical well-being was make sure I was set up with good posture when I was nursing. Motherhood greatly challenges your posture, and awareness of posture is important whether or not you nurse.
Aspects of this time were dreamy, especially when I had someone helping to take care of me. It also was incredibly challenging, especially as my kids got older, so I'm glad I had tools for survival and self-care. Plus the support of other women, which is not to be underrated. Other moms really helped me through tough times. The work of a mom is hard, and I believe self-care needs to be a priority.
Because community is so important, some moms will assemble a group of 4-5 people to practice together weekly while their kids play together with a nanny, which always is a special experience. If you are interested in privates or small groups, click here.
A few words from my mom students:
"You actually did more for me as a new mother than anyone. With my sankalpa. So thank you and happy new year. xoxo"
“Yoga with Gwen has helped me create the time to focus on my body, its changes, and its new role as a mom. Gwen finds the right balance in challenging you in areas where you are ready to be challenged or encouraged, and she will conversely ensure that you nurture and pull back at times when your body needs to heal or center itself. Gwen is intuitive and has a gift of reading people/mamas well, and she will adjust the practice to what you need that day, while still having a long term view in mind.”
“Our weekly group yoga sessions with Gwen and fellow moms are the highlight of my week!”
“I love yoga because it feels empowering and energizes me. I love how you listen to us students and design a workout that fits our needs.”
“Gwen, I love taking your yoga class. As a new mom—and dare I say not so new mom anymore—your intuition, expertise and knowledge have been a sanctuary for me. While becoming a mother has been the most incredible, most joyful time in my life, it has also been a time when I have lost some pieces of myself. Your class (even if it is just once a week) has allowed me to take a little time to find those pieces I still need, to move my body in a healthy, safe environment, and to rejuvenate my spirit. You know just when to push us with some energetic vinyasa and when to heal us with a few restorative poses. Your classes are a sanctuary. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”