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Prenatal yoga can be practiced throughout pregnancy. Yoga helps to strengthen the body in preparation for birth. It also provides the pregnant woman with breathing and focusing exercises that will help during labor. Pregnancy is about connection - the connection between your baby and yourself, yourself and your body, and the connection between all the members of your family. Nuture those connections by deepening your awareness of your changing body and the new life you are growing inside of you. Pregnancy brings a greater awareness of your own body, and yoga helps to alleviate some of the physical discomforts that come with pregnancy. Swollen feet and ankles, low back soreness, and calf spasms can all be alleviated through a mindful yoga practice.

Our prenatal classes are warm and inviting and our instructors are well-trained and knowledgeable. Each prenatal class begins with introductions. You will meet other women who are experiencing the journey of pregnancy with you. Close bonds are formed and the classes have a warm, community feel to them as a result. After introductions, you can expect to move through a gentle sequence of warm-up stretches, standing poses, restorative poses and breathing exercises.

No previous yoga experience is needed for prenatal yoga. In fact, many women come to yoga for the first time when they are pregnant, encouraged by their doctor or midwife to try it out.

Please note that our prenatal classes are only for women. Male partners are welcome to attend our monthly prenatal partner class at Geer St. But we ask that the regular prenatal classes are for women only. Pregnant individuals who identify as male are always welcome in all of our prenatal classes and events.

Our prenatal classes are offered twice a week


prenatal yoga


We offer two classes each week


 

Thursday

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
 

Sunday

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm



About your instructors

Andrea Dixon's passion is to support women along their motherhood journeys, so they can embody and embrace the transformation with strength and power. She was introduced to yoga as a teenager and has been practicing ever since, adapting and evolving her practice through her pregnancies and as a mom. Teaching pre-natal yoga combines her deep love and fascination with both yoga and pregnancy. She completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training with the late Esther Myers in 2004 and prenatal teacher trainings with Stephanie Keach in 2004 and Janice Clarfield in 2010. Since 2001 Andrea has been supporting couples as a birth doula, and brings this unique perspective to her yoga teaching. Her prenatal yoga classes focus on postures and exercises that emphasize the breath and relaxation, flexibility and strengthening of muscle groups that are specific to pregnancy and childbirth. Her goal is to help pregnant women create strength, energy and balance in their bodies and lives so they can have a fulfilling and joyful experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Andrea teaches prenatal yoga, is a birth and post partum doula, and a holistic health coach. She is currently immersed in the joys and challenges of mothering her two beautiful children, Miles and Zella.
 
*Photo credit Zoe Litaker
Abby began practicing yoga in 2008 when she tagged along with her neighbor to a class at the YMCA. Since then, in both her personal practice and her classes, she has focused on linking movement with breath to connect the body and self. In 2015, Abby completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Allison Dennis at Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro and 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training with Andrea Dixon and Sara Doyle at Blue Point Yoga. She has always been drawn to work with women in the childbearing year because of the joyful and intense time that conception, pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood can be, which she experienced firsthand around the birth of her daughter in February 2016. Yoga has also brought her a strong sense of community, which she hopes to cultivate in her classes and is especially important for new moms and moms-to-be.
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Testimonials


As a prenatal yoga teacher myself, I practiced yoga almost every day throughout my pregnancy. Class with Andrea gave me so much more than my home practice. The value of joining a community of fellow pregnant women to share stories, hopes, challenges and woes cannot be overrated and Andrea has a true gift for building that community in each class. Her classes were challenging and comforting and just what I needed most weeks! As a pregnant yogi, it was so lovely to let someone else lead me in a practice so I could just enjoy and learn about being in my body as it changed throughout pregnancy. As a teacher, I was inspired by Andrea's expertise and ability to give just the right amount of attention to each student. She's a wonderful teacher! Can't wait for my next pregnancy so I can get back to her class!
– Carissa White, Raleigh, NC


I attended Andrea’s weekly prenatal yoga classes regularly, starting early in the first trimester of my pregnancy and continuing until a week before my daughter’s birth. Andrea provides instruction that is accessible to women throughout each stage of her pregnancy, regardless of her fitness level or previous experience with yoga. Her classes are extremely well attended and are a great place to connect with other women. I left each class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Andrea encouraged us to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into our lives in practical ways. Her instruction provided the groundwork for my personal yoga practice that I could keep up even after daughter was born. I highly recommend her class!
-Mary Beth H., Bahama, NC
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