Regular attendance is more important than any level of ability. However, if you have questions about your ability to participate in classes, please phone us to speak to an instructor. See our Contact Page.
Our Prenatal Yoga teacher, Nikki Ball, is currently on maternity leave. Until Prenatal classes resume, please read the following guidelines about yoga when you are pregnant.
Always check with your medical care provider before taking on a new activity, including yoga.
Do not practice yoga if your pregnancy is high-risk. If you have NO yoga experience, you should wait until the second trimester before beginning yoga. Attend Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga or Mysore-Style Yoga. Always inform the teacher that you are pregnant because it may not be obvious. Yoga East teachers are trained to teach yoga to pregnant women.
Guidelines for pregnant women:
Do not try to increase flexibility or practice intermediate poses during pregnancy. Your goal is to maintain your strength and to practice poses that strengthen the pelvic floor such as Baddha Konasana, squatting, and Upavishta konasana. Correct breathing is very important.
Peggy celebrates her 50th birthday with a backbend
in front of the doors at St Matthews
From our student Peggy -
Here is my 50th birthday photo! I cannot thank you and all my teachers through the years who have helped me to reach this point in my practice and my health. Not only I am celebrating turning 50 but also a decade since I was diagnosed with MS. There is a blessing in being awakened to one's own mortality when a health crisis occurs and I am so grateful that the doors, hearts and minds of Yoga East were open to me that first class over 9 years ago. As soon as my feet touched the mat, I knew I was welcome right where I was at in my journey and needless to say I could not have envisioned where that journey would lead me. I can truly say that yoga has transformed my health, my spirit and my life. Thank you for all your encouragement, wisdom, grace and willingness to share this journey with so many.