Prenatal Yoga is about more than staying fit. The deep breathing that is done in yoga classes actually increases the oxygen supply to babies. Doctors and midwives also believe that yoga is an excellent way for moms to connect with their unborn babies. Practicing yoga while pregnant can prepare your body for childbirth by showing you how to relax in the face of pain, how to use meditation to deal with fears and the stresses of motherhood to come.
Yoga also strengthens the parts of our bodies that we will rely on during labor. Emotionally, yoga classes are great for moms to be because they create lasting friendships and provide moms a safe space to ask questions, share funny symptoms and express fears. Lucky for us, Queens is bursting with prenatal yoga classes. You’re sure to find one to fit your schedule and budget below:
The Yoga Room has two locations. Their Astoria studio, 38-01 35th Av. Astoria, holds classes on Sundays from 1:00 – 2:30pm and Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:00pm. The Long Island City studio, 10-14 47th Av. LIC, meets on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Prenatal classes now come with any Yoga Room Premium Membership and can also be purchased in packages of 10 classes for $200 (valid for a year from the date of purchase) or single class for $23. If you miss a class, you can apply the class toward mommy and me or toward regular scheduled classes – no refunds, no exceptions.
Where: 38-01 35th Ave., Astoria, and 10-14 47th Ave., LIC
Prenatal yoga classes meet on Saturdays from 3 to 4:30pm. The classes cost $110 for a 6-Week Series or you can drop in for $20 per class. This class offers a personalized approach by beginning each session going over how everyone’s feeling and then adjust the class to suit those needs.
Where: 22-56 31st Street Astoria, NY 11105
If you are looking for a gentle class focused on breathing and awareness with an emphasis on birth prep, check out the Heart and Soul of Yoga. Prenatal classes are offered on MOndays at 11:30am.
Where: Basement, 32-18 35th Street, Astoria, NY 11106
This yoga class functions more like a childbirth prep class since partners are welcomed to join as well. It meets on Sundays from 5:10 to 6:25pm and is a four week series. It costs $55 ($78 includes a yoga mat). Call to pre-register at Tel: (347)-345-6095.
Where: 22-55 31st street, 2nd floor, Suite 200 Astoria NY 11105
Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00pm and Sundays from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Classes include breathing, meditation, and gentle stretching. You can purchase sets of classes or pay $20 per class.
Where: 10740 Queens Blvd, Suite 206 Queens, NY 11375
The class meets on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:15pm. NOTE: the studio requires a signed doctor’s letter of approval to sign up.
Where: 102-02/06 Metropolitan Avenue Metro Plaza – Lower Level Forest Hills, NY 11375
Classes are offered on Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Vitality Yoga and Tai-Chi recommends starting a prenatal program in the second trimester. Reservations are required for this class.
Where: 41-25 Bell Blvd. 2FL Bayside, NY 11361
Sundays from 10:30 to 11:30am. Walk ins are $16 or you can purchase six classes for $86 or twelve classes for $150.
Note: A doctor’s clearance is required.
Where: 76-11 37th Ave. 2nd. Floor Jackson Heights, NY 11372
By: Christine Concetta Gibson