Frequentely Asked Questions
When can I join the Prenatal class?
You can participate during all stages of your pregnancy. The poses will be adapted to your physical limitations. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
When can I join the Mama Baby class?
Even if you feel fit enough, please wait until your first medical check-up. It is recommended to wait for 4-6 weeks after vaginal birth and at least 8 weeks after a C section.
What about the dads?
The Postnatal and Family classes are open for all caregivers. Dads, grandparents, uncles, and aunts can all take baby to class so mommy has some time to herself. If for some reason your little one cannot come to class, you may also participate without a baby.
Who is the Family yoga course for?
The Family yoga course has a very open and playful format, no previous yoga experience is required. Any caregiver can join with any number of children (hence the pricing per "family unit"). It is recommended for ages 4 and up, but it is also perfect for bringing older or younger siblings. Don't worry that your child wouldn't sit still for an entire yoga session - they won't have to, it's going to be fun.
Where do I have to register?
All Prenatal and Mama Baby classes are open classes. No registration is required.
The Family classes are designed as a semester course so you should sign up for the entire term on the day of the first class at the latest. However, if there are spaces available, you are also able to join later or only come to individual sessions at the usual rates.
What happens when I arrive at the venue?
First I will check you in by stamping your card or charging for the unit. If it is busy or you have to change diapers etc., we can also do this later. Mats and blankets will already be set up.
We usually start the session by chanting Om and a breathing exercise, followed by asanas standing, seated, and on the mat. Shavasana might vary with how active the babies are :-)
If you are able to, it would be great if you could help me clean the mats afterwards. You are welcome to chat, nurse, drink tea etc. in the reception area after class.
What type of yoga do you teach?
The yoga poses and the structure of the class are rooted in the Hatha and Vinyasa traditions. However, we adapt the ancient exercises to modern medical knowledge, and of course to your special circumstances.
While most Mama Baby Yoga classes in other studios merely tolerate the babies so mommy can get her workout, we actively engage the babies as inspired by "Itsy Bitsy Yoga" (Helen Garabedian) and "Om Babies" (Laura Staton & Sarah Perron).
What if my baby gets fussy during class?
You can feed, carry or change your baby at any point during the class. The instructor can also pick up your little one for a bit so you can focus on a particular exercise. If you really feel that you have to leave the class and miss the majority, you can get a refund.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
Wear casual yet not too loose clothes. Any pair of leggins and a cotton top will do. Note that some poses are easier without socks - nobody will check when you had your last pedicure. There is no dress code for the babies :-)
You can use the mats and other props at the studio free of charge. It is recommended to bring a water bottle, for Mama Baby yoga also a blanket and anything else you and baby might need.