Postnatal Yoga focuses on exercises that help new parents recover and refresh physically and spiritually after the birth experience.
This can include postures and stretches that help with the aches, pains and energy challenges of new parents – and may include specific exercises to work on the perineum and deep abdominal muscles.
Classes can be structured for parents to come alone, or with a partner, or to bring their baby. If the latter, there may also be exercises designed to support parent-to-baby bonding.
As with most postnatal fitness classes, you should check with your primary care provider about when you are ready for exercise, as you may need to wait 6 or more weeks before engaging in more strenuous routines – and your routine may require modification if your pregnancy or birth led to muscular (e.g. diastasis) or skeletal conditions.