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Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Pregnant? Looking for a way to relax and stay fit during your pregnancy?

Perhaps you should consider prenatal yoga.

Prenatal yoga goes beyond the baby growing phase, it can even help prepare you for labor and promote good health for your baby.

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What are the benefits of prenatal yoga? I’m glad you asked.

Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.

Research suggests that prenatal yoga can:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, headaches and shortness of breath

Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.

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What happens during a typical prenatal yoga class?

A typical prenatal yoga class might involve:

  • Breathing. You’ll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
  • Gentle stretching. You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion.
  • Postures. While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you’ll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Props — such as blankets, cushions and belts — might be used to provide support and comfort.
  • Cool down and relaxation. At the end of each prenatal yoga class, you’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You might be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions.

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Are there styles of yoga that aren’t recommended for pregnant women?

There are many different styles of yoga — some more strenuous than others. Prenatal yoga, hatha yoga and restorative yoga are the best choices for pregnant women.

Be careful to avoid Bikram yoga, commonly called hot yoga, which involves doing vigorous poses in a room heated to 100 to 110 F (38 to 43 C). Bikram yoga can raise your body temperature too much, causing a condition known as hyperthermia. In addition, ashtanga and other types of power yoga might be too strenuous for women who aren’t experienced yoga practitioners.

Are there special safety guidelines for prenatal yoga?

To protect your health and your baby’s health during prenatal yoga, follow basic safety guidelines. For example:

  • Talk to your health care provider. Before you begin a prenatal yoga program, make sure you have your health care provider’s OK. You might not be able to do prenatal yoga if you are at increased risk of preterm labor or have certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or back problems.
  • Set realistic goals. For most pregnant women, at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is recommended on most, if not all, days of the week. However, even shorter or less frequent workouts can still help you stay in shape and prepare for labor.
  • Pace yourself. If you can’t speak normally while you’re doing prenatal yoga, you’re probably pushing yourself too hard.
  • Stay cool and hydrated. Practice prenatal yoga in a well-ventilated room to avoid overheating. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Avoid certain postures. When doing poses, bend from your hips — not your back — to maintain normal spine curvature. Avoid lying on your belly or back, doing deep forward or backward bends, or doing twisting poses that put pressure on your abdomen. You can modify twisting poses so that you only move your upper back, shoulders and rib cage. Avoid inverted poses, which involve extending your legs above your heart or head, unless you’re an experienced yoga practitioner. As your pregnancy progresses, use props during postures to accommodate changes in your center of gravity. If you wonder whether a pose is safe, ask your instructor for guidance.
  • Don’t overdo it. Pay attention to your body and how you feel. Start slow and avoid positions that are beyond your level of experience or comfort. Stretch only as far as you would have before pregnancy.

    If you experience any pain or other red flags — such as vaginal bleeding, decreased fetal movement or contractions — during prenatal yoga, stop and contact your health care provider.

[ Excerpt from The Mayo Clinic ]

How do I choose a prenatal yoga class?

Look for a program taught by an instructor who has training in prenatal yoga.

Your teacher, Katie Clark, is a E-RYT 500 Hour registered yoga teacher, has completed specialized Prenatal Yoga Training and is a mom herself!

Here at Spotted Dog Yoga in a supportive class of soon-to-be mamas you’ll aim to boost balance, circulation, flexibility and muscle tone for a healthy pregnancy. Through postures modified for each trimester, you will work to open and strengthen all the right muscles to counteract the weight of your baby bump, striving to prevent the aches, pains and imbalances common in pregnancy.

Plus, you’ll pick up deep breathing and relaxation tools to use in labor, delivery and beyond into parenthood!

75 minutes, no heat

Bring your friends along too! Let’s make this a baby bumpin’ good time.

 

www.spotteddogyoga.com

♥

 


Kids Benefit From Yoga

Man it’s really tough to be a kid in today’s society!

Children deal with so many temptations, distractions, over-stimulating activities and peer pressure. Schools are forced and challenged to do more with minimal resources and be creative in how they reach even the most isolated child.

Yoga is a low-cost, helpful tool that can have a positive impact on our children.

And wouldn’t we want them to have positivity in their lives? After all, they are our future!

How exactly does yoga help though?

Yoga helps kids to:

  • Develop body awareness
  • Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • Build concentration
  • Increase their confidence and positive self-image
  • Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group
  • Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices

In a school setting, yoga can also benefit teachers by:

  • Giving them an alternate way to handle challenges in the classroom
  • Giving them a healthy activity to integrate with lesson plans
  • Give them a way to blend exercise into their classes

Here is what kids can expect to learn in a yoga class:

1. Awareness of the breath

Breathing exercises can energize kids or encourage relaxation, depending on what you teach. Different games and techniques help kids connect to how their bodies feel as a result of deep breathing. Focus increases, as does their breathing and lung capacity. Stress is naturally reduced and healthy hormones are released.

2. Strengthening and energizing

Kids think that yoga is great for stretching, but doesn’t build strength. Talking about the different muscles used in poses and incorporating games and sequences will help build strength as well as body awareness and coordination. Bodies that are strong digest food better, maintain a healthy weight and can support the stress of carrying heavy loads, like a backpack. Bodies will also breathe better, work more efficiently and protect the more fragile joints.

3. Balancing

Balancing poses teach children that with increased focus, you can increase attention naturally, even in kids who struggle with different attention challenges. Poses and games focused on balancing skills, develop an intrinsic strength, evoke a meditative feeling, and promote stillness and quieting of the mind. This can help kids deal with the stress of living in a chaotic world where constant stimulation is a regular part of life.

4. Stretching and lengthening

It’s great for kids to be strong, but a body that’s only based on strength has no way to yield under pressure. Strong muscles without accompanying flexibility can’t move quickly, pulling on bones and joints. Yoga poses stretch muscles and through integrating breathing and movement, muscles become warm and become more flexible. They can yield when they need to, and support tender joints in a more functional way.

5. Awareness and focus

Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

6. Flowing, connecting and integrating

When we string poses together, we give kids a taste of what it means to move with ease. It also helps them build the awareness that all our movements are a series of coordinated efforts between muscles, bones, joints and nerves. Older kids are more able to isolate different muscle groups and get more sophisticated about movements; things like keeping the arms lifted in Warrior 1, while at the same time, dropping the shoulders to relax them. All these things together increase a child’s sense feeling integrated.

7. Meditation and relaxation

Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether a child is holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there’s going to be a calming, soothing quality. Giving younger kids something to do as they rest on their mats will help with their attention, such as suggesting they think of a favorite color or toy. Older kids will find it easier to rest longer with less structure.

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Excerpted from Stretched:Build Your Yoga Business, Grow Your Teaching Techniques, Bare Bones Yoga.

Spotted Dog Yoga is proud to be a family studio providing classes for Prenatal, Mommy & Me, Toddler’s, Young Children, and Teens.

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SLOW FLOW IS…
· tailored to beginners
· ALL modified postures
· purposefully formatted
· not heated

Slow Flow starts Monday 7/9 and will be offered 4 times per week Monday/Friday 8am, Wed 6:15pm and Sat 4:30pm

*Although students of all levels are WELCOME at SLOW FLOW classes, our request is that all students take the modified pose variations regardless of more advanced knowledge or ability.


Community Connections

Hi all! Bri from Spotted Dog Yoga here. With this blog I wanted to do something a little bit different and give you ideas on how and where to connect with our community.

Here we go!

1. Family Yoga at Spotted Dog Yoga

First Saturday of every month and ages 3-14. Bring the whole crew! The next Family Yoga is on July 7th 3:00-4:00. See you there!

2. El Dorado Hills Farmers Market

Farmers Market every Sunday from May to October at the El Dorado Town Center.

Time

(Sunday) 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location

El Dorado Hills Town Center – Farmers Market

4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

3. Fireworks and Freedom Concert

The highly anticipated Fireworks Show and Freedom Concert in El Dorado Hills is set and ready to go! Ring in Independence Day with exciting entertainment for all ages! Definitely the community event of the year!

Date

Tuesday July 3rd, 2018

Time

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location

El Dorado Hills Town Center – Town Center Blvd

2101 Vine Street., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

4. Folsom Farmers Market

Every Saturday year-round, around the historic railroad turntable and public plaza in Historic Folsom. There’s also live music. Park for free in the garage at 905 Leidesdorff St.

200 Wool St, Folsom, CA 95630
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

5. Twilight Thursdays Concert Series

Each Thursday at the Historic Folsom Amphitheater as the sun drops below the horizon! Great regional bands will keep you entertained and on your feet! Bring your beach chairs and your best friends! You can picnic during the concert or grab dinner there in the district before the concert starts! Free to attend.

The concert begins at 7:30pm. Ample free parking at 905 Leidesdorff St.

Free Family Fun!

6. River Cats Baseball Game

Take me out to the ballgame! Bring the whole family for a night out with the SDY community at the Sacramento Rivercats game!

Seats are in the lower Governors Club Level and SDY has 2 full rows reserved!

Lets fill the seats and have a great time together! Reserve your spots at Spotted Dog Yoga.

Ticket Price $30 per person

Saturday July 28th 7:05 pm- 10:05 pm

Ok, I hope you have found this helpful and get to try some of these fun community activities. I for one will be checking out the Folsom Farmers Market and those Thursday Concerts.

Have Fun!

Play Hard ♥ Love Big


Importance of Staying Hydrated

Drinking 7-8 glasses every day of pure water is optimal, but there are other ways too to get your H2O intake also.

1. Food That Has Water

If you are adequately hydrated it helps keep your metabolism running at its optimal level. Eating foods that contain a lot of water will help get you there. Fruits, vegetables, soups, and grains have a high water content, particularly lettuce, broccoli, grapefruit, carrot, apple, spaghetti (cooked), watermelon, and celery.

Produce that is also rich in potassium, helps restore and maintain electrolyte balance, thereby preventing dehydration. To make sure you get enough potassium in your diet, eat plenty of cucumbers, bananas, fennel, shelled edamame, and cooked garbanzo beans.

2. Pre-Hydrate

Did you know if you feel thirsty, than you are already dehydrated?

If you’re heading to yoga class, especially a super sweaty hot yoga class, make sure you drink up before you arrive. Hydrating before yoga is essential to avoiding stiffness and cramping. But don’t down a bottle of water right before class begins, or else you may end up feeling bloated during practice. Instead, slowly sip 16 ounces of water during the hour before class.

3. Re-Hydrate

Rehydration is just as important as pre-hydration, especially if you’ve just completed a hot yoga class. Drinking at least 20 ounces of water after class to replace lost fluids will put you right back where you need to be.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! I can’t stress that enough!

4. “Spike” Your Drink

I’ve never really understood people who say they HATE the way water tastes, because um hello, water doesn’t taste like anything! But hey, I get it. Especially when it comes to spring water. YUCK!

So if you must you can add fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or even cucumber and mint to give your water a refreshing taste!

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I have such a hard time drinking enough water. Help!

Find a bottle or cup or whatever you’re going to drink out of that works for you! I personally like to drink out of a reusable cup with a lid and straw. It’s convenient because I don’t constantly have to be taking a cap on and off ALL DAY. I pack it full of ice, top it off with water and GO! And because it is reusable, I can wash it and reduce the waste that goes into the landfill. Plus disposable straws are extremely bad for the environment and animals.

Don’t straws give you lip wrinkles!?

Yes, drinking through a straw causes people to purse their lips and can create wrinkles from the repetitive muscle motion. However, any repetitive movement can increase the risk of wrinkles. i.e. frowning, smiling, sipping hot drinks, pursing lips while talking. But everyone is different and it would depend on how often your muscles make those movements.

You know what helps combat wrinkles? Water! If your skin is dehydrated than it’s going to look leathery and have wrinkles.

So personally I think that if you are keeping your body hydrated enough, worrying about straw wrinkles should be the last thing on your mind.

Play Hard ♥ Love Big

http://www.spotteddogyoga.com


2780 East Bidwell Street Suite 300 Folsom, CA 95630 Phone: 916-990-1720