- Hatha Yoga: This type of yoga promotes deep breathing, mindfulness and relaxation. It is also slow and steady, making it a perfect prenatal class.
- Integral Yoga: This practice combines many different types of yoga into one class. With breathing, chanting and meditation, it’s a wonderful way to stay centered.
- Iyengar Yoga: Take on the physical challenge of yoga without much of the spirituality with this type of yoga. With a focus on the poses, it uses many props like blocks, benches and straps.
- Prenatal Yoga: Best of all, there are classes specifically designed for pregnancy. Choose a prenatal class and you’ll have the support you need at any stage in your pregnancy.
Yoga is a means of relaxation--so you don’t need to push yourself, which can be detrimental to a pregnancy. Avoid yoga practices that require a hot environment, like Bikram or Hot Yoga. Those can cause hyperthermia in expecting mothers.
You’ll also want to avoid poses where you lie completely flat on your back or require abdominal stretching. Finally, if you’re at risk of premature labor, you’ll want to avoid yoga. All in all, it’s important to consult your doctor before starting any practice.