Prenatal Yoga | Padma Yogi

Prenatal Yoga

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Practicing yoga during pregnancy is a great way to stay active and help alleviate many of the common discomforts including nausea, back pain, swelling, fatigue, constipation, sciatica and leg cramping.

Prenatal yoga also provides the opportunity to develop a greater awareness of your changing body and modifying your practice to your unique needs.

Yoga, breath work and meditation can help cultivate a calm and relaxed mind and body which can help you stay relaxed during labour and childbirth.​

Classes at Padma Yogi are suitable for all stages of pregnancy and no previous yoga experience is necessary. Our classes include yoga postures, core strengthen exercises and restorative postures. We focus on strengthen and stretching the uterus, pelvic floor muscles, hips and shoulders.

You’ll also learn how certain yoga postures can be used during early labour (at your home, hospital or birth centre) and other tips on how to manage contractions with or without medication.

If you have changes in your pregnancy and have developed or have gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, breech position of baby, placenta previa or a cervical curettage, let us know as you will want to modify your practice and we will show you how to.

Our teacher has experience with these and other pregnancy related conditions. Know you are in good hands with a knowledgeable instructor. Feel confident in knowing the exercises you are doing are safe for you, regardless of what may or may come up throughout your pregnancy.

Melissa has taught over 400 pregnant persons in Etobicoke, Mississauga and Toronto.

Enjoy prenatal yoga in safe, welcoming and encouraging environment.

Prenatal Yoga Classes
Tuesdays : 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Sundays: 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
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Prenatal Yoga
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reduce stress
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improve sleep
connect with baby


You are welcome to join classes at any stage in your pregnancy. Some students join during the first trimester, others second or even third. If you have a history of miscarriage, we recommend that you don’t start your practice until the week of previous miscarriage has past or your care provider’s recommendation.

As long as you are comfortable and your care provider hasn’t indicated that you need to stop or be on bed rest, you can still practice. Many students practiced right up until baby has arrived – rather that’s in the 38th week or 41. Melissa will help you modify if you need to.

Yes, you can continue your exercise regime. You’ll want to make sure that you let the instructor know you are pregnant. Poses you will want to avoid involve lying on your front, lying on your back for long periods of time, deep twists and anything that doesn’t feel good in your body or makes you dizzy or nausea.

The 2019 guidelines from CSEP recommends pregnant persons should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week over a minimum of three days per week. Our prenatal yoga classes are one way to get exercise in. You are welcome to attend all three classes a week or just one.

Yes, please let Melissa know and she will ensure that your practice is safe and may offer modification to poses based on the complication or condition.

During our prenatal yoga classes, you will learn techniques including poses, massage and breathing exercises that can help you manage contractions until you receive your desired medication. Prenatal yoga class help you get into a parasympathetic nervous system state.

If you know you are having an elective cesarean due to position of baby, placenta previa, prior cesarean or another reason, prenatal yoga can still bring a sense of calm to your mind and body. Caesarean is major surgery and you will learn breathing techniques, relaxation techniques and visualization techniques that can help you during birth.

Our drop in prenatal yoga classes are just for those expecting to attend. From time to time we offer partner yoga. Please contact us for more information.

All props including yoga mats are provided. We even have blankets for you to use and extra items for changing diapers!


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“I wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for all your yoga guidance during my pregnancy. I very much enjoyed the class each week and believe it helped me relax and prepare for labour and delivery. Our little girl was born on her due date. Happy, healthy and adorable.”

“Thanks for everything Melissa, you helped get my body and mind ready for this! I was very calm and breathing and visualization really helped.”

“My weekly prenatal yoga classes with Melissa helped me so much to relax and to get my body prepared for the big day. During labour my daughter came into distress at some point. I was able to relax my mind and body with techniques that Melissa taught me – and it worked! I delivered the most beautiful girl calmly and it was the most amazing experience. I’d recommend prenatal yoga to all women.”

“Melissa was extremely helping in my emotional, physical and overall well-being. She was there from the beginning to the end providing any support we needed. We are so thankful for her!”

“Melissa is amazing! The class is challenging and very inclusive.”

“Melissa is an amazing instructor. I feel confidant and safe in her classes so I can let go and focus on my practice.”

“Beautiful and clean studio, friendly service and relaxing atmosphere makes Padma yoga a great place to practice. Convenient location with free parking at the back.”