Prenatal Yoga

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Yoga teacher Kathy Duke guides participants through a prenatal yoga practice that is appropriate for anyone who is expecting, and is suitable for those without any yoga experience.

    Kathy Duke

    Kathy's love of yoga began when she started taking classes nearly 10 years ago. In 2000, she completed the Health Advantage Yoga Center Teacher Training Program with Betsey Downing and Doug Keller. Since then, she has studied with Kaustaub Desikachar, David Frawley, John Friend, JJ Gormley, Judith Lasater and Erich Schiffman and has completed prenatal courses. An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Kathy Duke also holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine. Her teaching experience includes leading classes and individual sessions in the corporate environment, health clubs, studios and in-home, she has volunteered as an EMT and instructed CPR and first aid certifications. After earning a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has worked in the health and fitness industry for more than seventeen years. Kathy's comprehensive style emphasizes alignment and form of yoga postures, and integrates breathing and relaxation techniques into classes. Kathy is sensitive to the needs of beginers and accomodates those with more experience. Kathy currently teaches classes and workshops at the Health Advantage Yoga Studio in Herndon, VA and The Women's Club in Chantilly, VA and presents yoga seminars in the Northern Virginia area.

    Hi, my name is Kathy Duke. I teach prenatal yoga at the Health Advantage Yoga Center in Herndon, Virginia. Today, we are going to do a prenatal yoga practice. Our practice will include gentle stretches to get us started, breathing, posture to help build strength and endurance, and we will finish with a gentle relaxation that help calm both mind and body.

    I am a registered yoga teacher at the 200 hour level. I have more than seven years of experience teaching yoga and more than 17 years in the health and fitness field. I enjoyed practicing yoga through both of my pregnancies.

    To get started, you will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily. You may need a pillow, a blanket, or a chair to sit on.

    Its best to avoid eating one to two hours before practicing yoga. Remember to consult with your doctor or healthcare practitioner before practicing yoga or any other form of exercise.

    All the poses we do today are adapted to be safe and beneficial during pregnancy, but please stop if you feel any unusual pain or discomfort or there is any position that just doesnt feel right to you.

    Now, we are ready to stretch and move. Lets get started.