Prenatal Yoga

*Covid-19 Update: All Shakti hatha & prenatal yoga classes will be streamed online until approprate to return to studio classes. April-June class registration happening as usual. Scroll down to register.

Now taking registration for April-June 2020 Session
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Tuesday Evening Prenatal Yoga 
Date: April 7th-June 23rd (12 classes)
Time: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15pm
Cost: $156+hst ($179.40)
Instructor: Bobby Bessey, B.Sc., E-RYT 500, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), Birth Doula, HypnoBirthing Instructor (HBCE)

Location: Yoga Kula Co-Op, Coaker’s Meadow Plaza, 286 Torbay Road
Registration and Payment: Click Here to Register for this class. Then submit your payment via:

  • Interac eTransfer to (password: yogaclass)
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You will receive a confirmation of your registration from Bobby within a day or two of payment.

*Payment enrolls the registrant for the session dates and times listed above only. It is non-refundable and non-transferable. Once your payment has secured your space other people may be turned away from this session.


Shakti Yoga Prenatal

Prenatal Yoga Class Description:

These calming and strengthening prenatal classes are designed to optimize expectant mothers’ physical and mental health while promoting the bond between mother and child. Breathing exercises are emphasized throughout the class to calm the mind, and prepare the body for delivery. Poses are modified to accommodate Mom’s blossoming figure at each stage of pregnancy, each carefully chosen to stretch and strengthen muscles needed to support the body during pregnancy and childbirth. Movements to encourage baby into ideal birth position, and to tone and create range of motion in the muscles that support the pelvis, including the pelvic floor are highlighted.

This prenatal yoga session doubles as a birth readiness program, preparing moms to approach birth and motherhood with calm and confidence. Each class begins with a birth preparation topic, followed by a series of yoga movements and breath practices, and ends with a guided relaxation session. Bobby draws on more than a decade of experience teaching prenatal yoga, providing birth doula services and childbirth education programs, to incorporate topics that deepen the impact of the yoga postures Shakti Yoga Prenataland breath practices. This combination is an extremely effective and efficient process which allows moms to utilize all the skills learned in this class to prepare for beautiful, comfortable, and yes, even enjoyable birthing. Meet other birthing moms, share your experiences and go home afterwards to the most deep and delicious sleep with baby.
Expectant moms from 12 weeks to delivery are best suited for this class.


Meaghan2012-129Thanks once again for the amazing pre-natal yoga classes and all your wonderful information. I feel that your classes prepared me mentally and physically so well for how we ideally imagined things would go in labour and delivery – I feel so, so blessed. I plan to highly recommend your classes to any pregnant friends in the future as I really feel it was critical in preparing me for the amazing experience of childbirth. THANK YOU!
R Ryan, St. John’s Yoga Mom

Thanks for all your help – we had a healthy baby girl this morning at 7:52am. The breathing and postures really helped – no medication and quick delivery!
 D Braidwood, St. John’s Yoga Mom

I just wanted to say thank you for absolutely everything that I learned from you during the winter session. My baby girl was born very early this morning and very quickly! It only took about three hours from the time my water broke at home until she was delivered. I’ve been continuing the postures from class on my own during the last four weeks and I know it made everything easy and smooth for me.
In about an hour, I went from four centimeters to fully dilated (no epidural for me!). The nurses and doctors couldn’t believe how smoothly everything went on my first baby – especially naturally! But all during labor, I kept remembering things that you said during all the classes and especially during the relaxation portion of each class. I controlled my breath (after a few panicked attempts!) and just went with the flow and fully trusted my body. I relaxed with the contractions and she glided out so effortlessly in the perfect birthing position. The doctors thought that I had a birth plan because I took total control over when I would push and the strength I would use, but I didn’t! My “birth plan” was to repeat over and over in my head everything I learned from you and to reassure my nervous system that everything really was okay and my body does know how to give birth.
It was such a wonderful experience and I can’t thank you enough! I’ll definitely see you next time, Bobby! Thank you again
P Whittle, St. John’s Yoga Mom

I wanted to thank you for all the encouraging words and information in our yoga class. I used the deep breathing to get through the pain and contractions and it really helped. My husband was very impressed on how focused I was at breathing through the contractions. I really feel the yoga class helped me get through the experience. Thank you for that.
M Fitzpatrick, St. John’s Yoga Mom

Suggested Prenatal Reading

booksAll of the books below approach pregnancy and childbirth as a natural process that leaves mom and baby the center of the event.

Hypnobirthing, The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. – Health Communications, Inc., 2005

A must read for every pregnant woman who wants to experience a natural birth. This book teaches expectant moms how to release their fear of the birthing experience and have a safe, easier, more comfortable birth through breath awareness and visualization. While reading this book our prenatal yoga instructor was struck by how this method mirrored her instinctive yogic approach to pain management during the birth of her first baby. This method allows mom to prepare and relax her body and mind to both transform/decrease the perception of pain and, in turn, decrease the length of the birth process. Welcome your new baby into the world with calm confidence and a sense of joyous anticipation. A CD of relaxation scripts is included. One nice touch is that one of the scripts is designed to be done with your birth partner in preparation for the birth.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Bantam Dell, 2003

Few prenatal books can compare to the beauty of Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth. In case you didn’t already know, Ina May is a midwifery guru! Her book teaches women to trust their bodies and the process of birth to create a healthy and conscious birth experience. It is a comprehensive prenatal guide with much information on the mind-body connection to birth as well as  guidance on how to have a beautiful and intervention free birth. As technically informative as this book is, possibly it’s most outstanding component is the birth stories that will inspire you to follow your body and discover how your birth can be a calm, spiritual experience that you and your birth partner can cherish forever.

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin – The Harvard Common Press, 2008

A well respected and easy to read guide for anyone preparing to support a woman during childbirth. It is a very informative balance of natural support approaches and explanations/descriptions of what to be expected from a medical perspective. For the first time dad or labor companion especially, this is a well presented comprehensive preparation for their role in supporting mom.

Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper, R.N. – Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 2005

A beautiful book that talks about natural birth choices that result in safe, meaningful, family centered birth experiences. The reasons for adopting such an approach and why many of the current, routine medical interventions are not only unnecessary, but impact negatively on the mother and child are also talked about. Last, but not least, the most beautiful, gentle births are captured on the DVD that accompanies the book. Not only is this book informative, it will allow you to approach your birth without fear and with a sense of control. It is a favorite with our prenatal students.

Birthing From Within by Pam England, CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz, PhD – Partera Press, 1998

Another book that helps women to follow nature and their own instincts throughout the birthing process. This book touches on birth art and birthing practices in other cultures, as well as an outstanding section on non-pharmacological methods of approaching pain control. An empowering book that encourages women to tap into the unlimited sources of inner strength that we have used to birth our babies since the beginning of time.

Spirit Babies by Walter Makichen – Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2005

This is a book written by a clairvoyant who teaches potential parents how to connect with the spirit of their unborn child. It includes lots of chakra meditation techniques to aid in making this connection, as well as descriptions of sessions with parents who have sought Makichen’s help while attempting to conceive. The book is mainly designed for couples trying to conceive, however, as someone who loves the idea of baby spirits being drawn to parents who are best suited to give them the kind of love and care they need most, I found it to be a fun, light read even after I was pregnant.

Suggested Breastfeeding Books (Read Before Baby Arrives)

Jake BreastfeedingIn the midst of all the birth reading that moms tend to do make sure that you (and your partner) read one of the breastfeeding support books below before baby comes. You will be so happy you did once your bundle of joy arrives! These are all stellar books on breastfeeding.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International (Jul 13 2010)

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide To Breastfeeding Revised Edition by Jack P Newman (Mar 18 2014)

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Jack Newman (Oct 25 2010)