Yoga and the quest for pregnancy calm

The benefits of regular yoga are well known and well documented. This fun exercise method has grown in popularity over the years by offering a simple way to condition the body and mind without expensive exercise equipment or gym memberships.

Calm the mind and body

Pam Doebbeling, RN, has made yoga a regular part of her fitness routine for over 30 years. Pam discovered yoga while in college, long before its explosion in popularity. She immediately loved it and now teaches regular pre/postnatal yoga classes at Tri-County Health Care. She is a certified yoga instructor and is accustomed to working with a wide range of skill levels.

“Most people think yoga is just stretching, but it really brings mind and body together.” – Pam Doebbeling

Yoga and its benefits

A yoga session with Pam is a fantastic workout. It doesn’t take long to work up a sweat, but more importantly, it calms the mind. Yoga is an opportunity to separate yourself from the hustle and bustle of the world and center yourself in tranquility. People often leave a session with Pam feeling the calming effects of yoga.

Classes with Pam are fun and beginner-friendly. Participants won’t find themselves on the floor struggling to contort their bodies. According to Pam, sessions center on what you can do. Moves can be modified to fit your skill level.

Getting ready for birth

Yoga is an excellent tool for preparing the body for birth. Yoga helps with the physical aspect of stretching the ligaments associated with childbirth. Overall, it keeps the body nimble while introducing important breathing techniques that aid with relaxation. It’s also an opportunity to meet other moms eagerly awaiting their due date.

Pam’s favorite pose

The tree is Pam's favorite yoga pose.

Maintaining balance is tough but it is one of the most exhilarating poses.

After 30 years of attempting nearly every pose in the book, Pam’s favorite move is the tree pose. She explained that it is challenging to balance, but you feel a rush of power over your surroundings when the pose is achieved. She also enjoys the pigeon because it stretches the hips.

Signing up

Pre/postnatal classes are completely free. They take place in the Browne Family Board Room at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Class sizes are typically small and may have COVID occupancy limits. Dates are listed below.

  • Sep 15, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 6, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 20, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov 3, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov 17, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec 1, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec 15, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

September is National Yoga Month, so if you’re pregnant and looking for a way to maintain your health, please register with Pam by calling 218-639-3689.

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