Women of all ages and levels can do Pilates, it does not matter if you are 30 or 50 years old, just had a baby or out of shape… anyone can do Pilates! Pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, as well as enhance mental awareness. It’s more than just a workout, it can help sculpt your body while giving you energy and inner serenity.
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Welcome to Renew Mama Studio
Renew Mama is a studio in Grand Rapids, MI dedicated to offering prenatal yoga, wellness and education to support women and their families. Renew Mama Studio is a community of mothers supporting each other through the spirit of yoga, mothering, and parenting. Our community creates opportunity for the mamas to stay connected, build friendships, and learn from each other as we move together along the motherhood journey.
We believe motherhood is a gift, a highest privilege, and one of the greatest responsibilities.
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After completing my first 4 week session it was a night and day difference for me and my body. Yoga has changed my life! I am now practicing what I learn at class at home on a daily basis and I am proud to say, because of that, I will not be needing to go to physical therapy at all! Not only has my hip pain gone away, but I feel much more confident about going into labor and delivery because our instructor has us do endurance poses that prepare our bodies for contractions. Not to mention, I get to bond with a lot of other pregnant women. Our instructor sends us home with weekly challenges to strengthen us during the week and sets nutritional goals for us! My goal is to continue classes through my entire pregnancy and years beyond that.
I am 34 weeks pregnant with my second child. My first pregnancy and delivery didn't go as I had hoped or planned for. I decided to give prenatal yoga a try this time around in hopes that it would help me relax throughout my pregnancy and help my body prepare for a natural, drug free childbirth. I've been doing prenatal yoga with Amanda for about 12 weeks privately and I can definitely tell a difference in my body. I feel refreshed, rejuvenated and overall in better health. We have been working on stretching and loosening my pelvic muscles, which will help in opening my pelvis for an easier delivery. We have also been working on mental preparation. Amanda has me hold certain poses for a few minutes and visualize those moments as going through contractions. By doing this, it allows me to practice training my mind for the battle it will soon be up against!:) I would definitely recommend prenatal yoga to anyone who wants to feel energized, relaxed and mentally challenged. Amanda is full of knowledge and makes you feel right at home. Her love for yoga, health, mind and body wellness makes her a natural and a great instructor!
Once I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to continue my yoga practice, however I wanted to be sure to go somewhere that would help me practice yoga in a way that was safe for my pregnancy. After some searching, I found Renew Yoga Studio through a friend. As soon as I attended my first class I knew I found my yoga home, not just for my pregnancy, but even after. The instructor, Amanda, has so much knowledge about yoga in general as well as the use of yoga to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. After finding Renew Yoga I went to yoga weekly throughout my pregnancy. Not only did I feel great during my pregnancy because of yoga but I also had an incredibly smooth delivery and I am confident that my yoga practice at Renew Yoga helped make that possible. Now, almost 8 weeks post postpartum, I am so excited to return to Renew Yoga this week to continue my yoga practice and help continue to strengthen my mind and body! I highly recommend Renew Yoga, not only to pregnant women, but for anyone looking to improve their health and feel better mentally and physically!!
I started doing prenatal yoga at Renew Mama Studio when I was 18 weeks pregnant with my second baby. I have struggled with anxiety for most of my life and was looking for a way to help me through it without having to take medication (as doctors were pushing it). I can’t express how much I truly love my classes with Amanda. They are so relaxing and peaceful and make me feel so good both physically and mentally. I am constantly repeating her positive words she uses in class and doing the breathing routines at home. My anxiety is much better and I am proud to say, it is all without medication. My birth and recovery of my second child was much quicker and easier as well. Amanda is great and the girls in class are fun and sweet too. Definitely try out Renew Mama Studio, you'll be glad you did!!
I was rooted in strength, not fear.
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PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders)… the most common complication of pregnancy and it’s more that just postpartum depression. 1 out of every 5 women can be affected by some form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during or after pregnancy. I had no idea what PMAD was and how many women it affected until a nurse from Pine Rest came to speak at one of our MOPs meetings.
When I saw our second child at the 12 week ultrasound a rush of emotions came over me! It made the pregnancy so much more real and it made me realize all the things I needed to do before baby #2 was born. The first trimester flew by chasing a toddler, so I knew the rest of my pregnancy would go even faster! Here is the list of things I came up with to prepare for Baby #2:
- Be honest with your toddler and help them become more independent
As your pregnancy progresses, it’s important to be honest with your first child about how life will change with the new baby around. To prep, try teaching your child to be more independent in certain ways, like cleaning up their toys, practice getting dressed, any other things that your child may be capable of doing. Consider giving your child a baby doll or stuffed animal to “take care of” while you care for the new baby to make them feel included. While you want your child to be prepared, you also want things to feel as normal as possible. So make it a point to spend one-on-one time with them now and plan to continue to do that once the baby comes.