Prenatal Yoga, with Deena Blumenfeld

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #22

Whether you’re new to yoga, or have been doing it for years, prenatal yoga can be greatly beneficial during pregnancy and birth. It could even reduce the length of your labor! Listen as Deena Blumenfeld walks us through the ins and outs of prenatal yoga, in this episode of the Birthful podcast. Special guest appearance by her cat!


To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.

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What we talked about:

  • The expected and unexpected benefits of prenatal yoga
  • Prenatal yoga as a confidence booster during labor
  • How yoga can lessen depression and anxiety
  • Prenatal yoga can make it hurt less!
  • Did we mention shorter labors?
  • Becoming comfortable in front of strangers
  • Finding the right class: what to ask, and what to look out for
  • When to transition from your regular class to a prenatal class
  • My favorite hormone: relaxin
  • What about hot yoga?
  • Use that water bottle
  • Does it feel better?


Super helpful links on prenatal yoga:


Picture of Deena Blumenfeld by Julianna Zito

Photo by Julianna Zito, courtesy of Deena Blumenfeld

[mark]About Deena Blumenfeld[/mark]

Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE guides women from fertility through pregnancy and childbirth and into early parenthood with grace and confidence. Through her dynamic childbirth classes and her empowering prenatal yoga classes, she gives mothers the tools they need for a confident birth and transition to parenthood.

Deena also regularly facilitates professional development workshops for both yoga and childbirth professionals. Her Prenatal Yoga Teacher training offers yoga instructors full insight into a pregnant woman’s experience and helps yoga teachers develop compassion and skills for leading prenatal yoga classes. Her Lamaze training gifts trainees with the tools and wherewithal to deftly teach childbirth educator classes for all mothers.

She is a Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator, Lamaze Trainer and the owner and principal educator at Shining Light Prenatal Education and Shining Light Doulas in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Deena is also the mom of two elementary school aged kids who keep her on her toes.

You can reach her through Shining Light Prenatal Education and Shining Light Doulas.



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