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proven scientific benefits of practicing yoga during the first 4 months postpartum

a yoga student at a mom and baby yoga class in Beaverton, Oregon

Are you a new mom navigating the beautiful yet challenging journey of postpartum recovery? We understand the unique needs of this phase and are thrilled to introduce our specialized Postpartum Recovery Yoga Series at Earth Breath Yoga.


This series isn't just another yoga class – it's a nurturing sanctuary crafted specifically for newly postpartum women like you. Whether you're recently postpartum or further along the journey, our class offers a safe haven for healing and support that you won't find anywhere else.



Led by our experienced instructor, Maddie Adams, our sessions are tailored to accommodate all levels, ensuring that everyone feels welcomed and empowered on their path to recovery. From gentle poses to mindful breathing exercises, each practice is designed to promote physical healing, mental rejuvenation, and emotional well-being.


We understand that the postpartum period comes with its own set of joys and challenges. That's why our classes focus on adaptive, nourishing practices to support reintegration and recovery for your body, mind, and heart after pregnancy. We welcome non-mobile babies to join the class, creating a warm and inclusive environment for all.


Practicing yoga during the first four months postpartum offers numerous physical benefits that support the body's recovery and well-being. Having a postpartum yoga practice may also help you if you're suffering from postpartum depression. Scientific research and statistical data highlight the positive impact of yoga on postpartum physical health:

yoga students practicing boat pose at a yoga studio in Beaverton Oregon

Improved Core Strength:

Yoga postures engage the core muscles, aiding in the restoration of abdominal strength and stability after childbirth. According to a study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, yoga significantly improves core muscle endurance and strength in postpartum women. (Source: Yaseen et al., 2016)

a yoga student in standing forward fold at a yoga studio in Beaverton Oregon

Enhanced Flexibility:

Yoga incorporates gentle stretching exercises that promote flexibility and joint mobility, which may be particularly beneficial during the postpartum period. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing found that regular yoga practice leads to significant improvements in flexibility and range of motion among postpartum women. (Source: Kinser et al., 2013)

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Stress Reduction:

Postpartum yoga includes relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation, which help alleviate stress and promote relaxation. Research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine demonstrates that yoga-based interventions significantly reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being in postpartum women. (Source: Beddoe et al., 2009)

a yoga student standing with one hand on her hip and reaching over her head and to the side

Better Posture:

Pregnancy often leads to changes in posture due to shifts in the body's center of gravity. Yoga helps realign the spine and improve posture by strengthening the back muscles and promoting proper alignment. A study published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing suggests that yoga interventions contribute to improved postural stability and alignment in postpartum women. (Source: Ward et al., 2018)

a new mother breastfeeding and bonding with her baby

Pain Relief:

Postpartum yoga practices incorporate gentle movements and stretches that can alleviate discomfort and pain associated with childbirth and breastfeeding. According to research published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, yoga interventions effectively reduce musculoskeletal pain and improve physical functioning in postpartum women. (Source: Curtis et al., 2012)



We also want to extend a heartfelt invitation to those recovering from stillbirth or late-term abortion. Your journey is valid, and you are equally embraced in our supportive community.


No matter where you are on your postpartum journey, our series provides a safe space to honor your experiences and nurture your well-being. No prior yoga experience is necessary – just an open heart and a willingness to embrace healing.


In summary, practicing yoga during the first four months postpartum offers significant physical benefits, including improved core strength, enhanced flexibility, stress reduction, better posture, and pain relief. These findings underscore the value of incorporating yoga into postpartum recovery routines to support overall physical well-being.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to prioritize your self-care and embark on a journey of healing and renewal. Book your spot in our Postpartum Recovery Yoga Series today and take the first step towards a brighter, more empowered postpartum experience.


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