Yoga for a Conscious Pregnancy

In Prenatal Kundalini Yoga, you'll learn techniques to assist you in preparing for birth on all levels: mental, physical, and emotional. These practices provide a strong foundation and help keep you feeling focused and relaxed.
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Breathe & Relax

At some point during pregnancy many women experience feeling out-of-sorts, overwhelmed, extra sensitive, or just plain tired. In class you'll practice breathing exercises that soothe the mind, body and spirit, as well as prepare you for birthing. Learn how to calm, balance, or engergize yourself in as little as three minutes.

In addition to breath work, each class includes a generous savasana (deep relaxation) enabling you to completely let go and integrate the effects of your practice. Siri Sampuran will show your how to effectively use props to support your body during relaxation in order to release tension.


Stretch & Strengthen

Prenatal kundalini yoga is safe for most women in all phases of their pregnancy. It is a beautiful addition to your current exercise regime and is an excellent compliment to walking and/or your current yoga practice. If you've never taken yoga before, it is the perfect place to start. You can expect gentle stretching, and the conditioning of upper body muscles, as well as the hips, thighs and glutes, with additional focus on strengthening the pelvic floor and expanding lung capacity.

In this practice, we also strengthen the ability to focus the mind through meditation and chanting of mantra. Chanting is a simple practice that opens your heart center and prepares you for birth by opening your lungs and strengthening your diaphragm.

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Connect & Nurture

This is a special time for both you and your baby. The journey of pregnancy and motherhood transforms your life and your identity. At the same time, the foundation of your child's identity is also forming, shaped primarily from your own thoughts, actions, and activities. This class is a peaceful and uplifting environment that will nurture both you and your child.

This practice deepens your connection to your intuition: your innate ability to know what is best for you and your child. In class you have the opportunity to consciously connect with your baby in a supportive setting that is free from the distractions of everyday life.


Learn & Share

Yogi Bhajan, the man who brought kundalini yoga to the West, had a special connection and deep reverence for his own mother and grandmother. Their influence and guidance in his life inspired his work with women. In class we'll share a wide spectrum of ancient yogic knowledge and practical lifestyle information for health and happiness.

Also, you'll get to meet and practice with other mothers and mothers-to-be.

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The purest thing in the world is the heart of the mother, the heart-chakra, the center of the mother. It can move God. It can move the Universe. It can cause an effect beyond limitation. The heart of the mother is the greatest power of Infinity ever given to any finite being.
— Yogi Bhajan

Siri Sampuran (second from left) with a few of her prenatal yoga students.

Siri Sampuran (second from left) with a few of her prenatal yoga students.

Your Instructor

Siri Sampuran Kaur
B.A. PSYCHOLOGY, RYT 200 / RPYT

Siri Sampuran Kaur (Erin Kelley) is a certified yoga instructor, intuitive mentor, birth doula, and founder of Alchemy Yoga.

In 2013, Erin Siri Sampuran tried Kundalini Yoga while attending a workshop in NYC. Despite being a total skeptic, Erin Siri Sampuran credits the practice with completely transforming her life, accelerating her healing from depression and grief, and awakening her personal power. She obtained her teaching certificate from the Kundalini Research Institute in Espanola, New Mexico. In 2016, she completed her prenatal yoga specialty certification under the guidance of Tarn Taran Kaur Khalsa.

Powerful and moving, Erin Siri Sampuran's heart-centered classes provide a supportive learning environment where students breakthrough self-imposed obstacles and experience their own authentic truth.

 



Frequently Asked Questions

I have never done yoga before, can I come to your prenatal yoga class?
Yes, all levels and experience are welcome. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning prenatal yoga or any new exercise program.

I am not sure how I feel about chanting mantra, is this a requirement?
You are not required to chant in class and you can always join in when you are ready to do so. Yogis focus their minds by using a mantra throughout the day and while they practice yoga. Practicing mantra during prenatal yoga will help you during the birthing process. It is an invaluable tool to help you breathe, relax, and center yourself.

Natural labor + delivery is not an option for me; I plan on having a C-section, will I benefit from this class?
Yes, the practices and techniques presented in class go beyond birthing and support a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period.

I don't live nearby so I cannot come to your class, are there any resources that you recommend?
You can search for prenatal kundalini yoga classes and instructors in your area by visiting the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association website.

  • Click on SEARCH near the top right of the page
  • Select TEACHERS from the drop down
  • Enter your location along with the word 'prenatal' in keywords

I also recommend the following books: Conscious Pregnancy: The Gift of Giving Life by Tarn Taran Kaur Khalsa, and Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh.

Additional questions? Please contact Erin Siri Sampuran here.