Yoga + Fitness
©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth
Open Circle offers yoga and movement classes for expecting moms, parents, and newborns through preschool aged children. Our classes focus on physical health and wellness, as well as meditation and mindfulness practices to help families manage the changes and challenges in life.
I have been practicing yoga for 17 years, and during my last pregnancy, I sampled several different prenatal yoga classes locally. Kaeli’s was by far the best one and I decided to continue. In addition to the physical and meditation practices within these classes, Kaeli used them as a forum in which to offer ongoing pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum education, and to facilitate a space for peer-to-peer support.C.W., mother and Nurse Midwife, Pawtucket
Expectant mothers explore the changes their bodies are undergoing, and prepare for the powerful experience of childbirth and mothering. Classes focus on providing physical support during pregnancy, and preparing for labor. They incorporate gentle strengthening, stretching, body awareness and breath exercises. Special emphasis is placed on building pelvic floor and core strength to support the body through natural structural changes, and on developing mental focus and calm through breath and meditation practices. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
I was lucky enough to find Kaeli’s Prenatal Yoga class 9 weeks into my pregnancy and started right away. It was the one thing I did for myself every week through my entire pregnancy and I am SO glad I did. The prenatal yoga helped me stretch, relax, unwind, and focus on my baby and of what was to come for labor and delivery. Kaeli’s instruction on how to locate and utilize the muscles used for delivery was vital to me. The yoga helped me recover faster. Then I went on to the Mom & Baby Yoga class to work on getting strength back and bond with my baby.
Six and Eight Week Class Series
Parent + Little Baby Yoga
For parents with babies 4 weeks to crawling. Classes provide moms, dads or caregivers a relaxed space to connect with other parents as they explore the physical and emotional joys and headaches of caring for an infant. Yoga postures and breathwork focus on supporting postpartum healing and easing physical and emotional stress caused by round-the-clock infant care, as well as understanding the needs of a new or young baby. While classes focus on the mother or partner, infant massage and movement exercises are included to support infant health and parent-infant bonding.
©Dana Siles Photographer
Parent + Big Baby Yoga
For parents with babies crawling to 2 years old. Classes focus on self-care and strengthening exercises to help you keep up with your now mobile baby. Yoga postures and breath work focus on healthy movement patterns and releasing tension in parents, while involving the babies with song and rhyme. Focus continues to be on supporting parent health, while creating opportunities to play and bond with baby.
©Dana Siles Photographer
Little Child Yoga* (For 2.5 to 4-year-olds)
Classes engage toddlers- (and their parents) through story and song based yoga. As children explore their full range of activity and feelings–from wild things to cuddlers, from love bunnies to fierce tigers, they experience sensory system balancing movement and rest. –and in turn, parents will discover how to create a safe responses to the often unnerving energy level of these little forces of nature, without being overcome by anger, fear, or overwhelm!
©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth
Belly Dance for Pregnancy + Babies
Join pregnant women and mothers with babies in wraps for an hour of gentle belly dance. Offering a surprisingly deep workout, belly dance is both powerful and feminine. It emerged hundreds of years ago as women supported one another through the sensations of childbirth. Movements develop the flexibility and strength needed in the birth process and mothering, and connect women to the power and wisdom of their bodies — helping them embrace the many changes that come during the childbearing year. Open to all levels; no experience necessary.
World Dance for Pregnancy + Babies
Celebrate the joy of movement through learning African and Latin dances with other prenatal and postpartum parents. Women and partners can participate during pregnancy, or with babies* in wraps and carriers. Explore a cardiovascular workout filled with fluid and strong movements that support whole body health and core strength. Open to all levels — no experience is necessary!
*Babies 4-weeks-old to 2 years are worn in carriers and wraps, and receive the benefits of being close to mom and experiencing developmentally supportive movement (babies often sleep happily through class!). Parents also have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of baby wearing and the various styles and techniques suitable for your baby’s age and body type. If you do not have a carrier, we have some to loan and can provide information on buying, renting or safely making your own.
“I strongly believe that doing prenatal yoga at Open Circle helped me stay strong and pain-free through my pregnancy, and recovery more quickly after delivery. I learned so much from the teacher, whose knowledge of anatomy is incredibly detailed, about how the body changes in pregnancy and during delivery. I relied on laboring positions and breathing I learned in prenatal yoga during my labor. Open Circle provides a wonderful and welcoming atmosphere for moms both before and after pregnancy!” ~ Dr. A.S., Providence
“I love this prenatal/mom & baby yoga class where I’m able to come with my baby and enjoy stretching and breathing with him around. Is a good body-mind break and a great way to start the day. Kaeli is the best.” ~ C. D., Providence, RI
“It has been a wonderful experience for my daughter and I to attend yoga together at such an affordable price for our family. We bond during class with one another, the other babies, parents and our instructor. We thank Open Circle for making yoga accessible to us both physically and financially!” C.S. and Baby A, Providence
“Prenatal yoga and prenatal massage at the Motion Center made my pregnancy significantly more comfortable.” ~ L.H., Providence