Deb Flashenberg is the owner, founder, and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center. In addition to teaching yoga to the prenatal and postnatal communities, Deb is a DONA-certified doula, Lamaze-certified childbirth educator, and has a wealth of knowledge in helping to educate and support women during and after pregnancy.
“I have a dance background and was introduced to yoga by a choreographer I was working with, and I immediately took to it,” Deb told MNT. “I slowly started to transition from dance class to yoga and never went back. After several years of teaching prenatal yoga and building a reputation and presence in the field, I started to get requests for online classes from people who lived outside of NYC [New York City].”
“Adding online classes allowed those not in the area to be part of the Prenatal Yoga Center community. Now we are blessed to have people from all over the world watch these videos and benefit from the practice of prenatal yoga.”
Deb and her team of highly trained and educated instructors use a three-pronged approach to teaching yoga. First, they focus on physical comfort and addressing the aches and pains of pregnancy. Next, the team nurtures a supportive community of friendship. Finally, they ensure that childbirth education themes and birthing trends are interwoven into classes.
The Prenatal Yoga Center offers a selection of yoga videos that help to alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms that result from the physical changes that occur during pregnancy. There are sequences to relieve lower back pain and ease carpal tunnel, as well as quick stretch therapies for aching legs and feet.
“I believe it is vitally important for women to mentally and physically prepare for labor, no matter if they want a medicated, unmedicated, or cesarean birth,” explained Deb. “When women have the tools they need to cope with labor, fear lessens and their labor improves.”
“In class, we focus on diaphragmatic breathing within the flow of poses while creating strength and flexibility in the whole body. We work on balancing the pelvis and pelvic ligaments and muscles to encourage the baby into optimal fetal position, and we teach the mothers how to strengthen and use their transverse abdominals, which will help them in the pushing stage. We also address common aches and pains of pregnancy and aim to alleviate them through asanas and specific yoga modifications.”
Here are Prenatal Yoga Center’s top three most popular yoga workouts:
As with any sport or physical activity, yoga will challenge the body to do things it may not have done before, which may cause injury. Never push yourself too hard and make sure you follow guidelines and precautions. If you are pregnant or have a medical condition or injuries, be sure to consult a doctor before practicing yoga.