Welcome and Congratulations on your pregnancy. My name is Nora Doebrich (the owner of Flower City Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Instructor) and I am so grateful to be able to share this experience with you.

Here is some information outlining the amazing things you are doing for yourself and your child, by participating in prenatal yoga. I strive to create a safe, comfortable environment for you to bond with yourself, your baby and other mamas. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you for allowing me to share in the very special journey with you. 

A few things...

In addition to weekly Prenatal Yoga classes, we also have a Facebook Group just for mamas who are in or have been in our Prenatal Yoga classes. Especially with everything being virtual, it is a great way to connect with each other outside of class, ask questions and support one another. I also post articles that are relevant, some poses that may help with discomforts and some thoughts! Here is the link to our group. 

Also, I highly recommend checking our Rochester Area Birth Network for local listings of birth workers and all things pregnancy and baby related. 


Improving the Health of Mom and Baby; 

*According to the Mayo Clinic, prenatal yoga improves sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, increases strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth, decreases headaches, shortness of breath, and pregnancy- induced hypertension. 

*According to the Us National Library of Medicine, prenatal yoga improves birth weight and decreases pre-term labor. 

*According to a study conducted at University of Miami Medical School, women who participated in prenatal yoga experienced less pregnancy related leg and back pain, nausea and depression. Labor research shows that prenatal yoga reduces pain and therefore, the need for medication. 

Increase in Comfort During Pregnancy and Labor

*According to a study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine, women who participated in prenatal yoga had higher levels of maternal comfort during labor and 2 hours post- labor and shortened duration of labor. 

Promoting Healthy Attachment

*Research shows that bonding/ attachment begins in utero and can impact a child's continued growth, throughout life. "Bonding, also known as attachment, is how babies before and after birth, learn what the world is about and is part of their personality development. Healthy attachment between a baby and parent allow the baby to believe that the works is a safe place, beginning the establishment of trust (Marilee Hartling, RN, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)." 

*Evidence suggests that mindfulness and focusing on the mind-body integration can enhance attachment between mother and child throughout pregnancy. Our classes provide you with a designated space to enter into a relaxed state and focus on your special bond with your baby.