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Is Hot Yoga Ok During Pregnancy

What Effect Will The Heat Have On Me During My Pregnancy And How Often Can I Practise In The Heated Room

This differs from woman to woman; always listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Some women are able to maintain their normal practice in the heated room – five to six days a week – throughout their entire pregnancy, while others opt to lower the frequency when pregnant.

Rea, one of our own Bikram Yoga teachers, is expecting her second daughter on October 24, 2011. She says, “I’d been doing two advanced and five beginner’s classes a week before I found out I was pregnant last February. I stopped doing advanced classes immediately and continued my usual amount of beginner’s classes. I never do less than three classes per week. I just go with how I feel.”

Among things you can do to maximize your comfort during class, proper hydration is key. “It is always important for any person practising Bikram Yoga to increase their water intake and to replace electrolytes,” says Laura. “This becomes even more important when pregnant.”

“I drink more coconut water these days to stay more hydrated than usual,” Rea agrees. “I eat more fruit. At times I do leave to use the washroom. Overall I just take it easy and focus more on form than depth, now more than ever.”

Another trick: choose your spot wisely. Though most practitioners are encouraged to lose their attachment to a particular spot in the yoga room, pregnant yogis can ask the teacher or front-desk staff to recommend an area that’s slightly cooler.

Finally, don’t be afraid to sit out any of the postures.

There Are Significant Health Concerns For The Expectant Mother During Pregnancy And Her Growing Baby:

1.    Dehydration

2.    An inability to cool the body

3.    Elevation of the core body temperature-hyperthermia, causing fetal stress

4.    Decreased blood volume caused by dehydration-less blood supply can cause less oxygen to the uterus and to the baby

5.    Enhanced flexibility from the heat and the hormone Relaxin increase chances of injury from over-stretching

6.    Contra-indicated poses like lying on the belly or supine-lying on the back

7.    Overheating has been shown to cause neural tube defects.

Practicing yoga during pregnancy has been proven to be beneficial to both mom and baby, so make sure you practice in a safe and cool environment. Find a class and a teacher who specializes in prenatal yoga and has training in prenatal yoga. Try Yoga Alliance to find a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. You can also But before you start any new exercise program be sure to check with your health care provider and get the OK to practice.

Prenatal Yoga in San Diego:

Are you from Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Oceanside? Prenatal Yoga classes twice a week at Babies In Bloom 1988 Hacienda Drive, Vista, CA 92081

This article is not meant to be a prescription for your particular condition. You should consult with your care provider first.


Can I Do The Bikram Series As Is Or Are There Certain Postures I Should Leave Out

Bikram Choudhury’s wife, Rajashree, has designed a Bikram Yoga series specifically for expectant mothers. This special pregnancy series omits postures that compress the stomach and growing baby and modifies others so that they are safe for you to do. You can buy the DVD at any Bikram Yoga Vancouver studio, or online; it will show you the entire series of postures practised by students at different stages of pregnancy and teach you to perform each pose correctly.

Remember: Rajashree’s suggestions are just that, suggestions. Always trust your own body to tell you what works and what doesn’t. “Some of Rajashree’s modifications didn’t feel great for my body, so I didn’t do them,” says Laura of her own pregnancies. “I’d lie out instead. Some women add in their own modified pregnancy poses. That’s fine, too.”

Why You Should Avoid Practicing Or Teaching Hot Yoga While Pregnant

  • The potential risk of miscarriage, especially in the first trimester. 
  • The first few weeks of your pregnancy are delicate and fragile. 

    Your baby’s body is forming at a rapid pace, and the risk of miscarriage is higher than in later pregnancy. 

    Strenuous poses that involve deep twisting and the added physical stress of extreme heat are not recommended. 


  • Increased risk for neural tube defects.
  • A pregnant woman’s body temperature should not rise to the point of overheating as this can lead to severe complications and adverse fetal outcomes. 

    Studies show that drastic increases in core temperature , especially in the first trimester, can double the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.  

    Given the research, most OB-GYN’s instruct patients to avoid baths with water hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, hot tubs, and saunas. 


  • Stress on your body, adverse effects on the baby. 
  • Physical activity performed in a heated environment causes you to sweat more, which in turn causes increased heart rate, blood pressure, decreased blood volume, and loss of fluids and electrolytes. 

    All of these factors can put stress on your baby. 

    Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day, especially after your workout. 


  • Risk of overstretching and injuring joints & connective tissue.
  • Pregnancy is a time of constant changes both externally and inside your body. 

    Hormone levels are in constant fluctuation during pregnancy, and your body produces more relaxin hormone. 


    Is It Safe To Do Bikram Yoga For The Full Term Of My Pregnancy

    Hot Yoga During Pregnancy – is it Safe

    According to Laura Werner, a registered physiotherapist and Bikram Yoga instructor, the answer is “yes” – as long as you meet the following criteria:

  •  You’ve been a regular practitioner of Bikram Yoga for some time: “at least six months to one year of three to five classes per week … prior to becoming pregnant. In other words, you know the series, you know how your pre-pregnant body responds to the yoga, the hot room, etcetera.”
  • Your pregnancy is low-risk.
  • You feel comfortable and have discussed it with your doctor or health-care provider.
  • If you’re new to Bikram Yoga , it’s best to avoid starting any new form of exercise until after your pregnancy. For those worried about practising in their first trimester , Laura recommends “practising at home without the heat until the first trimester has passed.”

    Does Bikram Yoga Offer Any Specific Benefits During Pregnancy

    “You will learn to become more patient and gentle with yourself and gain confidence in the beautiful mother that you are becoming,” Rajashree says. “Marvel at the miracle of your baby and what your incredible body and spirit are capable of creating.”

    Relaxation and training for labour are two key benefits, says Laura. “Regular practise of Rajashree’s pregnancy yoga will get you in shape for labour. Your muscles will be strengthened and will have increased endurance. Your mind will also be strengthened, which undoubtedly be an asset during labour and delivery.”

    According to Rea, who is now in her third trimester: “My doctor loves that I do Bikram Yoga. My body and mind feel good after I do the 90-minute class. My eating is normal. I have only gained 15 pounds so far. The days I don’t do yoga I feel so pregnant, but when I do it I feel light – physically and mentally. This pregnancy is a piece of cake because I do Bikram Yoga.”

    Yoga And Pregnancy: A Safe Effective Fitness Option For Moms

    April 3, 2018

    This article is authored in part by Salena Quinlan Shults, Owner/Instructor, Yoga on Main.

    Some things just go together, like peanutbutter and jelly or Sonny and Cher. For us, yoga and pregnancy belong in thatlist as well. Yoga has been shown to help improve heart health, reduce depression symptoms, and relieve chronic pain, among many otherbenefits.

    In recent years, we’ve seen a large increasein the popularity of yoga. The 2016 Yoga in America Study found that 36.7 million Americans practice yoga, up from20.4 million in 2012. Of those practitioners, 72 percent are female.

    Many pregnant women do yoga throughout theirentire pregnancies, just as both of us did. Some women might wonder if it’ssafe for them and their developing babies to practice to full term, and otherswho want to start practicing might be nervous about it. 

    Expectant moms often ask us when they have tostop doing yoga, and the answer is: You don’t! We highly recommend yoga for most pregnant women, both from our personaland professional experiences. Yoga has several benefits that are specific topregnancy and recovery. Below, we outline how it helps, suggest poses to try,and offer tips for finding the perfect instructor.

    Yoga Poses To Avoid During Pregnancy With Modifications

    Curious which yoga poses are safe during pregnancy? Here are six yoga poses to avoid during pregnancy and some easy prenatal yoga modifications.

    It’s pretty obvious — yoga is my favorite type of exercise. It’s a total mind-body workout that leaves me feeling clear-headed, open-minded, and good all over.

    It’s also really great for pregnancy. Studies show that moms-to-be who participate in prenatal yoga have a lower incidence of prenatal disorders, low birth weight babies, and lower pain and stress.

    Need guidance on proper prenatal nutrition? Check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide! >>

    So I was really excited to continue my practice throughout my pregnancy. I didn’t want to move straight into traditional prenatal yoga classes, and I assumed that since yoga is so low-impact and modifiable for different levels of fitness, I wouldn’t need to change too much to keep up with my regular classes.

    However, as soon as my first trimester ended and I really began to grow, I was confronted with many situations where I felt like a fish pose out of water.

    Some teachers were great and gave me modifications. But some just ignored me and the repeated advice to “trust my body” didn’t help when my body was experiencing things I’d never felt before.

    It took a while, but eventually, I learned what I could and couldn’t do and easy modifications so I could continue practicing along with the class.

    Do Explore Modificationsaka You Can Still Practice Yoga

    The good news: whether you practice hot yoga or not, there are plenty of modifications that allow you to retain the benefits of a yoga practice in general while staying safe during pregnancy.

    “Stay away from deep twists, deep backbends, and middle of the room inversions,” said Thomas. “I always explain the ‘why’ of which elements of poses should be avoided. I’ve found that if students understand what is happening in their body, and why it may or may not be safe, it informs their practice. There is a common misconception that if things feel okay, than they are okay. is not always true, particularly with ab work while pregnant.”

    Need workouts you can do during your pregnancy? View our workouts here.

    What Is The Risk Of Lying On Your Back During Pregnancy

    Lying on your back during pregnancy can be problematic if it puts pressure on the vena cava. The vena cava is your body’s largest vein. The vena cava’s purpose is to transport blood from your body’s extremities back to your heart.

    Normally, lying on your back would not put excessive pressure on the vena cava, but a pregnant person has the weight of her unborn baby, placenta, and extra uterine fluid sitting right atop the vena cava if they lies on their back. This amount of pressure can decrease blood flow to the uterus and the brain, which could make you feel dizzy or even affect your baby.

    During the early stages of pregnancy lying on your back should not be a problem, as long as your doctor gives you the OK. Exactly when it becomes unsafe will vary from person to person and from pregnancy to pregnancy. If you prefer to follow a rule, stop lying on your back after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If you feel uncomfortable or lightheaded when you lie on your back, you should stop these positions.

    Supine poses can be modified by turning onto one side or the other often with the use of pillows and bolsters. Keller advised, “Instead of lying on your back in savasana, try propping yourself up into a reclined cobbler’s pose or reclined goddess pose.”

    Moms Who Have Practiced Hot/bikram Yoga While Pregnant

    Hey y’all,

    I recognize this may not be popular, however, I know I am not alone. 

    After much thought and after reading much research, I have decided to continue my hot yoga practice through my pregnancy. I have practiced for years, and recently I have been practicing 5-6 times a week .

    One week ago, I found myself four weeks pregnant. My regular OB is in SC, and I live in NY now , so, I have to meet a new OB, who I am assuming is unfamiliar with the Bikram practice and the studies around it.

    I’m afraid she will shut me down immediately when I share my choice .

    I want to go in to this new doctor able to advocate for continuing my practice in the most concrete way possible…so, I am looking for other moms who either practiced during their pregnancy or are currently practicing pregnant.

    I would love to hear about your experiences

    My main questions are:

    • How did you effectively/accurately monitor your core temp .
    • What months did you practiced and
    • Most importantly how did you have this conversation with your doctor.

    The more concrete  information I have from folks who have been on my mat the better! And, please, no berating me for a potentially unpopular choice. I didn’t make it lightly, but it is mine to make .

    Much gratitude and Namaste!

    If you’re interested in some of the research I did, and ways I’ve already gathered information, a brief summary is below.

    I found that there are about 3000 cases of Neural Tube Defects in the US yearly.


    Hot Yoga Is Risky For Pregnant Women And Their Babies

    The hot humid environment of “Bikram” yoga or Hot Yoga can present a significant risk to any exerciser. The risks rise even higher for pregnant women and their growing babies. Even if you are used to practicing in the heated room when you are not pregnant, it is very important that your body is able to cool itself and regulate a normal body temperature during pregnancy. The heat of a hot yoga room doesn’t allow one’s body to regulate temperature. There are so many risks to exercising in a hot room during pregnancy, that hot yoga is not safe for pregnancy.

    Dont Practice Hot Yoga If Youve Never Done It Before

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    This is a big rule of thumb for expecting mothers when it comes to fitness. When you’re pregnant, stick to what you know and avoid adding any new, vigorous forms of exercise.

    Let’s say you are a consistent runner, and you find out you are ten weeks pregnant. Maybe you choose to add in prenatal yoga or more daily walks. But you probably wouldn’t sign up for a Crossfit class series or drop in sprint intervals to each run, right? Common sense says yes, and your body does, too. The same is true for hot yoga. If you’ve never taken a hot yoga class, save it for after your pregnancy.

    Practicing The Original Hot Yoga Through Pregnancy


    Jamie has been practicing the Original Hot Yoga for nearly 9 years. She has practiced regularly through her first, and now second pregnancy.

    As a registered nurse with an M.D. husband, read how she made her decision to keep practicing the Hot 26+2 while pregnant.


    Q: What were the main benefits you received by maintaining a steady practice while pregnant?

    A: Before I was pregnant, my yoga practice kept me fit and calm. I found that once I was pregnant the benefits were the same. Practicing helped me maintain my physical strength through the entirety of my pregnancy. I haven’t experienced any back pain with either pregnancy and have been able to carry the weight well. I haven’t had my second baby yet, but when I labored with my first, the breathing practices from this yoga practice translated directly into the delivery room. I am now seven days away from my due date and still have not experienced any swelling in my ankles. I know that the heat in the room during class has helped with my circulation and kept swelling and varicose veins at bay. It’s no secret that the Hot 26+2 is challenging, but that challenge has helped me build my perseverance. The practice has made me feel calm and centered even when I’m chasing my toddler and anticipating the changes that will come with our new baby. With so much going on, Hot Yoga gave me the time to connect with my baby and be mindful of the physical changes I was going through.


    Benefits Of Being Physically Fit During Pregnancy

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists shares that there are numerous benefits to exercise during pregnancy. Along with maintaining your overall fitness and helping promote a healthy weight during pregnancy, being active may help you shed pounds faster after your baby is born.

    Other benefits:

    • helps with aches and pains, like back pain
    • promotes good digestion, easing constipation
    • decreases the risk of potential health issues, including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
    • decreases your chances of delivering via cesarean section, also known as a C-section
    • keeps your cardiovascular system strong

    Experts from the ACOG recommend that you engage in moderate exercise for 150 minutes each week. This equates to five 30-minute sweat sessions throughout the week. How can you gauge your intensity? Well, you should be moving your body enough to raise your heart rate all while being able to carry a normal conversation.

    And if you’re new to working out, start small and increase your exercise slowly for the best results. Even a 5- to 10-minute workout can benefit you, and you can build up to longer sessions as you become more comfortable.

    While hot yoga may not be the most ideal pregnancy workout, the good news is that yoga in normal temperature rooms can be a great part of your routine.

    Benefits include things like:

    • lowered stress and anxiety
    • increased strength and flexibility

    Alternative Benefits To Hot Yoga During Pregnancy

    Even though hot yoga during pregnancy may not be the best option for you, there are benefits to staying active throughout pregnancy. Just because hot yoga may be out of the question, there are alternative yoga practices great for pregnant women, including prenatal, Hatha, and restorative yoga. These types of classes are typically safe throughout pregnancy, but always notify your doctor and instructor before any activity. Exercise during pregnancy has various mental and physical benefits to keep you and your baby as healthy as can be. Physical activity can help alleviate back pain, bloating, constipation, and even swelling. Mentally, you may experience better moods and sleep or see increased levels of energy, endurance, and stamina.

    Do Take Advantage Of Other Fitness Opportunities

    “Pregnancy is exciting, and it’s a great time to soften and find strength in stillness. Spend time exploring other aspects of yoga, such as meditation, gentle stretching, breathing and prenatal,” offers Thomas. “There will be plenty of time after the baby is born to tackle your yoga goals in a more physical way.”

    “Look at your pregnancy as an opportunity. If you’ve never tried different types of yoga, or mostly stuck to power or hot quick flows, this is a great time to experiment. Try new teachers, classes, and yoga types. Find something else out there with respect to yoga that you can love in a new way,” said Foster. “Prenatal classes can be very empowering. They can help you learn tools to modify your yoga practice in a safe way.”

    The bottom line: hot yoga involves certain considerations that pregnant women must take into account before practicing. While there’s no official rule against doing hot yoga while expecting, be safe before putting yourself—and your baby—at risk.

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    How To Find The Right Yoga Class And Instructor

    Though most forms of yoga are safe for expecting moms, we recommend looking specifically for a prenatal yoga class, especially if you’ve never done yoga before. Prenatal yoga classes are tailored specifically for pregnant women. If you want to start yoga during your pregnancy but no prenatal yoga classes are available, start with a gentle yoga class for beginners. 

    Once you’ve found the class you want, call the studio and ask to speak with the owner or instructor. Let them know you’re pregnant, and ask about the experience and knowledge of the instructor who will be teaching your class. Though it’s not mandatory that all yoga teachers be certified, Yoga Alliance maintains a database of certified, registered yoga instructors that offer prenatal yoga. These instructors are required to meet educational standards in teaching methodology, human anatomy and physiology, and practical trainings.

    Yoga played a huge role in our pregnancies, and it’s a wonderful exercise and stress-relief option for moms-to-be. Talk to your doctor for more information about incorporating yoga into your pregnancy routine, or request an appointment for more information


    Is Hot Yoga During Pregnancy A Good Combination

    During a session of hot yoga, knows as Bikram yoga, the room is heated to around 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity is around 40%. The heat is supposed to enhance flexibility, weight loss and endurance. A work-out can last up to 90 minutes, depending on skill level.

    Pregnancy is a time when your body goes through a lot of changes. It’s only normal since a baby is developing inside your womb. If you are planning to do Bikram yoga then you should consider the risks to you and your baby.

    How To Find The Right Yoga Class Andinstructor

    Though most forms of yoga are safe forexpecting moms, we recommend looking specifically for a prenatal yoga class,especially if you’ve never done yoga before. Prenatal yoga classes are tailoredspecifically for pregnant women. If you want to start yoga during yourpregnancy but no prenatal yoga classes are available, start with a gentle yogaclass for beginners. 

    Once you’ve found the class you want, call thestudio and ask to speak with the owner or instructor. Let them know you’repregnant, and ask about the experience and knowledge of the instructor who willbe teaching your class. Though it’s not mandatory that all yoga teachers becertified, YogaAlliance maintains a database of certified, registered yogainstructors that offer prenatal yoga. These instructors are required to meet educational standards inteaching methodology, human anatomy and physiology, and practical trainings.

    Yoga played a huge role in our pregnancies,and it’s a wonderful exercise and stress-relief option for moms-to-be. Talk toyour doctor for more information about incorporating yoga into your pregnancyroutine, or request an appointment for more information


    “Expectant moms often ask us when they have to stop doing yoga, and the answer is: You don’t!”

    –Jamie Morgan, M.D.

    The Safety Of Practicing Hot Yoga In Pregnancy

    Bamboo Garden Yoga in Delray Beach, Florida

    Is hot yoga ok during pregnancy? If you try to Google this topic, you will notice that the opinions are different and opposite. Some experts and women, too, support hot yoga, while others are strictly against it. But the question is, why? 

    This type of yoga is mostly practiced in warm or even hot rooms, mainly at temperatures of 35°C to 40°C. If you go back at the beginning of this article, you will remember that one of the discomforts women face during pregnancy is increased body temperature. It is not recommended to additionally support increased body temperature by heavy practicing because the body may not be ready to manage it. So, unless you have practiced hot yoga so far, you may consider postponing starting it during this particular period of your life. To maintain the safety of both mother and the fetus, the modification in performing specific extreme postures has to be done like certain poses such as lying on the belly that’s not safe during pregnancy.


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