How to Set the Tone of a Prenatal Yoga Class?

Article by Eve Sengkeo

Most, if not all, women who are expecting have a lot going on in their personal and professional lives. They have a lot on their mind when it comes to preparing for the next chapter of their lives as a mother.

Many of the prenatal yoginis that come to my yoga class are working women. They come straight from work and plan to do so up until it’s time to give birth. Thus, setting the tone of a prenatal yoga class can make all the difference for an inviting and relaxing environment for the mothers-to-be.

Starting the class with setting the intention is helpful for centering and grounding. I’ll have students close their eyes with their palms together in prayer. Then, I invite students to silently set an intention for themselves. This could be being more forgiving of their mistakes, being less judgement of themselves, or simply letting go of any thoughts that do not serve their highest good.

Next, the students are invited to bring both hands to their belly. I call this “baby space.” I invite them to take a few cleansing breaths to connect with their baby. After a few breaths, I ask them to set their intention for their baby.

Before warming up, I like to open up the practice with a quote on motherhood, personal strength, or love. I also close the class with the same quote in order to tie it all together.

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Below are some of my favorite quotes that I have used throughout the years:

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle, comedian & actor

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. ~ E.B. White

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. ~ Martha Washington

It is within the journey of motherhood that a woman will discover how strong she really is. ~ unknown

While we try and teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~ unknown

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Eve Sengkeo
Eve Sengkeo

Eve Sengkeo, RYT is a prenatal and Hatha yoga teacher. Her passion is helping busy women achieve holistic wellness through yoga and energy healing. You can read all about her setbacks, comebacks, and all the lessons learned in between on her website Welcome to connect with her on Facebook at