Top 10 Prenatal Pilates and Yoga Studios in Sydney

Exercising during your pregnancy is one of the excellent activities you can do, especially if paired with a healthy diet. Not only does this increase comfort in the long run, but it also keeps you energised and active, allowing you to prepare for your labour and childbirth.

However, you might find it challenging to determine which exercises are suitable for your changing body as high-intensity workouts may no longer be prescribed, let alone be comfortable for you. Keep your chin up! You can match your baby's movements and kicks by doing prenatal pilates and yoga. And no, you do not need to be super flexible or own any expensive equipment in order to begin!

Pilates and yoga increase flexibility and muscle strength. Requiring dynamic and controlled movements to help stretch the muscles, the former focuses on aligning the spine and strengthening the core. Yoga, on the other hand, involves static stretching. It entails holding a posture to toughen specific muscle groups. Aside from improving bodily balance, Yoga alleviates fatigue, cramps, and back pain. Furthermore, both activities strengthen your pelvic floor, which is beneficial for when your baby is on their way to meet you!

Complemented by mindfulness and focused breathing--which is useful for labour--both pilates and yoga lead to improved mental health. These reduce stress and improve your overall mood. Hence, promoting a relaxed and positive mindset. To know which exercise is best for you, seek the advice of your prenatal healthcare provider.

You can maximize these benefits by joining other mums and mums-to-be in pilates and yoga classes! Doing so cultivates a sense of community, leading to better emotional health. We have come up with a list of the top 10 (in no particular order) prenatal pilates and yoga studios in Sydney that provide active yet gentle sessions that you can join in on!

Note: An * indicates that the studio is not exclusively for prenatal yoga and pilates programs but does offer these classes.

1. Mother Nurture Yoga

Location: Sydney CBD, Blacktown, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Chatswood, Five Dock, Hornsby, and North Parramatta

Led by professional and qualified yoga instructors, Mother Nurture Yoga conducts prenatal yoga and pilates sessions that are suitable for every trimester. They also lead live-streamed classes, prenatal barre, postnatal core fix, as well as workshops such as birth preparation (for couples) and pregnancy relaxation. Preparing you for birth and motherhood, Mother Nurture Yoga also has an exclusive online support group wherein mums plus mums-to-be can converse and enjoy perks, free training, and discounts. A finalist of the Australian Business Awards in 2017 and 2018, they were featured in several publications and news networks, too.

2. BodyMindLife*

Location: Bondi Beach, Kirrawee, Redfern, Potts Point, and Surry Hills

BodyMindLife's prenatal reformer pilates classes are safe and tailored for every woman at any stage of pregnancy. Designed for you in preparation for your little munchkin's childbirth, every 50-minute session focuses on maintaining abdominal and pelvic strength. BodyMindLife is led by internationally competent teachers. Whether you are a beginner or not, you are most welcome to their exceptional facilities and to use their latest equipment!

3. Egg of the Universe*

Location: Rozelle and Alexandria

The Egg of the Universe's down-to-earth and humble instructors conduct prenatal yoga classes in their studio. Their sessions focus on physical health and mental wellbeing, making sure you are gaining strength and practising mindful breathing while being relaxed, which is vital for a seamless childbirth experience. Plus, they offer postnatal classes to both mums and dads with their babies!

4. One Hot Yoga*

Location: Potts Point

One Hot Yoga provides three options for mums and mums-to-be: reformer pilates, power yoga, and yin yoga. To help improve your core and pelvic strength, their 50-minute reformer pilates session is complemented by the use of spring resistance. Their power and yin yoga sessions, on the other hand, are focused on strength building and mindfulness, respectively. While they have a serene studio and exceptional customer service, they also conduct online classes.

5. Yoganic*

Location: Willoughby

Yoganic's flow prenatal yoga sessions ensure you are physically and mentally ready for labour, childbirth, and beyond. Also, their prenatal pilates involves a full-body workout, complemented by various equipment such as therabands, stability balls, and hand weights, among others. Furthermore, their pilates reformer classes are limited to six participants per session--much-deserved personal guidance is guaranteed! They also conduct online instruction and have a mobile phone app where you can schedule your classes.

6. BodyLove Pilates*

Location: Woollahra

BodyLove Pilates' is a passionate group of instructors that conduct quality and mindful classes that promote both physical and emotional wellbeing. You can participate in their prenatal program, which includes yoga, reformer pilates, mat pilates and barre, all these help you become energized and powerful as you evolve through each phase of pregnancy. You will surely enjoy every session in their state-of-the-art studio or at home as they also conduct online classes. Furthermore, their program integrates an opportunity where you can connect with their nutritionists, physiologists, and acupuncturists.

7. Transform Yoga, Pilates, and Barre*

Location: Balgowlah

For their prenatal program, Transform offers hatha yoga and pilates classes. The former ensures you have a hassle-free and mindful pregnancy. The latter, on the other hand, allows for an active, toned figure as it evolves through trimesters. You can complement this with yoga and barre, too. Moreover, you can avail of their postnatal yoga and pilates (or both) sessions to help you regain your pre-pregnancy bod--with your baby! Transform is led by an internationally renowned yoga instructor and bestselling yoga author along with teachers who have unparalleled dedication and care.

8. Evolvere*

Location: Lane Cove

Evolvere’s cheerful and passionate instructor, Tatiana, specializes in prenatal and postnatal yoga and pilates. She can help you navigate the various stages of pregnancy with a guarantee that you gain flexibility and stamina. She leads barre sessions, too. Evolvere provides individual care for people of all ages--even for babies!

9. The LifePod

Location: Paddington

The LifePod's prenatal yoga classes assist mums and mums-to-be in going through their pregnancies with a deeper sense of confidence, courage, and calm, which help in an uncomplicated labour and childbirth experience. The LifePod also facilitates postnatal yoga, where mums and babies connect and relax, as well as a private birth support workshop for couples to prepare them for their little one’s arrival.

10. Kula Yoga & Pilates*

Location: Turramurra

Kula Yoga & Pilates' yoga sessions make sure you have a difficulty-free pregnancy. Their classes aim to increase your pain threshold and vitality, improve blood circulation, and improve your immune system. Plus, they allow space for mums and mums-to-be to connect and learn to ease the anxieties brought about by pregnancy and motherhood. Kula Yoga & Pilates also offers postnatal yoga sessions (with babies) to help mums heal from birth. If you prefer pilates, one-on-one sessions are highly encouraged.

After you have worked hard on gaining the strength and flexibility needed for childbirth, the best way to have a well-deserved beauty rest in your last week of pregnancy is to treat yourself to a maternity photo shoot in Sydney. Flaunt your gorgeous and capable baby bod and let Chapter One Photography do the magic! Enjoy an exciting and fun photo session with us, throughout which we will capture exceptional photographs ready to be shared with loved ones or be hung on your wall. If you are looking for a more unique experience, we also have milk bath options available where you can feel your best in a flowery milk bath photoshoot! You can also have us for your baby’s newborn and cake smash photoshoot in the future.