While many yoga studios offer a class or two for new or soon-to-be moms, Sweet Pea's Studio centers entirely around the care and nurturing of new families, with a bevy of classes, discussion groups, workshops and services as detailed and personalized as the childbirth experience itself.
“My husband and I were starting a family, and I wanted a home base for myself and my work,” says director Jenny Barron Fishman, who is a licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor. “Then it became clear that the community wanted a centralized community like this.” Barron offers classes and yoga sessions that address the entirety of pregnancy and motherhood rather than “just interpretations of poses for the pregnant body.” It also aims to create a space where women can return post-partum and still feel included, encouraged and connected.
The space feels like a classic urban loft with hardwood floors, wood beams and a gorgeous glass ceiling that lets sunlight pour in. Shades of teal and purple are soothing on the system, and photos of pregnant bellies, feminine sculptures and students with their little ones decorate the space and create a familial, homey atmosphere. There are plenty of toys around to entertain kids, who often come along.
In addition to yoga, Sweet Pea's offers regular classes where experienced instructors share tips on topics from breast pumping to making your own baby sling. Parents also meet for support groups about different aspects of motherhood, including raising newborn twins.
Classes: Options for mothers-to-be include walking exercise classes, HypnoBirthing instruction and prenatal yoga, which helps couples adjust to mom's changing body and practice techniques for awareness, breathing and alignment to stay healthy and comfortable during pregnancy and childbirth. For new moms and families, Baby and Me yoga and pilates sessions let you nourish your mind and muscles while bonding with your newborn, and Toddler and Kids' Yogamotion and Kindermuzik lets you share your yoga enthusiasm with your child in a kid-centric way.
Extras: Massage, which can bring relief during both the prenatal and postpartum periods, runs $80 per hour ($115 for 90 minutes). Those craving more specialized bodywork can sign up for the trademarked Bouncing Back From Baby series, where one of Sweet Pea's licensed therapists will treat you to five two-hour sessions geared at re-aligning the body after childbirth, for $575. Or bring baby to an infant massage instruction ($50, or two sessions for $80), where you'll learn techniques to soothe your little one, aid digestion and help develop his/her muscles.
Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger