LEWISTON — HealthSteps, part of the prevention and wellness services offered through St. Mary’s Health System, will offer a prenatal yoga class geared for women in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. The class will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15 to Oct. 6, at the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Ave. Cost is $40.

Heidi L. Hayes-Audet, R.Y.T., will gently guide expectant mothers through the four-week class where they will learn postures and breathing techniques to invite deep relaxation, conquer fatigue, stretch, strengthen and prepare their changing bodies for childbirth.

Students will also have an introduction to a guided meditation practice. No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Proper breathing and yoga postures can help normalize blood pressure, reduce stress, relieve discomfort in the spine, strengthen pelvic muscles, expand the pelvic cavity and strengthen the entire reproductive system. In addition, prenatal yoga can help guard against excessive weight gain, increase hemoglobin count, normalize thyroid functioning, stimulate the pituitary gland to release prolactin and may enrich breast milk.

Yoga students need to bring a pillow, blanket, yoga strap and water bottle. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and avoid eating a heavy meal one hour before class. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit www.stmarysmaine.com.

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