Berlin Postnatal Yoga & Exercise Classes in English

06 September 2022 | After Your Baby is Born | By Lisa H

Pregnancy, birth and motherhood bring along a lot of changes for your body. So after your baby is born, it is recommended you take a postnatal exercise course to help your body rebuild your core muscles, strengthen your pelvic floor, help combat bad posture from nursing and carrying your baby, and more.

These courses can be attended with or without baby – sometimes it is specified if it is strictly one or the other. They are also a great way to meet other families in your neighborhood.

Different types of classes

Postnatal Exercises (Rückbildung) - these courses are offered by many midwifes, midwife practices and hospitals (usually in German but some in English). They are paid for by your health insurance.

Postnatal Yoga - an alternative to a “regular” Rückbildungskurs.” (Pelvic) floor exercises are integrated into a yoga practice, which also focuses on your breath and posture. If offered as a closed course, your insurance may pay for the course (check with the provider).

Cantienica®- you may see the note “Cantienica® method” for some of the courses listed below. So what is Cantienica®? Cantienica® is a holistic method to work with the body that focuses on strength, alignment and posture. These courses are only partially covered by your health insurance – enquire about the amount you will need to pay out-of-pocket.

Personal experience: After our first child was born, I first did a regular “Rückbildungskurs” at a local midwife practice. However, afterwards I was still having regular pains related to my pelvic floor, so a friend recommended a Cantienica® course (offered by Glücksmama in German), which was great and helped me address my aches and pains holistically. After our second baby was born, I went straight for the Cantienica® course and did not regret it, even though it was more expensive than a regular “Rückbildungskurs.”

Timing

It is recommended that you start your postnatal course no earlier than 6 weeks after a vaginal delivery or 8 weeks after a C-section, once any birth injuries have healed.

For a postnatal yoga course, it is usually recommended to wait a bit longer.

Check the course description to confirm.

(Your insurance will want you to have finished the course latest 9 months after giving birth, if the costs are reimbursed).

📍 However, since spots for these courses book up quickly, I would recommend booking one ahead of time and estimate the start date based on your due date.

Classes Held in English

While there’s many classes held in German, courses held in English are more rare so we’ve compiled an overview for you below:

Mitte

  • Chirohouse* - in person "Pelvic Floor Training for Women"

Prenzlauer Berg

  • Praxis Lemm - in person “Postnatal Yoga & Pilates” (from 3 months postpartum)

  • Hebammenpraxis Prenzlauer Berg - in person “Postnatal Exercise Class using the Cantienica® Method,” closed course for 8 sessions

  • Juliette S Pilates - in person or online "Postpartum rehab & Postnatal Pilates")

Friedrichshain

Kreuzberg

  • Elements of Birth - check back for new dates

  • Every-Body - online and in person “Post-natal Yoga,” closed course for 8 sessions

  • Hebammerie - in person/online “Postnatal Exercises according to the Cantienica® Method”, closed course for 8 sessions

Charlottenburg

  • Viva Studio – in person "Postnatal Yoga" (the instructor teaches in English and German)

Weißensee

  • Heviana - in-person "Post partum gymnastics"

Online Only

  • Anima Schmitz-Salue - live online "Rückbildungskurs, closed course for 8 sessions

  • Gravida Amiga – live online "Postpartum Recovery Course", closed course for 8 sessions

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