Pregnancy yoga

Thank you all for your testimonials and for sharing your beautiful, breath-taking, powerful birth stories from all the pregnancy classes.

All birth stories deserve to be shared!  So I have started this section to collect them, treasure them and share them with other mums-to-be.  Keep them coming!

“I was new to yoga when I started attending the pregnancy classes at 16 weeks pregnant but found the classes really relaxed and poses easy to follow. The classes definitely helped keep me mobile towards the end of my pregnancy and i felt so relaxed, balanced and energised after every class including the one I attended the day I went into labour!

I am now very much looking forward to joining your post natal yoga classes soon.” Chloe

“I spend some time shopping around for pregnancy yoga classes in South West London.  This was by far the best class I attended.  It was the perfect mixture of yoga (not just stretching), relaxation, working with the breath, understanding how to help my baby to be in the optimal position, and learning about the normality of birth.

Indira is a mother herself and a very experienced doula so she is very in tune with the reality of birth; so her classes are packed with empowering information. She creates a very friendly and nurturing environment and her passion for supporting mothers through pregnancy comes across in each and every single class. The cherry on top of the cake was the tea and chat we had after the class, where she answered questions and sometimes shared birth stories. I felt well prepared both physically and emotionally, and it dissipated all fear I had been exposed to during some of my NCT classes.”  Michelle (July 2014)

“I just want to say a huge thank you for the fantastically supportive classes – in every way…the physically strengthening exercises, the mental preparation, the breathing techniques and the group discussion. All has been hugely helpful in making this birth experience what it was. A massive hug to you.

All the best and hopefully see you at your post natal group in a few weeks!”  Megan

“Just to let you know our beautiful son Marcos was born on 1th February 2014.

I just want to say a big thank you for the advice on positions and breathing techniques which contributed to my relaxed, calm and gentle birth experience.

As this was my first baby I didn’t know what to expect and was apprehensive about the birth. However Marcos was born after a relatively short (5 hours) natural labour. I used the relaxation and breathing techniques practised in the class to really focus on my contractions and I am sure this helped to progress things along quickly…” Siobhan

“I really wanted to thank you Indira! You prepared me so well, both physically and mentally. In fact during the worst of the pain (the stitching!) I was high as a kite on gas an air sucking in time to a wave meditation that I blanked out for a period of time but could hear a voice in my head saying over and over ‘Indira will get you through this’ as the gas an air wore off I remember saying your name and telling the Doctor and midwife you were my yoga instructor. Thank you so much!” Kris (June 2012)

“Hi Indira,

Thank you so much for your lovely email! Yes, I had my little girl two weeks ago today and she is gorgeous. I had a super-fast labour – two hours start to finish! We didn’t even have time to put the birth pool up and I ended up having her in the bath! I definitely made the right decision to have a home birth as I don’t think I would have made it to the hospital in time.

I would love to come and share and my story with the yoga ladies. I live very close to the studio so it would be easy for me to pop in. Let me know which weeks you are there and I will come by.”  Sarah

“Dear Indira,

I am sorry it took me so long to write how thankful we are. It is difficult to put it in words, it seems that any word wont describe how important and special you were during my preparation for the birth and the moment of Alice’s birth.

All the information you provided us made us confident and strong to have a natural birth. Leaving behind fear, anxiety and doubts. Through the practice of Yoga during my pregnancy I learnt position and breathing technique that allowed my body to relax and being ready for an active birth.

When the day came you were there with your support, faith and care helping me pass trough any difficult in order to have the most amazing experience I have ever had – the opportunity to birth my daughter. We felt very privileged to have you with us. You will always be part of our lives.

Congratulation on the wonderful work you do with Birthing, Breastfeeding and Yoga!

Thank you for all your LOVE,

Maria, Tiago e Alice

“Hi Indira,

This is Bani. Sorry for being 7 weeks late and writing you an email. As you know it, some babies are harder than others and mine is one of them but is getting better and now I can get to write an email 🙂
I wanted to thank you for the great class and say how I could hear your voice in my head while going through contractions, the best ones were:
– be friend with your pain
– relax and breath deep
– don’t tense your shoulders
– take every contraction at a time and don’t think about how many are left

I had a lot of pre labour contraction which started from week 36 and would get strong every evening till midnight or longer, by week 40 still lots of contractions but they wouldn’t get close or would disappear, tired of all pain and desparate to get the baby out I tried all possible existing suggestions to get the baby out but no luck! 
12 days later I had some bleeding so went to the hospital on Sat night the 19 April , my contractions were 8 min apart. After being checked and a sweep was sent home which made contractions 40 min apart and it went on for the whole next day! Sunday evening contractions became 10 min apart and I got excited that this is it but no luck! It carried on…
Exhausted of pain and lack of sleep and discomfort of having tense machine attached for the past 2 days I fell sleep at 4pm and there it was, all of a sudden contractions became 2 min and then 1 min apart by the time we got to the hospital which was 30 min later.
I was only 2.5 cm dilated which meant they wouldn’t let me in birthing unit so had to wait . 6 hours and a pephidin injection later, I made it to birthing centre and to the pool. It was beautiful, relaxing and peaceful. At no moments I thought about Epidural as I managed the pain with deep breath, rhythmic walking, singing and so on. Almost towards the end I tried gas and air but made me vomit so that was the end of it.
From active birth till delivery it was only 6 hours and at 5 am on Tuesday 22 April I was holding my baby girl Roxana. As to your suggestion I looked at the placenta and was very surprised by the size of it!
Hopefully we will see you soon at post natal yoga class after we had our check ups. 
Thanks again for the amazing classes.
Bani .” Bani (June 2014)

“Hi guys, 
My name is Jemma Rhodes I did 10 weeks of pregnancy yoga, attending both Indira and Annabel’s classes and just wanted to thank you all for the invaluable inner strength and preparation it gave me for the birth of my son.
Sonny Michael Rhodes was born on 20th October at 4:15pm on my bathroom floor. After only 3 hours of contractions that I felt totally able to deal with thanks to the combination of breathing, active birth and relaxation advice, I decided to go to hospital as they intensified. I thought I’d make one last trip to the loo only to feel the head crowning. Instead of panicking I calmly told my husband that I could see the head and to call 999. Luckily my mum who was staying stayed calm too and 4 minutes later Sonny was born! It was as truly magical experience, I only wish I’d planned a home birth which would have saved the emergency services a trip. 
Please pass on my eternal gratitude to Indira and Annabel. 

Best Wishes
Jemma and Sonny”

“Just to let you know our beautiful son, Elias Sidney James, was born on 17th February 2013 weighing 8lb 11oz.

I just want to say a big thank you for the  advice on positions and breathing techniques which contributed to my relaxed, calm and gentle birth experience.

As this was my first baby I didn’t know what to expect and was apprehensive about the birth. However Elias was born after a relatively short (5 hours) natural labour. I used the relaxation and breathing techniques practised in the class to really focus on my contractions and I am sure this helped to progress things along quickly.

I was new to yoga when I started attending the pregnancy classes at 16 weeks pregnant but found the classes really relaxed and poses easy to follow. The classes definitely helped keep me mobile towards the end of my pregnancy and i felt so relaxed, balanced and energised after every class including the one I attended the day I went into labour!

I am now very much looking forward to joining your post natal yoga classes soon.”

Zoe (June 2012)

“Hi Indira,

I hope you are doing well.
I would like to share with you my labour experience, as you helped it to make more special and easier.
David was born on the 13th at 8:31am. As most of the time a birth plan is not according to the plan, so mine was not different.
On Friday at 7pm I started bleeding and it was getting stronger and stronger. At the hospital they could not find out why I was bleeding so much ( and that was the part that scared me “the unknown”).
They broke my water and no contractions, than have done the sweep and still just a few contractions and because of the blood they needed to carry on with the induction and gave me the hormone.
I could manage the contractions for about 4 hours, but the last 2 was only about 1 min a part and I asked for an epidorial, as I was far away from 10cm.
The birth was quick and magic, I still have this picture in my head and this amazing feeling when they put him in my arms.
I lost over 1lt blood and staid at the hospital for 2 days.
I was prepared for the pain during the labour, and each contraction during the 4 ways was for me one step closer to him, but I was not expecting such a strong pain after labour.
I had urine infection, than the tear area was very swollen. I couldn’t walk, sit… And had this constant pain the whole time.
Yoga helped me to not let this pain control my life. It helped me to focus on the miracle of life, to breath, to stay calm.
And for that I would like to thank you. You are doing a great job, with passion, and you are helping many women in the same situation as mine. You make the difference.
I wish you a happy Xmas and I am looking forward to start the yoga classes with my little boy.
Best Regards,
Gisely

“Hi Indira,

Hope you are well.

I went into St Georgie’s on Sunday 19th Oct to start the induction process, they examined me and I was still 1cm and the bishops score 3/4 also the head was very high. there had been no change since the following Sunday.

They put the pessary in and we waited, did lots of walking up and down the stairs and walking around the hospital and visits to M&S, they wouldn’t let me go home as I was over 42 weeks. I was in a ward which I was not expecting as Michelle and some other people I know had a private room, but there was no option to even pay for a room. I did have a window bay. Had a very bad night sleep with monitoring and hearing women go into labour etc.

On Monday we did the same walking around the hospital, bouncing on the ball, drinking the Mexican hot chocolate (which I loved) etc.

They removed the pessary (which was horrible) and there was no change. So for the 12 hour break we said we would like to go home which they won’t happy about but we did and came back first thing on Tuesday morning.

They checked me again and no change and they did another pessary at 8 and at 2 I started to get pains which then got worse and worse and were consent with no break. After about 10 hours I said to James I wanted out, I just had this feeling that I was in pain for no reason. They were not that happy as they don’t like to stop the process half way through. They did take it out which was horrible again. Still no change. We spoke to the doctor and discussed what our options were and we decided we would have a c section in morning. We were the first on the list. We went home again and went to sleep at 12.30 and I woke at 2.30 to go the loo and my waters broke. So we went straight back in to hospital and they monitor me for rest of the night and then the doctor came to see me at 7.30 and there was still no change apart from my water breaking, no contractions and the head was still really far up.

We got ready for the c section, gowns scrubs etc and walked one min to the operation theatre, the anaesthetist was amazing, I was not nervous or scared one bit or disappointed in our decision to have the op, just excited to meet our baby. I was now 42 weeks 3 days. I asked the anaesthetist if we could have music and he said yes, (thank you for the great advice it made the op very personal to us and we will also have those songs to remind us of Elliott’s birth) James quickly made a playlist of songs that meant something to us. The whole experience was amazing and very emotional. He also needed some help coming out with forceps, he was really stuck in there. Our little boy was born at 10.21 on 22nd October 2014 weighing 8lbs 15oz.

I feel like I have done the full circle of wanting the Carmen suite having a water birth to c section. I feel like I listened to my body and made the right decision for us. I am not disappointed at all.

I am loving being a mother, what a special and amazing experience. Breastfeeding is going really well and he is a happy, alert and contented baby.

I would love to say a big thank you for all the advice and guidance, I feel that doing yoga has changed my pregnancy and birth experience in every way. I had always been scared or being pregnant as I thought the baby had to come out somehow and either way was going to be painful.

We are looking forward to doing the mother baby yoga in a few weeks.

Thank you

Lots of love

Lucinda and Elliott.

“Hello Indira,

I hope you are well.

Just a quick message to tell you that my little boy arrived into this world on Sunday evening at 38+5 weeks. It was the birth I wanted, at home with no interference. In fact the midwife didn’t get here in time for the birth! She helped with the placenta though.

I wanted to say a massive thank you to you. I was thinking of your good words, practiced the breathing, and adopted the position we did last week, where the bolster is upright against the wall and leaning my head on it. I found it very helpful.”  Zinnat

 

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