Pregnancy yoga

Pregnancy yoga

Yoga is a wonderful path to help you sail through a healthy pregnancy, prepare you to birth-with-awareness and also for your life’s next chapter: motherhood.  It is unique because it is holistic, that is it simultaneously helps you to prepare body, mind, and heart.  It is also a powerful avenue to connect to your baby, through body awareness, the power of the breath and the art of just being.

Having practiced Iyengar yoga through my three pregnancies, I have gained a wealth of wisdom.   Supporting women through the too-many-to-count births that I have had the honor of supporting as a birth doula has also given me great insight into the process of birth.  And last but not least, my classes also draw on all the physiology + anatomy knowledge of pregnancy and labour that I gained from Ina May Gaskin and her fabulous team of midwives, at The Farm, during my Assistant Midwife Apprenticeship in 2012.

My pregnancy classes are very popular, usually fully booked and they are much more than a simple pregnancy yoga class….  We have a cup of tea and a chat after each class and discuss any topic related to pregnancy, birth, the post natal period and motherhood.  We have experts and mothers from the groups, that come and join our chat to share their wisdom or stories.  And, the aim is to create a community or “tribe” network among the group participants.

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Benefits of pregnancy yoga

The Iyengar method is unique in that it uses a variety of yoga props to assist students so that mothers and babies obtain the greatest benefits without strain.  Prenatal yoga holds many physical, mental and emotional benefits.  According to Iyengar yoga for motherhood by Geeta Iyengar, these are some of the benefits:

  • strengthens the whole spine and prevents skeletal imbalances,
  • builds strength, stamina, and flexibility,
  • broadens and widens the pelvis and opens vaginal canal,
  • tones the entire nervous system,
  • decreases swelling of the legs,
  • removes fatigue,
  • removes sciatica pain,
  • alleviates heartburn,
  • reduces anxiety and nervous tension,
  • calms the mind by reducing neo-cortex activity,
  • postural awareness increases optimal fetal positioning,
  • enhances secretion of endorphins,
  • breathing techniques develop awareness for pain management,
  • increases confidence and trust in your ability to give birth, and improves energy levels.

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Weekly prenatal yoga classes

WEDNESDAY

18.00-19.15          Pregnancy yoga in Tooting Broadway: Tooting Iyengar yoga studio 

THURSDAY

19.00-20.30         Pregnancy yoga (cup of tea + pregnancy/birth topics discussion included) in Wimbledon: Gooseberry Bush

SUNDAY

18.00-19.30          Pregnancy yoga (cup of tea + pregnancy/birth topics) in Wimbledon: Gooseberry Bush

 

  • Pregnancy yoga at Gooseberry Bush Wimbledon:  Cost of 6 classes pass is £85 until 35 weeks inclusive (8 weeks validity from date of purchase), from 36 weeks onwards £15 single drop in fee.

Class passes are non-refundable, non-extendable and non-transferable to other classes. Try first class for £15 and then buy a class pass afterwards to secure your place.

Advance booking is essential as both classes are very popular and tend to be fully booked.

Sunday 3 of December the class will take place at 19.00 pm!

There will be no classes: on Sunday 24th of December, Thursday 28th of December and Sunday 31 of December.  Back to normal on Sunday 7 th of January 2018. Class passes will be extended to take this into account.

  • Pregnancy yoga class at Tooting Iyengar studio: no need to book

 

  • One-to-one:  private sessions tailored to your specific pregnancy yoga needs in the comfort of your home or in my home teaching studio in Merton Park/Wimbledon.

 

Are you interested in my Birthing-with-awareness workshop for couples?  Find out more in under that section in my website.

 

I am compiling a birth testimonial section with all the beautiful birth stories you have shared with me from all the pregnancy yoga classes that I have taught over the past years. Please keep them coming all birth stories deserve to be shared and cherished.  Have a read if you are interested: http://indirayoga.com/?page_id=1410