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. What makes my classes truly unique is that they prepare you physically through the yoga; but they also provide ongoing weekly antenatal preparation/education. So they prepare you at all levels for the birth of your baby. We have a cup of tea and a chat after each class and discuss topics related to pregnancy, birth, the postnatal period and motherhood. Regular attendance will help you feel as best prepared as you can; also by meeting the same mums-to-be week after week you will develop long-term friendships. I have practised Iyengar yoga through my three pregnancies for the past 22 years, taught pregnancy at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale and I have had the honour of supporting over 100 couples through births as a birth doula for the past decade. This has 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.
Weekly pre-natal yoga
SATURDAY 18.00-19.15 Pregnancy yoga (+ pregnancy/birth topics discussion included): live stream!
Due to latest Covid-19 government guidance this class will be now delivered live stream, if you are interested please email me or book your session HERE. X
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 the 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.
Are you interested in my Birthing/Breastfeeding-with-awareness workshop for couples? Find out more in under that section on my website.
Post Natal Yoga Course
The postnatal period is a major transition for women. This class is designed to help the new mum get her body back from the demands of pregnancy. We focus on aligning feeding shoulders and upper body, toning and strengthening the lower back and the abdominal muscles and working on pelvic floor muscles. It also supplies a much-needed place to relax, regenerate and unwind. Next Course TBC but email me for more information.