These classes provide you with a safe haven for yourself and your baby so together you can explore your connection whilst pregnant. Make physical space in your body and spiritual space in your heart for your baby.
Together with your fellow mamas to be, you are supported throughout your pregnancy learning relaxation and breathing techniques, yoga, massage , movement, dance and sound to help prepare and empower you for labour.
I started pregnancy yoga when I was 14 weeks pregnant with Julie.From the moment I walked into her class I instantly fell in love with her warm personality and beautiful way of teaching. She creates a safe space for me to laugh, cry and meet beautiful friends. During my labour and birth I used the techniques I learnt during all of my classes…Julie’s classes gave me great confidence to believe in myself and my body.
By attending Julie’s classes I found village of mums 😉
1. Yoga encourages feeling good
Pregnancy yoga sequences are relaxing and help us produce oxytocin, the baby bonding hormone which orchestrates the bodies’ natural pain reliever and contributes to our level of happiness. When our breath and body flow together, the body moves with greater ease and balances our internal systems, helping our bodies cope well with stress. In fact with a regular yoga practice, situations which were once stressful often disappear.
When women come together for these nourishing practices the magical hormone of ‘oxytocin’ weaves its way through the air, our bodies and babies, creating the lovely warm fuzzy feeling of happiness, security, and relaxation. Once we’ve got it running through our bodies, it’s far easier to recreate this beautifully abundant nourishing cocktail in our labour and birthing experience.
Many students say that these yoga classes are the highlight of their week, when they really get time to bond with their babies and relax their bodies.
2. Yoga prevents and alleviates pregnancy ailments
The myriad of experiences we encounter as women journeying through pregnancy is huge and can be all encompassing. It can be joyful, uplifting and exciting, and it can be niggling, painful and downright frustrating too. We need to find ways to enjoy living on a day to day basis for nine whole months and to synchronise with the ebb and flow of hormonal, emotional, physical and mental changes. A regular yoga practice can help alleviate pain, relaxed your body and mind and help find new ways to move.
3. Yoga connects with our instinctive nature and inner voice
The beautifully flowing, rhythmic nature of the yoga moves when practised regularly enables our body memory to store the moves, so we can move and breathe more and more instinctively, leaving thoughts to the side. When in touch with our instinctive nature we have a heightened awareness of what we need, what is instinctively right for ourselves and our babies. This important inner voice becomes louder and clearer the more relaxed we are and the greater our ability to relinquish control, to let go. We can find this through our yoga practice, with our breath and movement combined.
4. Yoga uses sound
Sound can help release the cervix and prevent tearing. Using sound can really help and release birthing muscles! Laughter and shared sound helps you feel less self conscious and more confident I your voice.
5. Yoga improves blood circulation
We become our growing babies’ life force, without us they cannot survive. We grow a placenta and our babies are nourished through this powerful tree of life. We focus on many practices that energise our bodies and improve our blood flow, to carry vital nutrients via the placenta to our babies. Quality blood circulation is crucial in pregnancy.
6. Yoga brings friendship
Women coming together and feeling a sense of inclusion and shared experience, is central to us feeling emotionally supported in pregnancy. When we get this support our babies know it! An absolute essential ingredient to a positive pregnancy is to feel nurtured and not alone. Sharing a precious, deeply important and necessary first year, for you to spend time with your ‘yoga mums’ and their beautiful growing babies. Sharing the funny moments along with the tiredness and anxieties too helps you offload.
7. Yoga is empowering
In society, pregnancy can be a time where there is a lot of fear and avoidance, yoga can help you to stay in the celebration and power of motherhood, embracing the ups and downs with yoga modifications and lots of breathing and relaxation.
8. Yoga connects you with your baby
Love nestles itself deep within the heart of yoga. Embarking on a pregnancy yoga journey brings so much potential for a precious, deeply connected beginning with our babies. The sequences, meditations and breath work give lots of guidance into bonding. In the still of the yoga space it’s very easy to listen to my growing baby communicating with you, and often you can truly listen and hear your baby. The potential for growth and human connection when women come together can be the truly magical.