Bumps & Babies

At Hot Lotus we are perfectly located near the centre of Stockport and with easy links to the M60 and public transport to make it the ideal location for mums to be and new mums. Pear Mill has full access with plenty of free parking and with a new lift at the back of the mill it is easy to get to our studio on the second floor with or without a baby in tow!

We have created a space which caters for the needs of both mums to be and new mums with space to relax and unwind before and after class, baby change facilities and refreshments on hand. We even provide a microwave for heating baby food and drinks.

Pregnancy Yoga

Our dedicated Pregnancy Yoga classes suitable for women in their second and third Trimester.

Our Pregnancy Yoga teachers have trained through Cherie Lathey, who is a Yoga Alliance Professionals Approved Senior Yoga Teacher. She is also the director of the Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training School and the director of Yoga Mama Wellness. As well as this, she is the co-director of The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy.

Pregnancy is a great personal journey for any woman and is a time of mental and physical change. It can also be a challenging time, as adjustments need to be made as the body starts to change shape.

A Pregnancy Yoga practice can help address some of these changes in a positive way. Women who practice Yoga during pregnancy are able to be really present in their bodies and connect with their unborn child. Yoga has a calming effect on the mother, which is, in turn, transmitted to the baby.

Breathing techniques learnt in prenatal Yoga can be used at any time during pregnancy and many women find them very useful when giving birth. Focusing on breathing can have a profound effect; by learning to control the breath women may feel empowered and more in control of their thoughts and body.

Pregnancy Yoga differs from general Yoga classes, in that many of the classical poses are adapted to accommodate the changes in the body.

Twists are open, poses are fluid and nurturing for the mum to be, creating space in the body and helping to alleviate some of the common ailments often associated with pregnancy such as: backache, heartburn, swollen limbs etc.

By practising Yoga the body is strengthened and toned and many women find that they regain their shape and fitness quicker after giving birth. On top of this, spending time in a Pregnancy Yoga class with other women can be an emotionally bonding experience and many friendships are formed at this time.

Whether this is your first pregnancy or you have been pregnant before, Pregnancy Yoga is there to help you live your pregnancy the best possible way, preparing yourself both mentally and physically for the birth of your baby/babies.

Pregnancy Yoga is also a great opportunity to socialise with other pregnant women in your local area, share tips & support each other in this most precious time of your life.

Our classes are specifically designed to address many of the issues which can occur during pregnancy:

Improved sleep – tips are given about how to get comfortable at night
Posture – improved alignment and better breathing
Digestion – relieve heartburn
Energy levels and vitality
Flexibility and tone
Blood circulation – to you and baby/babies
Inner strength – prepare to be a mother with the heart and soul

Our classes are adapted to the specific needs of the students so everyone can practise with confidence, ease and comfort. Modifications are offered according to stages of pregnancy, flexibility and strength. Various breathing techniques are taught for different stages of labour – offering aid for pain relief and focus during labour and birthing.

Pregnancy Yoga classes are held on a Saturday afternoon. These classes are available as drop-in classes at £10 per class. However, class passes are also available at £40 for 5 and these can be used over a 3-month period. The class is limited to just 12 spaces so advisable to book ahead to secure your space.

Baby Massage

We are delighted to have Katie Kingham on board to offer Baby Massage and Yoga classes. Katie already has established classes in the Heatons and in addition to this will now be offering a baby massage class on Thursday mornings and a Mother & Baby Yoga class on Thursday afternoons.

The Baby Massage course is designed to teach parents a wonderful experience to share with their baby through massage. The course will help to provide a special time to communicate with your baby so they feel loved, valued and respected.

You will learn to incorporate both Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as principles from both yoga and reflexology into your baby massage routine.

Massaging your baby provides a wonderful opportunitya to express your love whilst meeting the need for touch and affection that is so essential for the healthy development of babies.

Benefits of Baby Massage include:

For baby:

Helping your baby to feel securely attached
Helping your baby to feel more loved, valued and respected
Reduce crying and emotional stress
Increase levels of relaxation and longer sleep
Development of body awareness and coordination
Relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort

For you:

Feeling closer to your baby
Gaining a deeper understanding of your baby’s behaviour, crying and body language
Providing a wonderful opportunity to spend one to one time with your baby
Feeling the relaxing effects of giving your baby a massage
Increased confidence in your ability to nurture and care for your baby
Learning a life-long parenting skill

How is the baby massage course run?

The course is suitable for most babies from newborn.

The sessions are baby-led. Do not worry if baby cries, needs feeding, falls asleep or needs changing
You can use the spare demo doll to practice if your baby is asleep or not in the mood
Each week we will review the previous weeks moves and learn a new part of the body to massage
The massage is sequence based and includes legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, hands, face and back
You will also learn a colic and teething routine.
It is a great opportunity to meet other parents and discuss topics and worries alike.

Baby Massage is not available as a drop-in class. We run 1 session a week which is available in blocks of approximately 6 consecutive weeks.

You can enquire via Hot Lotus for a space on the course or contact Katie direct on 07834 269217.

Baby Yoga

Baby Yoga is an interactive routine which is performed with a baby and it’s primary care givers. The parent or carer will help the baby into carefully developed movements that are adapted to the baby’s tender body. These movements include gentle stretching of limbs, and help develop correct breathing by encouraging baby to mimic their parent or care giver’s breathing.

The style of Baby Yoga taught is based on Hatha yoga which means ‘the union of balance of body and mind’. Baby Yoga classes aim to be both a fun and rewarding experience for both baby and carer.

Baby Yoga is a centuries old tradition that provides both baby and parent with significant and undisputed benefits that are widely endorsed by medical practitioners across the world. Tension within the body can block the flow of energy and cause the body to tighten and become painful. Yoga helps release the blockages of tension in the body.

Benefits of Baby Yoga:

Improved relaxation, encouraging longer sleep duration and better quality of sleep
Strengthens their bodies and helps develop reflexes
Helps balance, co-ordination and motor skills
Helps relieve effects of colic, wind and constipation
Stimulates all of baby’s major systems: co-ordination, respiration, digestion, learning ability and language development
Relaxes parent and child
Helps strengthen bond between parent and child
Promotes confidence in handling baby
Offers great opportunity for Dads to get involved
Aids bonding, trust and social interaction whilst improving learning and social development
Great social environment for parent and baby

What is provided?

Class handouts with the movements for you to keep and practise from at home
A bottle of organic sunflower oil for you to keep (massage only)
Comfortable Baby Yoga mats for you to use during class
Refreshments at the end

What do I need to bring with me?

Your baby!
A small towel to go over the Baby Yoga mat (massage only)
A baby blanket to keep baby warm
Usual baby items, changing bag, milk, nappies etc
Please wear clothes that you will be comfortable in and consider removing jewellery

*Please note that massage is suitable from birth for most babies but yoga shouldn’t be started until after 8 week check up with the GP/Health visitor. If in any doubt please don’t hesitate to contact Katie first.

Baby Yoga is not available as a drop-in class. We run 1 session a week which is available in blocks of approximately 6 consecutive weeks.

You can enquire via Hot Lotus for a space on the course or contact Katie direct on 07834 269217.

For details on our class styles click here