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 practise 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 the breath 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.
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.
Our pregnancy yoga classes are held in our unheated studio on the fifth floor, we have a lift and also offer free parking.
You can bring your own mat but we do have a supply if you don’t own your own, we also recommend bringing a pillow to your class.