(ALL YEAR ROUND EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAY WEEKENDS)
Taster sessions £9- you need to prebook. After this you can buy a block of 6 classes for £54 , that are semi flexible. Shorter blocks are possible if you are at the end of your pregnancy.
What does the pregnancy yoga class involve?
You don’t need any yoga experience and can expect to feel welcome, nourished and nurtured ( there is herbal tea and chocolate/ healthy treats, and I have a passion for making you comfy using my ample selection of bolsters, cushions, blankets and scented eye pillows!)
Pregnancy yoga is a time to be calm, to feel strong and also to let go, to tune in to your baby, to feel that aches and pains and worries are eased, and to deeply relax. Your baby will benefit from your relaxed state and you will feel more prepared for giving birth.
You can expect ; seated relaxation and breathing practices; floor work which includes lots of nourishing , flowing yoga for the hips and back; standing flows which range from adapted balances , to pair work, to working at the wall for support, and flowing through squatting, lunging and forward bending postures which are adapted to suit and feel great in your pregnant body. This is not a time to sweat and strive for a perfect held pose. We work softly through the poses to avoid overstretching and strain. It can feel like an effort at times especially when we work to strengthen the legs and feet but you can work at your own pace and I give many options for adaptions.
You are warmly welcome attend at any time in pregnancy. Many women start around 15 weeks, and most attend right up until their baby arrives.
There is time to chat and drink tea at the end, if you are able to stay this often goes on until around 7pm! Many women have met their baby- buddies at the class and this can be such a valuable source of support and company.
You can book a taster for £9, then you buy a 6 class pass for £54 which you can use over 8 weeks or less. If you know you are going to be unable to make a date as you will be on holiday for example, I will book this date off for you and extend your 6 class period over more weeks so you still have some flexibility.
FAQs: (Frequently asked questions)
Q: I’m not very flexible/not very fit/ I am overweight/ I have back problems/I have Pelvic Girdle pain/ other.. , does this matter?
A: I will go through a health questionnaire with you before class and can discuss adaptions to some of the practices if necessary (for example for pelvic girdle pain). Everybody is welcome and yoga is adaptable to all; you will be able to join in at your own pace.
Q: I have never done yoga before, is that ok?
A: I can think of no better time than to start to practice yoga than at this wonderful, transformative and challenging stage of life!
Q: Do I need to bring anything? What should I wear?
A: No mat required. Everything is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in eg leggings or tracky bottoms.
Further information, eg directions, how to pay, will be sent to you when you email me to book.
My Journey with Pregnancy Yoga
During pregnancy was when yoga became embedded more deeply in my life.
After reading her work and then being taught by her myself when I was 41 weeks pregnant, I was very happy to be able to train to teach pregnancy yoga with Uma Dinsmore Tuli, through Yogacampus, in April 2016, and am grateful to be passing on her deep wisdom and experience. I blend Uma’s teachings with the those of Birthlight, which I used a lot in my own pregnancies.