Pregnancy yoga classes are one of the few forms of exercise widely acknowledged by healthcare professionals to be safe and effective during pregnancy – gentle enough to protect you and your baby but dynamic enough to provide your body with the essential strength it needs.
Suitable for women in their second trimester (14 weeks) and beyond, each class will have an emphasis on building strength in your body to ensure you are in optimum health for birthing your baby and beyond. It can also help to ease some of the physical discomfort women experience during pregnancy.
The physical element of a pregnancy yoga class is just one part of the practice, however. Each class will introduce you to different labour positions, breathing techniques and forms of natural pain relief, providing you with a toolkit of aids to help during the birth of your baby. Classes aim to provide you with a different perspective on the labour experience, helping to take away some of the fear and anxiety you may be feeling. For this reason, many women find pregnancy yoga to be an empowering experience as they begin to prepare for the arrival of their little one.
Pregnancy yoga can be a deeply calming experience and provides your body with the much-needed relaxation it needs. Light meditation is part of every class and provides you with the opportunity to connect to your baby during this special time of your life.
- A safe and effective form of exercise
- Builds strength in the body
- Eases some of the physical discomfort of pregnancy
- Promotes better sleep
- Aids circulation
- Offers the chance to connect to your baby
- Teaches new breathing techniques and birthing positions
- Empowers you on your journey to motherhood
- Relaxes and calms the body and mind
- Offers the opportunity to make friends with other pregnant women in your area
- Anyone from their 2nd trimester (14 weeks) onwards. It is safe to practice all the way through to labour.
- It’s never too late to begin taking a pregnancy yoga class and you can come along at any point in your 2nd and 3rd trimester.
- Check in with your midwife or doctor to ensure you are fit and healthy and able to safely participate in class.
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WEEK 1: Creating Space
Week one will kick off with an introduction to pregnancy yoga, explaining why we do it and what one can achieve from a regular pregnancy yoga practice. The class will focus on creating space in both the body and mind. Physically this will be done through a sequence of side stretches, heart openers and torso lengtheners – aiding organ health and tackling any feelings of tightness a woman may experience as her bump grows. The class will help with feelings of stress and anxiety associated with pregnancy, labour and motherhood, giving mummies-to-be some lovely headspace.
WEEK 2: Birthing Breath
The second week will introduce women to the world of birthing breath. Breath to calm the mind and breath to help you through the contractions. Techniques such as Golden Thread breath (also known as feather breath) and Humming Bee breath will be practiced, as well as encouraging women to embrace deeper earthier tones and noises during contractions. This class has been designed to help women tap in to their inner goddess and embrace the primal side of their psyche.
WEEK 3: Building Strength and Stamina
Developing strength and stamina during pregnancy has some fantastic benefits, both in terms of the labour experience and becoming a new mother. This class will be higher in energy and will focus on building strength in the body in a safe and effective way. As well as energising warrior sequences, some pilates-style movements will be incorporated in to the practice to strengthen the arms, shoulders, legs, glutes and thighs. This class is empowering and fun!
WEEK 4: Natural Pain Management
This week will encourage women to understand a little bit more about managing pain during childbirth, notably using the breath. The breath can be incredibly empowering during your labour experience and this class aims to give you active tools to help you manage some of the discomfort felt at this time. As well as reintroducing many of the breathing techniques learnt in week 2, you’ll also be introduced to several techniques aimed specifically at deeper and more intense contractions.
WEEK 5: The Pelvic Floor
The focus of week five is to introduce women to their pelvic floor muscles. As well as educating of the importance of the pelvic floor before, during and after pregnancy, we’ll spend time isolating the pelvic floor stage-by-stage so that by the end of the class every women understand the best exercises to strengthen and practice this important muscular structure.
WEEK 6: Relax & Restore
The final week of the course will provide an altogether more relaxing and meditative experience. The focus is to release feelings of anxiety and to encourage pure relaxation. The class will open with breathing exercises aimed at restoring balance in your body and will end with a guided meditation that will ease you in to a yogic sleep. The practice will be slow and smooth, working through a Vinyasa-style sequence to relax and calm the mind. The course will end with the aim of leaving participants feeling relaxed, revived and empowered.