This class is a wonderful preparation for pregnancy, birth, and becoming a mother. We do yoga for half the session and the other half focuses on antenatal birth preparation with the aim that by the time you are ready to have your baby you feel informed, confident and calm.
The yoga postures are tailored to your individual and changing needs through out your pregnancy making it safe at all stages of pregnancy. There is a strong focus on the breath and bringing your attention inwards during the yoga in order to prepare you for birth and allow you time to connect with your body and baby. The intention is that you will develop tools to use during birth – whatever your journey might be. There is also an emphasis on postural awareness and meeting any aches and pains with gentle strengthening and stretching techniques. There is a relaxation at the end in which you can fall deeply into rest to restore and rejuvenate yourself.
After the yoga we dedicate time to informal discussions around pregnancy, birthing and parenting accompanied by tea and biscuits. There is time to connect with other pregnant women and develop lasting friendships. The aim of these antenatal discussions is that by the time your baby arrives you feel well informed about all aspects of birth and feel supported and empowered. Topics we might discuss for example include the physiology of birth, your birth preferences, creating your birthing environment, ways of coping with labour, the advantages and disadvantages of medical interventions, feeding optional and postpartum recovery and much more!
There is a library of books you can borrow and recommendations for online resources and the latest research. I regularly post articles on my Facebook page, ‘Pregnancy yoga & massage & birth support’.
As a trained birth-educator my knowledge of birth and experience in supporting women is incorporated into the sessions so that I can guide you at your own pace which helps you to tap into your own inner knowledge and intuition and enhances your connection with your baby.
“..pregnancy yoga became such an important space for me to check in with my body and to make time to connect to my baby through deep relaxation. These sessions helped me to trust my body, gave me lots of knowledge about birth and helped me feel positive and prepared.” (C H Allendale)