Pregnancy Yoga is a gentle form of yoga which releases tension, alleviates prenatal ailments and keeps the body supple and toned during pregnancy. It is one of the best ways to gently exercise and is designed specifically to help you as you progress through your pregnancy, from 14 weeks onwards, all the way through to the birth.

Why pregnancy Yoga?

Pregnancy Yoga differs from general yoga classes, in that many of the poses are adapted to accommodate changes in the body and help to alleviate some of the common ailments often associated with pregnancy such as backache, heartburn and swollen limbs.

By practising yoga your body is strengthened and toned, and the gentle stretching eases tension. The movement and breath work has a calming effect on you which is, in turn, transmitted to your baby. It will help you to be really present in your body and allow you to connect with your unborn child. Breathing techniques learnt in prenatal yoga can be used at any time during pregnancy and many women find them useful when giving birth. In addition, spending time in a Pregnancy Yoga class is a lovely way of meeting other pregnant women and many friendships are formed at this time. The benefits of Pregnancy Yoga include:

  • Helps to keep the body supple and toned without strain
  • Helps to boost energy
  • Relieves aches and pains
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Aids relaxation and restful sleep
  • Improves posture and relieves lower back pain
  • Strengthens pelvic floor muscles
  • Promotes a strong connection with your baby
  • Teaches you breathing exercises that can be useful during birth
  • Allows you to form friendships with other pregnant women

 

Any mummy-to-be can practice

You don’t need any prior experience of yoga to practice Pregnancy Yoga, and you don’t need to be flexible, fit or strong. It’s best to rest in your first trimester, and then start coming to class regularly from your 14th week of pregnancy.

What to expect

My Pregnancy Yoga classes include a combination of soft flowing movement and static postures. We also focus on breathing techniques and pelvic floor exercises to prepare you for the birth and beyond. There is always plenty of time for relaxation, allowing you to let your body and mind release so that you leave feeling energised and restored.

See you on the mat!

I provide all the mats and props for my classes but you are also welcome to bring your own. It’s best to wear comfortable clothing and you don’t need footwear as yoga is done with bare feet. You might like to bring a bottle of water and it’s also nice to bring something warm to pop on for the savasana (relaxation) at the end, so you’re nice and snug.

A Pregnancy Yoga class is £10 when booked as a block of classes.

Find a class near you, or learn about private tuition and my monthly Pregnancy Yoga Brunch.

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