I have recently qualified as a Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher with Yogakidz Worldwide, under the expert guidance of Sarah Swindlehurst.
There are many great benefits to practising yoga throughout pregnancy and beyond. It’s a wonderful way for you to connect to your baby while looking after your health and well being.
A typical Pre or Post Natal Yoga class might involve, gentle stretching, postures which are modified to suit individual needs, breathing and relaxation techniques, meditation and mindfulness, massage techniques, and the use of props such as birthing balls, blankets and pillows.
Practising yoga during pregnancy and beyond supports you to be in the best possible shape for you and your baby. The benefits of pre and post natal yoga are on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Focus is given to postures designed to support the body during pregnancy, developing strength and energy while increasing flexibility, circulation and balance. Particular attention is placed on breathing and relaxation, students are guided through breathing techniques that bring physical and mental benefits during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
In addition I will be offering birthing rehearsals, these will be one off 3 hour workshops running throughout the year. The aim of these workshops are to prepare expectant mothers for labour and birth. These workshops are fun and friendly, suitable from 34 weeks into your pregnancy. They will be open to both mother and partner, or 1 to 1 sessions can also be arranged. No previous yoga experience required.
· Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.
· Decrease lower back pain, nausea and headaches.
· Help you prepare for labour and promote your baby's health.
· Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for being a new parent.
· Improve sleep.
· Reduce stress and anxiety.
· Restores hormonal balance.
· Realignment of the spine.
· Strengthens abdominal and back muscles for core strength.
· Helps reduce anxiety and depression, promotes rest and relaxation.
· Toning the deep abdominal muscles, helps knits back together separated abdominal muscles.
· Relieves and avoids postnatal depression, aids bonding with baby.
· Healing emotionally after a difficult pregnancy or birth.
What will typically be covered in a birthing rehearsal workshop:-
· The stages of labour, and what can be expected
· Breathing techniques for labour and birth
· Birthing Places
· Birthing positions
· Sounds and visualisations to assist with the birth
· Use of essential oils
· Massage techniques for partner
· Relaxation techniques and positive affirmations