PRE NATAL YOGA
Why practice pregnancy yoga and what are the benefits?
Yoga during pregnancy can provide women with the tools and support to equip them mentally, physically and emotionally through their journey.
Through the practice we may use a blend of offerings to work deep into the subconscious and conscious mind with tools such as pranayama, meditation, mantra, affirmations, alongside asana to build confidence, trust in what is happening to the women and her body, connection to self and compassion. All of this allows new mothers to be kind to themselves, to lift any feelings of worry, anxiety, doubt and to embrace, release and be present in the moment with gratitude and love for what they have achieved.
Yoga postures & movement during this time can help to prepare the body by building a greater understanding of how its changing, how you are changing as a women preparing for motherhood. Embracing not being fearful of movement but actually tuning in and moving to gain confidence, strength, flexibility, easing aches and pains, embracing where you and your baby are.
Learning how to connect to and use your breath; to facilitate calm, steadiness, work through contractions, anxiety – for you and for baby. This is through a variety of breathing exercises and methods that mum and baby can benefit from.
Classes offer a great support network, to share experiences, build friendships, and learn together during this time.
Example of a 6 week yoga course
POST NATAL YOGA
Why practice post natal yoga and what are the benefits?
Post natal classes can offer actively the tools to practice self compassion within a calm space that is held with an energy full of nourishment and love.
Post-natal yoga can offer a safe, non-judgmental space and support network to inform and discuss openly the normality of all experiences that new mothers may have had. Alleviating jumping thoughts of worry, fear, lack of confidence, failure etc. through space to process, steady and ground.
Yoga can also provide that immediate support currently lacking from the quick exit out of the hospital after the birth which we know in the UK is on average 1 day for vagina births and 3/5 for c-section. Therefore this fast transition home comes sadly with little additional or infrequent midwife support which in the UK comprises of a visit in the first 2 weeks and then one at 6 weeks via the NHS.
Through the practice we may use a blend of offerings to work deep into the subconscious and conscious mind with tools such as pranayama, meditation, mantra, affirmations, alongside asana to build confidence, connection back to self, self belief and compassion. All of this allows new mothers to be kind to themselves, to lift any feelings of guilt or failure, to accept, release and be present in the moment with gratitude and love for what they have achieved.