Why Pregnancy Yoga?
Yoga is increasingly recommended to pregnant women because it is a gentle way of maintaining or gaining fitness while reducing anxiety with breathing and relaxation techniques. The Yoga that I teach is Birthlight Yoga (with Active Birth) – the name Birthlight refers to both ‘birthing lightly’ without undue strain, and the spiritual dimension of birth, that is often forgotten.
Birthlight practices are science-based but taught from the heart to nurture the whole person. Birthlight is recognised by the British Council of Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and the Federation of Antenatal Teachers (FEDANT). Birthlight Yoga is accredited with the Royal College of Midwives in the UK and keeps up with the latest developments in international midwifery circles and research networks.
When should I start coming to classes?
I recommend from 14/15 weeks Pregnant.
I have never done any kind of Yoga before, can i start during Pregnancy?
Yes, Pregnancy Yoga is very gentle and is suitable for absolute beginners! Pregnancy is a wonderful time to begin a gentle practice such as Yoga, and the classes will help to open your body and strengthen you ready for birth. I always explain each posture so that everyone understands the different poses. You will be sent a booking form detailing any specific medical conditions – if there are any concerns we can talk them through before you start.
I have been diagnosed with SPD / PGP – Can I still attend Yoga classes?
Yes you can. There are lots of poses you can do with SPD. Adaptions will be made for you so that you are as comfortable as possible. One of the best and most important things to do is to relax – we do a nice relaxation at the end of each class.
I am planning on having a Caesarean Birth, is there any point in me coming to Yoga during my Pregnancy?
Yes, I have had women attend my classes who have either planned a caesarean or need to have a caesarean for medical reasons. It is still very beneficial to come and relax during your pregnancy, connect with your baby, learn breathing techniques (which can be used during surgery) and meet other mums to be.
How long should I attend classes for?
For as long as you want to. So long as you are comfortable, you can attend right up to your due date and beyond.
How do i book?
Complete the online booking form on the YOGA page of my website.
How do i pay?
Cash or Bank Transfer / Cheque or Paypal.
How much? and what do i do if i cannot attend a class?
Your first class is £10 cash, then if you would like to continue coming, classes are paid monthly in advance by calendar month. £11 per class (£12 per class at THE STUDIO/£14 drop in)
Week by Week payments from 37 weeks on.
I only have a max of 10-12 students at a time, so if you would like to continue coming regularly, it is wise to secure your spot by letting me know your intent to continue coming at the beginning of each month, and let me know of any absences you may have coming up such as holidays/NCT classes. I will hold your spot for you until the end of your Pregnancy. Another lady may be offered your place for a ‘taster’ session if you are away.
Please provide as much notice as possible for absences – you will not be charged for those classes. If however there is less than 48 hours notice, I do have to charge, although I try to be as fair as I can based on circumstances.