Antenatal Yoga and Birth Preparation
gentle stretching, breathing, birth preparation and relaxation
Only private one to one sessions are available at present.
For more information please call 07905 670299 or 0207 354 2450
Welcome to antenatal yoga – enjoyable, safe, one to one yoga sessions for you and your baby during your pregnancy which are recommended by doctors and midwives. I also offer a combination of antenatal yoga and private Yoga Birth Preparation sessions for you and your partner combined with self-hypnosis to help you maintain a calm, relaxed controlled state during your birthing experience. Please email me for further information.
The practices of yoga during pregnancy can do much to improve your overall well-being. Yoga postures are adapted specifically to prepare your body and mind for birth through gentle stretching, breathing techniques and deep relaxation and guided visualisations. These can be of enormous benefit to help remain relaxed and calm, before, and during birth and labour – as well as after you’ve had your baby. Yoga helps you develop a deeper connection with your baby before as well as after birth.
The benefits are:
- relieve neck and shoulder tension
- relieve back pain and other minor conditions experienced during pregnancy
- increased flexibility and strength
- your mind and body are prepared for labour and birth
- exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
- specific breathing techniques to maintain a calm, relaxed state and be able to cope
with any discomfort or anxiety – as well as for labour and birth
- voicework – different sounds to release tension and stress
- guided visualisations and deep relaxation to help you relax, rejuvenate and re-energise
- promotes better sleep
“I wanted to let you know that our baby boy, Jacob Thomas, was born on 12 May. We had a water birth at UCH and we’re both doing well – he is absolutely beautiful!
I’d also like to say a huge thank you for the pregnancy yoga classes. They were so valuable to me, physically and emotionally, in my journey through pregnancy, bonding with my baby before he was born, preparing for the birth and during the birth itself. I think all of this really helped me in going into the birth with a positive frame of mind and in having a natural birth experience.”
“I just wanted to write to say thanks for your great pregnancy yoga classes at Yogabase. I came along until I had my baby in late October.
My little girl was born on 24 October at the Whittington birth centre and I had a completely drug free natural birth. I used the yoga positions and breathing we used in class to stay relaxed throughout the contractions and labour – they were great.”
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to have done yoga before?
No, yoga for pregnancy is suitable for women who have had no experience of yoga, and is still beneficial for those that have.
At what stage of my pregnancy can I begin?
It is preferable that you begin from twelve weeks onwards, and you can join at any time after that period – the sessions are suitable for women at all stages of pregnancy.
What are the sessions like?
They are a combination of gentle stretching, asanas (postures) specifically adapted for pregnancy, breathing exercises to help you during labour and birth as well as deep relaxation. I can also combine our sessions together with self- hypnosis to assist you to remain calm, relaxed and in control during your birthing experience.