Birth, Babies and Beyond

I've been doing a bit of research based on enquiries I've had about Pregnancy Yoga. It has been on my mind for some time - if I think about it, in the back of my mind for a really long time.

Let me say now, I wish I had discovered a pregnancy yoga class back (way back!) when it would have helped me. I struggled during my second pregnancy with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, and as a result for many years afterwards with lower back pain. I also had two caesarean sections, and there was very little physiotherapy offered (and none offered to me) to help retrain the abdominal muscles.

I found Yoga after the second birth, and it did help enormously with my recovery. I just wish I'd known about it earlier!

So with this in mind, and with a desire to help women create an environment for themselves in which their birth can be as calm, relaxed and natural as they would like it to be, I have been researching courses.

In order to support women during and after pregnancy, it is crucial that any yoga practitioner is fully trained with an accredited, recognised training provider. My research has led me back time and time again to Sally Parkes Pregnancy Yoga training, which covers prenatal, postnatal and Mother-Baby Yoga. Certified by The Yoga Alliance (US), Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and The Federation of Antenatal Educators, this course is comprehensive and

Why Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga?

During and after Pregnancy, Yoga:

· supports your changing body

· Tones important muscle groups

· Yogic breathing and relaxation exercises can help maintain calm and focus during labour

· Help you connect to your baby

· Can provide relief from common pregnancy complaints: improve sleep, reduce anxiety, can help reduce nausea and back pain.

· Meet like-minded mothers-to-be

· Develop and maintain strength and stamina

· Can help re-train muscles after birth and caesarean section.

In my Pregnancy Yoga and Postnatal Yoga classes, I will welcome both beginners to Yoga and experienced yoginis. The intention for newbies is to introduce you to a regular yoga practice and welcome you to the wonders of Yoga! You will feel such benefits that I am confident you will continue a regular practice of your own after birth; or, for those who have practiced yoga prior to pregnancy, I will endeavour to equip you to continue to practice Yoga in a safe and nurturing environment right up to birth and beyond.

If you are interested in signing up for Pregnancy, Postnatal or Mother-Baby Yoga, I am compiling a waiting list for each type of class. New sessions and blocks will be added in September 2019. Watch this space!

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