Weekly Pregnancy Yoga classes in Norwich, Norfolk
TUESDAY 6.30 – 7.30pm
Pregnancy Yoga class
@ The Willow Centre, NR4 7JY, Cringleford
SEPTEMBER START: 05/09/17 – 10/10/17, 6 weeks, £45
My pregnancy yoga classes aim to inspire women how to unlock their inner strength and ability to soften – mind, body, spirit. It’s all about conscious birthing, not just natural birth, and these classes acknowledge the all-encompassing physical + emotional dimensions to you being pregnant, giving birth and being a Mum.
I truly believe your birth story starts now – and during these early stages of motherhood you need time + space to move, breath + connect with your true self and your baby.
In my classes, located conveniently at The Willow Centre in Norwich (click for map), the yoga postures and movements – asana – is safe + beneficial to the pregnant experience. Additionally you will:
- learn how to use + control your breath to create calmness;
- create a ‘toolbox’ of coping mechanisms for birth and motherhood (positions, movements, mantras)
- strengthen your arms in preparation for feeding, holding, cuddling;
- meet other pregnant women locally; and most importantly…
- spend precious time with your unborn baby.
Here’s a little YouTube clip for students to practice between classes:
My Teaching Experience
I’ve taught pregnancy and postnatal yoga for 5 years and am passionate about how yoga can benefit students throughout the stages of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. I am the original teacher from the The Orange Grove Clinic and taught there for a number of years before expanding my classes into a more spacious and parking-friendly venue – The Willow Centre.
I am constantly inspired by women’s birth stories and determined to expand the dialogue surrounding birth in our culture. My classes are use mantras, breathing and asana to leave you feeling encouraged and empowered and ready to make the right decisions for you and your body. “Your birth, your babies birth, your own way”.
I am constantly learning and extending my knowledge in this field and as such I’ve had the honour of training with world-renowned pregnancy and postnatal teachers such as London-based Nadia Narain of TriYoga and Californian-based Pam England of Birthing From Within, author of the influential work Birthing From Within and Labrynth of Birth.
“I have really enjoyed your classes & definitely think your classes helped me to thoroughly enjoy the whole thing. Child birth is just so amazing! I will be recommending your classes to anyone I know who is pregnant! Thank you. ” Tracey, Pregnancy Yoga student and mother to Ellen Rose.
Warm-up: A range movements are performed to create space in the body and allow the breath greater access deeper into the body. Swaying, circling and rocking movements relieve tensions in the hips, pelvis , shoulders and chest.
Main body of class: Students then practice sequences of movements where the emphasis is on linking movement and breath. Earth Saluations (a seated variation of the more traditional Sun Saluations) and modified Sun Salutations keep the flow of the class, and enable students to focus their attention on the breath and their baby. Unlike regular Yoga where the movement originates from the core, in Pregnancy Yoga women move with their babies, allowing the belly to be soft and expanded.
To conclude: Classes end with a seated breathing exercise or visualisation. Focusing on the breath and locating your awareness inside the body – rather than the thoughts that are passing through your mind – is a powerful way to prepare for childbirth. With eyes closed and breath steady, the final time and space of the class is spent where students send individual messages of love to their baby. Celebrating the precious time in a Mother’s life – sharing their internal space, feelings and emotions with their baby.
Slowing: The breath is an important tool for being able to create a sense of relaxation in the body physically, mentally and emotionally. Practicing breathing exercises that slow and deepen the breath has a calming effect on the body and the mind. This is particularly relevant for pregnancy, birth and motherhood where there are a host of new experiences and situations – many of which are unknown. Learning to breath in a calming way allows a sense of openess and clarity in encountering new situations (and feelings – such as those in childbirth, or as a new Mum).
Softening: When we are tense and stressed in life often it is felt as a tightness in the jaw, and for some grinding teeth. This can lead to tightness in the neck, tension in the shoulders and chest and shallow breathing (as tightness doesn’t allow the breath to go any deeper). Additional to slowing and deepening the breath, during Pregnancy Yoga classes students learn a technique specifically designed to create softness and a sense of ‘letting go’. By inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth, there is an acknowledgement that all the parts of the body are connected. Softening the jaw and your lips by exhaling through the mouth, has a knock-on effect in other parts of the body – particularly the belly and pelvic floor. This is particularly relevant for childbirth – either as a way to ensure the cervix dialates at a steady pace; and/or so that you can make conscious decisions that are the best for you and your baby.