In each class, we will explore body and breath work, meditation and deep relaxation techniques to help:
• connect with yourself & your baby
• increase energy
• release tension & anxiety
• relieve common side effects
(backache, heartburn, swollen ankles, insomnia)
• prepare for labour & birth
Through working with the body, we will explore the deeper philosophy that underpins yoga practice. We can develop self awareness, acceptance and trust, helping to discover a centred space, where we feel able to respond to whatever challenges pregnancy and parenthood throw at us.
The yogic principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and aparigraha (non-grasping) are just two examples of how yoga brings us to a place where we accept ourselves and our circumstances; the natural flow of things, letting go of expectations and projections. This brings us contentment and presence in the moment.
By moving towards understanding our bodies on a physical level, our emotional patterns of reaction are revealed and we can effect real transformation.
I have practiced yoga throughout my four pregnancies and taught through three, so, although no two pregnancies, women or births are alike, I know from experience how beneficial yoga can be.
I would advise that, unless you already practice yoga, you start pregnancy yoga in your second trimester.