Pregnancy Yoga classes
Dates for Saturday classes in July will be posted soon
Please contact email@example.com to register your interest
Venue: The Studio, Blackheath Complementary Health Centre
184/6 Westcombe Hill SE3 7DH
Pregnancy yoga is an ideal way of enhancing pregnancy by strengthening, toning and preparing muscles particularly those which are used during labour. Each course teaches techniques which help with pregnancy ailments.
Deep relaxation and breathing techniques are central themes of her approach and time is given to strengthen the connection between mother & child. A range of techniques is taught to enable women to enter into labour with less fear and more confidence in how to manage this singular event in life.
These studio classes will help you feel more at ease & calm whilst your body goes through the rapid changes involved in growing another human being ! They will give you the opportunity to take some time for the two (or maybe 3) of you.
All practices are dedicated pregnancy yoga techniques, suitable for various stages and take into account challenges such as PGP (pelvic girdle pain), sciatica, heartburn, carpal tunnel and many more.
Each session ends with Yoga Nidra-so essential for pregnant women and all classes include simple breathing techniques.
The sessions are also one of the best ways of making connections with other local mums-to-be.
Available in person or online using an app called Zoom, which is free for you to download: zoom.us
Contact Bernadette firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place for studio or zoom classes or to find out more
Bond with your unborn child
Each session always ends with deep relaxation practices, enabling you to unravel and dissolve any knots of mental, emotional and physical tension.
It also gives you the opportunity to bond with your unborn child – particularly important if you don’t get much opportunity for this in your day to day life.
“Thank you so so much for running your zoom yoga classes, this helped more than I can ever say to keep me calm and positive during what was a crazy end to the pregnancy.”
G.S.Pregnancy yoga Zoom class feedback
1-1 Pregnancy yoga
Bernadette offers 1-1 Pregnancy Yoga in the comfort of your own home
Also available via Zoom
“I was fortunate enough to meet Bernadette when I was expecting my daughter. Her knowledge, teaching methods and kindness helped me immensely during a pregnancy which could have been very stressful as I have already had three miscarriages. Her lessons are well structured yet very relaxed. They are a wonderful time ro learn about one’s strengths and how to make use of them”.
“I’m very grateful for Bernadette’s yoga classes…They helped me tremendously during labour thanks to the techniques I learnt. I kept positive, knew what was going on and the visualisation techniques helped me to keep calm. My midwife even said she couldn’t believe it was my first birth.”
Benefits of antenatal yoga
Results of a study funded by baby charity Tommy’s, and published on Pubmed, show that UK researchers have studied effect of Antenatal yoga on pregnant women, finding that it can help reduce the risk of them developing anxiety & depression, and concluding that:
“Antenatal yoga seems to be useful for reducing women’s anxieties toward childbirth and preventing increases in depressive symptomatology”
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Some words from Bernadette about her pregnancy yoga course:
The course offers suitable and relevant yoga practices to promote a sense of well being during this important time and are an ideal way of practicing an energising, effective, subtle yoga practice, reaping benefits for both mother and unborn child.
Conditions either associated with pregnancy or other on-going health issues are always taken into account so that the emphasis is on what’s best for the individual, rather than a “one size fits all” approach.
Along with yoga asanas, there is emphasis on using the breath well, both throughout pregnancy and with a view to applying some techniques to manage labour, as well as practicing movements, positions and visualisation.
Although no-one can say for certain what kind of labour you and your baby will have, I can guarantee that you will learn key practices which will empower you both physically and mentally.
These will give you confidence in your ability to birth your baby, whether this is your first labour experience or not. Over the years I have been privileged to have taught thousands of women and their babies and am thrilled to be in the position of supporting women in their second, and even third pregnancies.
Course includes all materials and yoga equipment is provided.
The course includes:
- Practicing yoga asanas and energy-block releasing exercises
- Practicing a range of breathing techniques to promote emotional balance and good energy levels during pregnancy as well as also looking in detail how to use these techniques during labour & birth
- Experiencing deep relaxation and visualisation techniques to promote calm and ease physical, mental and emotional tension and anxiety and to enhance connection with the unborn child
- Optimal fetal positioning
- Visualisations and relaxation
- A supportive, friendly environment where the opportunity is given to raise any issues relating to this significant time of life
The courses are suitable for women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant, whether or not they have any experience of yoga.
They are an ideal complement to NCT or parentcraft classes – they do not have the same content, particularly the labour techniques.
I have given birth naturally to my second daughter on 18th Sept at mayday hospital. It was a much better process this time. It all happened very quickly. I managed to stay home and by the time I got to hospital I had no time for checks and baby was out within 45 mins after reaching hospital. Thank you so much for your support in bringing the courage back to birth safely. Please see attached recent photo of baby Jacqueline. She was born small but healthier than expected for pre eclampsia baby at 2.75kg full term. I think last minute yoga even helped.
I have given birth on Monday to Stella who came to the world weighing 3.09kg. It was a natural delivery and I cannot thank you enough for all your great teaching. All I used was breathing, lots of visualisation, upright positions, hot shower and aromatherapy so lots of learning from yoga. No gas/air or other pain relief! When I got to the birth centre I was fully dilated! I just had your words about opening in my mind all the time and your voice telling about creating space… Thank you for your class
Empowered Labour workshops
These 3hr workshops are suitable for women minimum 28 weeks pregnant with or without labour companion
You will receive detailed, illustrated workshop notes to support you.
Bespoke labour workshops available via Zoom or as a home visit
Email Bernadette for booking details