Pregnancy Yoga

Come along to this friendly class at the end of a busy day and chill out. Yoga helps to relieve many usual pregnancy discomforts and enhances your sense of well-being. We explore the principles of Active Birth and how birth works. Yoga helps to prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally

for labour, birth and beyond.


AUGUST CLASSES

Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th August

6pm & 7.45pm

£36 for 4 classes, or £10 per class


FROM SEPTEMBER

Wednesday 6th September - 18th October 6.15 - 7.45pm

Thursday 7th September - 19th October 7.30 - 9.00pm

(Please note: no class 20th/21st September)


Wednesday 8th November - 13th December 6.15 - 7.45pm

Thursday 9th November - 14th December 7.30 - 9.00pm


£54 for 6 week term

Pay as you go in Due Month £10  (from 38 wks)


All classes at Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane, Stone ST15 0EQ













Active Birth Class for Couples

Come along with your partner and prepare practically for labour & birth. Combining Pregnancy Yoga practice with Active Birth preparation.

Includes handouts & refreshments.

  1. -Practice movements, positions, breathing exercises & relaxation techniques to use during labour.

  2. -- A chance for you & your partner to work together as you might in labour

Learn practical ways to work together as a team.


Next ones in September, October & December

£35 per couple

Best to come along in your 3rd Trimester








Bookable and Payable in advance - please fill in Booking form and send payment to confirm space.



 

Pregnancy Yoga & Active Birth for Couples

Relax, connect to your baby, meet other mums, get prepared

and share the journey with others...

Do I need to be bendy?!


Yoga for pregnancy is less about ‘doing’ and more about ‘undoing’. You do not need to have any done any yoga before- nor do you need to be bendy! It is very gentle. It’s so much more than just the positions....it is about connecting with others, sharing the journey, learning to tune-in. There is no tying yourself up in knots, or going upside down - the hardest thing to master is really the ability to switch off, tune in to the breath, quieten the mind and slow down the pace of life a little - essential in preparing for birth and beyond....


When can I start?

You can begin any time after 14 weeks up to your due date or beyond. Most mums have started classes by around 24 weeks when they are beginning to really notice the effects of pregnancy in their body.


What if I have Pelvic pain or other discomforts?

Yoga is particularly suitable if you have any pelvic issues such as SPD/Pelvic Girdle Pain - there are plenty of things we can do to help you feel more comfortable & understand the condition more. If you are struggling with common pregnancy discomforts such as indigestion, heartburn, swollen feet, varicose veins, piles there are lots of positions we can practice to help bring you some comfort. Always check with your midwife that Yoga is suitable for you before you begin.


Is the 3rd Trimester too late to begin?

Practicing yoga in the 3rd trimester in particular, is a wonderful way to create more space in the body, and get birth fit. You’re welcome to pay weekly from 38 weeks as you never know when your little one will arrive! However, if your baby was to arrive much earlier than expected I would of course reimburse you!


What to expect?

Each week is slightly different, with a rolling programme of themes and accompanying handouts, but with a central core of essential pregnancy poses.  As everyone is at different stages in their pregnancy, the class follows a general outline, but often with specific poses for anyone with physical problems, pregnancy ailments, those nearing birth etc. We often talk about birth physiology, using a model pelvis, to help dispel myths and gain understanding about the normality of birth.


In each class we begin with a breathing and quietening exercise to let go of the day, followed by some opening stretches and yoga poses. We finish with another breathing exercise and then the best bit....relaxation! In most classes, we also do some partner work, touch on active birth philosophy and use visualizations to feel the connection with your little one, prepare for birth, release negative mental programming etc. Handouts accompany where appropriate. We have a break half way through for a drink and a biscuit and most importantly, a trip to the loo!


Mums who have recently birthed are invited back in to the class to share their birth stories and their wisdom - we usually have a new mum & baby pop in at least once a term.


What else is on offer?

There is a Lending Library of books, CD’s, DVD’s etc to borrow and also 3 Tens Machines to hire. I also have 2 Birth Pools that regularly hire-out to mums having home water births.

At the end of each half term, we do an Active Birth class where your partner can come along & practice together some of the things you’ve been learning. We try out massages, positions & techniques you may use during your labour.

I am also a Doula offering ante-natal & birth support. Do get in touch if you’d like to know more.



What to bring?


oPlease bring a mat and 3 cushions to each class. I have a stash of mats at each class if you don’t have your own to begin with. A blanket is nice to wrap up in for relaxation if you wish...

o   Please wear something comfy - jogging bottoms, t-shirt, jumper and socks/    barefeet.



Please note: I’m sorry but I cannot refund missed classes or carry them over to the next term, as all classes are booked to capacity and there is always a waiting list. If you miss a class, you are welcome to attend a different class in the same term, as a make up class - just let me know. If I have to cancel a class due to being at a birth/illness/poor weather etc, I will of course reimburse you. Thank you for your understanding. Su

What Mums say about the classes...


Su helped make my pregnancy, birth and post birth experience truly wonderful. There are always fears and worries when you're pregnant - about your body, the birth, your relationships, the changes to your life - but Su coaches you through them, enabling you and your partner to support each other and rejoice in the positives. You learn so much! My partner found her involvement incredibly supportive, and it helped him enjoy things rather than worry. I thank the day that Su came into our life, and I cannot recommend her yoga classes, workshops and doula services enough. There is a lot on offer to families and sometimes you don't know where to start, but Su is the best starting point for anyone.”  

Kate, Rob and Meredith  May ’10

I started the pregnancy absolutely terrified of labour and adamant I would have an epidural straight away. However through mixing with other mums to be, hearing other birth stories, and getting the reassurance of weekly refreshers on good poses, breathing exercises etc, I started to really believe that I could do it. I found the breathing exercises and use of the birthing ball & stool really helped. So thank you for everything Su!” Rachel & Eleanor Nov ’09 

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Xanthe & Sally, two of the first mums in our Stone class 2006!