Yoga for pregnancy consists of safe and appropriate physical postures, breathing and relaxation techniques to support you throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth. This is a special time in your life. The skills you learn will help you to cope with the changes that take place during pregnancy and promote health and well being. They also give you the time and space to bond with your unborn baby. No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
Sessions consist of:
yoga postures which are suitable for 2nd and 3rd trimesters
building strength and flexibility
breathing exercises for pregnancy and labour
pelvic floor work
movement /breathing to help with common ailments during pregnancy, e.g. sciatica, varicose veins, heartburn, pelvic girdle pain, emotional ups and downs, sleeplessness .
You will require a non-slip yoga mat, 2 cushions or pillows and a blanket or something to cover yourself with to be comfortable for the relaxation time at the end of the session
These sessions are suitable from 14 weeks into your pregnancy. Please contact Nicki to enquire, and please let your doctor / midwife know that you are attending pregnancy yoga.
I am offering one to one sessions, or one to two, if you would like to come along with a friend. These sessions last for 1 hour / 90 mins and include handouts so that you can practise at home.
AVAILABLE BY ARRANGEMENT Birth Preparation Workshops These 2 hour workshops are offered for women 32 plus weeks with their birth partners.
The workshop will help you and your partner to prepare yourself for labour and birth. It will aid your understanding of the birth process, reducing fear and doubt and increasing confidence. This workshop provides a range of techniques and strategies that will enable you both to play an active part in labour and birth with practical work on:
breathing - the key tool for labour and birth
positions and movement to aid optimal position for baby's journey and to make space in the pelvis to aid birth of baby
how to use a birthing ball
massage - your birth partner will learn a variety of techniques and how massage is an effective tool for relieving discomfort and reducing perception of pain in labour
Handouts are provided and practice at home is encouraged so that the techniques can be easily remembered when in labour.