Prenatal yoga

Prenatal yoga classes with Sophie

If you’re pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you might be considering prenatal yoga. But did you know that prenatal yoga might also help you prepare for labour and promote your baby’s health?

What are the benefits of prenatal yoga?

Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused-breathing.

Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. It can:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath
  • Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the challenges of being a new parent.

What to expect from sessions?

Breathing. You’ll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques will help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labour.

Postures and gentle stretching. While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you’ll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance.

Cool down and relaxation. At the end of each prenatal yoga class, you’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You might be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.

Ladies at any stage of pregnancy are welcome to join this class, however, please make sure that you consult your midwife or GP and get the all-clear before you start, and disclose any health issue and changes in your health condition as your pregnancy progresses, to the teacher. A health questionnaire will also be circulated to you before class.

If you have any questions about your suitability to attend the classes, please get in touch:

See you on the mat!