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Pregnancy Yoga

As a mother of four and antenatal educator (see Wise Hippo Birthing Programme) I am passionate about the benefits of an active birth, including how yoga can help you during pregnancy and labour. It really doesn’t matter whether you have done yoga before, or your current fitness levels as this gentle course is inclusive for all mummies-to-be.

 

Helping, Informing, Supporting

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Know your body


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Helping, Informing, Supporting

Reduce anxiety


Know your body


Relax


Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy/ prenatal yoga can help support both your mind and body:


• By helping you to connect with your baby as it grows inside you, through relaxation and affirmations.


• By using pranayama (breath work) to increase the depth of your breath, allowing increased oxygenation of your body – more oxygen supports strong surges (contractions) for labouring and increases oxygenation to your baby’s home (uterus).


• By gently strengthening and balancing your pelvic floor. A strong pelvic floor muscle can enable a woman to carry her baby more comfortably during pregnancy (lessening back discomfort), lessen the occurrence of uterine leakage and by improving blood flow to this area can also support post-birth healing. This wonderful muscle also supports your baby in their passage through the pelvic cavity and birth canal.


• By stretching, strengthening and short balance poses you can begin to feel centred as your baby belly grows and glows. By working on your posture you will feel more comfortable at getting into great birthing position if they have been practised.


• Prenatal yoga can help bring back flexibility and comfort to the groups of muscles and bone structures in the front and back of the hips. The hormone Relaxin, which is released during pregnancy, softens and relaxes joints and cartilage between bones in our pelvis to prepare it for child birth…….. Yoga can also stretch the ligaments in the pelvis, hip and leg areas, all making labouring positions and birthing you baby more comfortable.



What else can prenatal yoga do?


Studies have suggested that practicing yoga while pregnant can also improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety and increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.



Why not come and try it out?


Please see my classes page for venues, times and costs.




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