NCT YOGA FOR PREGNANCY
White Horse Yoga Centre in Devizes (£8.00 per session payable in half-termly blocks)
“Cathy’s classes were my highlight of the week during my pregnancy. It was a fantastic preparation for birth. Cathy had lots of useful advise for us and arranged each class differently with lots of diversified yoga exercises. The classes were also a great opportunity to meet other mums-to-be and to listen to the experiences of the second-time mums.” (Anke July 2015)
These classes are open to all women from 12 weeks of pregnancy onwards, regardless of whether it is your first, second, third or fourth baby – and you don’t need to have done any yoga before. Sessions are very popular so get in touch early to secure a place on the waiting list…
Classes incorporate a number of elements in each session:
Gentle yoga based exercise
Breathing, relaxation techniques and positions for labour
Time to discuss various topics relevant to pregnancy and birth with other expectant mums to be.
More about yoga based exercise
Yoga based exercises and stretches are well known for helping women to cope with the physical demands of pregnancy and
labour. They can also have a positive influence on postnatal recovery. Some of the benefits for include:
> Improved quality of sleep
> Reduced back ache
> Strengthened joints and muscles
> Increased Flexibility
> Increased blood circulation
> Reduced swelling from fluid retention
> Improved posture and body awareness
> Strengthened abdominal and pelvic muscles
The postures are very gentle, specifically designed so that you can attend throughout your pregnancy and are designed for all fitness levels.
The class will incorporate plenty for time to develop relaxation skills and breathing techniques for use in pregnancy, labour & birth and during the postnatal period. It will allow you time to explore different positions for use during the whole of labour. The added beauty of this class is that women can benefit from hearing about positions and self help techniques, which have helped mums who have already given birth. Every 3 months we have a meet up outside of class time for some social time with bumps and babies attending.
To sum up…
The aim for these classes is for you to have an enjoyable and relaxing time, whilst improving both your physical and emotional well being and your chances of having a positive birth experience. For those who are already mothers, the class is a time to relax, concentrate on the new baby, and prepare for this birth. For first time mothers, there will be lots of practical tips, opportunity to meet others and ask questions. Perhaps most importantly (just as with all NCT classes) you can make new and lasting friendships.
MOTHER & BABY YOGA
Tuesdays 1.30pm-3.00pm- Holt Village Hall (£8.00 per session payable in half termly blocks)
Wednesdays 11.00am-12.30pm – Bromham Social Centre (£8.00 per session payable in half termly blocks)
The aim of these classes if you to have an enjoyable and relaxing time, whilst improving your physical and emotional wellbeing. Women are encouraged to do whatever they need to be comfortable – don’t feel your baby has to ‘be good’. Sometimes babies, particularly very young ones, may be a bit unsettled during the initial sessions as they get used to being in a different environment but pretty soon everything settles down.
The sessions usually include:
- relaxation – lying, sitting or even walking around with your baby.
- stretches for the women lying down, sitting, all fours, standing and including moves for mum and baby together
- throughout the session we will also sing some nursery rhymes – a great way to engage your baby and incorporate some tummy time for the babies
- parachute games/bubbles/scarves/toys
- drinks, biscuits and social time at the end
The sessions are flexible and there are key exercises that we’ll do each week, many of these can be extended for those of you who are ready for an extra challenge. You will get ideas of things you can do within your everyday life at home with your baby to help your postnatal recovery as well as improving stability and strength. There are adaptations to the stretches you can make if you have had a caesarean birth or are suffering from pelvic girdle pain, have any separation in your tummy muscles or sore wrists and if you just want to take it easy, that’s fine too.
The exercises focus on strengthening your core muscles. Your body spent 9 months opening up during pregnancy, making space for your baby, and now it needs to close down and the best way of doing this is starting from the inside out – working on your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. This in turn will help support and protect your spine; important when you are doing such a physical job caring for your baby, feeding, bathing, lifting and manoeuvring babies and car seats into and out of cars. You will also work on loosening your upper body, your neck, shoulders and upper back as these can become incredibly tight as you feed, hold and carry your baby.
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BIRTHLIGHT 1:1 POSTNATAL YOGA SESSIONS
in your home or mine…with or without your baby
‘Cathy’s directions were clear and encouraging so it was easy to follow her and felt comfortable to try all the poses and exercises she suggested. She was very attentive and had good emotional intelligence skills so was quick to pick up if I was struggling or a particular move felt uncomfortable and she help me adapt the pose so it was more beneficial to me at that time.’ (Amber July 2015)
Contact Cathy for more information about these sessions or to book…
Yoga for Pregnancy: Wednesdays 5.45pm-7.15pm at: White Horse Yoga Centre in Devizes £9.00 per session Mother & Baby Yoga: Tuesdays 1.30pm-3.00pm Holt Village Hall nr. Bradford-on-Avon Wednesdays 11.00am-12.30pm Bromham Social Centre nr. Devizes £8.00 per session