Pre-natal yoga doesn’t guarantee your perfect, angels singing, non-intervention birth, but it increases the chances of you having a birth you will remember positively, and helps you prepare both mentally and physically so that you can go into this amazing next phase in your life primed.
With practice, the breathing techniques and physical movements will become second nature and will kick in insitinctively just when you need them, all through life.
Where and When: 6.00 – 7.15pm, Thursday, The Pilates Studio, St Marys Industrial Estate Dumfries (next to the train station).
Cost: £7 drop-in or £30 for a class pass of 5 classes (This is not a block booking. Simply bring the pass along and redeem each time you attend.)
Find out more at the Peaceful Pregnancy Facebook page here.
The physical aspects of yoga (the asana) help you to connect to the changes in your body and help you learn to move and breathe with these changes and make sure you alleviate and become aware of any negative physical changes before they become debilitating. Many of the yoga asana we use are useful in labour and as birthing positions.
The breathwork we use in yoga (the pranayama), will teach you amazing practices that can be used in labour and birth to lessen the need for intervention. But during pregnancy the breath can help you relax and sleep or give you an energy boost when you need it.
Meditation helps you to bond with your baby before you even meet, helps to calm any fears or worries you might have so that you can prepare mentally for birth and motherhood. And is a powerful life tool that you can use into life beyond pregnancy.
And we always end each class with a deeeeeepppppp relaxation… so important during pregnancy and labour to ensure you are balanced hormonally so you and baby can be totally chilled and in control. But its not easy for everyone in our busy lives so we teach a number of relaxation techniques to help you find one that works for you.
Peaceful Pregnancy is me with Pregnancy Yoga, and my buddy, Catherine Jackson, who is a qualified Hypnobirthing practitioner since 2004, working with couples to achieve a calm, relaxed birth. Together we are Peaceful Pregnancy in Dumfries & Galloway.
I so wish I had had yoga in my life when I went through my three pregnancies…it would have been a whole different experience for me both during the pregnancies themselves (which I loved by the way), but also in preparation for labour, birth and beyond. And that’s why I undertook the British Wheel of Yoga Pre-and Postnatal Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training – to allow all you lovely yoga-mammas out there the opportunity to reap its benefits.