"Thank you ever so much for your fantastic teaching. During my labour I remembered to breathe deeply and slowly, even in the worst contractions and everyone commented on how calm I managed to stay throughout, which I am sure was all down to how you taught me to control my breathing. The birthing ball was definitely invaluable too as I spent much of the first stages of labour leaning over it, thank you once again"
Any Yoga can help you develop strength and fitness, but why is it seen to be so important to practice Yoga when you are pregnant? At the simplest level, the classes are good for social contact with other mums-to-be and the exchange of experience and active-birth information from the teacher can help you feel better equipped. There are many other excellent reasons why taking up Yoga is a good idea when you are pregnant:
There is a pregnancy yoga classfrom 7.30 until 9.00pm on Thursday Evenings at Yanley Court Complimentary Therapy Centre in Long Ashton. Pregnant women are warmly welcomed at whatever stage of their pregnancy, and at whatever level of fitness. No experience of yoga is necessary. Contact Suzi Griffin for more information, or to sign up for a course of 6 weeks at £54.
All women could do with a bit of ‘me’ time, and postnatal women are no exception. In fact, some might say that they need it more than most, particularly after giving birth and spending days and nights nurturing a baby (or babies!). The postnatal woman is probably physically exhausted, mentally scattered and emotionally frayed. Despite this, she may want to return to a level of fitness that she had before pregnancy. However, the hormones responsible for opening her pelvis at birth are still flooding her system, leaving all her joints unstable and vulnerable. She should try to move safely, so mainstream exercise classes are not usually appropriate.
All in all, she could probably also benefit from the physical and emotional support of a yoga class for new mothers. A postnatal class is a great way to meet other new mums, join a baby friendly group, take some safe and gentle exercise and to relax for a while. For a postnatal woman, who has been through some tremendous changes since she became pregnant, yoga can help her cope with life as a new mother and feel ‘normal’ again.
The Postnatal class is held on Monday Mornings at Yanley Court Complimentary Therapy Centre in Long Ashton. Babies are welcome and women are encouraged to feed, change and comfort them at any time during the classes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the class
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Suzi Giffin is a certified British Wheel of Yoga Instructor, with a diploma from The Centre of Yoga Studies, Paul Harvey