Pre-natal yoga can be a great way to work the body in an essential way for mums-to-be, but it also provides a good preparation for the breath and mind for delivery and beyond once the baby has been born.
Our yoga classes are a great way to relax or stay fit during your pregnancy. Not only that, but it will also help you prepare for labour and promote your baby’s health.
Join our experienced teacher, Hannah, in this summer special on Tuesday evenings in central Ashford. Hannah has years o experience working with pregnant women in the past and prefers to keep the class limited in size to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Research suggests that prenatal yoga can:
- Improve sleep
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
- Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, headaches and shortness of breath
Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.
You must be at least 14 weeks pregnant and had your 12-14 week scan. Please do not ask us if you can come along in your twelfth week or less, regardless of whether you have had a scan or not. This rule is fixed. There is no upper limit, so even if you’re 42 weeks you can still come along, practice your breathing and enjoy bonding with your baby in this special environment.
A typical prenatal yoga class might involve:
Breathing: You’ll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. Pre-natal yoga breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labour.
Gentle stretching: You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, in a way that suits your and your body type.
Postures: 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. Props – such as blankets, cushions and straps – might be used to provide support and comfort.
Cool down and relaxation: At the end of each pre-natal 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.
Dates and Cost
This will run for six weeks in the summer, on Tuesday evenings 6:30pm to 7:30pm, starting on 24th July through to 28th August. There are only 10 available spaces on this course. The cost is £59 for the course or £53.10 if you are a NHS member of staff. Please get in touch if this applies to you before you book, as discounts will not be applied retrospectively.
The pre-natal yoga class will be held at the Dance Studio in The North School, Essella Road TN24 8AL. You can view a video of how to find the dance studio by clicking here. There is plenty of free parking right outside.
What to bring
If you could please bring a yoga mat and a small blanket, all other equipment will be provided for you.
24th July – 28th August
£59 for the course