This is a specialist course to help you relax and enjoy your pregnancy. The physical postures and breathing exercises will help to prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally for birth and allows you to release tension and relax so labour can progress without resistance.  This course cultivates strength, flexibility and breath awareness for mothers-to- be. Massage techniques are also taught in this course  which are very useful for labour. Classes can be attended after 15 weeks of pregnancy and no previous experience is necessary. The classes are also a great way to meet other soon-to-be mums.

Private one-to-one tuition can be arranged on request.

Benefits of Antenatal Yoga

• Increases energy and improves flexibility
• It keeps the body toned and supple without straining and it is useful to relieve pain in labour and childbirth
• Builds strength and stamina in preparation for labour
• Your posture is improved to encourage optimal fetal positioning for the birth of your baby
• Reduces stress and anxiety  and calms the mind thus promoting sleep
• Reduces backache
• Gives to time and space to connect with your unborn baby

General guidelines are that you:  

• Rest during the first trimester
• Start yoga in the second trimester
• Continue your classes until before birth
• Take up postnatal classes after birth

Frequently asked questions about Antenatal Yoga

What is pregnancy Yoga?
Pregnancy Yoga is a modified form of traditional yoga. The postures have been specifically tailored for pregnant women. In a pregnancy yoga class, we don't do any poses that are unsafe for pregnant women and we do a lot of postures, movement and breathing that actually aid in preparing your body for giving birth.
When can I start Pregnancy Yoga/Pilates?
You can join the pregnancy yoga course after 15 weeks of pregnancy
Do I need my doctor's or midwife's permission?
Yes. Please be sure to check with your doctor or midwife to make sure it's o.k. for you to do prenatal yoga. Usually just a quick call to their office is enough to get an o.k.
Do I need to have done Yoga or Pilates prior to starting a pregnancy class?
No. Beginners are welcome. Pregnancy is actually a time when many women start yoga due to being a gentle and safe exercise for pregnancy.
What do I wear/what do I bring?
Wear something in which you are comfortable moving and stretching. Usually a pair of leggings and a comfortable sweat shirt or t-shirt are ideal. Please bring a blanket and two small cushions/pillows with you. Mats will be provided, but optionally you can bring your own non-slip yoga mat.
Is it ok to bring water?
Yes! Please feel free to bring a water bottle into class with you. It's important to stay hydrated during pregnancy and especially during pregnancy yoga.
Can I eat before coming to a pregnancy Yoga/Pilates class?
With all Yoga classes it is recommended that you do not eat for up to two hours before the class. If it is necessary for you to eat within this period a few dry biscuits or a banana are okay to eat half an hour before the class.