Christina is now only teaching pregnancy yoga 1:1, and has handed her Tuesday evening group pregnancy classes over to Kathy Chaudhary-Mazet, who can be contacted at:
Mobile: 07999 784535
Yoga can be very beneficial to pregnant women on many levels. The breathing, gentle exercise, soft sounds and guided visualisations soothe and settle the entire system and can help ease the demands of pregnancy. Specific breathing techniques, movements and positive focus in preparation for labour are practiced, offering useful tools that a woman can support herself with when giving birth.
Classes focus on helping women stay comfortable, strong and relaxed during their pregnancies, also teaching birthing movements and breathing to help to remain calm and energised through labour.
When and where: Classes are held in Pyrford on a Tuesday evening from 6.45-8pm at the Old School Room, St. Nicholas Church, Church Hill, GU22 8XH. You can start after your first scan and continue until your baby arrives if you choose to. Booking is essential. Please contact Kathy at https://naturoyoga.co.uk to book.
Pregnancy yoga is a safe form of exercise to practice and the gentle posture work can help to:
release overall tension
ease back pain
open up the body
strengthen the spine
stabilise the pelvis and strengthen the pelvic floor, promoting faster postnatal recovery
relieve minor ailments (e.g. swollen joints, heartburn, constipation, backache)
develop confidence, peace of mind and a positive, flexible attitude to childbirth
encourage the baby into the best position for labour.
The classes aim to support women to have a calmer, happier and healthier pregnancy, nourishing mother and child(ren).
Midwives claim they can tell when a woman has practiced yoga during pregnancy; she breathes well through contractions, is more aware of her potential for movement and working with her body and the natural process of childbirth. Posture work practiced in classes helps to prepare the body for labour, and specific exercises to help the baby down through the pelvis are taught.
Yoga can also alleviate Pelvic Girdle Pain or SPD. Much attention is given to stabilising the spine and pelvis, with a view to giving optimal support through pregnancy and promoting recovery after the birth.
Equally importantly, pregnancy yoga classes offer some much needed time for yourself, to make space and time to adjust with ease during this life changing journey and enhance the connection between mother and baby, nurturing both.
Women are offered continuity of care through pregnancy classes, post natal classes and many continue onto general classes. It is always a joy to have women return with subsequent pregnancies.