postnatal YOGA CLASSES
for mummy & baby
exercise, well-being and support for new mums & their babies
As someone who was really into exercise pre-pregnancy, I felt I needed to be really cautious getting back to it- it’s worrying what little guidance is available.
I felt so supported to gently get back into exercise and really learnt a lot, it’s exactly what I needed! Being able to bring Oscar along too is a massive bonus, your guidance on getting him involved is brilliant, helped by the amazingly relaxed, no pressure vibe that you bring. H.D.
Becoming a mum is a huge change, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Post natal yoga is simply the best way to reconnect with yourself, bond with your baby and make new friends.
Postnatal yoga uses movement, breath and relaxation to allow you to reconnect with your body after pregnancy and birth.
You will start to strengthen and gently work the muscles of your core, your lower back and the pelvic floor.
The classes are designed for mums to come along with their babies, and I try to include the little ones wherever I can but know that this class is primarily for you.
We use the yoga postures in ways that keep the babies entertained, or we may be holding the babies as part of the yoga itself.
Although it doesn’t matter if your baby happen to sleep through the entire class either!
when to practice
Suitable from 6 weeks after a vaginal birth, or 8 weeks after a C-section, right up until your baby is crawling
As with any exercise after birth, it is always a good idea to get the all clear from your doctor or midwife before you start classes - ask them to check whether you have Diastasis Recti (separated tummy muscles) as that is helpful to know, so exercises can be safely tailored.
As classes progress, you will build core strength and revitalise yourself, feel energised and back to your self once more.
No previous yoga experience required.
Classes are on Wednesday mornings ensuring you leave deliciously relaxed, recharged and connected.
benefits of postnatal yoga
eases tightness, tension, aches and niggles in the post natal body
helps build up strength and stamina in the body too
provides time to rest and relax
starts to strengthen the deep abdominal muscles to ‘close the body’ after birth. Without any high intensity exercise that can actually hinder the your postnatal recovery.
relieves stiffness in the shoulders, neck and upper back
helps to strengthens pelvic floor muscles
strengthens abdominal and back muscles for core strength
helps to expand your breathing and calms the mind
maintains flexibility in your body
helps you to feel a sense of reclaiming your body
gives you time each week to nurture yourself
renews energy levels
quietening the mind
can aid bonding between mother and baby
creates positivity around your postnatal body
gives you relaxed time to connect with and chat to other new mums
gets you out of the house in a friendly, non judgemental, supportive environment
time to drink tea, eat biscuits and chat after the yoga!
My classes give you a freedom to do whatever you need to.
Many women initially worry that their will be too noisy, will cry, will need to feed, will poo.
Yes they will, but that is TOTALLY FINE.
Everyone in the class is in the same boat, and we are all there to support each other.
Sometimes babies feed all class long, but again that’s all part of the process of learning to be with your baby and letting ourselves go to ever changing patterns of parenthood.
You will still benefit from breathing, from relaxing, from connecting to your pelvis floor, from chatting and drinking tea (definitely!!) even if you baby does feed for an entire class!
It’s totally OK.
It may be an old cliché but if you have a happy mummy, you have a happy baby, and it is also really amazing to watch how the babies in the class become lively when the energy is alive, and calm down during periods of rest.
And you really don't have to have done any yoga before.
I provide simple, straightforward instructions.
My classes are clear and easy to follow, with a real emphasis on doing what feels right for you in each moment
and not 'trying to be perfect' in any way.
wednesday mornings 10.3oam -12 noon
long lawford memorial hall