PachaMamas

Holistic care for mums, mums to be, babies & children

Pregnancy Yoga March 10, 2010

Pregnancy Yoga- Womb Yoga

 


Pregnancy can be the most amazing time of a woman´s life but also the most challenging.

Practising Yoga during pregnancy:

* keeps the body supple without straining
* boosts energy
* relieves stress and anxiety
* relaxes and promotes restful sleep
* can be used to relieve pain in labour and childbirth
* can relieve common minor ailments during pregnancy
(e.g. swollen joints, heartburn, constipation)
* can help the expectant mother to bond with the unborn baby through breathing and visualisation techniques

Physically, yoga strengthens the muscles that support the skeleton, babies add a lot of weight and yoga help women support that weight and maintain proper pelvic an d spinal alignment. Maintaining correct posture is important because the extra weight of pregnancy can dramatically affect the curvature of the spine. Proper spinal alignment staves off backache, de-accentuates the curve of the lower spine (reducing lower back pain) and allows the shoulders and allows breath to flow more easily and chest to be less compacted, which also lessens back pain

Each week a holistic class will include:

-gentle Hatha yoga asana (postures) modified specifically for pregnancy

-remedial stretches and postures to alleviate common symptons of pregnancy, such as, lower back pain.

-breathing exercises and meditations for use during pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond

– voicework

-a guided deep relaxation

The womb is our first home, Yogi Bhajan taught that pregnancy is the only time a woman REALLY teaches her child… then after birth there are always numerous and ever-changing environmental and social factors that influence our child.

An introductory private pregnancy yoga lesson is suggested for those with complications before joining the group class to provide an introduction to safely practising pregnancy yoga.

Booking Info

The class is drop in, so no need to book, however please arrive early to your first class to allow time to register. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one (there are some spares). You may also like to bring a cushion and blanket for the relaxation. It is fine to eat a small meal an hour or so before class but not advisable to have too full a stomach. Please email or call me if you have any further questions.


Paid time off work for pregnancy yoga classes

Women in full time employment are entitled to paid time off work to attend yoga classes, which are covered by the category ‘antenatal appointments and relaxation and parentcraft classes’. We encourage students to exercise their right to this time off work.  For further details of the legal obligation of employers to pregnant workers, please see http://www.dti.gov.uk/employment/workandfamilies/maternity-leave-pay/guidance/page21116.html (click on to 2006 file)