Pregnancy & Beyond
The time from pregnancy through to birth and beyond, while very special, can also be a daunting experience. Allow our range of specially selected classes and experienced teachers help to guide you through.
View our online class schedules to the right or read on for further information. We also offer a 4 Week Hypnobirthing course at our Islington centre, as well as a comprehensive 6 week birth preparation course in conjunction with LuluBaby at Notting Hill.
Why do Pregnancy Yoga?
Yoga offers you a wonderful starting point to relax and enjoy your pregnancy and is widely recommended by midwives and doctors to expectant mothers.
Consistent practice enhances the vitality, mobility, general health and emotional well-being of the expectant mother; it also provides a valuable quiet space in which to form a bond with the unborn child and to prepare for birth.
More than anything, these classes will help you to become more comfortable with yourself during pregnancy, get in shape for labour and aid recovery once the baby is born—our pregnancy classes often become mini-communities in their own right!
Who is Pregnancy Yoga suitable for?
As certain yoga practices or postures may be contra-indicated during pregnancy, we strongly recommend that pregnant ladies attend our specialist classes. These classes offer a wide range of different styles and strengths to suit all needs, suited to all stages of pregnancy from 12-42 weeks.
When should you start Pregnancy Yoga?
We recommend that you do not come to class during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy—your body and that of your baby are changing rapidly at this time and some yoga practices may be risky.
From 12 weeks onwards, if a scan has confirmed your pregnancy is proceeding normally, you are welcome to come to class.
What to expect in a Pregnancy Yoga class
Pregnancy classes work on building strength both internally and physically using stamina building exercises, breath and sound work—suited to all stages of pregnancy from 12 to 42 weeks.
Though each class includes moderate exercise, the emphasis is on safety and appropriateness for you, and on the safety of your child. We do not recommend excessive aerobic exercise, fast movements, inversions, strong bandha work or jumping practices during pregnancy or straight after birth.
Attending a general yoga class during pregnancy
If you had a regular yoga practise prior to becoming pregnant you may choose to continue attending a general class while pregnant. However, please remember to tell the teacher before the class starts and to abide by their decision whether the class in general, or any specific practices within it, will be inappropriate for you. This may depend both on the stage of your pregnancy and the amount of yoga or Pilates experience which you have.
We offer a specially designed package for mothers to be.
- 15 Pregnancy Classes for £185 valid for 9 months from date of purchase
- Free Baby Massage Class + Free Mums and Babies Class
For babies from newborn to sitting. These classes have been developed and tailored by Peter Walker, leading author and baby massage specialist, to help you learn how to give your baby the best start in life. Developmental baby massage works with the muscles and joints to achieve all the benefits of orthodox massage while helping the baby to fulfil her structural and physiological potential at each stage of development from birth to standing. Benefits include:
- Supports the development of a wide range of movement from birth to standing
- Encourages growth and development by stimulating the appetite and aiding digestion
- Improves and maintains muscle strength and flexibility
- Can help to relieve minor discomfort like wind, colic, blocked nose
- Builds foundation for good posture
- Induces a sense of well being and relaxation for mother and baby
- Playful and enjoyable time to bond with your baby
Baby Massage classes are small with personal attention to each baby (maximum 15 babies in a class). The class starts with a warm up followed by a full body massage. Lying on their backs the babies have their feet massaged first, then the massage moves up to the legs, belly chest and arms. Babies have plenty of time on their bellies as well as a chance to sit, squat and stand supported. At the end of each session mums, dads or carers have the opportunity to have an informal discussion with tea and biscuits, while the babies either sleep, feed or just chill out.
Please note: requires pre-booking.
Mums and Babies
Specialist class with yoga for mothers and fun for babies, to allow you to nurture yourself while you are with your baby. This class will help bring a sense of well-being, alleviate aches and pains, combat fatigue and retone muscles. Classes can be attended 6 weeks after giving birth, until babies are crawling.
Mums and Toddler Yoga
A natural continuation from Mums & Baby class with a deeper emphasis on the child. The classes are designed as a joined practice exploring the yoga world movement through the child’s eyes combining songs, games and props.
The classes are fun and encouraging the children to maintain their curiosity in movement and the world around them as well as develop self awareness and self confidence.
Specialist Pilates class to prepare for birth and recovery afterwards. This class improves muscle tone, giving better support to your abdomen, and helps create or maintain flexibility in your spine and joints, easing aches and pains. Pilates is also a great way to relax! Classes can be attended after 12th week of pregnancy.
A balanced gentle flow class with breathing exercises and some visualisation. This specialist yoga class is to assist your body in cultivating strength, flexibility and breath awareness, adapting to the many changes that pregnancy brings about, to focus on your baby, and to prepare you mentally, physically and emotionally for labour birth and afterwards. Suitable from 12 weeks and/or first scan, until the end of pregnancy.