Unfortunately, due to family commitments, I am taking an extended break from teaching.
I can highly recommend any of Adele, Julie or Hilary, all lovely pregnancy yoga teaching colleagues who I have worked with, studied with and know well.
For details of locations, times, fees and availability, contact directly either:
Adele Wills (Halifax based)
Julie Morris (Holmfirth based)
Hilary Airey (based in Roberttown)
There is a common misconception that pregnancy yoga classes are not gentle, or that you should have practised yoga before, or that you have to be flexible, or that you cannot take the classes if you are unlucky enough to have pelvic pain.
SO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM PREGNANCY YOGA?
- Classes are friendly, informal and accessible to ladies who have never practised yoga before – you don’t have to be super bendy and we don’t do deep squats! Anyone with any shape, size or ability can benefit.
- The classes give you invaluable ‘time out’ each week to focus on yourself and bond with your growing baby.
- You will have a great chance to meet and make friends with other mums-to-be.
- You will link postures, sound and movement to tone the muscles that will support your changing posture in pregnancy and prepare you for an active labour.
- You will maintain energy levels, fitness and strength to prevent and remedy common ailments that you might experience during your pregnancy.
- You will practise positions for an active labour and birth.
- You will learn to unlock the power of your breath to help you listen to your body and relax deeply. Whatever other props may be available to you, your breath is always with you! Depending on the length of time you come to the classes, you will learn over a dozen breath techniques and visualisations that will help you in your labour and delivery. Many ladies report that these “tools” are the only pain relief they have used in their labours, and, that they are also invaluable in the early post-natal days.
- Finally, although when pregnant you are quite rightly “present in the fullness of each moment”, you will learn a range of techniques that will support you and your baby in your “4th Trimester”.
The postures and techniques you will learn are not a “fixed blueprint” but are “tools” offered to you to adapt to your self and to connect you with your own knowing about giving birth.
Yoga promotes mental and physical well-being and balance, which is especially valuable during times of transition or uncertainty. At a time of profound and possibly overwhelming physical, emotional and energetic transformations, yoga in pregnancy can connect you to your deep inner wisdom and calm strength that will guide you through the intimate journey of your baby’s birth and of your own birth as a parent.
PAID TIME OFF WORK FOR PREGNANCY YOGA CLASSES
Women in full time employment are entitled to paid time off work to attend Yoga Classes. This is covered by the category “antenatal appointments, relaxation and parent craft classes”
For further details of Employers legal obligation to pregnant workers please see: