yoga for mums-to-be (pregnancy yoga classes)
available at camden, chelsea, ealing, shoreditch
Pregnancy yoga is suitable for both beginning students and experienced practitioners. During pregnancy, yoga can play a key role in enhancing the experience of this precious time and empowering the mother-to-be to have the most conscious birth experience. Yoga can help women enjoy their pregnancy with minimal discomfort, cultivate breath awareness and strengthen the body in preparation for labour. Yoga also offers you the opportunity to connect with your baby, and coming to classes is a great way to feel part of a community of pregnant women.
when to practise
It’s never too late to practise pregnancy yoga. So if you are past your first trimester, come along and experience the benefits of yoga under the care of our expert pregnancy yoga teachers. General guidelines are that you do not practise yoga during the first trimester. Start in the second trimester and continue your classes until before birth. Be conscious of how your body feels and seek medical advice regarding any health issues.
mummy + me (baby yoga classes)
available at shoreditch, camden, chelsea, ealing
These classes are for babies from six weeks to crawling – and dads are very welcome too. As a mum, you’ll use movement, balancing strengthening and restorative poses to help you recover and build strength following pregnancy and birth. It’s also a great time to connect with your baby in a nurturing and loving way, using play, touch, eye contact and sometimes singing.
Lots of people really value the community side of these classes. Whatever experiences, stresses or concerns you bring to class, the teacher and other students are there to support and help you in whatever way they can. And, of course, you can breastfeed, change nappies, allow your baby to simply sleep – whatever works for you and your baby at that time. If you had a C-section, please make sure you have your doctor’s permission before returning to yoga.
when to practise
It is important to rest initially. The first six weeks after birth are a time for bonding with the baby and for the mother to recover. By the end of the first eight weeks of the postnatal period, women should be ready to return to their regular practice, but it is important to listen to what your body is ready to do. Women with a yoga practice prior to pregnancy should be careful and not rush back into their usual yoga practice. Consult your GP for advice on when to resume practising.
what our students say
“After an hour of peaceful, calming yoga and breathing, I went into labour naturally. That I could have such total faith in my body and my baby was, I believe, entirely down to the yoga I had done with Claire Whitman and other wonderful pregnancy yoga teachers at triyoga including Sue Delf, Deanne Liew and Louisa Aldridge.”
– Clemency Burton-Hill
“I attended Lolly’s yoga classes while I was pregnant with all my children and I think it was the best present I ever gave them.”
– Emma Freud
“I cannot thank you enough for your classes, I was thinking of my breathing the whole time and it really brought me through.”
“I always looked forward to sitting in the room with you and the other pregnant ‘Mums’ – enjoying the presence of the expectant mums and the promise that being pregnant holds.”
blog: the benefits of pregnancy yoga
by Nadia Narain
“Pregnancy yoga is wonderful as it creates a space in which you can slow down and really connect with yourself, your body and your baby. It’s a time to relax and unwind as well as strengthen and tone. It’s also a valuable opportunity to get comfortable with your body while going through these changes and to be able to visualise your baby growing in your belly.”
Nadia has been teaching since 1996 and is one of triyoga’s original and best-loved teachers, having taught here since we first opened in 2000. Nadia holds the highest level certification with YA (500SYT) and continually expands her knowledge of yoga and pregnancy yoga, studying with world renowned yoga and Buddhist meditation teachers. She also created the pregnancy teacher training at triyoga, which she continues to teach with us each year. We asked her to share her expertise on the many benefits of pregnancy yoga.
blog: creating community through yoga
by Lolly Stirk
“Every week I would invite some pregnant women to come and join the postnatal class, to see the babies being massaged by their mums, and listen to the tea time discussions. These discussions were full of information that we generally only get to read about in books. It was such a simple thing to do.”
Lolly Stirk is a pioneer in her field, having dedicated her 35-year career to creating and developing the ideal yoga practice for pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond. She began studying yoga in 1969 and, with the birth of her daughter in the 70s, was drawn into the world of birth. As a doula at hundreds of births and a certified hypnobirther, she formulated the term ‘hypnobreathing’, an essential practice that she passes on in her classes. Through the love of her work, she has developed a unique way of communicating the power of yoga to women at this extraordinary time in their life. We asked her to tell us more about her classes at triyoga and how she develops a close-knit and supportive community for mothers and expectant mothers.
the benefits of pre + post natal yoga
- Increases your energy
- Empowers the mother-to-be to have conscious birth experience
- Keeps you fit whilst being sensitive to the baby and you
- Decreases anxiety
- Strengthens birthing muscles
- Quickens postpartum recovery
- Improves sleep
- Reduces backache
- Improves circulation
- Promotes healthy birth
- Strengthens the back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
- Releases tension in shoulders and neck muscles
- Helps to improve posture
- Decreases overall stress and promotes relaxation
- Rejuvenates the mind and increases energy
- Builds patience and inner-calm
- Brings fun and pleasure to both parent and baby
- Provides an opportunity to connect with other parents
- Creates a safe environment to bond with baby and toddler