with HypnoBirthing Educator & Birth Doula Carrie Jeff
Priority booking available to previous and current students at Joymamma
CLASSES TO STRENGTHEN BODY & MIND
With a regular Yoga practice you can:
Build physical and mental stamina and endurance Strengthen and tone the entire body Gain confidence and courage Ease pregnancy discomforts Release tension Reduce anxiety
Why come to specialised Pregnancy Yoga classes?
During pregnancy women produce the hormone relaxin. The main function of this hormone is to loosen and relax the pelvic muscles and increase flexibility for easy vaginal delivery. Whilst this is a wonderful gift, the pelvis is also vulnerable to injury. Pregnancy Yoga is different to regular yoga, there are no fast moving sequences, prone or supine poses, breath retention - or any other yogic practices that are unsafe during this time.
Pregnancy can sometimes limit how the body can move, modifications are offered to those who are experiencing any complications or discomforts. Classes are suitable for any level of experience, as even women with an established yoga practice find they have to modify their practice.
Build physical strength and stamina
Yoga strengthens and tones the entire body
Pregnancy is a sacred time and even experienced yoga practitioners learn that they now have a new body, one that changes every day. Even though women are designed to create new life, our modern way of living can sometimes hinder correct posture and alignment. Hormonal changes can create strain around the pelvis as the bones start to move. Having a strong, fit body during pregnancy will help you support your changing body and growing weight of your baby as he or she grows.
Women who stay strong and supple during pregnancy are more capable of staying focused and calm throughout their labours. Giving birth requires physical stamina, determination and resilience. Yoga helps to develop these qualities both physically and mentally. It's said that giving birth requires the same amount of physical and mental strength as running 5 or 6 marathons! For a marathon, we know we need to train for the big event - and a regular yoga practice provides a safe way for you train for birth.
Increase stability and focus
Strengthen your mind - it will quit before your body does!
Many prenatal yoga classes focus on opening the body, but you can't forget the importance of stabilisation and focus too. Although Pregnancy Yoga at Joymamma is slow, gentle and nurturing, there is also an emphasis on poses that increase this stability and focus. With a regular practice, you will gain strength, focus and stability needed for the duration of your pregnancy, labour and birth.
Improve balance and concentration
Learn how to work hard, whilst you stay calm and in control
When the body is placed in a strenuous position such as a standing warrior or balance pose, you will learn that through breathing and relaxation, the mind is able to stay calm and in control. Working with the breath in this way to improve your concentration will enhance your decision making skills and support you through the duration of your pregnancy, labour and birth - and help you on your journey through motherhood.
Many professional sportsmen and women say that the physical practice will only take you so far, it is the mind that gives you that extra edge to lift your game and achieve your goals.
Learn breathwork and meditation skills
Stay grounded, present and open
Pregnancy can be a time of apprehension and uncertainty - but also of joy and gratitude. Fluctuating feelings and emotions are a normal part of the journey. During your pregnancy, there will be a lot of information and advice coming from many different sources, some of it conflicting. If you rely too much on the external voices, you can become overwhelmed. Practising breathwork and meditation can help you move more inward, listen to your own intuition and feel grounded during this life-changing time of your life.
Release tension & stress
Surrender to the journey
At the end of each class, you will spend time in relaxation using bolsters and cushions to support your body. While resting and breathing, tension is released from deep in the body and the Parasympathetic Nervous System is stimulated. Endorphins flow, blood vessels dilate bringing more oxygen and blood flow through your body and to your baby. This tells your baby on a chemical level that he or she is safe. Experts in many fields are now starting to understand the biological, psychological and sociological impact of our time in the womb and the importance of self care during this time. These moments of communicating calm and peace can affect how your baby responds to stress later in life.
Most women are capable of pushing through a strong class or workout, but a vital piece of prenatal practice is learning to slow down and let go.