Pregnancy is a great personal journey for any woman and is a time of mental and physical change. It can also be a challenging time, as adjustments need to be made as the body starts to change shape. For this reason, many women are now turning to pregnancy yoga.
Hi, I’m Kelly and I am a qualified pregnancy and postnatal yoga instructor. (I am also a qualified baby massage and baby yoga instructor please see our sister website Blossom Baby Norwich.)
Pregnancy and childbirth have always been an interest of mine and having 3 children has only enforced that passion. I developed Spd at 29 weeks in my first pregnancy and was in quite a lot of pain with it. It got so severe I spent the final 3 months of my pregnancy on crutches and feeling incredibly uncomfortable. When I fell pregnant when my son was 6 months old I was told the Spd would be likely to return. However, my physiotherapist advised me to try pregnancy yoga. I started pregnancy yoga and thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy with no issues at all. The yoga helped me physically and mentally and I honestly believe that if it was not for pregnancy yoga I would of suffered with Spd in my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies. I have practiced yoga for around 8 years now and I honestly believe it is the best form of exercise out there for everyone.
A pregnancy yoga practice can help address some of these mental and physical changes in a positive way. Women who practise yoga during pregnancy are able to be really present in their bodies and connect with their unborn child. In addition to this, yoga has a calming effect on the mother. This calm is also transmitted to the baby.
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Private classes are available on request. These classes can take place at home or at an agree venue at a date/time to suit.
My pregnancy yoga classes are welcoming and friendly – everyone is welcome. Most people are brand new to yoga when they join us for pregnancy classes but quickly find they take to it and feel great from classes.
Classes help relieve common pregnancy ailments, prepare you for birth and you can meet other mums-to-be. I always include birth breathing techniques to help during labour; offering practices to strengthen your body or increase flexibility. I keep my class sizes small to allow for individual attention and within the class we focus on gentle stretching, movement breathing and relaxation which are specifically tailored to the needs of each woman according to her needs and stage of pregnancy. Pregnancy yoga is suitable from 12 weeks.
Breathing techniques learnt in pregnancy yoga can be used at any time during pregnancy. Focusing on the breath can have a profound effect. By learning to control the breath, women may feel empowered and more in control of their thoughts and body. Many women also find these techniques very useful when giving birth.
Pregnancy yoga differs from general yoga classes in several ways. Many classical poses are adapted to accommodate the changes in the body. For example, twists are open and poses are fluid and nurturing for the mum-to-be. This creates space in the body and helps to alleviate some of the common ailments often associated with pregnancy, such as: backache, heartburn, swollen limbs etc.
By practising yoga, the body becomes more strengthened and toned. Moreover, many women who practise yoga find that they regain their shape and fitness more quickly after giving birth. In addition, spending time in a pregnancy yoga class with other women can be an emotionally bonding experience. Many friendships are formed at this time.