yoga for pregnancy and birth

‘…experiences have clearly shown that an approach which ‘de-medicalises’ birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach.’ Michel Odent, MD

Our classes are specifically designed for pregnancy and create a place where women can relax, meet other local women and share their experiences.

Time to rest, relax and restore.
Time to connect, laugh and share.
Time to recognise the emotional and physical journey of your pregnancy.
Time to prepare for your birth.
Time to just be still

Each term we explore the following:

  • Maintaining healthy posture though pregnancy.
  • Movement of your baby through your pelvis during birth and how we can help this natural process.
  • Positions for labour.
  • Hormonal changes in pregnancy and labour.
  • Massage for pregnancy and labour.
  • Instinctively using sound in labour and why.
  • The importance of creating the ideal birth environment and how to do this.
  • How yoga can help us manage the experience of pain in labour.
  • Yogic breathing practises and how they can be used in the different stages of labour.

Highly recommended by midwives, yoga keeps the body supple without straining, boosts energy, relieves stress and anxiety, and promotes restful sleep.  With yoga postures and breath we explore pelvic floor awareness, pelvic alignment, optimal foetal positioning and work to alleviate common pregnancy problems.The yoga practice is very sensitive and practical.

These classes are taught by Helen Macnair who has been working with women in pregnancy for the last 19 years.

 

 

 

Learn more about Helen here

Helen was inspired by Frederick Leboyer’s ‘Birth without violence’ which she read as a child. It is a powerful book that has influenced her life. During her first pregnancy in 1997 she discovered Janet Balaskas and attended ‘active birth’ classes. Since then she has been interested in the ‘active birth’ movement. In 2005 she trained as a Doula with Michel Odent, the French obstetrician who pioneered water births. Helen is passionate about the need for women to reclaim their birth experiences and loves working with women during this magical time. ‘I’m constantly inspired by the wonderful women I meet and whole heartedly embrace supporting them during their physical and emotional journey.’  Her own three birth experiences have also been a huge source of inspiration. They were all very different; two of her babies were born at home and two were born in water. ‘Each time, yoga helped me to trust my body, stay with my breath and to relax.’ Francoise Barbira Freedman (founder of Birthlight and Medical Anthropologist at Cambridge University) confirmed her instinct to nurture women in pregnancy and to encourage a gentle, holistic yoga practice. Helen now works as a yoga for maternity professionals tutor for Birthlight in Australia.