Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth Workshops

A series of four Sunday morning workshops in March that will help women enjoy their pregnancy and prepare for their birth. These workshops are a place to come and meet other local women, relax and share experiences. Over the four weeks we will explore:

  • 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.

These workshops are taught by Helen Macnair who has been working with women in pregnancy for the last 18 years.

Cost $80.  Sunday March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 2017.

Contact Helen for more information: 0431 732 143

We also offer weekly pregnancy classes and birth workshops.

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.