Pregnancy yoga

Wednesdays, 7.15-8.30pm Please note earlier start time as of 12 June.

Hanover Community Centre, 33 Southover Street.

Prepare yourself physically and emotionally for pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

In each class, we will explore body and breath work, meditation and deep relaxation techniques to help:

• connect with yourself & your baby
• increase energy
• release tension & anxiety
• relieve common side effects
(backache, heartburn, swollen ankles, insomnia)
• prepare for labour & birth

In classes, through working with the body, we will explore the deeper philosophy that underpins yoga practice. We can develop self awareness, acceptance and trust, helping to discover a centred space, where we feel able to respond to whatever challenges pregnancy and parenthood throw at us.

The yogic principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and aparigraha (non-grasping) are just two examples of how yoga brings us to a place where we accept ourselves and our circumstances; the natural flow of things, letting go of expectations and projections. This brings us contentment and presence in the moment.

By moving towards understanding our bodies on a physical level, our emotional patterns of reaction are revealed and we can effect real transformation.

I have practiced yoga throughout my four pregnancies and taught through three, so, although no two pregnancies, women or births are alike, I know from experience how beneficial yoga can be.

I would advise that, unless you already practice yoga, you start pregnancy yoga in your second trimester.

Cost: £12 drop in, £60 6 consecutive classes, £100 for 10 (block bookings can be used across venues/classes)

Alternatively, you can choose private sessions or a birth preparation session with your partner, in the comfort of your own home. At a time that suits you, either focussing on exactly what you need personally, working with your birth partner to prepare for birth and beyond.

Email or call Leonie on 0780 907 5602

Centred Space Yoga is an affiliate of UMEUS Foundation, using yoga, mindfuness and counselling to empower parents.