Birthlight Pregnancy Yoga

” Hi Anne, just want to say thanks again for the class on Thursday, I absolutely loved it and it’s made me feel so much  better already. That’s the first night I’ve slept all the way through”

“Hi Anne, just wanted to let you know we have welcomed a beautiful baby girl….I had a really positive induction and was able to be in the water and use gas and air as well as all my breathing techniques from yoga. I was relaxed and calm throughout as was the baby when they monitored her”

Pregnancy yoga is a great way to find some me time each week. You learn how to gently stretch and balance your ligaments, how to adjust your posture to help with your changing body shape and learn breathing techniques to stay calm and relaxed in pregnancy and prepare for labour and birth. Plus you meet other pregnant women in a safe space to share any worries or concerns.

I teach  Birthlight pregnancy yoga classes in Saltburn on Monday evenings 6-7.30pm, Great Ayton on Thursday evenings from 7-8.30pm and Wednesday mornings In Great Ayton 9.30-11am.  £10 per class. First class is pay as you go. After that you pay for a block of 5 weeks at £50 ( and can carry one over if you are poorly) . After 38 weeks you pay as you go again.

To book a taster class text Anne on 07758264533 or e-mail me info@annethemidwife.com

“Your class is the highlight of my week! I work full time, have a toddler and am always so tired. I really value my Thursday nights where I get to stretch and relax. You look after us all so well!” C 32 weeks

Frequently asked Q and A’s about Birthlight Yoga

I’m very early on in pregnancy – when can I start doing Birthlight yoga?

It’s best to wait until your pregnancy is very well established – from around 14 weeks.

 

 

I’m 38 weeks – am I too late?

Although it’s ideal to start earlier and practice every week you can still benefit from a couple of lessons before you have your baby. Come and enjoy the end of your pregnancy!

I’ve never done yoga before – does that matter?

Not at all. Birthlight yoga for pregnancy helps because all the practices are adapted for the growing pregnant body with any ailments accommodated.Suitable for the complete beginner to experienced yoga teachers!

Will Birthlight yoga help my pelvic pain?

Birthlight yoga practice is very specific and helps with all pregnancy related aches, pains and discomfort from heartburn, back pain to pelvic pain. You can learn ways to work on these issues between classes too.

I’m quite an anxious person – will yoga help me?

The weekly classes are ideal if you have anxiety. They are a warm, welcoming, nurturing place to come each week and gently stretch and breath and find some calm. In particular women love the 20 minute relaxation at the end.

“Thank you Anne so much for last night. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next class. I was a bit nervous as knew I wouldn’t be as far along as the other girls but you made me feel just as important and looked after.” C 16 weeks

“I always sleep so well on a Thursday night after the class!” A 29 weeks

How can it help me in labour?

Birthlight yoga teaches you simple breathing techniques, ways to stay calm and in control of the intensity of the contractions and you’ll become more in touch with your body. We work on ‘birthing lightly’, making internal space and using the breath to ‘exhale push’ your baby without holding your breath or forcefully pushing.We practice this every week so that you get more and more used to it and it becomes natural ready for labour.

I am also a hypnobirthing teacher and a midwife so have lots of experience supporting women  to prepare their minds and bodies for labour and birth.

“Thank you so much Anne, I used a lot of the breathing techniques to help me through labour” T – July 2017

I don’t have any equipment – does it matter?

Not at all – just wear comfy clothes you can move in and bring a pillow and blanket ( and socks if you get cold feet) for the relaxation. I provide the mats, balls, blocks, bolsters. Please feel welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer. Please bring a drink.

What is Birthlight Yoga?

Birthlight yoga has been developed through working with pregnant women and incorporates carefully selected and long tested classic yoga practices for the benefit of pregnant women and women in labour.

The Birthlight Trust is a charity which promotes an integrated holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood with yoga.