Pre-Natal Yoga Private Training

Michelle has had extensive personal experience with Yoga and childbearing, including the pregnancy and birth of her (and hubby Chris’s) daughter.

Michelle can show you how to use Yoga techniques to relieve tension, backaches, sore muscles and joints, and the overall general discomfort that can arise from pregnancy.

Pre Natal YogaPrepare for the miracle of child birth

The practice of pregnancy yoga will help you to meet the challenges and transformations of pregnancy and birth with strength, confidence and calm. Pregnancy yoga (also known as prenatal yoga) incorporates:

  • gentle, safe movements and stretches to strengthen and stretch the body
  • breathing exercises to increase calm, focus and balance,
  • and relaxation techniques to release deeply held tensions and to promote the well-being of yourself and your baby

Pregnancy is a time for moderation. Hence you are always encouraged to feel free to modify any of the yoga movements, or to rest as necessary. No previous experience in yoga is required.

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Pregnancy Yoga is for women during their first, second and third trimesters.
Hatha Yoga (from which Pregnancy Yoga is derived) is a safe, simple and natural method of preparing for the miracle of childbirth. Hatha Yoga combines breathing and relaxation techniques with stretching, strengthening, and balancing exercises.

Regardless of your stage of pregnancy, these exercises, combined with a health lifestyle, will help you to:

  1. Align your body optimally for healthy carrying and delivery of your baby.
  2. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques to use during pregnancy and labor pregnancy posture.
  3. Create more space for your baby, breathing, and digestion.
  4. Reduce discomfort in your upper and lower back.
  5. Boost energy and lessen fatigue.
  6. Reduce physical and emotional tensions and stress.
  7. Enhance your strength and confidence.
  8. Improve posture, stability and balance
  9. Create optimal health and awareness.
  10. Allow a faster, easier, and less painful labor.
  11. Reduce the likelihood and need of medical intervention during delivery.
  12. Use conscious breathing exercises to develop flexibility in your hip region, and help reduce tension and stress.
  13. Relieve aches and pains - backache, digestive difficulties, sciatica, sore knees, and headaches.

Pre Natal YogaWhat else can I look forward to?

  • Meet other soon-to-be mothers.
  • Have a great time in a warm and caring environment.
  • Go at your own pace, and to do only what feels comfortable for you.
  • Modify your postures so you feel more comfortable
  • Each session includes a guided, relaxing meditation session.
  • Facilities permitting, tea at the end of class (jasmine, strawberry)

All classes taught by Certified Yoga Instructors

Below are some facts about our Pregnancy Yoga Classes

What is pregnancy yoga?

Pregnancy Yoga is a way to promote and encourage a positive, healthy environment for both mother and child. It is a simple process that includes movement, stretching, breathing and positive awareness to encourage maximum health.
In pregnancy yoga, you will learn and develop several useful techniques, including:

  • movements and strategies for the common discomforts of pregnancy (backache, digestive difficulties, sciatica, sore knees, headaches, etc.);
  • advantageous positions for labor and delivery to promote an easier birth;
  • breathing and relaxation techniques to help maintain focus, calm and relaxation throughout your pregnancy and delivery.

Pre Natal YogaWhat will pregnancy yoga do for you?

Practicing Pregnancy Yoga, in conjunction with gentle cardiovascular exercises such as walking and swimming, and a healthy life style can:

  • boost your energy and lessen fatigue;
  • reduce physical and emotional tensions and stress;
  • enhance your strength and confidence;
  • improve your posture, stability and balance;
  • create optimal health and awareness levels;
  • allow you a faster, easier, less painful labor
  • reduce the likelihood and need of medical intervention during delivery;
  • help you recover more quickly after birth;
  • help to create an overall healthy environment for child and mother.

Below are commonly asked questions asked about our yoga classes.

How soon can you begin taking pregnancy yoga classes?
Women are welcome to join the class at the end of their first trimester of pregnancy. The more you practice and the earlier you practice pregnancy yoga, the greater the benefits that you will enjoy. It is never "too late" to join the class. Even women who have joined at 8 months into their pregnancies have derived many benefits from pregnancy yoga.

How long can you continue taking pregnancy yoga?

Most women continue to attend the classes up to just one or two weeks before their delivery dates. However, it is always important to listen to your body and to the advice of your doctor or midwife.

What if my due date is before the end of the session?

If your due date is before the end of the session we will give you the difference back.

Do I need to check with my health care provider before taking the classes?

Our pregnancy yoga classes are gentle, safe and beneficial for pregnant women and their growing babies. However, it is always a good idea to discuss your exercise program and participation in pregnancy yoga classes with your midwife or doctor. It is important to confirm with your doctor or midwife that it is alright for you to attend these classes, if you have what is considered in any way to be a high risk pregnancy.

How large are the classes?
The class is never more than 10 women, in a comfortable, warm and secure environment.

What should you wear?
You should wear clothing that is easy to move in, such as loose fitting sweat pants, leggings, t-shirts, sweaters, etc. It is helpful to dress in layers so that you can easily stay comfortable at any level of activity.

What do I need to bring?
We recommend that you bring:

  • A bottle of water;
  • A blanket (may be nice during relaxation at end of class )
  • Lose fitting clothing such as jogging pants and a T-shirt
  • A yoga mat (If you don’t have a yoga mat, we can supply one – just let us know in advance.)