pregnancy yoga

Pregnancy yoga is the ideal way to bring the body into harmony with the changes and demands of pregnancy. Yoga maintains and improves health, it allows us to trust our intuition, and ability to listen to the body. This is vital for labour to progress naturally and brings calm. This class offers time for you to enjoy the transformation, and time to be with your unborn baby. Yogabirth, yoga for pregnancy, classes offer healthy exercise and preparation for labour and birth.

In class there is always a range of physical abilities, backgrounds/working life and stages of pregnancy. However they all have one thing in common: wanting to do their best for their pregnancy and unborn baby. Women time and again get great peace of mind, comfort and joy from doing yoga with other pregnant women.

each class includes

  • Balanced range of appropriate yoga poses for pregnancy
  • Positions that are useful in labour
  • Self massage
  • Breathwork, to help with labour and birth
  • Relaxation
  • Refreshments at the end
  • May include pairwork & labour management techniques

these classes can help

  • Improve general physical wellbeing and posture
  • Position the baby well for labour
  • Alleviate associated discomforts such as:
  • heartburn, achy back, restricted breathing,
  • sleep disturbance, anxiety

qualifications

Susannah has completed over 2 years of specialised training with YogaBirth in yoga for pregnancy and birth, and antenatal education. Yoga for pregnancy offers safe yoga, some breathing and relaxation. YogaBirth classes also offer a deeper understanding of pregnancy, complications, ways to alleviate discomforts, preparation for birth and breathing for labour and birth.

Susannah’s yoga book

She has written and illustrated ‘Yoga and Breathing for Pregnancy and Birth‘. With 120 pages and over 250 individual illustrations and photos it is a fantastic visual guide to practising at home.

I did it!

My short summary of the whole birth experience is –  Amazing, Wonderful….spiritual!! I DID IT!! All naturally with gas & air!  I feel amazing!!  I GOT MT VBAC!!…. Thanks Susannah for all your support throughout this pregnancy – especially when the ‘system’ seemed to fail me a bit!!
R.S.

reach the places others haven't

Susannah’s ‘mummy centred’ and relaxed yet structured approach to pre-natal yoga helped me reach the places other classes haven’t quite reached… thank you Susannah!
L.C.

stretched, meditated and sane

The breathing techniques that you taught really helped me during labour, and it was a really relaxing forum in which to meet and share experiences with other pregnant women. It helped me stay stretched, meditated and sane during my pregnancy
S.S.

a good sleep afterwards

It has been good staying relaxed and active during pregnancy. The class has a calm atmosphere where I can talk about pregnancy and childbirth issues, and meet like-minded mums. Looking forward to Tuesday evening and a good sleep afterwards – about the only one I get a week!
K.M.

organised but totally relaxed

I love the way that you structure the classes which  feel organised but totally relaxed at the same time, and the support you offer goes way beyond yoga.
S.S.

a lovely group of people

I have really enjoyed the class, it has been very relaxing, informative, and I have met a lovely group of people.  Thank you for all your help and your kind, calming influence,
C.W.

above all else, keep breathing

I found my contractions bearable thanks to the breathing techniques you taught me.  I found that the feather breathing worked best and I didn’t have any other form of pain relief. I would just like to thank you for all your helpful advice as I truly believe that it was yoga that helped keep me focused and get me through childbirth as I managed to stay relaxed throughout. Please say hello to all the girls for me and wish them all the best for their own experiences and to remember, above all else, keep breathing!!
M.B.

it made a huge, huge difference

 I personally found that not only did I need to breath through contractions but if I used the feather breathing inbetween I reduced the pain of each contraction before it arrived, it made a HUGE HUGE difference. I hope my labour story gives them assurance that the breathing works wonders. Thanks to you Susannah for all your patience and hardwork, much appreciated.
L.M.

a perfect balance of poses & relaxation

The classes were very informative about all aspects of childbirth and what to expect, different birthing positions and the breathing to undertake during labour. The class created an opportunity to relax and prepare in body and mind for childbirth. Practicising the labour breathing was very valuable, and learning how to relax which I was not previously very good at.  I avoided the epidural and believe the yoga breathing contributed to be able to cope. The class was a perfect balance of time spent on poses and relaxation. I enjoyed the breathing exercises, the interaction with other mums to be and the cake at the end. After class I felt relaxed and virtuous that I had been doing exercise.
T.S.

advocating breathing

Following my week of walking in a tight (imaginary) skirt across the fields pelvic pain definitely eased (many thanks for this one) also a little one decided to make an appearance early Sunday morning.  Have to support that of others advocating breathing as this definitely helped both in staying at home longer and during labour. Many thanks for your calming classes.
J.C.

this little being inside me

I found the classes very informative, down to earth and friendly.  The classes actually changed my whole outlook to my birth. I always looked forward to having some me time with the yoga classes, being able to relax completely and connect with my baby in ways that is not normally possible!  I was felt refreshed and closer to my baby after the classes and made me think about my relationship with this little being inside of me.  I would involve my partner by telling him all the things that had happened during the class! I really enjoyed the controlled breathing part of the class and obviously the cake!! I used a lot of breathing during labour – for a while I went into a meditation zone.
C.B.

relaxed, lighter! and happy

I think it was a great preparation and made me feel more comfortable with the changes in my body. Most useful was the little details like where to get drinkable iron supplements, postures at home for proper positioning of the baby, pelvic floor exercises to do at home etc. The most important part was being able to know other pregnant ladies and to share the wonders and the pains! I enjoyed the most the relaxation at the end and the cake! After class I felt very relaxed, lighter! and happy
Y.P.

I was 'doing it' automatically

They said my breathing was great – I was “just doing it” automatically.  I remember finding breathing through my hand to relax the pelvic floor very useful….. Also, the inhalation, followed by the broken up exhalation was good for me.  And, as Susannah has said, keeping my face (and everything else) as relaxed as possible was helpful, and gave me something to focus on. Baby is charming us all and we’re enjoying him immensely!  With best wishes when it is your turn.
C.T.

so, so, so relaxed!

The Yoga exercise aspect of the class was the reason I joined, however in hindsight I would say that the discussions became the most important aspect of the class, as it was a great opportunity to hear how others were getting on, benefit from the wisdom of those further along the process and feel “normal” as I heard that others were experiencing similar things to me.   I am still very much in touch with the friends that I made at pregnancy yoga class. At the end of the class I felt so, so, so relaxed! I really enjoyed Susannahs serene smile and sense of humour, the inspirational quotes and most definitely the relaxation/meditation session at the end of the class. And who doesn’t love homemade cake??? 
C.G.

yoga breathing was amazing

The yoga breathing was amazing and I didn’t have any pain relief until the last hour before she was born (only gas and air). I have to say that yoga made this birth a much more positive experience. Please pass my best wishes on to the rest of the girls. Take care and thank you again for the wonderful experience of mama yoga.

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excellent preparation

Excellent preparation, the breathing techniques and general advice about how your body copes were invaluable. I enjoyed the yoga and focusing on the baby, cake and talk at the end was a highlight for me.

confidence to embrace pregnancy and labour

Thankyou for your knowledge and calmness, it gave me confidence to embrace my pregnancy and labour.

highlight of my week

I absolutely love the class and its a highlight in my week… I have been doing some of the moves at home but doesnt quite have same effect as the class………and there is never a piece of cake at the end of it!

breath deeply anytime, just like birth

Thank you very much for lovely yoga classes.. I couldn’t be confident having a birth in another country without meeting you Susannah…. I’ll always remember to breathe deeply anytime, just like the birth.

the midwives were very impressed

The midwives were very impressed by me and said I just breathed the baby out – very calmly and in control. They wished they had more deliveries like mine (!) I definitely used the yoga breathing I had learned and actually just trying to make myself hear your calm voice in my head telling me to breathe slowly and all the way out was very helpful. I’m not going to have any more children, but if I was I would use mama-yoga again. I feel it really helped me prepare both mentally and physically for the birth of my babies.

invaluable

The breathing we did at yoga was invaluable…. Thank you for all your excellent help and advice, I really think it made giving birth easier

my favourite time

Thankyou for supprting my mummy and I since I was in her womb. Yoga was my favourite time. Your voice and smile always relaxed me

working miracles

Candle breathing is working miracles during contractions.

I really enjoyed the experience

I really enjoyed the experience, you are a great teacher and a great woman!!!

we coped fine with the breathing

The labour was very quick, there was no time for any pain relief but we coped fine with the breathing techniques and Tens machine. I want to thank you for all your support during the classes and I know I would not have coped with things if I had not learned the breathing techniques.

they were surprised to see how calm I was

Breathing techniques helped a lot during contractions and they were surprised to see how calm I was. Although they gave me gas and air, I felt that breathing does the same trick so i just used breathing while I could. 

it helped me enormously

Thanks again for all the classes, my midwives were most impressed with my breathing and I have to say it helped me enormously.

your voice in my head

I kept listening for your voice in my head telling me to do the slow breath. The best advice would be what you tell us each week – remember to relax and soften your face as you breathe through the contractions. And also, make sure if you’re having music to have some upbeat tunes on as well as any relaxing stuff. Like you said – you wouldn’t run a marathon listening to panpipes – you need something to keep you going!

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Yoga & health Issues / contraindications

There are many issues that can affect your yoga practice. please check the common health issues and contraindications to guide you in your yoga practice. make sure you read the pregnancy section as it has good advice for body usage outside of class as well. 

when to join the class

It is ideal to start classes once you have reached the second trimester (12 weeks), you can start anytime after this. The classes are designed to be suitable right up until 42 weeks or the birth of your baby.

paid time off work

Women in full time employment are entitled to paid time off work to attend yoga classes, which are covered by the category ‘antenatal appointments and relaxation and parent craft classes’. We encourage students to exercise their right to this time off work.  For further details of the legal obligation of employers to pregnant workers click here for further details

facebook pregnancy inspiration

Here is an open facebook group of all sorts of wonderful pregnancy and birth inspiration

getting to know each other: facebook closed group

When you join the class you will have the option of joining the pregnancy yoga closed group. This group is only for those who are attending or have attended pregnancy yoga with me. This will allow you to get in contact with others in the class to meet up. Its especially helpful after you’ve had your babies.

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