What is Yoga for Pregnancy?
Yoga for Pregnancy at the PPC is a wonderful preparation for pregnancy, labour, birth, and becoming a mother focusing on breathing awareness, grounding, posture, relaxation and movements for pregnancy and labour. Each woman, her pregnancy and birth is unique and so we help you to find YOUR way with yoga.
We believe that our sessions are special because our knowledge of birth and experience in supporting women is incorporated into the sessions so that we can guide you at your own pace which helps you to tap into your own inner knowledge and intuition and enhances your connection with your baby.
The sessions always finish with discussions about pregnancy, birth, parenting and any issues brought up by the group over tea and biscuits. This allows to you get to know others in the group, develop your knowledge about birth, and share experiences with other women. All our yoga facilitators are experienced birth educators with knowledge of pregnancy, birth and local maternity services.
How will it benefit me and my baby?
Each session includes YOGA POSTURES and BREATHING awareness which subtly enhance the health of all your body systems and so encourage an improved oxygen and nutrient supply to both you and your baby. MEDITATIONS are included in the sessions which promote confidence and calmness which in turn help release the hormones most needed for a positive birth experience. RELAXATION works in a similar way by helping to relieve tension both physically, mentally and emotionally. All in all our yoga for pregnancy approach is nurturing and helps to improve confidence, calmness, posture, comfort, sleep and some common pregnancy symptoms such as heartburn, backache, cramp, swollen feet etc.
Our approach makes yoga safe for all women whether they are new to yoga or have practiced before, wherever you are in your pregnancy and whether this is your first baby or a subsequent pregnancy.
More information and how to book
Our sessions are very popular and we run a waiting list due to this. Waiting times are at least 4 weeks so please register your details as soon as possible. If you have an idea of when you wish to start that is helpful for us so do let us know so we can manage spaces available. Sometimes women want to be a certain number of weeks pregnant or wait until they have come back from a holiday etc.
To register your interest and to be added to the interest list please register your details here or if you have any questions or wish to chat first please contact us.
** You are entitled to paid time off work for antenatal care, which includes pregnancy yoga classes when supported by your midwife or GP see www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights
We run a number of different groups. Some sessions run each week and you can continue for as long as you want, some are run in blocks of a certain number of week:
- Monday evening- 7.00-9.00pm
- Tuesday morning 10am-12noon **
- Tuesday evening 6.30-8.30pm
- Friday afternoon 4-6pm
- Saturday morning 10am-12 noon (new block starts on 25th March 2017)
We operate our Yoga for Pregnancy sessions on a donation system because the Pregnancy and Parents Centre is a not-for-profit charity. We ask women to pay in consecutive blocks of 6 weeks and continue to do so until you wish to give up your space. The suggested donation for 6 consecutive weeks is £65. This includes all equipment, refreshments and support. All our classes have concessionary rates and this is the same for the donation system for yoga. Please contact us about this if you need to know more.
What other women thought of the class
View our film to see how our sessions have helped women through their pregnancy with friendly caring support , information and relaxation.