Mother and Baby Yoga
Mamaste Mum and Baby Yoga classes incorporate yoga for both mummies and babies. The aim of the class is to provide a safe, relaxed and nurturing environment for new mums with a focus on recovery of the body after the stresses placed on it by pregnancy, birth and caring for a new baby. We also, however, place an emphasis on having some protected time for mummies to nurture themselves and develop skills in breathing and mindfulness – essential skills to get through the challenges of parenting!
The babies also benefit through the encouragement of connectedness between mum and baby, and we give them a session of baby yoga moves in the middle of the class too to give them a stretch and a relax. Whether you feel like you’re breezing through becoming a new mum for the first or subsequent times, or you feel like it’s overwhelming you, practising mum and baby yoga can bring all these benefits to you, your baby and the bond between you both. For class times and locations click here.
Pregnancy is such a journey for all new mums, whether it your first time or you’ve had children before. It can be a wonderful time, but can also be a period of transition which may bring worries, pains, or other physical conditions. Practising pregnancy yoga has been shown to have many benefits including reducing stress levels, mobilising muscles and joints and preparing mummy with techniques for labour.
Mamaste pregnancy yoga classes incorporate gentle movement and stretches, with breathing exercises and relaxation, specifically designed to be safe and beneficial in pregnancy.
They are relaxed, fun and informal and provide a space for mummies to escape their day to day responsibilities and enjoy some time to focus on themselves and connecting with baby. There is also an emphasis on supporting each other and getting to know other local mums who are going through the transition to motherhood around the same time. There is no need to have any yoga experience. In fact, many mums come to yoga for the first time during pregnancy. The classes are suitable from 12-14 weeks gestation. For class times and locations click here.
Whilst there has been little research into the direct effect of yoga on fertility, it is well documented that practising yoga reduces levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. It is also widely recognised by fertility experts that these hormones have a negative impact on fertility in both men and women.
Mamaste at One Yoga offers individually tailored yoga sessions incorporating gentle hatha flow, restorative practice and breathing and meditation exercises. This fertility yoga practice enhances blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulates the endocrine (hormone) system and settles the mind. Creating a sense of balance in the body and mind helps to provide the nurturing conditions necessary for conception.
We also offer talking therapy to those who are struggling to have a baby and are experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, depression or who may be grieving.
Yoga and therapy can be offered as individual sessions or to couples wishing to work together. Both can be beneficial as complementary therapies to those undergoing fertility treatment. Please contact me to discuss further.