Pregnancy Yoga in York
Weekly Classes, Workshops & One to One Pregnancy Yoga
I am delighted to share Pregnancy Yoga with you, in the form of both weekly classes in York and Harrogate, and also as private one-to-one yoga sessions. As well as being a qualified pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher I am also a trained Doula, and have training in Aromatherapy for Childbirth.
Pregnancy yoga is for women from 14 weeks, right up to baby is born, and is carefully designed to maintain movement, strengthen the body for labour and birth, to bring physical relief for pregnancy ailments, help relaxation and sleep and to empower mums-to-be at this special time. Classes are also a brilliant way to meet and connect with other pregnant women who will be having their babies at a similar time to you, and many special and lasting friendships are made at pregnancy yoga classes. My classes are for everyone, however you choose to birth your baby.
Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga:
Pregnancy yoga is a form of exercise recommended by midwives, and has many benefits for your pregnancy body and in preparing you for labour, birth and motherhood:
- keep the body supple and strong without straining
- boost energy
- relieve stress and anxiety
- promote relaxation and restful sleep
- provide you with breathing techniques and positions to use during labour and birth
- relieve common minor pregnancy ailments such as heartburn, swollen joints and constipation
- help expecting mothers to bond with your unborn baby through breathing and visualisation techniques
- Breathing exercises to create space in the body, bring calm to mum and to introduce ways in which breathing can facilitate birth.
- Helps you tune into your body and your baby.
Yoga For Pregnancy weekly classes
Mondays | 7.15pm – 8.30pm | Manor School Studios, Poppleton York, YO26 6PA (view map) Easy and free parking right outside.
£45 per six week block of classes. Includes relaxations and breathing exercises to use at home too. Booking essential.
Open to women from 14 weeks of pregnancy until the birth of your baby. No previous yoga experience required - and many women have never been to a yoga class before.
During pregnancy yoga can help to support mothers-to-be both emotionally and physically. These classes give expectant mothers the faith, awareness and practical tools to respond creatively and positively to the challenges of pregnancy, birthing and mothering in the modern world. You will develop strength, flexibility and breath awareness for pregnancy and birth. These classes also give you some time to nurture yourself and connect with your baby at this very special time. Also a great way to meet other mums to be in an supportive and friendly environment.
We work through breathing techniques, adapted yoga postures for the pregnant body, pelvic floor exercises, stamina building and deep relaxations, that encourage you to tune into your own body and your baby too.
*NEW* Yoga For Pregnancy // Workshop // York
Sunday Morning | Dates coming soon
A gorgeous yoga workshop for women who can't make the pregnancy yoga weekly classes, or women want to have a more in depth time exploring pregnancy yoga and really spend some time nourishing yourself. This will be a workshop where you will feel nurtured, you'll leave feeling both energised and super relaxed too - easing you body and mind into a wonderful chilled state.
The workshop will Include yoga postures and gently flowing movements, you'll learn yoga postures to align your baby for an easier birth, we'll practice breathing techniques to calm and focus you, and we'll have time for gorgeous long deep relaxation. You'll also learn about visualizations, positive affirmations and aromatherapy for labour and child birth. The aim is for you to leave feeling great in your amazing pregnant body, and calm in your mind.
No previous yoga / pregnancy yoga experience required. 2 hours of gorgeous yoga me-time at the weekend
Please register your interest now in these workshops as places are limited, and I know they are going to be really popular. Drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org to be the first to know when the workshops are launched.
*NEW* Yoga For Pregnancy // Workshop & Mini Retreat //Harrogate
Saturday 11th November | 10.00am –12.30pm | Alissa Lawrence Yoga 2-4 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1
A gorgeous yoga workshop and mini-retreat for women who can't make the pregnancy yoga weekly classes, or women want to have a more in depth time exploring pregnancy yoga and really spend some time nourishing yourself. This will be a workshop where you will feel pampered and nurtured, you'll leave feeling both energised and super relaxed too - easing you body and mind into a wonderful chilled state. Have some real 'me-time', time to gently move, breathe, deeply relax and replenish yourself.
No previous yoga experience is necessary - open to EVERYONE from 14 weeks right up to birth.
We'll also have time for tea and yummy homemade cake too - what could be better!
This workshop and mini retreat is an opportunity to:
- practice some brilliant yoga postures to ease pregnancy aches, improve circulation, strengthen and stretch your pregnant body.
- learn all about breathing techniques
- practice some deep yoga relaxation and visualisation techniques
- spend time bonding and connecting with your unborn baby
- find out about active birth positions
- I'll show you how to help position your baby through daily life to help aid a more straightforward delivery
- learn about using aromatherapy in pregnancy and labour, and try out some essential oil blends
You'll also get some relaxation, breathing and visualisation MP3's to use afterwards at home, and also brilliant hand outs to take home too. I am packing loads of really fab stuff into this workshop, to give you a brilliant pregnancy tool-kit of yoga goodness, and a really lovely morning of yoga practice with a room full of like-minded women.
Cost: £20 early bird before 11th October, or £25 thereafter (including all the take homes)
Space is limited, so please book as soon as you can to ensure your place - use the form at the bottom of the page or email email@example.com
Yoga For Pregnancy // 6 week course- Harrogate
Wednesday | 10.15am – 11.30am | Alissa Lawrence Yoga 2-4 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1.
Starts 13th September 2017
£54 for the 6 week course. Includes relaxations and breathing exercises to use at home too, and a home practice guide. Booking essential.
Dates: Wednesdays 13th, 20th, 27th Sept, 11th, 18th, 25th October.
Open to women from 14 weeks of pregnancy until the birth of your baby. Absolutely no previous yoga experience required. Everyone welcome - any age, body shape, fitness level.
Pregnancy Yoga One to One
1:1 private classes work with the needs of mum-to-be, focusing on any problem areas, working on breathing techniques and keeping her physically active. The sessions are tailored specifically to meet your needs, and to support you one-to-one at this special time. Taking a one off, or a series of private pregnancy yoga lessons is an investment in you and your baby.
- Women who are finding it difficult to fit pregnancy yoga into their busy lives, as they are at a time to suit you.
- Women with specific problems in pregnancy such as SPD, Pelvic Girdle Pain or Sciatica as classes can be tailored specifically to you.
- Women who are looking for some relaxation - we can create a delicious restorative, nurturing yoga practice full of brilliant breathing techniques and a 'super savasan' relaxations, with a deeply relaxing yoga nidra too. Gorgeous, a real treat!
Where? I have my own dedicated small yoga studio, situated on the edge of York, which is perfect for one to one private yoga sessions. The studio is full of lovely yoga mats, blocks, straps, blankets and other yoga props for you to use in your private yoga sessions - so there's no need to bring anything with you. If you prefer I can also travel to your home or workplace to work with you, bringing mats, props and everything you may need with me, to help with busy schedules.
Cost: Private yoga at my own studio is £45 per 1 hour session. A block of five 1 hour classes is £200 (saving £25 on individual session prices). Travel to your home or place of work will be at an additional cost, depending on location.
Pregnancy Yoga Freebies
Using yoga breathing techniques in pregnancy can be really beneficial. We practice them during my classes and one to ones, but it can also be useful to practice them at home too - so you get really comfortable with them. They are probably the most important part of a pregnancy yoga class. So I've recorded some mp3 audio files that you can download and use at home to practice some yoga breathing between classes. These breathing techniques can help to calm and centre you during your pregnancy and in labour too. These are simple but really effective ways to connect with your breath, and so calm your mind and body. I've also recorded special pregnancy relaxations too, to help you relax, connect with your baby and promote restful sleep. When you come to my classes you get special access to this series of breathing practices and relaxations all for free, that you can download and carry with you anywhere. But if you live to far away or can't make the classes then here's one freebie for everyone, the Ocean Breath. I hope you find it useful and enjoyable.
The Ocean Breath is a softly audible breath, in this technique we gently extend the exhalation which is a clever yogic trick which brings the mind and body to a calmer place. The soft sound also helps you to really connect with the breath, and helps you come into a state more of 'being' and less of 'doing' or thinking. Its great to use in pregnancy, and also postnatally as babies often respond well to this gently audible breath when trying to put them to sleep (from personal experience this does work...sometimes!!). You can download the Ocean Breathing for pregnancy mp3 here:
Pregnancy Yoga Testimonials
"I've always been a bit wary and nervous of yoga (including pregnancy yoga) and have been put off through fear of not knowing any terminology / thinking I'm not supple or fit enough. This was a brilliant, easy to follow introduction and I really enjoyed the whole session. Thank you Susan " Zoe
"I found the relaxation at the end surprisingly easy - I thought it might be difficult to switch off but I actually really felt relaxed and was able to clear my mind and focus on my breathing, my body and the baby - it was lovely." Alex
"Having a pregnancy class one to one with Susan took me right back to doing pregnancy yoga four years ago, which was really lovely. I really found the yoga breathing in particular to be so helpful in my first labour, it really helped to calm me, so I want to practice that some more before this baby is due." Fiona
"The yoga breathing exercises were definitely helpful during the labour, thanks so much" K
"Thank you so much for all the wonderful yoga classes I thoroughly enjoyed that 'me time' and I hope to join one of your other yoga classes soon." M
"I really miss the classes so much now I've had my baby! I always came home feeling great, so calm and relaxed, and had the best nights sleep of the week. Thank you Susan" Kate
"The breathing techniques really helped me prepare for and during my c-section, thank you" Anna
Find out more
To find out more about about pregnancy yoga classes or private one-to-one sessions, or to make a booking, you can
- contact me via the enquiry form on the right
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone Susan on 07954 238 424
I look forward to hearing from you.