Pregnancy Yoga in York

 Weekly Pregnancy Yoga Classes, Mini Pregnancy Yoga Retreats & 1 to 1 Pregnancy Yoga


I am delighted to share Pregnancy Yoga with you, as weekly pregnancy yoga classes in York, workshops & mini retreats and also as private one-to-one pregnancy yoga sessions.  As well as being a fully qualified pregnancy yoga teacher and postnatal yoga teacher I am also a Hypnobirthing & birth preparation teacher, a trained Doula, a Positive Birth Movement group facilitator and am trained in Aromatherapy for Childbirth too.

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.


Pregnancy Yoga Classes in York ~ weekly classes  

Monday | 7.15pm – 8.30pm | The Hive, Millfield Lane,  Poppleton   York, YO26 6PA  (view map)    Free parking right outside.

Thursday | 7.30pm – 8.45pm | York Yoga Studio  York, YO24 4EY  (view map)    Easy & free on street parking.

£48 per six week block of classes. Includes relaxations and breathing exercises to use at home too between classes. 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 and connect with 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, active birth positions, stamina building and deep relaxations, that encourage you to tune into your own body and your baby too. 


Book your pregnancy yoga class place

To find out more about about pregnancy yoga classes and book your place please get in touch via the form, email or call me:

  • contact me via the button below

  • email

  • phone Susan on 07954 238 424

"Susan is wonderful, very knowledgeable in many areas of pregnancy and birth and I loved the structure of the class which allowed time to reflect on your week and get to know the other mums." Sally

Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga Classes:

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.

  • Learn all about Active Birth


"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

*NEW DATE* Half Day "Calm & Relax" Pregnancy Mini Retreat in York

Next date: Friday 7th September 2018 |  2pm to 5pm | York Yoga Studio

Price: £30 (includes gorgeous refreshments and a pregnancy guided relaxation MP3 to take home)

Join me for a beautiful half day relaxation retreat in York supporting self-care, nurturing an d deep relaxation during your pregnancy. This is a space to be pampered and nurtured, easing you body and mind into a wonderful chilled and blissful state. Have some real 'me-time', time to gently move, breathe, deeply relax and replenish yourself. Suitable for all pregnant women from 14 weeks right up to the birth of your baby. Come and relax, connect and feel you are really taking time for YOU in your pregnancy.  This is a  special afternoon where you will feel so relaxed, so nourished and so nurtured. 

What we'll do::

  • The retreat will begin with fresh fruit, homemade smoothies or homemade delicious hot drinks (weather dependent!) on arrival.

  • We’ll do a short gentle movement based yoga practice to ease and aches and niggles and gently stretch and ease your pregnant body.

  • Followed by yoga and hypnobirthing breathing practices to find space in our hearts and calm and ground body and mind.

  • We’ll take up some delicious restorative postures for pregnancy, where you can really let your body deeply relax and find stillness in your mind.

  • We’ll do a guided visualisation and meditation to connect you to your pregnancy as you find calmness & ease. With a relaxing soundscape, as the sounds wash over you they’ll support you to release and let go.

  • Finally a yoga nidra (a deep guided relaxation) for pregnancy where you can really enjoy some time to let go and just be in your body.

  • We’ll close our mini retreat with a delicious refreshments - cake (of course!), healthy homemade nutritious treats & chocolates and refreshing drinks, and taking some time together to share and connect with liked-minded pregnant women.

We’ll also use essential oils to aid relaxation, make a special pregnancy herbal tea to share and spend time practicing mindfulness techniques to connect you to your pregnancy. And you'll get a little goodie bag to take home too.

You will leave feeling nourished, connected and so content - really ready to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy with love and calmness.

No previous yoga experience is necessary - open to EVERYONE from 14 weeks right up to birth.

I hope you can join me. Susan x

Space is limited, so please book as soon as you can to ensure your place -  click the button above, or use the form at the bottom of the page or email with any questions

Pregnancy Yoga Testimonials & Kind Words

I am always so touched when women take time to email me about how they found my pregnancy yoga classes, and and so delighted that yoga has benefited so many women in their pregnancies and in their labour ad births too. You can also find more ‘reviews’ on my Facebook page too - 

"Susan is wonderful, very knowledgeable in many areas of pregnancy and birth and I loved the structure of the class which allowed time to reflect on your week and get to know the other mums." Sally

"Another vote for Susan at Yoga for Modern Life. Just amazing all round support and a wonderful sense of community with the other mums." Lisa

"I started pregnancy yoga with Susan when I was 16 weeks pregnant. I am now 37 weeks and I can't imagine my pregnancy journey without it! Susan is a fantastic teacher. She provides you with lots of information and she gives you lots of tips to make pregnancy super enjoyable. Definitely recommend it!" Rachel

"“Cannot recommend Susan’s pregnancy Yoga enough! I’m so glad I started. Had never done Yoga before but found the movements, breathing techniques and relaxation so beneficial both in pregnancy and labour. Plus it’s nice to have the support of the other soon to be mamas! Thank you Susan x “ Amy

“Just to say, thank you so much for everything you've offered us through your Yoga classes. They really have been the best part of my week and I'm going to really miss them. You've defiantly found your calling in life and you're so knowledgeable, understanding and non judgemental. Thanks so much!”  Holly

“Susan’s pregnancy yoga classes are excellent for both exercise and a bit of ‘me time ‘ during pregnancy. Thank you so much for all your help Susan, looking back I employed most of the techniques and exercises from class to get me through the first stages of labour at home thank you for sharing your knowledge. I would highly recommend Susan’s classes for anyone a bit nervous about child birth ! “ Katey

"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 can't recommend Susan highly enough, she's an all around pregnancy expert" Kate

"A truly wonderful yoga teacher, with lots of experience of teaching pregnant ladies, and a heart so warm you could toast marshmallows on it." Lilley (yoga teacher)

"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

“I absolutely love it and instantly felt a connection to your class becoming a part of ‘my journey’. Rebecca

"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 for tonight's class, I feel so relaxed and connected with my baby." R

"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

"I would just like to say a massive thank you to you for providing such a wonderful yoga experience in your classes, and I am so excited to be coming to this wonderful pregnancy mini retreat and the hypnobirthing course. You have definitely helped to make my pregnancy experience nicer." Amy

 "I just wanted to thank you for the classes. The breathing really helped with my contractions and I managed on gas and air alone. I really enjoyed the classes and thanks again for your support. I am looking forward to Mum & Baby yoga classes. " Louise


"A truly wonderful yoga teacher, with lots of experience of teaching pregnant ladies, and a heart so warm you could toast marshmallows on it." Lilley

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.

Brilliant for:

  • 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: 

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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

  • phone Susan on 07954 238 424

I look forward to hearing from you.