FAQs on pregnancy yoga classes
Motherslove pregnancy classes have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so you can come along and make time for you. It's important to give yourself space to adjust to the physical and mental changes that happen in pregnancy. Emilie's training as an antenatal teacher, doula, yoga teacher and experience in dance for pregnancy have combined to make these unique pregnancy classes.
Pregnancy yoga has been proven to help with a variety of common pregnancy aches and pains as well as helping mums to be deal with worries more easily. In every class we do a mixture of stretching, movement and relaxation plus there's time for tea and talking.
What you won't find -
- anything too 'hippy'
- religious stuff - I aim for my classes to be inclusive
- you won't be expected to join in with anything you aren't comfortable with
- crazy bendy instagram yoga - in fact lots of the stretching we do is more based on safety and functional movement than traditional yoga poses.
- I've never done yoga before.
I first started yoga when I was pregnant too - no experience necessary :)
- I have a yoga practice already
If you have a strong yoga or other more dynamic exercise practice you may find classes slower that you are used to. Classes are based on choice and taught to somewhere in the middle of ability and pregnancy; with everyone invited to take their own pace and options. Feel free to move your way. Do be aware that you will need to soften and relax as pregnancy progresses as that's part of how birth works. Read more here
- When should I start?
This varies from person to person. It's illegal to discriminate against women because of their pregnancy, so I don't! Many people prefer to wait until after the first trimester when they are more likely to have energy and are more public about expecting. More specifics on when are in this blog
- What should I wear?
Loose fitting clothes that you would be comfortable lying down / moving around in are perfect. You might want to have some warm socks / a long sleeve top with you for the relaxation part.
- Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring a bottle of water. It's important to stay hydrated.
It can also be good to bring your own pillow / blanket. If you have a yoga mat you are welcome to bring it to class, but these are provided for sessions.
- How do classes run?
Sessions tend to work best when you come regularly; we get to know one another and having a class pass can help get you out to class at the end of a long day (I know it can be hard).
Class passes are either 5 classes (with a 6 week expiry) or 10 classes (with a 3 month expiry). So you have a bit of flexibility built in.
There will be a new affordable MEMBERSHIP system coming soon - watch this space (or email to find out more)
- Is it a course?
There's a rolling format to classes, so you can join anytime. Classes change according to who's there and what they need. There's always a mixture of some different and familiar things; the repetition of movement helps you to learn it and the new bits keep things varied.
- How can I pay?
- You can buy online following the links on the website.
- Get in touch about arranging to pay with a bank transfer.
- Pay in person with the Pixie App.
- Do you ever do offers on classes?
Sometimes! Please sign up for the newsletter to be kept in the loop and hear about discounts. If money is holding you back from coming to classes, please talk to Emilie in person and we'll see what we can do to help you attend.
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