Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is such a special time in your life journey to motherhood. Even if this is not your first pregnancy it is the first time you have grown this little one and are preparing to be the mother of this little life inside. My name is Tonya Russell and I have been supporting women through pregnancy yoga since 2004. For me, it is such an honour to share this life stage with you.
Yoga is a wonderful practice to incorporate into your pregnancy. Coming to class carves out the time and space from your week to connect with your changing body and growing baby. We use movement, breath, and relaxation to practice comfort techniques that you can use during pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
You will also get to meet some other mums which are important for growing your support network during this life chapter.
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In addition to weekly yoga classes, I also offer a six-week “Empowering You Through Birth” series which combines hypnobirthing concepts with Mindset Strategies, Yoga, Breathing, and Relaxation techniques to help you overcome any fear and anxiety you might have and set you up for your journey into motherhood. To find out more CLICK LINK TO EMPOWERING YOU THROUGH BIRTH page
Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy
Pregnancy and childbirth provide enough shape - shifting for most of us, and if you're expecting, the idea of contorting your body probably isn't a priority. However, Yoga presents us with a collection of breathing and gentle exercises that strengthen the entire body during pregnancy and assists in the preparation and recovery of birth day. Trained in hypnosis Tonya incorporates the benefits of hypnotherapy into the guided relaxations to assist you with creating positive birth experiences. In addition to this, you get to share your pregnancy with other women in the same life stage and create some really wonderful friendships.
Yoga is a wonderful tool for becoming better acquainted with your body. A regular practice trains you to focus on different areas of your body, which is particularly helpful with, all the changes pregnancy brings, on birthday and beyond.
Yoga's emphasis on breathing and moving simultaneously helps you breathe more deeply increasing oxygen supply for you and your baby. Increased oxygen promotes feelings of deep relaxation and well being. The calmer and more relaxed we are as parents are, the calmer our babies are.
Relaxation and Meditation
A great therapeutic tool assisting with hormonal imbalances, mood sways and fears which can be associated with pregnancy. The relaxation techniques are used to help develop your sense of awareness, helping you to connect even more deeply with your unborn child. Trained in hypnotherapy, relaxations are also geared towards reducing any fear and anxiety associated with birthday and developing positive associations with the idea of birth.
Pregnancy can cause even the straightest arrow to slouch. When you start nursing, pushing a stroller and lifting a baby, your posture can really be affected. . Yoga improves posture by increasing back and shoulder strength and by opening our chests it is easier to stand up tall. During your pregnancy you will also learn techniques to use for when bubs arrives so you can do gentle exercises at home to assist with recovery and help you stay strong.
Yoga Circle is your space to meet other women in this wonderful life stage. A space where you can enjoy the physical benefits and are able to build valuable support networks as you go forward in your new role as a mother.
“I have seen so many wonderful friendships develop over the years teaching prenatal yoga. It really is my honour and pleasure to share this special time with you”
Pregnancy Yoga Questions
Over the years I have had many questions about starting yoga in pregnancy here are the most common. If you have any other questions please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org I am here to help.
I’ve never done yoga before, does it matter?
Most women who come to pregnancy yoga begin because they are pregnant. Everyone’s experiences of pregnancy and yoga are different and will change throughout pregnancy. The class is always tailored towards these changes. Various options of postures are always offered to suit you and your changing body. You are always encouraged to go at your own pace.
When can I start my yoga classes?
Any time after 12 weeks. It’s strongly recommended to check with your midwife or health professional first. Most women continue to come to yoga until 36-40 weeks.
My midwife or health professional suggested I do certain exercises. Can we incorporate these into the class?
Yes, if there are certain positions that you have been told will benefit you and your baby, simply let me know at the start of class.
My midwife or health professional has suggested I avoid certain exercises, including some yoga poses.
There are some yoga poses that should be avoided in pregnancy you will not find these in the prenatal class. However, sometimes, people have things going on which means they need to avoid certain movements. In such instances, you will be offered a safe alternative or a resting posture. Remember, yoga is about working in harmony with your body and breath. It’s important we learn to listen to what is right for us especially in this life stage.
What do I need to bring? And what should I wear?
Please wear something comfortable to yoga. Bring your own yoga mat (if you have one). There are some available for you. A blanket and pillow can make the relaxation more comfortable. Again, there are some available, but for optimum hygiene and safety purposes it advisable to bring your own. You may also like to bring a water bottle with you.