Your experience of being pregnant and giving birth will bring physical and emotional changes. At Calmababy we teach Birthlight Pregnancy Yoga, which is backed by scientific and medical research yet remains simple and accessible to all pregnant women. This method is a becoming widely accepted, and actively encouraged, in Birthing Units across the country and is a real asset in these changing times. Aiming to raise awareness of bringing birth back to basics, women leave the classes feeling positive, empowered and confident in their ability to give birth.
In pregnancy yoga, classic poses are adapted to suit your growing baby and the changes taking place within your body. Whether you practise yoga daily or have never practised yoga before, our classes are tailored to suit the abilities of each mother in the group by providing physical exercise, deep breathing, and space to explore your feelings about the personal journey you are taking into motherhood.
Birthlight Pregnancy Yoga:
Our classes give women practical resources for “birthing lightly”, making internal space and using their breath to “exhale push” their babies without undue strain.
Deep breathing, active postures, positions for labour and birth, birthing ball work and birth muscle toning are a focus in our sessions. As are an understanding of the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, labour and motherhood.
‘Birthlight Pregnancy Yoga supports hands off midwifery and facilitates the work of midwives by giving pregnant and labouring women the understanding and skills they need in order to be positively involved in their personal experience, however the process unfolds at the time’
Ease and Depth of Breathing
A greater awareness of your breathing nurtures you as you stretch and relax. Deep breathing slows the pulse and lowers blood pressure, endorphins are released that cause a general feeling of calmness and well-being. The relaxation you experience passes directly to your baby and benefits her with increased blood flow to the placenta and the sharing of bonding time in pregnancy.
Ease of Movement
Find delight in the relaxed movements, spiraling and circling motions, gentle opening stretches and yoga sequences.
All movement comes from the pelvis. With this in mind we work to mobilize, balance and free your full range of pelvic movement enabling you to create the most space possible to birth your baby.
Using the breath you will learn how to control the pelvic floor muscles, preparing them to become birthing muscles, by increasing their elasticity whilst at the same time allowing your body to remain relaxed and open.
Remember the baby!
Pregnancy Yoga is for both you and your baby together. Your breath is your babies oxygen. Your movements rock him rhythmically and your voice provides a sonic massage. Classes not only prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally for labour and birth but allow for prenatal bonding and a deep sense of connection with your unborn baby.