Yoga for Late Pregnancy (27/30 weeks to birth)
Bringing life into life through your own is the greatest miracle of all. Each and every mother-to-be deserves to be nurtured, cherished and well supported during her pregnancy. It is a woman’s birth-right to labour and birth in dignity the way her body tells her to.
This yoga for pregnancy course provides a warm and supportive environment to guide you safely through the late stage of pregnancy, helping you prepare for labour and birth. Taught by Ingrid Lewis, these classes aim to equip you with the knowledge necessary to address common ailments in late pregnancy as well as common potential physical, mental or emotional obstacles that may hinder a straightforward birth, giving you the confidence and strength to give birth as easefully as is possible.
During the course workshop type yoga classes are offered including: birthing breathing / dealing with fear / pelvic mapping etc. Combining indigenous knowledge about birth and the yogic wisdom of the ancient sages with scientific research, Ingrid aims to help women to create the environment most conducive for a healthy pregnancy and to empower women to be in charge of their bodies, birth in dignity and rejoice in their femininity and motherhood.
The benefits of a regular yoga practice have been well documented. Pregnancy yoga is widely recommended by doctors and midwives as one of the safest forms of exercise throughout pregnancy with classes being offered in several UK hospitals. Pregnancy yoga helps you to feel calm, strong and well prepared. It keeps the body toned and supple without straining and is useful to relieve tensions as well as pain in labour and childbirth. Yogic breathing helps you to connect with the birthing muscles, giving you control & confidence especially if you are a first-time mother. Your posture is improved to encourage optimal fetal positioning for birth and rapid recovery of muscle tone after birth. The attendance of regular classes not only helps you to discover and know your birthing body better but also gives you the space and time to connect with your unborn child as you grow together.
- Yoga for the final trimester of pregnancy (from around 27/30 weeks right up to birth)
- Yogic breathing and birthing breathing
- Posture awareness and control
- Optimal fetal positioning moves
- Pelvic mapping – discover your unique pelvic shape to know which birthing positions are best for you
- Preparing for vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Loosening hips and pelvis
- Toning & strengthening the birthing muscles
- Comfort measures for labour
- Dealing with pain – pain release techniques
- Dealing with fear – fear & stress release techniques
- Deep relaxation – breathing, affirmations and visualization techniques for labour and birth
When to Start
You can start yoga for pregnancy classes when you are 14 weeks pregnant and you can continue right up until birth. You can join at any time during the course given that places are available, though we strongly recommend attending throughout the duration of your pregnancy to experience the full benefits. All our yoga classes are held at our beautiful studio in West Norwood, on the borders of West Dulwich in South London.
Visit Ingrid's website for further information.
Here is some more information on booking classes
- yoga mats are provided for these classes
- we recommend scheduling all 8 sessions at the time of purchasing your 8-class pass to ensure a place
- these classes can get fully booked so you may need to add your name to a waiting list; one or two spaces usually come free each week; an email will be sent if a space comes free; if you are then unable to attend, email or call us and we will cancel your booking (our 6-hour cancellation policy does not apply to the wait list)
- it is possible to switch between the 6.30pm and 8pm classes at any time; although we recommend moving to the 6.30pm class at around 27–30 weeks if you can
- if you are close to your due date and do not need to purchase a full 8-class pass, you can a) buy single classes or b) purchase an 8-class pass and remaining credit can be transferred to Shala credit to be used for mother & baby, post-natal or other Shala classes – email us to request a transfer
- if your baby is early, any remaining credit can be transferred to Shala credit to be used for mother & baby, post-natal or other classes – email us to request a transfer