What is pregnancy yoga?
A Ripple Effect yoga class provides women with a safe environment in which to explore their feelings & to adapt to the changes in their bodies; providing a constant thread of stability.
Your pregnancy & Yoga
The principles of yoga include balance, awareness & respect. Women are empowered to feel confident in their ability to give birth. Yoga postures & movements will provide more space for the baby & alleviate many pregnancy discomforts.
Every class ends with a deep relaxation allowing the body to release tensions & the mind to become still. Both mother and baby are nourished and energy is renewed. During the class we focus on the preparation and strengthening of the pelvis and pelvic floor in preparation for your labour.
The power of pregnancy yoga
- Promotes general health to mother and baby
- Expands breathing, expanding lung capacity, breath awareness
- Increases flexibility and mobility
- Helps to gain confidence for the birth
- Calms the mind and the emotions
- Bonding with your baby
- Creating space in the physical body for your growing baby
- Reminding you to listen and trust your own body
- Addressing particular pre-natal issues such as heartburn, indigestion, fatigue, piles, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), lower back ache, varicose veins, aching legs and carpal tunnel.
- Toning the pelvic floor
- Bringing a good blood supply to the pelvic area generally
- Gently increasing the body’s range of movement
- Releasing tensions and anxiety
- Acceptance of your changing body
- Gently building strength and stamina for an active birth
- Techniques and support for labour and the post-natal period
The yoga postures focus on spinal alignment and the distribution of weight throughout the body as your pregnancy develops and your baby grows.
Breathing techniques (Prananyama) are learned to utilise throughout your pregnancy, the three stages of labour and later in your parenting, as well as yoga nidra (mental and physical relaxation techniques).
What makes a Ripple Effect Yoga class special?
Our classes offer a relaxed environment in which you can either prepare for conception and/or enjoy the various stages of your pregnancy to the full with your growing baby.
The class creates a warm and welcoming space which will hopefully help mummies to be to nurture themselves and create the time to connect with and nurture the baby growing within them.
- Strengthens the pelvis & pelvic floor
- Re-aligns the spine
- Breathing techniques for your labour
- Deeply relaxing & nurturing
- Bonding with your unborn baby
- Make new friendships
Our work is body-based; in the pregnancy yoga classes we follow the changes, both physical and emotional, that affect each woman differently along the journey of each pregnancy. We are highly trained in facilitating a gentle awareness of all these intense transformations from conception to the other side of birth. We believe that this awareness or mindfulness, that is the foundation of yoga practice, particularly of breathing in relaxed stretches, helps women to discover or regain their inner strength and their intuition of what is best for them, their babies and their families. This is the specialness of what we do. It’s not just information, although we have it at our fingertips and it’s not just yoga postures with a bit of breathing and relaxation, but yoga that reaches hearts and uncovers inner joy and well being.
As clients recently said: “Its not just a “yoga class”, it’s an education, it’s relaxing, encouraging, an emotional support network! The lot! There’s no point trying to make it sound conventional, it isn’t but that’s why we all gained so much!
Combining a mixture of Birthlight techniques, active birthing positions (including the use of rebozos, a birthing ball), hands on skills, Spinning Baby techniques along with lots of hints & tips plus hypnotherapy techniques that are suitable for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum. There’s nothing else quite like it.
The classes run for an hour and a half which includes discussions and time to make new friendships.
£70.00 for a continuous 6 week block. After first registration additional classes can be booked with your teacher.
£70.00 for a 6 week block based on non-continuous i.e. pre-booked dates.
After first registration additional classes can be booked with your teacher.
£45.00 for a 1:1 class for 1 1/2 hours per week. After first registration additional classes can be booked with your teacher.
If you know when you want to book that there are dates that you cannot commit then please let me know and this will determine the option that is applicable to you. I try to accommodate everyone so please do ask if you do shifts and need to mix and match your dates and class times.
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Yoga with Claire ….
“I found it very helpful to find out what to expect … your individual, hands on and all encompassing approach to the journey of pregnancy and birth … not only prepared my body for birth, but also my MIND, which was actually far more important in the reality of labour. When I talk about your class to others, I describe it more as a birth preparation yoga class and obviously can’t recommend you highly enough (probably to the point of sounding sycophantic !)
Anyway, you need to feel comfortable about that area as lots of people are going to see it! … the opportunity for us as a class to spark off the conversation!! was empowering … the (your) information is invaluable. If it wasn’t for this I would never have known my baby was back to back after we did the body mapping on my due date and I really struggled to find all the stuff!!
I am personally grateful for the sensitive yet fun way you run your classes … your honesty … the whole point of pregnancy yoga is to understand what it is doing for your body and why … so that it has a real purpose – and to become comfortable with it so that it seems more normal and we can feel at ease with it!
Its not just a “yoga class”, its an education, its relaxing, encouraging, an emotional support network! The lot! There’s no point trying to make it sound conventional, it isn’t but that’s why we all gained so much! … you know how strongly I feel about the content of your amazing classes and how girls and women should be educated and nurtured”
Birthing Lightly Yoga gives women practical resources for ‘birthing lightly’, making space in themselves and using the breath to ‘exhale push’ their babies without undue strain.
Birthing Lightly Yoga is informed by cutting edge medical and scientific research but its hallmark is simplicity and accessibility of all practices to all pregnant women, whatever their state of fitness, their condition, their cultural background.
At we take pride in translating research findings into simple and fun movements that ease bodies and produce delight.
Birthing Lightly 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. Rather than information, women take body memories and awareness from the antenatal classes to their labour space: this is how yoga is effective.
NICE Guidelines CG62 Antenatal Care: full guideline (corrected June 2008) (Pg 82 3.3 Antenatal Classes)
With reference to the above, Birthing Lightly Yoga incorporates the ethos behind effective antenatal classes by offering social, emotional, psychological and physical awareness of pregnancy, providing good preparation for birth and the postnatal period. It encourages self confidence to approach birth positively. Also within NICE Guidelines (Pg 118-119 5.10) beginning or continuing a moderate course of exercise during pregnancy is associated
with positive outcomes.
Research has shown central oxytocin supports sleep, reduces anxiety and
increases a woman’s pain coping strategy McNabb Mary (2003).
Central oxytocin levels increase with activities such as yoga and meditation.