Yoga for Pregnancy

Yoga for Pregnancy

Knowing that you are going to have a baby is a great joy. However this joy is often accompanied by the discomforts of morning sickness, emotional ups and downs and apprehension about the impending labour. Obstetricians and midwives recommend yoga to pregnant women to help promote a healthier, happier pregnancy. They notice that those women who have practised pre natal yoga throughout their pregnancy cope better with the challenges of labour.

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PreNatal Yoga: When is a baby conscious in the womb?

PreNatal Yoga: When is a baby conscious in the womb?

The raising of a child begins within the nine months of pregnancy. Your state of mind and your relationship to the world are all transmitted to your child and becomes their foundation for life.  During pregnancy, you and your baby function as one. Bonding after birth is in fact just the continuation of the bonding process that began in the womb.

Let’s have a look from a yogic perspective on how your baby’s consciousness develops over their time in the womb.

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Emma's Mother's Day Surprise

Emma's Mother's Day Surprise

Introducing my daughter Rosie Kathryn Zonca born on Mother’s Day!I just want to say a BIG thank you for your help with preparing me for the birth. My husband and I attended your Calm Birth course back in January and I attended your pregnancy and active birth yoga classes. The skills I learnt in these classes were invaluable and truly prepared me for my birth and kept me feeling well during my pregnancy. I was so lucky to have a natural birth with no drugs or interventions.

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What is an Active Birth?

What is an Active Birth?

While an active birth involves the freedom to move and use upright positions, it is more than just positioning.  “An active birth is one in which the birthing mother is in charge of her choices and decisions, thus enabling her to enjoy a productive and mutually respectful partnership with her birth attendants” (Janet Balaskas). 

With this in mind any birth, whether natural or assisted, may be called an active birth.

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What sounds will I make in Labour?

What sounds will I make in Labour?

Midwives know that when a labouring woman feels safe, private and unobserved she will move unrestrictedly, make sounds uninhibitedly and will more closely follow her instincts. Making sounds during labour helps you to shift your consciousness into a deeper, calmer state of mind thus optimising your birthing hormones helping you labour more efficiently. There is also a physiological connection between the vocal cords and cervix.

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Active Birth Yoga

Active Birth Yoga

Like birth, yoga involves an intricate dance between control and surrender. In the Active Birth Yoga course you will work in a gentle and specific way, learning to move the body and access deeper levels of relaxation and release.  Through the use of the breath and awareness of gravity you will remember how to let go, allowing your body's wisdom to guide you. If you can obey your deeper instincts you will surrender completely to the process of giving birth.  You do not need to be taught how to give birth or how to behave during labour, your innate instincts will guide you safely towards an effective birth.

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Mums and BubsYoga with a crawler/toddler

So what is it like to do yoga with your crawler/toddler? This class is all about YOU!  Let your child move around the room, safe from furniture or stairs whilst you focus on doing yoga.  Your child will be happy socialising with the other children whilst you get to work on your Downward Dogs. It's special a time for you to observe your child meeting and communicating with other children. It really is the healthiest playgroup you can be part of.

We ask that you leave your belongings outside, water bottles up out of the way and snacks for after class.  You can feed and cuddle your child anytime.  When they are done with socialising we engage them in song and movement to include them in our practice.  For children up to 24 months.Our next Yoga with a crawler/toddler commences on Monday 1st August @ 11.30am.

Joseph's quick birth!

Joseph's quick birth!

Just wanted to let you know our little man, Joseph Henry, arrived 16/1/16 (on his due date!) with help from our yogababy lessons! We had a wonderful birth and feel yogababy helped us achieve that. My waters broke 15/1/16 but I didn't go into labour until 16/1. I was in early labour for 4 hours, active for about 4hrs and pushed for 13 minutes. The labour was so quick that it was quite intense and my husband was very good at helping me count my breathing and letting me know how long I had to go before I had a break which was something we did with you. We also had nice music and lights dim in birth suite (made the labour room our own space which we also talked about with you) and I was holding on to him and swaying as standing was least painful for me (I gave birth standing) and a midwife walked in and commented how beautiful it was, that there was heaps of oxytocin in the room and that a baby would be born any minute! 

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