BIRTH STORY: Meet baby Matteo

BIRTH STORY: Meet baby Matteo

I am very happy to announce you the birth of baby boy Matteo on the 26th of December, 2017. 3.7 kg. Beautiful baby who was born very quickly after only 2.5 hrs and 8 minutes of pushing! We arrived just on time at the hospital! Labour went very well thanks to breathing, counting the breaths, vocalisation, etc so thank you so much for your help again in this birth. And see you soon at baby yoga!

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A Pregnant Woman's guide to attending a General Yoga class

A Pregnant Woman's guide to attending a General Yoga class

If you are already in a routine with your yoga class before you become pregnant, it is not uncommon to want to stay in that class for as long as possible. At Yogababy, our instructors are trained specifically to teach yoga to pregnant women so our classes are quite specialised in that way to cater for your changing body and the needs.

However, if you are still attending your general yoga class, here are five things to consider during pregnancy: 

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A Yoga Teacher's guide to teaching a Pregnant Student

A Yoga Teacher's guide to teaching a Pregnant Student

So you’ve covered pregnancy in your teacher training course, or maybe you’ve even been pregnant before, but can you remember what to say in the 5 minutes you have with her before class begins?

This is especially important if your pregnant student is under 14 weeks or over 36 weeks. Here's a refresher on some key points to remember: 

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BIRTH STORY: Meet Baby Finley

BIRTH STORY: Meet Baby Finley

I am sharing another birth story with you today. Sometimes, babies give their mamas the gift of self belief. Read on to find out how baby Finley did just that as told by Yogababy mama Marielle: 

My plan was to have an epidural on arrival. When the midwife monitored me, she asked me , do you want the good news or the bad news? I said bad first. She said, your birth plan is out the window, it’s too late for an epidural, you are fully dilated, you are having this baby now. What she also said that was really powerful was that you need to believe in yourself right now that you can have this baby without the epidural, it’s too late. You need to focus all of your energy on pushing, and push the pain away.

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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.