This course is designed to help you to prepare your body & mind and feel positive about your upcoming birth. The combination of pre-natal yoga & hypnobirthing-based techniques offers a complete package for birth preparation; not only teaching about the birthing process, but how to enjoy the experience and bring baby into the world in an empowered, gentle & calm way.
The course will be led by Sarah, a professionally qualified pre- & post-natal yoga instructor who founded Prasarita Yoga in 2017 with the aim of supporting new & expectant mums from the early stages of pregnancy through to postpartum recovery.
The postures & movements will be appropriate to the stage of pregnancy you are in, combined with mindfulness, meditation and breathwork that has the potential to change key structures of your brain.
The course is run as four 90-minute sessions, starting on the 7th of November.
Each week’s practice will be inspired by one of the four classical elements:
7th November: 11.30 - 1pm
This week we focus on the Earth element - linked to Muladhara, the root chakra (or energy centre); the colour red; with characteristics of grounding, stabilising & belonging.
After yoga practice, we follow with an introduction to breathwork, how to release fears & anxiety surrounding birth and replace them with calm confidence, finishing with a guided meditation.
14th November: 11.30 - 1pm
The Water element - Svadhisthana, the womb chakra; the colour orange; feminine, sensual, creative & powerful.
This week we focus on the anatomy of childbirth, the physiology & hormones involved in triggering labour, and the beautiful journey your body is about to go through. You will learn simple yet effective breathing techniques & positions for a natural delivery to enable you to look forward to the birth of your baby!
21st November: 11.30 - 1pm
The Fire element - Manipura, the solar plexus chakra; the colour yellow; clarity, courage, intensity, confidence & humility.
We focus on what to expect from first contractions, labour stages, possible interventions, to meeting your baby. You will be equipped with calming tools & techniques to feel empowered throughout the entire birthing journey.
28th November: 11.30 - 1pm
The Air element - Anahata, the heart chakra; the colour green; love, compassion, balance, life force, relationships & inner peace.
In the final session, we focus on practicing self-kindness & self-love once your baby is here - what to expect from the postpartum period, physical & emotional changes and how to best support your body & mind to help & inspire you through the journey of early motherhood.
The class will be live-streamed to make it accessible for any mums-to-be to join in from the comfort of your own home. I will be recording the sessions so I can send you a link after class, and you can contact me by phone or email at any time if you have any questions.