We'd love you to join us for a 6-week deep dive to prepare for birth through yoga, breathwork, embodied movement and holistic antenatal practices. The course is a co-creation & collaboration between myself, Sarah, and Laura who supported me postnatally after the birth of my second son. We previously ran this course online during lockdown but are delighted to be able to offer it in person for the first time.
I am an experienced pre- & post-natal yoga specialist who founded Prasarita Yoga in 2017 with the aim of supporting new & expectant mothers from the early stages of pregnancy through to postpartum recovery. The yoga practice is wide-ranging & appropriate to the stage of pregnancy you are in; combined with mindfulness, meditation, sound work, mudra and breathwork that has the potential to change the way you view your upcoming birth & matrescence - deepening your connection to your intuition and baby to optimise your baby's arrival Earthside.
Laura is a holistic birthkeeper and specialist in walking with women through the liminal space of their initiations. Together we are perfectly equipped at holding space for whatever arises and supporting your internal landscape in the weeks and months before baby arrives.
The course is run as six 2.5 hour sessions, from 1pm each Sunday, including rest breaks. The structure of the course will follow the lines of the main energy centres and their corresponding elements & themes.
14th November - Week 1
We begin with the gateway of the crown - Sahasrara - tapping into the divine energy which guides us on a spiritual path more clearly. After introductions to each other, you will be introduced to supportive practices such as breathwork (pranayama), mudra & mantra meditation to benefit our birthing body. Connecting to our power, through the element of thought as the embodiment of mother - the divine vessel - a connector between Heaven & Earth.
21st November - Week 2
As we move to the third eye, we explore what it's like to completely surrender to a life of being guided by the inner voice & trusting your light. Ajna, the site of the pineal gland, coming back to a remembrance that everything you need as a mother is already within you. We will deepen our understanding of how our primal brain and hormones affect our birthing body and by the end of the session we will feel more able to allow the intelligence of our intuitive nature to shine forth.
28th November - Week 3
Vishuddha, the throat; and Anahata, the lungs & heart.
We delve into the interplay between our throats and our pelvic floor; this is the path of insight & inquiry. We will also be exploring our heart & lungs as a gateway to our expansion into motherhood. As a pregnant woman you are faced with many (often overwhelming) decisions & choices, so we will look into the element of sound, listening to our own truth & feeling able to speak it in the moment. And the Air element: compassion, relationships & inner peace. We focus on practicing self-love once your baby is here, what to expect from the postpartum period and how best to support your body & mind through the journey of early motherhood.
5th December - Week 4
The Fire element - Manipura, the solar plexus is all about clarity, courage, intensity, confidence & humility. We focus on what to expect from early stages of birth - from possible interventions to meeting your baby. You will be equipped with calming tools & techniques to feel empowered throughout the entire birthing journey. Exploring our creative heart fire and gateway to the Hara.
12th December - Week 5
The pelvic bowl, keeper of the womb waters and the wild feminine way - Svadhisthana, feminine, sensual, creative & powerful. This week we focus on the physiology of 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!
19th December - Week 6
This week we complete our journey through the energy centres from crown to root - Muladhara, seat of our power & the gateway to Earth, working with the energies of grounding, stabilising & belonging. We will practice more advanced pranayama (breath control techniques), how to release fears & anxiety surrounding birth and replace them with calm confidence.
After completing the course, we will offer an optional postnatal preparation & Mothers' Blessing session.
As well as the outline above, expect 45 mins of gentle movement in each session (it's not at all necessary to have previous yoga experience), so wear comfortable clothes. Mats & props for your comfort (such as bolsters, blankets, cushions, straps & essential oils) will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have them (I would highly recommend purchasing a bolster as they're an invaluable support pre and postnatally). We will be recording the sessions so you will receive a download link after class as well a digital version of resources used during the course. You will be able to contact me by phone or email at any time if you have any questions.