Becoming a parent for the first time is daunting. At Bristol City Yoga you can take active steps steps to help you prepare both physically and mentally, generating the strength to sustain you through pregnancy and beyond.
Our dedicated Pregnancy Yoga classes are taught by hand-picked specially qualified Pregnancy Yoga teachers who help expectant Mums and supporting partners in the months, weeks and days leading up to the due date and beyond. After your little ones arrive, you can even receive post-natal support and introduce them to yoga in our Mum and Baby Yoga sessions.
Our Yoga Teachers are experienced and well qualified and have you and your baby’s interests at heart during the practice – you are in safe hands with us. Whether it’s Pregnancy Yoga classes, Birth Preparation classes or Mum and Baby Yoga you will find the right class for you.
“The yoga classes were invaluable for me during pregnancy and through some difficult times. I am sure they contributed to my body’s resolve to have a natural birth and a good recovery.”
Pregnancy Yoga Classes
Pregnancy Yoga classes provide a nurturing environment for pregnant women to share and embrace their journey through pregnancy and early motherhood.
During these 9 months, your body will experience an accelerated state of change so take time to physically and mentally prepare for the due date and beyond with Pregnancy Yoga at Bristol City Yoga. At our dedicated Pregnancy Yoga classes you will meet other expectant Mums who you will practice alongside during the course of your pregnancy.
Stay supple during pregnancy. During pregnancy you may notice rapid changes within your body which can leave you in discomfort, increased lower back pain and restricted breath can cause sleepless nights and stress. We use Yoga to improve pelvic floor, core and and other muscle groups which will help you when it matters the most on the day.
Yoga prevents and remedies common problems such as backache and restricted breath. Pregnancy Yoga is a safe way to continue to exercise and maintain good fitness during your pregnancy. The practices allow the body to open gently, to release physical tension and to work through emotional fears in preparation for birth. Our aim is to ensure the labour is as comfortable as it can be so we provide specific relaxation techniques designed to help open the body.
Through Pregnancy Yoga, you will become more in tune with your own body and breath, and learn how to use these skills towards a positive & empowering birth experience.
During class you will only work according to your own energy levels, and will be supported by our experienced teachers:
“It was a very special time for us and we genuinely left feeling closer as a couple and more prepared for the arrival of our son. Ali is a lovely person and a fantastic teacher and the experience was so wonderfully personal.”
For new Yogis, we’d love to see you at Pregnancy Yoga classes after week 14 of pregnancy, once you have overcome the more tiring part of the first trimester.
For regular Yogis, if you just can’t wait, then Pregnancy Yoga is the best class to come to during your first trimester. After 14 weeks, you can combine Pregnancy Yoga class with non-Pregnancy Yoga classes with the teachers listed below, but ensure you tell the instructor you are pregnant at the start of the class so they can adapt the postures specifically for you.
Teachers qualified to teach Pregnant students who have an existing Yoga practice:
- Laura Gilmore – Hatha/Hatha Flow classes only
- Gladey Phuntsok
- Janet Hartley
- Ali Woozley
- Mel Skinner
- Charlie Musgrove – Hatha/Hatha Flow classes only
Please only attend non-Pregnancy Yoga classes after 14 weeks, and if you had an established Yoga practice before you became pregnant.
If you are unsure which class to attend please contact us.
Prepare for the birth of your baby with a one-off Birth Preparation workshop at Bristol City Yoga where a highly qualified teacher will prepare you and your birth partner for labour.
You will be guided through an improvised “birth” learning practical tools for each stage of the birth. Learn how to create an environment in which you and your partner will feel relaxed, which will promote the release of positive hormones- thereby making the birth more comfortable.
You will explore ways to create a positive, calm birth experience for you and your baby. Birth partners will be given the opportunity to work through their role in creating and protecting a positive environment and will feel more confident about the birth. Sessions are taught in a down to earth, friendly way. Find out dates for upcoming workshops through our online booking system.
Birth Preparation Techniques:
We will run through practical birthing tools for both partners during each stage of labour, such as:
- Breathing and relaxation practices
- Positive visualisations and affirmations
- Optimal positions for labour
- Supportive acupressure and massage techniques
- How to use/ move in the birthing pool
- How to stay calm and focused during a more complex birth
- This is also a space for you to ask questions and voice any worries or uncertainties you may have.
You will be given notes that contains all the information we covered during the workshop. Sessions typically happen at the weekend, please check our workshops page for more information.
“It was more helpful than I could have imagined, during the birth I was able to be really supportive both physically and emotionally, rather than an observer”
Some women and their birth partners prefer to have their own Birth Preparation session which can take place either in our studio, or at home.
Though one to one sessions you can tailor a session to suit you. The sessions last 90 minutes, allowing for time to move through the postures and breathing that will facilitate a more comfortable labour. Moreover this session can be adapted for those who are going into a monitored birthing situation, or preparing for a Caesarian birth.
Interested in signing up to a One to One Birth Preparation Session? Visit our contact page where you can email us directly or give us a call to find out more information.
Sessions for you and your birth partner at our studio cost £70 for 90 minutes, or £90 if you prefer to have a 2 – hour session. If you would like a session at home there will be an extra fee for travel and equipment if required.
Pre Natal Yoga Testimonials
Our Pregnancy classes are popular with local Mums, here are a few testimonials from our wonderful yoga Mums:
“The yoga is a complete lifeline, supporting me through the more challenging moments and keeping me sane!”
– Rachel mother to Joshua aged 10 months
“The classes, and you, have been fantastic for us. Steering us through tiredness and adversity with warmth and humour. Thank you!”
“It was the most useful thing I did to prepare for labour and the “golden thread breath” really carried me through the birth”
“Both I and my tiny 6 week old son had become stressed- he wasn’t sleeping well either in the day or in the night and I felt desperate. During our first class Laura showed me some methods to hold him and by focusing on relaxing myself through breathing and gentle movement the whole vicious cycle shifted. By the end of class he was fast asleep and both I and my son were transformed!”
– Stephanie and Otto
(For all of our other classes we require students to arrive 10mins before class)
If you have any more questions feel free to contact us.