Pregnancy is a wonderful time to practice yoga. At Padma Yoga we teach Pregnancy Yoga the Birthlight way. Our pregnancy yoga classes are a gentle way of maintaining and improving physical health during pregnancy, while reducing anxiety with breathing and relaxation techniques to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
Beginning from fourteen weeks pregnant, yoga can be practiced up to and during labour. We encourage you to enjoy being pregnant by offering practices that help you prepare more comfortably for the big day!
Classes are limited to 12 ladies, and at the start of each class we spend a few minutes sharing news from the last week. Along with the yoga practices this time is invaluable in sharing how you feel and learning from one other’s experiences.
The yoga practices include flowing sequences of postures developed to avoid strain whilst targeting those areas that might feel uncomfortable as pregnancy progresses. We use simple sound and breath practices to expand your lung capacity in gentle and effective ways for pregnancy and labour. Each class includes pelvic floor exercises and ends with a deep relaxation.
Classes last an hour and twenty-five minutes, and are taught in rolling six week blocks. It is possible to join any week. They can also be attended on a drop in basis. We currently have two classes running, on Monday & Wednesday evenings both at 6.00pm (please note our Wednesday class will be having a summer break from 24th July and will return in the Autumn!). If you would like more information please contact us or go to our Book Now page to book your space.
Want to know more about Pregnancy Yoga? This is what our Mamas said about attending our classes…
“Claire offers a relaxed class which I found to be a weekly sanctuary. It provided practical help at every stage of pregnancy and labour. I look forward to postnatal!”
“The breathing practices and yoga postures taught in this class helped to make my third pregnancy the only one I have enjoyed. Thank you Claire.”
“I have enjoyed every session and found it useful not only because it helped me with back pain and pelvic floor exercises but this is a great opportunity to have some ‘me and baby’ time.”
“A place where you can feel welcomed, share your birth experience, do pregnancy safe exercises and relax. Classes help you stay focused and calm during the labour.”
“Attending pregnancy yoga was a fab experience and certainly helped to prepare me for the birth of my son. It was wonderful to meet other first time mums who all shared their experiences. It also taught me a range of beneficial yoga techniques to support me physically and mentally throughout my pregnancy. Claire was highly supportive and made me feel welcome from the very first session. I look forward to attending postnatal yoga!”
“I’d never practiced yoga before but Claire assured me you didn’t need any experience and I soon found Wednesday nights a retreat to meet other pregnant ladies and practice really useful yoga positions that made me more confident in the run up to our babies due date. It’s a lovely class run by a lovely lady.”
“I was in labour for forty-four hours and can honestly say that the skills I gained in pregnancy yoga turned what could have been a traumatic labour in to a positive experience. Thank you for empowering me and my baby.”
“I used all the positions you taught me and the breathing techniques which worked a treat as I had a water birth without pain relief. So a massive thank you for all your support and practices… there were moments where I did feel that I lost a bit of control but I had drummed it into my husband to keep telling me to breathe and use what I learned from yoga and I soon got things back under control again.”
“Padma Yoga has not only been great at preparing my body and mind for the birth of my daughter but has also allowed me to learn from other people’s experiences and meet new people. Claire was very welcoming and provided great support during my pregnancy. Thank you.”
“Yoga is a must for any pregnant lady! Everything you learn helps during the pregnancy, labour and after birth, both physically and mentally. I also found sharing experiences and talking with other ladies a really big help. I’ve made some great friends in the process. Thank you!!!”
“As a first time mum-to-be it was brilliant to meet and discuss the highs and lows of pregnancy with others going through it. The yoga postures and breathing were excellent for relaxing and assisting through both the labour and pregnancy. Absolutely brilliant class with a fabulous teacher and never a dull moment 🙂 ”
“A great way to meet new mums and to help de-stress. The practices (especially breathing & massage) were really beneficial during labour. Claire and the other ladies were lovely and really made me feel at ease. Thanks again Claire!”
“Excellent pregnancy yoga class – helps to prepare you for your new arrival by teaching you many different technique and exercises, and Claire is a fab teacher – makes you feel so relaxed – don’t want the class to end! 🙂 ”
“I cannot recommend these classes enough, helped me achieve the natural labour I so badly wanted and gave me the tools to do this.”
“A fantastic class for mums to be. Extremely informative and professional, as well as being relaxed and fun. Helped me enormously with a long labour. Would recommend to any mum to be. Thank you Claire x”
“I went to pregnancy yoga to meet other mums and wasn’t disappointed. It created a great community and taught me invaluable breathing techniques and labour positions. Plus there was a lot of laughter in class. I’d recommend it without a shadow of a doubt.”
“Claire and all the mums made for a friendly Monday evening each week. I was able to spend a little time just me and baby, and learned some invaluable techniques that definitely helped me have the labour and birth that I wanted.”
“I really enjoyed my weekly pregnancy yoga class – it was a bit of ‘me’ time, the chance to meet other ‘mums to be’ and I found the techniques learnt really useful in labour.”
“Claire provides a welcoming, relaxing environment in her classes. She catered for our individual needs and was reassuring and positive throughout. I can’t thank Claire enough for helping me achieve the positive birth experience I longed for and can’t wait to do it all over again with her guidance and support.”
“I cannot recommend these classes enough. Claire is a brilliant instructor and I believe antenatal yoga played a big part in my short, smooth labour.”
“Pregnancy Yoga helped me so much in labour. I used the breathing practices and it helped me keep calm and not panic. I would definitely recommend to a friend.”
The Birthlight Trust is a registered charity and teacher training organisation set up to enhance the wellbeing of women and their partners through the journey of pregnancy, birth and as new parents.