Post Natal Yoga
'At every birth, two people are born - a baby and a mother' - ancient Indian wisdom
I wish I’d found Cheryl when I was pregnant and feel so lucky I found this class! Having tried a few baby yoga classes which, for me, were more like gentle stretching and didn’t have many activities for baby, this class is just the workout for my body and mind. In between the yoga we sing songs with actions to our babies and the setting (dim but with dazzling lights for babies) is so welcoming and relaxing, Cheryl helps us mums soothe the babies and it’s been a real highlight of my maternity leave! - Melissa Higginson
Recommendations for reading
Spilt Milk Yoga - Cathryn Monro
Gentle First Year - Dr. Gowri Motha
Buddhism for Mothers - Sarah Napthali
Self-Care for the Real World - Nadia Narian and Katia Narian
The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality -Kimberley Ann Johnson
The Supermum Myth - Anya Hayes and Hollie Smith
Post Natal yoga is a great way to start exercise after having baby without needing a baby-sitter. The class focuses on mind and body relaxation for mothers and babies. The class includes babies, with the main focus on mums. The practice will focus on easing back pain, shoulders, wrists with subtle abdominal work along with developing pelvic floor (mulabandha) strength exercises to help strengthen all the muscles which worked hard during your pregnancy.
The first 6 weeks post partum are a time for you to bond with your baby. If you has a cesarean sections by the end of the 8 week post natal period you can start practising. Listen to your body and seek medical advice if you are unsure.
'Motherhood constantly confronts the edges of our self-knowing. We journey through an evolving and volcanically active landscape; violent, deep, and creative forces work in our subterranean selves. What stronger mirror of our habits and foibles, what better place to practice love, compassion, tolerance, and understanding than with ourselves and our children?' -Cathryn Monro
The post natal yoga class will give you time to bond with your baby. The practice is made up of baby massage, singing nursery rhymes, breathing exercises and the asana practice. For new mums this is a chance for you to gently relieve any physical aches you may be experiencing with particular emphasis on the back and shoulders. Whilst regaining pelvic and abdominal strength.