Yoga is a fantastic way to get in touch with your body and your breath during pregnancy. It can help to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and prepare you physically and mentally for the birth of your baby. Each class includes 30 mins of tea and chat at the end (optional), led by the teacher. This is an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences.
If you wish to take part in any other yoga class whilst pregnant please take a look at our FAQ page or call us on 020 7249 2425 as some classes are more appropriate than others.
Classes are on:
Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:15pm and Sundays 10am - 12pm
These postnatal yoga classes support new mothers in recovering and getting back into shape while bonding with their baby. No previous experience of yoga necessary. Recommended from 6 weeks after the birth of your baby.
There is a crèche worker in the room to help take care of your baby. Tea and snacks are provided after the class in our leafy courtyard area for the newborns' class only. Yogahome is all on one level so if your baby is asleep you can bring your buggie all the way in.
Classes are on:
Thursdays 2pm - 3pm for newborns up to crawling age
Thursdays 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm for crawling babies to toddlers
Pregnancy Pilates is a specialist pilates class that will help you manage the physical and physiological changes of pregnancy and prepare for life with a little one.
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Pilates can help with many common symptoms of pregnancy such as:
Backache, Diastasis Recti, Pelvic Girdle Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Pelvic Floor weakness or related injury.
We welcome you to this specialist group class once you have had your 12 week scan and have been approved to exercise by your doctor or midwife.
This class is suitable at any stage during your second and third trimester, right up to birth.
Classes are on:
Fridays 9:15 - 10:15 am and Sundays 2:30 - 3:30 pm
This class has a focus on core strength, the abdominal area and pelvic floor, to draw your body back together and improve posture.
There is a crèche worker in the room to help take care of your baby. Babies are welcome up until they are crawling. Tea and snacks are provided after the class in our leafy courtyard area.
Yogahome is all on one level so if your baby is asleep you can bring your buggie all the way in.
Classes are on:
Wednesdays and Fridays 11:45 am - 12:45 pm for newborns up to crawling age
Anja specializes in post natal pilates. It is advisable to have at least one one to one session before going to a regular post natal pilates class if you have any post natal complications such as diastasis recti or have had a caesarean section.
Private tuition is also wonderful during pregnancy and postnatally, helping you learn how to deal with the changes and demands of each trimester, and of life with a little one. Private tuition can also help you address common pre and postnatal related issues such as back pain, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, diastasis recti and pelvic organ prolapse.
Also set up and run by Maria Gandy and Billie Chan. Minihome Nursery opened in 2003 and is adjacent to Yogahome.
Minihome Nursery is a happy home from home in the heart of Stoke Newington, N16.
Responding to the uniqueness of your child, building positive relationships in an enabling environment where we can support your child's learning and development. Fresh food cooked daily on the premises, including organic produce.
• Sixty-eight places for children from three months to five years.
• Open 8am - 6pm, Monday - Friday.
• Fifty-one weeks of the year.
These courses are run over two consecutive Saturdays, and cover everything you need to know about hypnobirthing and how it can help you with your birth. From the underlying concepts of hypnotherapy, the anatomical principles of birth and practical techniques to help you through labour. You will be given home work to practice between the sessions. For you and your birth partner.
Most of us are familiar with the use of hypnotherapy to help overcome fears, like flying. Similarly, hypnobirthing can help to remove worries, concerns, and negative associations in relation to childbirth (like the idea that it has to be painful).
By developing an understanding of the biological, physiological and psychological elements of childbirth (in other words how the woman’s body is naturally designed to give birth) any doubts and negative associations are replaced by calm confidence and a positive approach.
The simple and gentle self-hypnosis and breathing techniques you will learn to use can have a profound effect and help labour and birth to be an empowering and joyful experience.
This course can only be booked as a whole.
Introduction to hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing
Natural labour - how the muscles of the uterus work, the autonomic nervous system and the hormones of labour
The power of the mind & how the body follows where the mind leads
Position of baby
Due date, Induction & Inducing more naturally
Early Labour: Positions, things to do, massage
Upward Breathing for labour
Relaxation and scripts to work on at home
Recap of Labour and birth - onset, early, up stage and down stage
Downward Breathing for Birth
Relaxation and more scripts to work on at home
Interventions & Role of Birth Partner
Pelvic Floor and Perineal Massage
Fear Releasing & Building Confidence
Cost is for two people, includes MP3 download and online resources.
For upcoming course dates, exact times and how to book click here.
Why Yoga for Labour and Birth?
Being calm, quiet and relaxed can optimise the release of hormones which are crucial to the flow of a natural labour and birth - most importantly oxytocin (which promotes the surges of the uterus) and endorphins (our natural pain relief).
Learning how to breath and relax can help you maintain a 'birthing bubble', producing a state of inner calm, and enabling you to switch off from distractions, noise, light, people, and anxiety - especially useful if you're in a hospital setting.
Gentle movement can also help the flow of labour, as can simple change of position, and indeed a static position. Being able to practice these movements and positions in advance means that you know what to do when the time comes, without having to think about it.
When it comes to birthing your baby, the most natural position for expelling anything from our body is squatting. However, in our culture and with the work most of us do, this is not something that comes naturally to all of us. Working on postures which help build the ability to squat more comfortably can help, but we'll also look at alternative positions for birthing your baby.
The workshop covers the following:
Breathing for labour
Positions & movement to help labour flow
Massage for labour
Relaxation techniques to calm & quieten the mind, and keep the birthing space free from stress and anxiety
Breathing to birth your baby
Positions for birth
Meditation to release worries, doubts, concerns
Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
For you and your birth partner. Includes MP3 download & handout.
For the next workshop dates and to book click here.
Pregnancy proving to be uncomfortable?
Try shiatsu with Caroline Bozkurt. Caroline has over 10 years experience of using shiatsu to help pregnant women with nausea, heartburn, back ache and anxiety. She is also available to help couples who wish to use shiatsu during labour.
Acupuncture with Sara Rajadel can assist with fatigue, insomnia, pain relief and birth induction.
Reflexology and Pregnancy massage with Fumie Akiya de Mena can be used to relieve a similar range of discomforts and is a fabulous way to relax.
Shiatsu, reflexology and acupuncture have been known to help bring on labour in cases where the baby is overdue.
Baby massage course
Learn techniques for therapeutic touch and bonding with your baby. You will learn a whole baby massage sequence in just one session! Go here for more information.
Call 020 7249 2425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment, and visit our Therapies page for more information.