Pre Natal Yoga
Saturdays 9.45am - 11.00am.
Inside Mona Vale Surf Club, Surfview Road.
Pregnancy is a great time to start practising yoga. As well as alleviating physical aches and pains, it also provides you with a range of tools that you can use during your pregnancy, birth, and beyond as you transition into motherhood. We aim to equip you with these tools to help you, your partner and baby to share the most positive birth experience possible.
Mats, bolsters and other props are all provided. If you would prefer to purchase your own bolster, eye pillow or other props, check out Surfside Shop and we can deliver to you in class.
You should be at least 12 weeks pregnant before commencing this class, but contact us if you would like to chat about this
Pre-Natal classes run for 75 minutes and investment is $120 for a 6 week class pack. This includes 1 class in lieu for sickness/travel.
For your first class, you are welcome to decide at the end if you would like to purchase the 6 week class pack, or just pay $25 for a drop in.
If your bub arrives early, roll over any remaining classes to our Mums n Bubs class - also held at Mona Vale Surf Club.
Those on the 6 week class pack also benefit from $50 off an initial appointment with one of Healthspace's acupuncturists who specialise in fertility and pre-natal.
Bookings are essential. Click below or download the Mind Body App, search Healthspace and select Pre-Natal Drop In ($25) or Pre-Natal Class Pack ($120).
*Please note the 2 Week Unlimited Pass is not valid for this class
"Lou's pre-natal yoga classes are just wonderful - and the perfect blend of movement, rest, information and humour. I moved Heaven and Earth to be there each week, and was able to draw on the yoga practice and mindset during what was an amazing birth experience! We are now loving Lou's Mums n Bubs classes!'
Brit Sooby & Baby Dashiel
Benefits of Pre-natal Yoga
Pre-natal is one of our specialities at Surfside Yoga, and Lou draws on her own experiences of pregnancy in a positive way, so students feel supported, revived and upbeat. Our classes may suit those who would prefer a more active style of pregnancy yoga, but this is always done in a safe and appropriate way and combined with therapeutic poses, breathing techniques, mantras, visualisations and relaxation. More restorative options are always provided if required.
By attending a regular pre-natal yoga class, you carve out time in your week to tune in and connect with your baby, and your body. We cater for all levels - no previous yoga experience required – and for the more experienced yogis amongst you, we can also teach you how to modify your existing practice safely.
Pre-natal yoga combines breathing, movement, relaxation and visualisation to prepare you both physically and mentally for the birth of your baby. The benefits of yoga during pregnancy and birth include:
- Alleviates/prevents common aches and pains, eg tightness around the thoracic, heartburn, muscle cramps, fluid retention, shortness of breath
- Alleviates back problems and sciatica
- Improves posture
- Improves circulation (reduces fluid retention) and helps to reduce blood pressure
- Increases strength, stamina and flexibility
- Energises the body and mind, helping to reduce fatigue
- Beneficial for the nervous and hormonal systems
- Improves balance and co-ordination
- Deep toning of the birth muscles
- Teaches Mums-to-be relaxation tools to help them stay present, calm, focused during labour
- Empowers women to develop physical and mental strength for the challenges ahead .
At the beginning of each class, there is an opportunity to share any aches and pains you have been experiencing so the class can be tailored for whoever is in the room on that specific day.
Pre-natal yoga strengthens your body, improves your stamina and increases your flexibility. This ensures you are in the best possible shape for the challenges of labour and helps you to recover quickly after your baby has arrived. Towards the end of your pregnancy, yoga also encourages your baby to move into an optimal position for birth.
By learning how to breathe deeply and efficiently on the yoga mat, Mums experience that the breathe will come more naturally when they go into labour which in turn will help to keep the mind present and calm.
Meeting other Mums-to-be creates a sense of community, and the nurturing and supportive class environment helps women overcome any fear, anxiety, overwhelm or emotional challenges around the impending birth and motherhood. Guided relaxations and meditations are also used to release stress, tension and calm the nervous system. Lou draws on her own feelings and experiences – both joyful and challenging - in a positive way, so students feel supported, revived and upbeat. Ultimately, our pre-natal yoga classes aim to help Mums-to-be feel physically and emotionally prepared for a positive birth experience.