Stretch, Relax, Strengthen, Connect with Pregnancy Yoga & Birth Preparation Classes
Pregnancy Yoga & Birth Preparation Classes in West Cumbria With Clare Cooper
Sunday Mornings 10:00-12:00 at The Senhouse Centre, Whitehaven
Suitable from 16 weeks of pregnancy onwards. Booking Essential
For More Details & To Book Call Clare 07906 188 345
My Pregnancy Yoga and Birth Preparation classes explore how Yoga postures, breathing and relaxation support body and mind during pregnancy and help prepare for labour where we feel calm, confident, empowered and excited.
Postures strengthen and stabilise the body, whilst breathing practices release tension and calm our mind. Relaxation and mediation reduces stress, replenish our energy and are a beautiful way to connect with baby.
Preparing for labour and birth is a central part of each class, where ongoing practice of the postures, breathing and relaxation enables us to approach labour feeling excited, prepared and empowered however our labour unfolds. You can read about women’s experiences of using Yoga to support their labour here.
Clare’s Couple’s Birth Preparation One to One Sessions provide a safe space for couples to talk about their hopes, fears and preferences for labour, learn extensively about the process of labour, understand women’s needs and the many ways birth partners can provide practical and emotional support, empowering fathers and partners to provide empowering, sensitive support, rather than feeling like a spare part. These sessions also provide an opportunity to talk through previous, perhaps traumatic experiences of labour and birth, to understand what happened, and to learn breathing and relaxation techniques and postures which can help things to hopefully unfold differently next time.
Clare is experienced supporting women with Pelvic Pain and preparing for VBAC and receives wonderful feedback as to how Pregnancy Yoga has supported mums to prepare for and experience empowering VBAC births.
Our class is a safe and welcoming environment for women to connect with one another, create new friendships to nurture you on your journey into motherhood, and to share feelings, hopes and experiences of pregnancy, labour and birth.
“I can’t recommend this class enough. Such an amazing experience with an amazing teacher Clare. I have been through a tough time with previous births and also had two cesarean sections. With my last pregnancy I decided I wanted to try for a vba2c (vaginal birth after 2 cesareans) and started yoga with Clare who taught me how to see birth in a different way.
I went on to achieve a natural wonderful birth and I truly believe the yoga class and especially Clare herself were a huge part in how my birth went. Throughout my labour I used everything I had been taught in the classes and my partner also used everything he was taught and it turned out exactly how I’d hoped it would. ”
Flowing postures to increase strength and flexibility, prevent and release back pain and other pregnancy discomforts and build energy and fitness.
Simple breathing practices relieve stress and anxiety and create a sense of inner calm, focus and inner strength which can be called upon in labour and times of stress or worry.
Of equal importance is the time spent stilling our mind from the busyness of everyday life and turning our attention inwards to connect with our baby. Through connecting with our baby during pregnancy we lay the foundations for one of the most important relationships of life and help ourselves to prepare for birth, for meeting our baby and our mothering journey.
Optimal Foetal Positioning where we explore how postures can encourage our baby to come into the most favourable position for birth
Exploration of how yoga postures, breathing, movements, visualisations and sound can support us during labour and birth, encouraging us to feel confident, excited and empowered however and wherever our baby is born.
Class teaching is supported with a range of resources and booklets which nurture your pregnancy journey.
Small class sizes allow time for women to share feelings, fears, hopes and experiences and to grow and share in a supportive group of other pregnant mums.
I am a mother of three, a doula and an experienced Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga teacher. I am passionate about nurturing and supporting women during pregnancy, labour and mothering. Yoga has been of immense support during my own pregnancies, and has enabled me to feel supported, empowered and confident during my own pregnancies and births. I am passionate about women’s choice in birth, and in sharing Yoga to help women feel calm, strong and empowered wherever and however their babies are born.
Alongside my Yoga training with the British Wheel of Yoga, I am also a Doula, having trained with the exceptional Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers, bringing much of their wisdom into my teaching. I am passionate about breastfeeding, and have trained as a Mother Supporter with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, as well as running the Beautiful Beginnings Natural Parenting Group for five years.
Recently I have trained in Women’s Wellness Yoga Therapy with Uma Dinsmore Tuli. The Women’s Wellness practices re-vision Yoga for the female body; they are deeply transformative, bringing us home to the love, strength, power and wisdom we hold within. I offer Women’s Wellness Workshops and One to One Yoga Therapy supporting women in all elements of their femininity.
My first book Milestones of Motherhood celebrates mothering as a journey of learning and transformation for women and is available now from Mother’s Milk Books.
Classes are suitable from 16 weeks of pregnancy to birth.
Clare is experienced in supporting mums experiencing Pelvic Pain, and in preparation for VBAC, and always advises mums to check with their midwife before beginning Yoga.
No previous experience of yoga necessary, and experienced Yoga students are also very welcome.
Classes are £14 per week, paid in advance monthly and are on-going throughout the year.
We often have a waiting list for the Pregnancy Yoga, so do get in touch and register your interest in early pregnancy so I can add you to the list for when places become available.
Classes include refreshments and Pregnancy Yoga and Birth Preparation eHandbook.
Women are welcome to come along to a taster session before booking and pay weekly from 36 weeks
To book, or to find out more, please contact:
Clare 07906 188 345 firstname.lastname@example.org
In its essence, Yoga teaches us of unity and connection through mind, body and breath and the practices bring many benefits to our physical, mental and emotional health and spiritual unfolding. Yet during pregnancy, such connection has the potential to be beyond anything we have previously experienced as we experience the deep and mysterious connection with our baby growing in our womb; the physical and the spiritual combine as our baby, a tiny being in his or her own right, begins life within our body.
Yet as pregnant women, we are rarely pregnant in a bubble and the busyness and demands of the outside world continue to bear their weight upon us, demanding as much from us as ever before. It is easy to see how we can become depleted and exhausted, struggling to continue our lives as before whilst the joys and challenges of pregnancy play out within our bodies, minds and feelings. We may take time to prepare the baby clothes, nappies and nurseries, yet let us not overlook the importance of caring for our minds and bodies as it is we ourselves who are our baby’s first home.
Attending the Pregnancy Yoga class ring fences a little time and space each week where our focus is solely upon ourselves and our baby. It is from this precious time that we can begin to nurture ourselves as mothers, care for our bodies and minds, connect with our baby and prepare ourselves for birth and motherhood.
Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga For Mother & Baby
Pregnancy Yoga is a gift to ourselves and our unborn babies and can set the tone of self-nurturing which is of vital importance in our unfolding journey as mothers. The more we love and nurture ourselves, to more we are able to love and care for our babies.
Pregnancy Yoga can bring the following benefits;
Stretch & Strengthen Yoga postures suitable for pregnancy gently stretch our muscles, easing tension, improving posture and building strength, balance and flexibility. The postures are specially adapted for pregnancy, and help women to enjoy a good stretch, and feel toned, strong and light throughout pregnancy.
Prevent and Ease Discomfort Pregnancy can bring back pain, Pelvic Pain, sore shoulders, heart burn, swollen wrists and ankles and many other niggles and discomforts. I tailor the Yoga practices to meet the changing needs of the women in the class. The gentle postures ease and prevent back pain by learning how to actively carry our babies, stabilise Pelvic Pain, develop good posture and core strength and provide relief from many other pregnancy discomforts.
Release Stress & Anxiety Pregnancy is a time of great change and the many uncertainties can take their toll on our minds, leaving us feeling stressed and anxious. Gentle breathing practices, relaxation, meditation, affirmations and visualisations take us to a place deeper than the anxieties of our minds and connect us to a place of deeper, unwavering peace, calm, strength and wisdom. We can access this place of calm to support us during times of stress, to guide us during labour and as we navigate our way as mothers.
Reduced Stress Hormones Received By Baby Research shows that our babies share our feelings and experience hormonal changes according to our experiences of stress or relaxation. Regular Yoga practice increases our ability to let go of stress and tension and therefore reduce the adrenaline and stress hormones received by our babies. Regular Yoga practice enables us to share with our baby feelings of peace, wellbeing, love and relaxation, cultivating the foundations of a peaceful, nurturing relationship which will last a lifetime.
Preparation for Labour & Birth Yoga postures, breathing, relaxation and affirmations can provide excellent support during labour and birth. Each class contains some birth preparation, and I provide much information about the process of labour and birth and how we can work with ourselves rather than against ourselves to enable women to feel empowered, excited, confident and prepared for labour. I am also experienced in supporting women preparing for VBAC, Breech and Home Birth, and you can read women’s experiences of how effective the Yoga preparation was during birth here.Women learn how to work with their bodies and their labour, rather than working against themselves, and have a safe space within which to talk about their feelings towards labour, birth and mothering with others. Women approach labour with experience of a wide range of postures and practices which they can draw upon in labour, and women say this enables them to feel excited and confident as the big day approaches. Drawing upon my experience of training as a doula with Michel Odent, I often talk about the needs of women in labour and the ways we and our partners can help to ensure these needs are met wherever and however we choose to give birth.
Optimal Foetal Positioning Each week we practice postures which support our core strength and posture and bring our babies into the most optimal position for smooth, uncomplicated birth. We explore the theory of Optimal Foetal Positioning and explore the many postures which can encourage our babies into the most favourable positions. We also explore how we can use these postures in daily life and to ease aches and pains outside of the class and during our labour and birth.
A Sense of Peace & Relaxation Everyone’s favourite part of the class; learning to consciously, deeply release tension from every part of the body, and then create a sense of love, peace and relaxation which you carry with your into the rest of your day. Relaxation builds our inner reservoir of peace, calm, strength and wisdom, to be called upon in labour and mothering. Relaxation is also very useful to practice when you’re awake in the night and can help with anxiety and insomnia. These beautiful practices reduce stress hormones, and bathe ourselves and our babies in waves of loving, feel-good hormones.
Connection to your Baby Life is busy, and in pregnancy is gets busier. especially so if we have children already, and we can feel like the weeks of pregnancy whizz by and we barely have time to think about this new baby, and then of course the guilt sets in. Pregnancy yoga offers the chance to connect with our growing baby through simple postures and breathing, and cultivate an inner world of love, sharing and connection. Research shows that our babes in-utero share our feelings, so imagine their delight as we connect with them from a place of unconditional love, welcome and excitement. Connecting with our baby during pregnancy works to form us as mothers; we learn to make space for our baby in our body, mind, heart, home and relationships. .
Connection with other Mothers A central part of the class is the time and space to share, talk and connect with other mothers. As women, there are so few spaces where we can come together to genuinely share our hopes, fears, feelings, plans and vulnerabilities. Each class creates a safe and nurturing space for mums to share their pregnancy experiences and to support one another with friendship, empathy and kindness. Many friendships are formed in the pregnancy yoga class, with women going on to meet up regularly once their babies are born.
Post Natal Recovery Having practiced Yoga during pregnancy, you will have developed an awareness of your body, as well as core strength, a calm mind and a toned pelvic floor. These practices will support your post-natal recovery and transition to motherhood, and you will be able to use your knowledge of breathing and postures to nurture your post-birth healing as well as learning more at the Post-Natal Yoga Circle.
Nurturing ourselves is something many of us find difficult, for many reasons, and it can feel difficult to find the time amongst all the things we are busy with, yet just a few minutes of conscious breathing, hands gently resting upon the curve of your belly, connecting with your baby within, can wholly rearrange your inner world. Likewise, a few cat postures and gentle stretches can relieve tension and prevent back pain and bring your baby into a favourable position ready to be born.
I genuinely love teaching Pregnancy Yoga and feel honoured and blessed to work with women at this special time. Discovering the gentle, nurturing approaches of Pregnancy Yoga are not only wonderfully supportive during pregnancy, but can bring forth a new, beautiful, beginning in your relationship with yourself and your children, and can bring you sustenance and support throughout your years of mothering.
I look forward to welcoming you to the class and supporting you on your pregnancy journey.
Please contact me to find out more and book your place:
Tel: 07906 188 345 Email: email@example.com