Pregnancy is a great personal journey for any woman and is a time of mental and physical change. It can also be a challenging time, as adjustments are necessary as the body starts to change shape. For this reason, many women are now turning to pregnancy yoga. A pregnancy yoga practice can help address some of these mental and physical changes in a positive way. Women who practise yoga during pregnancy are able to be really present in their bodies and connect with their unborn child. In addition to this, yoga has a calming effect on the mother. This calm is also transmitted to the baby.
PREGNANCY YOGA AT YOGA MAMA WELLNESS
Yoga Mama Wellness is affiliated to the Yoga Mama Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training School. As a result, we specialise in Pregnancy Yoga at our studio in Putney, south-west London. We keep our classes small deliberately, with an average of 6-12 students per class. This allows for individual attention and support from our team of highly qualified and experienced teachers. Yoga Mama Wellness recommends attending classes after 12 weeks of pregnancy. At present, we offer online and in-studio group Pregnancy Yoga classes. Private 1:1 tuition is also available online and in our studio.
FIND A CLASS
We offer several online and in-studio group pregnancy yoga classes per week. Consult our class timetable to find the class that best suits your schedule.
BOOKING A CLASS
Places on our in-studio group classes are limited and are on a first-come first-serve basis. At present, we are unable to take class bookings or payments at our reception. This means that in order to attend a class, you will need to book your space in advance using our online booking system. We request that you do not attend the studio without a valid class booking. Please note that enrolment on our classes closes 60 minutes before advertised class start times. Therefore, we urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.
Yoga Mama Wellness operates a class pass system, with passes available for 1, 5 and 10 classes. Visit our Class Passes page on our booking system for more information about the types of passes available and prices.
We currently offer online and in-studio 1:1 Pregnancy Yoga. These are unavailable to book online. So, if you would like to book a session, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07939 589 083. To consult our 1:1 fees sessions and discounted block bookings, click here.
ATTENDING THE STUDIO
We have reduced our in studio class capacity to 6 in order to allow correct (1m+) social distancing. We kindly request students follow the guidelines below.
- When you arrive, if there is a queue to enter the building, please meet your teacher at the designated meeting point. This is situated by the large tree outside the Putneymead building.
- If there isn't a queue, please make your way up to the second floor.
- Avoid arriving any earlier than 5 to 10 minutes before your class is due to start.
- Please use a face covering in all communal areas within the building. You may remove this once inside the studio.
- Remember to wash your hands or use the sanitising gel provided before entering the studio.
- We have delimited mat spaces in order to help you stay physically distanced.
- Please bring your own mat and any small props you wish to use. We cannot provide mats or props at present.
- Keep personal belongings to a minimum. You will be provided with a box to keep your belongings in while in the studio.
- Teachers will not be offering hands-on adjustments for the time being.
For more information, read our Covid-19 Policy.
Enrolment for online classes closes 60 minutes before the class start time, so book early to avoid disappointment. Please note, online class bookings are not valid on our in-studio classes.
When scheduling your class, you will receive a confirmation email which includes the Zoom meeting link for your class. Join the 'meeting' 5 minutes or so before your class is due to starts with your audio and video switched on so that the teacher can say hello. You can then go off and do other things or get settled before the class starts.
We run our online classes using ZOOM. In order to join a class, download the latest version of Zoom. We recommend leaving plenty of time for this so as to avoid any last minute hitches before your class starts.
Please ensure your device is charged sufficiently for the duration of the class (60 minutes).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We recommend that women start attending pregnancy yoga classes in the second trimester of pregnancy (after 12 weeks).
Breathing techniques learnt in pregnancy yoga can be used at any time during pregnancy. Focusing on the breath can have a profound effect. By learning to control the breath, women may feel empowered and more in control of their thoughts and body. Many women also find these techniques very useful when giving birth.
Pregnancy yoga differs from general yoga classes in several ways. We adapt many classical poses to accommodate the changes in the body. For example, twists are open and poses are fluid and nurturing for the mum-to-be. This creates space in the body and helps to alleviate some of the common ailments often associated with pregnancy, such as: backache, heartburn, swollen limbs etc.
By practising yoga, the body becomes more strengthened and toned. Moreover, many women who practise yoga find that they regain their shape and fitness more quickly after giving birth. In addition, spending time in a pregnancy yoga class with other women can be an emotionally bonding experience, with friendships being formed at this time.