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Mother & Baby Yoga

Postpartum yoga gives you the chance to look after yourself in a safe and nurturing environment. Practicing yoga with your baby alongside you gives you the opportunity to bond further with the latest addition to your family.  It helps the recovery process after birth and supports the transition to motherhood.  Bringing an awareness to your body as well as dedicating time to relax also reduces symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety and general stress by allowing you to focus on your own well-being.

Postpartum yoga gives you the chance to look after yourself in a safe and nurturing environment. Practicing yoga with your baby alongside you gives you the opportunity to bond further with the latest addition to your family.  It helps the recovery process after birth and supports the transition to motherhood.  Bringing an awareness to your body as well as dedicating time to relax also reduces symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety and general stress by allowing you to focus on your own well-being. It is advisable to take it slowly at first and re-familiarise yourself with your body. Postnatal yoga is a great low impact exercise option since, extra care must be taken over ligaments and joints which have loosened during the prenatal period due to the hormone, relaxin as these are prone to overstretching post birth.  The rebuilding of muscle tone in those areas which may have been affected by childbearing or childbirth such as the core, pelvic floor and back (without creating additional abdominal pressure) is a relevant part of postpartum yoga asana practice. Sometimes the shoulders or neck feels tight from feeding or holding baby or simply carrying all the things a baby needs. Improved posture, an awareness of spinal health and practicing specific yoga breathing techniques contribute to a release of this tension not only in these specific areas but throughout the whole body.  Furthermore, a regular and consistent yoga practice helps with improved blood flow, strengthens the nervous system, relaxes the body and the mind, improves flexibility, facilitates higher energy levels and provides greater stamina and endurance giving you some wonderful tools to take forward as you and your baby blossom.In a 1:1 setting you get the personal attention you may desire at a location of your choice but in a group you also get to meet other mothers, share experiences and make friendships.

I remember the baby days well and in those early days sometimes it was a struggle even to get out of the house.   Maybe you and your friends e.g. from your baby group want a session in one of your homes and to lighten the load, take turns in hosting it. I am able to travel to you and have mats, equipment and massage oil available for everyone.  You can split the hourly rate as well, so it might work out cheaper than travelling to a studio saving you time and money in the processYou can feed or cuddle baby, change a nappy and take a rest whenever you feel like it and don’t worry if the little one cries…after all, you have waited several months to hear their voice and this is only to be expected and embraced. I also teach Mother & Baby Yoga at the Feelwellbeing Studio in Hertfordshire. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to engage and bond with your baby and to meet other mothers. 

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Oaklands Grange, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0NT