We teach Pregnancy Yoga and birth preparation classes to small groups, (no more than 9), individuals, couples or small intimate groups; on a group and also on a private basis. At Body Soul Yoga Faye Koe teaches Pregnancy Yoga to pregnant women after 14 weeks, as general guidance advises that you should rest during the 1st trimester. Yoga can be practiced through the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, until you have your baby. Faye teaches pregnancy yoga to individuals and small intimate groups, on a private basis, to ensure the safety of your baby and you. Feel free to have a private 1-2-1 session, or team up with a few friends and create your own group.
Faye Koe has practiced yoga for over 14 years; and has taught pregnancy yoga since giving birth to her two children, who are now 10 and 8. She recognizes the need for yoga at all stages of life, and particularly during this amazing and unique experience. She was taught pre natal Yoga at the Active Birth Centre in Highgate, London, by Janet Balaskas and Wendy Teasdill and has a Yoga Teaching Diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga.
The benefits of our Pregnancy Yoga and antenatal classes:
- Keeps you fit and strong
- Allows you to maintain and improve your flexibility and muscle tone
- Promotes a healthy birth
- Aids a quicker recovery after birth
- Increases your energy
- Improves your sleep
- Improves blood flow and circulation
- Strengthens your birthing muscles
- Allows time for you to connect and bond with the baby growing inside you
- Makes you more aware of your breath
- Helps you develop breathing exercises that you can use during contractions and when its ready to push
- Increases your lung capacity
- Provides you with knowledge about your pregnancy and birth
- Allows you to utilise your breath during the birth experience giving you a focus and to relax you
- Decreases anxiety and improves confidence
- Allows you to relax and enjoy a yogic sleep (nidra) at the end of the class
- You can also make friends and meet other mums-to-be, share your pregnancy and birth stories, meet their new babies and enjoy tea at the last session of each half term
Be conscious of your body and listen to your body. General guidance advises that you should rest during the 1st trimester, but yoga can be practiced through the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, until you have your baby. Seek medical advice from your GP or midwife regarding your wish to start pregnancy yoga and if your health changes during your pregnancy please seek medical advice and please make sure you tell your yoga teacher.
Before Your Class
Yoga is practised on an empty stomach, so try not to eat for 2-3 hours before a class. this will make your practice more comfortable.
It is best to practice yoga in bare feet, so please take off your shoes and socks when you arrive. Our feet have tiny receptors on the bottom, so we can feel the earth beneath us. Practising in bare feet also helps our balance and provides a natural grip. Try to wear loose, comfortable clothing, so that there are no restrictions around the limbs, joints, or waist and try not to wear a hood. A top with an elastic waistband is also a good idea so clothing doesn’t ride up, when you are upside down. Before commencing your practice please remove spectacles, watches or any jewellery.
The only things you will need to bring with you to class are a bottle of water and a yoga mat; but we do have mats you can use, blocks, belts, bricks, blankets and eye pillows. In the more flowing and tougher classes and workshops you may also like to bring a towel. In the gentle classes you may like to bring an extra blanket for warmth and comfort.
Tell the teacher if it’s your first class—you probably won’t be the only one. And please complete the confidential health questionnaire as fully as you are able, so your teacher knows as much about you as possible. The questionnaire will be given to you when you arrive. If you do have a pre-existing problem or condition, there are ways to adjust the postures to suit you.
Early arrivals are fine
Please try to come to class a few minutes early. Consider being prompt as part of your practice. There is nothing worse than feeling stressed before you arrive and running up the road to be on time. It also ensures that your teacher and the rest of the class are not disturbed by your late arrival. Unfortunately if the class has started, you will be unable to join the class.
Turn off your phone
When you arrive please turn off your phone to silent and the vibrate should also be off; so as not to disturb the rest of the class or your own practice.
During Your Yoga Class
Feel free to look around and follow what other students are doing, especially if the teacher does not demonstrate every pose. However, keep in mind that you may be looking at more advanced students, so do not compare yourself to them. Everyone learns at their own pace. And we are all made differently so some people are naturally more flexible, supple or stronger than others. Do your best, but let go of a competitive mindset.
Always remember to breathe in and out of your nose unless asked to do otherwise; but do let your teacher know if you have trouble doing this. Some classes will include different types of breathing/ pranayama techniques, so give them a go and please ask your teacher if you need more guidance.
Throughout your yoga practice try and be aware of what you are doing. Try to concentrate on the sensations you feel in the body and on your breath.
Don’t pull or strain
Never force or strain. Relax briefly between each posture if you need to. If you feel pain or strain, stop and tell your teacher. Listen to your body. As you do yoga more regularly, you may notice that you become increasingly supple and stronger.
Injury or Illness
If you have an injury / illness / medical condition, you should advise your teacher in the confidential health questionnaire. If your medical condition changes then it is for you to let the teacher know of any changes or deterioration in your condition. If in doubt please also consult you GP / medical advisor.
Some people advise that you don’t do inversions, for example: handstands, shoulder stands, headstands; and alternative positions will be provided in class.
Please tell your teacher if you suspect, or if you are, pregnant. The class can be adjusted to suit you. However, it is important to check with your doctor or midwife that yoga is suitable for you, at each stage of your pregnancy.
During the class your teacher may adjust you into a more suitable position or apply pressure so you are pushed deeper into position. If you would prefer not to be adjusted please let your teacher know before the class starts.
The class will end with a relaxation session. This is an important part of the class and students are encouraged to stay for the duration of the lesson. Relaxation gives the body an opportunity to assimilate all of the benefits of the postures you have just done; and also counteracts stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Enjoy and try again
We hope you enjoy our classes and hope to see you again. Do tell us if there is something that you particularly enjoyed or disliked!