Lucy has been running yoga groups for pregnant women and babies here in North Northumberland since 2009. These classes include prenatal yoga, birth preparation, postnatal yoga, baby yoga and massage, relaxation and meditation for mothers and babies and opportunities for friendship and connection.
I find this a really helpful way of experiencing the area of soft tissue we commonly call the "pelvic floor". Once you can feel and sense this diamond shape area muscle you can work with both contractions and relaxations to keep the area toned. What's the best pose for feeling my diamond? Personally, my favourite pose… Continue reading Pregnancy Yoga 9 – The Pelvic Diamond
Once you are more than 28 weeks pregnant, the safest position for relaxation or go to sleep is on your side, either left or right. This is because when you lie on your back, the weight of the baby (and placenta, and amniotic fluid) can compress the vena cava, an important blood vessel which returns… Continue reading Pregnancy Yoga 10 – Side Lying Relaxation
This is a relaxing breathing technique that can be used for general relaxation and coping with insomnia as well as preparing for labour. The intention is to gradually lengthen your exhalation. This sends a signal to the whole body to relax. During labour, this will help the body to produce and release the hormones necessary… Continue reading Pregnancy Yoga 11 – Golden Thread Breathing
Whatever you think of your feet, they are incredible pieces of natural engineering which allow us to stand upright, walk and balance. During pregnancy our body's weight and centre of gravity gradually changes as our babies grow and this has an impact on the curves of our spine and on our feet! By loving our… Continue reading Pregnancy Yoga 12 – Love Your Feet