Yoga4mums for all age groups and abilities
There’s nothing more wonderful than being a mum. From the moment our babies are born to the moment they fly the nest to start a family of they’re own, we nurture and support unconditionally.
But it is important to cherish our own health and wellbeing so that we have heaps of lovely energy to share with our family. After all, children learn from their parents and if mum is happy and healthy then this will inspire the family to follow suit.
We’re no strangers to change: menstruation, pregnancy, birth, menopause. So like a fine wine yoga can help us adapt to the various changes and maintain our uniqueness. Perhaps you are dealing with the tantrums of toddlers and teenagers? Or taking care of your grandchildren? Yoga4mums offers something for every mum.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing techniques to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components in a yoga class are the postures, Asanas, (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and the breathing, Pranayama. The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago, and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of styles.
What are the health benefits of yoga for you?
Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. A regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, including low back pain, depression and stress. Our purpose is to inspire a better understanding and awareness of the mind and body using calming breathing techniques, gentle postures and relaxing meditations. The classes will help to release unwanted stress and tension, build strength and improve flexibility, developing a deep sense of inner peace and wellbeing.
Please note that not all exercise is suitable for every’body’. It is important that you let your instructor know of any medical conditions, pregnancy or injuries you have before committing to a regular yoga exercise programme. Please consult with your GP beforehand if you have any concerns.
Yoga for the 2nd trimester
Yoga4mums is delighted to be the recipient of the best second trimester online video award by Healthcare USA. Our videos are designed with busy mums in mind and our pregnancy yoga practice is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
During pregnancy, yoga can play a key role in enhancing the experience of this precious time and empower the mother-to-be to have the most conscious birth experience. Yoga can help women enjoy their pregnancy with minimal discomfort, cultivate breath awareness and strengthen the body in preparation for labour. Yoga also offers you the opportunity to connect with your baby, and coming to classes is a great way to feel part of a community of pregnant women.
The benefits of pregnancy yoga
- increases your energy
- empowers the mother-to-be to have conscious birth experience
- keeps you fit whilst being sensitive to the baby and you
- decreases anxiety
- strengthens birthing muscles
- quickens postpartum recovery
- improves sleep
- reduces backache
- improves circulation
- promotes healthy birth
When to practice
Be conscious of how your body feels and seek medical advice regarding any health issues.
General guidelines are that you:
- rest during the first trimester
- start yoga in the second trimester
- continue your classes until before birth
- take up postnatal classes after birth
It’s never too late to practise prenatal yoga! So whatever stage in your pregnancy, come along and experience the benefits of yoga under the care of our expert pregnancy yoga teachers.
Baby yoga helps to attune to your baby’s needs and to calm or stimulate them as appropriate with a sense of security and wellbeing. It is beneficial for all babies, you don’t need to practice yoga or even know anything about yoga to get started with your baby. From Birth babies respond positively to the stimulation of movement and touch together.
Baby Yoga includes a wide range of different practices that can be combined to suit the needs of each baby or toddler through their individual development:
- Gentle body strokes
- Yoga moves adapted to babies (mini twists, mini stretches, upper and lower body movements, diagonal movements) These moves have been transmitted though generations in India for at least 2000 years
- A blend of postnatal yoga and baby yoga for new mothers
- Playful moves with rhymes
- Joint parent/baby relaxation (walking relaxation, instant relaxation, relaxation to sleep, feeding relaxation)
Baby yoga offers quality physical stimulation that has become essential in an urban sedentary lifestyle. For every hour that babies spend strapped in cars seats or home seats, 5 minutes of Baby Yoga provide stretching as a start to a healthy lifestyle. Baby yoga can be practiced instantly anywhere at anytime and always generates a joyful interaction.
Find a class
If you are based in North London you might like to practice with Cathy Underwood, founder and director of Yoga4mums. For this class children must be 10 or over and accompanied by an adult.
- Every Wednesday 7-8pm at St John’s Parish Centre, Friern Barnet Road N11 3EQ