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PREGNANCY YOGA
For women from 14 to 40 weeks


Gill's aim is that women can feel more comfortable in their pregnancies and more calm and confident about birth. Being pregnant can be like a rollercoaster ride for a woman due to the hormonal, mental, emotional and physical changes. Her holistic Pregnancy Yoga classes provide a supportive, friendly environment where common problems can be shared and addressed within the Yoga practice, and women can discuss problems and support each other.

Once described by a former student as, 'a youth club for pregnant women' the classes last for one and a half hours and are a blend of fun, traditional Yoga, rhythmical movement, voicework , Pranayama (Breathwork) and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra).

Yoga practices are carefully adapted for mums to be with injuries and medical conditions.

Pranayama ( Breathwork) is taught as it promotes inner calm, for mother and baby, increases vitality and can help to increase the baby's oxygen supply. It is a very effective way of also helping to control anxiety and insomnia. Practising Yogic breathing) in pregnancy is necessary for it to become instinctive during the birth process.

Time is always made for deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) a nurturing opportunity for women to let go of any fear or anxiety in their pregnancy, so they can connect with a deeper more intuitive side of themselves. It is a great way of developing the bond with her baby/ babies. It promotes the attitude of witnessing which is vital during childbirth as it breaks the mother's identification with bodily pain.

Practical Birthing positions, tips and breathing are taught when the woman feels ready. This embodied knowledge can be transferred to use during birth and labour.

'Pregnancy Yoga aims to help women give birth naturally and joyfully, without undue strain, resistance or fear. It aims to help them to feel fit and strong, and well prepared.'
Dr Francoise Freedman ( Birthlight)

Pregnancy yoga helps to:-
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Boost energy
  • Encourage restful sleep and calmness
  • Make space physically and mentally for the growing baby/ babies
  • Promote bonding with the baby/ babies through visualisation and breathwork
  • Relieve minor ailments and back pain
  • Helps keep the body toned, supple and strong
  • Relieve pain during childbirth
  • Provide a warmly supportive class where mums to be can connect with each other


HYPNO YOGA - FOR A NURTURING PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

This intimate, supportive class is a unique amalgam of hypno-therapeutic techniques, Yoga breathing and "Flowing Yoga". It will deeply nourish the pregnant mother and baby during the journey of pregnancy and birth. These empowering and nurturing practices will help the mother to be to feel more focused, confident and calm.

Each class will begin with fun, flowing Yoga practices (asanas) which will help to melt physical tensions, allowing the birthing muscles to be relaxed, as nature intended. Gentle Yoga sequences will also promote the flow of more vital energy around the mother and baby.

Yoga breathing (pranayama) is also taught as it is a powerful key to relaxation. These gentle but profound breathing practices will help to soothe the nervous systems of both mother and baby, promoting a more tranquil journey through pregnancy and birth.

Hypno-therapeutic practices (deep relaxation, self-hypnosis and visualisations) will be the core focus and support of the class. These practices will enhance the pregnant mother's ability to create a space of comfort for herself and the baby/babies.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and birth make women more naturally receptive to self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is a completely natural state of absorption or focussed attention. It opens the mother to the transformative power of creative visualisations, new perspectives and positive change. Everyone responds uniquely to hypnosis, but most women describe the experience as deeply relaxing and nurturing.

It is important to be assured that during self-hypnosis and deep relaxation the mother will be totally in control and actively engaged at all time.

Research has shown that this use of self-hypnosis reduces the length of time for active labour for first-time mothers and significantly reduces the need for pain relief. It also promotes more spontaneous deliveries and reduces the incidence of post- natal depression. Anxieties and fears from past birth trauma can also be positively addressed and overcome. Hypno-Yoga is a wonderful innovative way to promote a more natural, positive birth experience.

'Hypnosis is the only no- risk painkiller'.
(Dr Anna Zohrabian and Dr Rumi Peynovska)

Benefits of Hypno Yoga for birth
  • Provides more confidence to have a positive birth experience.
  • Can help to clear trauma around previous negative birth experiences.
  • Self-hypnosis teaches the art of entering a state of calm relaxation.
  • Prepares mind and body by using personal visualisations to aid labour and delivery.
  • Increases the ability to relax mentally and physically.
  • Can shorten labour times.
  • Promotes a calmer, more accepting and empowered mental state.
  • Reduces incidence of post-natal depression.
  • Helps to promote bonding.
  • Encourages a calmer, better adjusted baby, who feeds and sleeps better.


Gill has pioneered Pregnancy Yoga in Northern Ireland , since introducing it in 2003. Many women have returned to her classes with fourth and fifth pregnancies ranging in age from 17 years old to 47 and from all walks of life. She is a very experienced Perinatal Yoga teacher having trained at Birthlight with Dr Francoise Freedman and Uma Dinsmore Tuli, in 2003, in Postnatal and Baby Yoga and Smart Toddler Yoga since 2005, as well as an IAIM (international Association of Infant Massage) Instructor since 2009. She is also a Childbirth Preparation educator and Hypno Yoga for Birth teacher.
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Photographed and filmed at Santosha Yoga studio, Lisburn
Video by Dog Kennel Productions


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