supportive class

For women from 14 to 40 weeks pregnant

Class Length: 1hr 30min
2018-07-30 23:50:00

Gill’s aim is that women can feel more comfortable in their pregnancies and more calm and confident about birth. Her holistic Pregnancy Yoga classes established in 2003 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.

a youth club for pregnant women

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.

Breathwork

Breathwork

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.

Inner Calm

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,. 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. 

Birth Tips & Breathing

Birth Tips & Breathing

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) 

Benefits

  • 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

Gill pioneered Pregnancy Yoga in Northern Ireland since introducing it in 2003. Many women return to her classes with fourth and fifth pregnancies. She trained at Birthlight with Dr Francoise Freedman & Uma Dinsmore Tuli, in Perinatal Yoga in 2003 and in Postnatal and Baby Yoga (& Smart Toddler Yoga). from 2005, An IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) Instructor since 2009. Gill is also a Childbirth Preparation educator and Hypno Yoga for Birth Teacher (Creative Calm, 2017). .

Testimonials

Eileen

'So all in all I had a relatively short labours in which I felt pretty much in control and didn't need any stitches or anything. So thank you very much for teaching me those very useful Yoga techniques and helping me to gain confidence in the capabilities of my own body in each of my three pregnancies.'

Susan and Mollie,

'Thank you for helping us achieve a perfect birth.'

Julie

I first attended Pregnancy Yoga with Gill with my first baby in 2006. I honestly believe that Gill's classes equipped me with the knowledge and tools to have healthy and calm pregnancies and positive births. So much so that I am back with Gill in 2016 with baby number FIVE! I also attended Postnatal and Baby yoga with my 5 children. My babies loved the classes - interacting with the other babies, singing and massage. The class also allowed me to make a gentle step towards reclaiming my pre-pregnancy body. Thank you Gill for all your support and knowledge! You are an angel!

Available Pregnancy Yoga Classes

Monday

Morton Community Centre Belfast

Class Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Thursday

Santosha Yoga Studio Lisburn

Class Time: 18:00 - 19:15 & 19:30 - 21:00