Your body undergoes huge changes during pregnancy and childbirth. Yogabellies Baby and Mummy Yoga (Bournville) for Mum and Baby is a unique post natal yoga class which focuses on three main areas of concern: the back, the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor.
We focus on rebuilding these three key areas post natally, at a pace that suits you. As the integrity of each of these key areas is interconnected, we work on all three at once to help bring back structural integrity to your body in a safe and gentle way.
At YogaBellies for Mum and Baby, we don’t “put baby in the corner” . Our exclusive post natal classes also incorporate baby yoga postures for your little one too so that they can practice with mummy! As every aspect of your life will include your baby, we help you integrate your baby into your yoga practice, while feeling the benefits of yoga for you too.
You will also learn breath awareness and relaxation techniques, which help to increase energy levels and allow you to relax while with baby (yes it is possible!!)
Yoga provides a wonderful resource for you and your baby that allows you to deal positively with stress, and encourage mindful relaxation in your role as a mother and to help gently guide the body and mind back to their former glory.
YogaBellies® classes are entirely unique and our class formula means that 86% of our class attendees have never set foot in a yoga class before. We make sure our classes are non-scary, non-threatening, welcoming and open to all levels of practitioner as YogaBellies classes are accessible to everyone. No experience is necessary and no matter your birth experience, we can help you and baby safely and comfortably progress at your own pace.
For a ‘normal’ (we don’t like that word) birth, we recommend at least 6 weeks after the birth. If you have had a caesarean section, then we recommend 8-10 weeks. As always, the most important thing is to listen to your body, if you are in any pain or discomfort, just wait a few weeks.
During the class there is no pressure for you or baby to do anything that’s uncomfortable and there’s no need to have any yoga experience either. Our classes are suitable for all levels of yoga practice.
Classes are on a Monday at 10.45am at Barefoot Yoga Studio on Harborne High street and on a Wednesday at 10.30am at The Community Hub, Sycamore Road Bournville(with time afterwards for a cup of tea and a chat with other mummies).
Classes are booked in blocks of 6 in advance. The cost of your course includes a super duper YogaBellies Mummy Pack, customized for the class you are attending including a tote bag, and emailed downloadable pack with sequences to try at home and much more. You are not just booking a class, but a full course. I’m afraid that I don’t have drop ins at the classes as each forms part of a ‘yoga journey’ and to feel the benefits, you must continue your practice for a number of weeks. I also keep the group small so that the mummies and babies all have the chance to get to know each other. Real friendships are made.
A typical class includes baby stretches to take small bodies through a full range of movement which often astonishes (and inspires) their mums including incorporating baby massage; breathing and focused yoga postures for the mums, and postures-for-two to give mums and babies new ways to relate to each other. For mummies, we focus on gently working the abdominal muscles, slowly getting mummy back to pre-baby shape and helping to build strength, stamina and fitness.
Please don’t worry if your baby cries or needs feeding. The class is very much baby led and you are free to see to them as and when you wish. Each class is very supportive and friendly.
£60 for 6 week block