Especially for new mothers and pre crawling babies.
Weekly classes offer staged, appropriate restorative practices with attention given to recovery of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles as well as relieving tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck as mothers adjust to life with a newborn. Relaxation and breathing practices offer mothers ways in which to calm and connect with themselves and their babies. The classes are informal, friendly and safe spaces in which to enjoy time with other mothers of newborns and where each woman can relax and be themselves whatever their experience week to week.
Women who have clearance from their doctor or other health professional can usually begin:
- from about 6 weeks after giving birth, OR
- from 8-12 weeks following a caesarean birth depending on recovery
All yoga equipment is provided. Mothers just need to come with their baby (or babies), a blanket/cloth for your baby to lie on next to your mat and toys or comforters your baby enjoys.
If your baby needs you during class, you can feed, change or settle your baby as needed. Each mother starts, stops and joins in the class again as she can. Postnatal yoga is a very relaxed space and everyone understands the needs of babies and mothers!
NOTE: If you have any conditions relating to your birth or pregnancy eg. ongoing pelvic girdle pain, diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) or other complications, then please discuss this with the teacher before enrolling as you may be advised to seek more specific treatments with appropriate therapists before joining a group yoga session.