PREGNANCY YOGA CLASSES IN CARDIFF
Gentle Pregnancy Yoga Classes to support you through your pregnancy, labour and birth at Om Studio
Yoga is perfect for pregnancy. Its all about time for you and your baby and doing things that will benefit you both whilst making your transition period easier and enjoyable. It is a time to look after your body, make it strong and enable it to relax so that it can cope with all the changes ahead. You will find yoga will help you breathe better and increase your lung capacity which is extremely useful especially when the baby grows and pushes on the lungs. Your posture will improve and your back will strengthen to help with carrying the extra front load. Your muscles around the abdomen and pelvis will be prepared and strengthened and most importantly you will have control over the diaphragmatic muscle which is the muscle we need to engage when pushing the baby out. You will find that by attending yoga classes you will be in a better position to focus with clarity and prepare yourself emotionally by giving yourself confidence in both you and your body.
This pregnancy class is a gentle class suitable for any stage of pregnancy. We will be focusing on breathing, stretching and relaxation. Breathing is the key to working with your body and your contractions to enable you to confidently bring your baby into the world. Pregnancy and birth are all normal stages of life and what better way to experience it by feeling prepared and being present, ready to embrace this natural and magical process.
Kalavathi has studied Pregnancy Yoga in London with the Birthlight Trust and has had 2 children herself where Yoga supported and prepared her enabling to cope with the whole process of pregnancy and birth. She had a C-Section for her first child which was followed by a home birth for her second. Not everything goes to plan as Kalavathi knows but what we can dois learn from the experiences. In addition to her own 2 children, Kalavathi also has lots of Yoga babies as she has supported numerous yoga students through their pregnancies since 2000.
This class is paid for in blocks of 5 weeks. This has been done in this way to enable everyone to get the maximum benefit from the classes. Not only will you be guaranteed a place when you walk through the door, but it will help keep you regular which means you will get more benefit out of the classes. You would not notice the benefit by just attending one class. Key to this class is the support group that you will be nurtured by. You will see the same faces each time that you come and so there will always be a familiar face you are comfortable with going through the same process as yourself. As you get closer to your due date we will work out the block booking to fit in with you. We always have a lovely friendly group – do come and join us.
We have 2 Pregnancy Classes: both require booking
Tuesdays 6pm-7.15 pm
Thursdays 7.30-8.45 pm
£35 payable in 5 week blocks
Please give Kalavathi a ring or send her an email for more information or to book your place. To reserve a place we ask for a £15 deposit.
If you feel you need to try a class out beforehand feel free to turn up to one of our drop in classes but please be sure to tell us you are pregnant. We do not do trials in our closed groups. This is becasue we like to have the same people there each week so that everyone gets to know each other without the disruption of various people coming and going.
If you are employed and will find it hard to get to this class due to the timing then please keep reading….. You are entitled to time off work for antenatal and relaxation classes – this includes this Pregnancy Yoga birth preparation class. For more information on your employers legal obligation to allow you time to attend class please see here: http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/03.htm
Following on from Pregnancy Yoga is the Mums and Baby Yoga class. This is a great opportunity to get back into a gentle exercise practice with the benefit of being to bring your baby along. You will get to meet up with lots of other mums and babies in a very relaxed supportive environment, many of whom will have been through the Pregnancy Yoga. Full information can be found on the Mums and Baby Yoga page.
When I moved to Cardiff I unfortunately didn’t find a Yoga class that suited the kind of Yoga I like; classical style with emphasis on all aspects of yoga, not just postures/asanas and I missed the sometimes thrice weekly classes I had been taking in my home town. When I became pregnant however I decided I needed to bring yoga back into my life to help me through this major life change with an element of peace as I am inherently a rather stressy person! I wish I’d known Kalavathi’s studio way before I was pregnant! The pregnancy class is simple and effective, focusing in on health and peace for the women and preparation for birth. The balance of posture work, breathing and relaxation is just right and the studio became my weekly ‘go-to’ place for calm and focus. Kalavathi’s kind nature made me feel welcome and safe in her classes. I was able to use what I had learnt with her during my birthing experience and it was invaluable in keeping me focused and relaxed. It was with no hesitation therefore that I jumped at the chance to join her Mums and Babies class once my little one had arrived. This class is again my ‘go-to’ for an hour or so of uninterrupted time with my baby. Kalavathi works intuitively with the mood of the class each week so if the babies aren’t feeling like lying down then we get up and if they feel like sitting, we sit! I appreciate this approach to a baby class as it takes the stress out of trying to get your baby to conform to something they might not feel like doing! My little one seems to enjoy the class and I know I continue to get the yoga benefit I had enjoyed in Kalavathi’s pregnancy class. On a further note, I have met some lovely women through the classes to share the pregnancy and motherhood journey with and this has been encouraged my Kalavathi who even set up a ‘Bumps and Babies’ Facebook group for us all to keep in touch. She is creating a lovely yoga community. Well done!
I attended The ‘Om Studio Bumps and Babies classes’ throughout my pregnancy and have gone along to the ‘Mums and Babies’ class since my daughter was a few weeks old. The pregnancy yoga equipped me with tools and techniques to assist me through my labour. The breathing and relaxation helped me focus and feel more in control. The ‘mums and babies” class provides a space where I can connect with my baby and benefit from some gentle movements and breathing. Both classes were also great for socialising with other mum’s to be, and then mum’s. I also love watching our little ones engaging and interacting with each other, great for their social development!
I really enjoyed the Pregnancy yoga classes and found the breathing exercises, stretching and relaxation very beneficial. It’s also a lovely way to meet other mum’s to be.
I am loving the relaxation benefits of the prenatal yoga classes by Kalavathi. I have been attending since 14 weeks pregnant and am now nearly 39 weeks. I really look forward to the weekly class of self reflection and the opportunity to connect with my unborn baby. Its also a great opportunity to meet other expecting mums. I will miss these classes when the baby arrives but look forward to joining the mums and baby group. Thank you Kalavathi for giving me this time to truly enjoy my pregnancy and giving me preparation techniques for the journey of labour. Magical times ahead.
Jeremy is an excellent yoga teacher. His teaching style puts you immediately at ease, and he offers practical suggestions and solutions for any health concerns. I attended Jeremy’s classes throughout my pregnancy and felt huge benefits in attending. As well as improving my flexibility and core strength, it helped me to relax and learn to listen to my body’s needs. It also improved my sleeping – much needed in the final trimester! I would certainly recommend Jeremy’s yoga classes – for pregnant and non-pregnant people alike!