Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth Course

BOOKINGS OPEN NOW FOR TERM 3: BEGINS JULY 12th

Matri yoga prenatal courses are designed to support you – body, mind and spirit – throughout your pregnancy and empower you towards having the birth you envision. They are suitable for absolute beginners through to more experienced yoginis. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Yoga Asana: practice a blend of gentle warm ups, more dynamic flows (vinyasa) and held postures that balance openness with strength and stamina, help you feel capable and comfortable in your changing body and connected to/supported by the earth.

Breathing: harness your energy through breath and awareness. There is no surefire, one-size-fits-all breathing “technique” for labour, but through becoming intimate with your own breath, you will find that you have an incredible anchor and ally in your birthing journey.

Visualisation and Vocalisation: learn powerful yoga-based tools to help you stay focused and work with the intensity in labour.

Relaxation: embrace the healing power of deep rest. Plus discover comfortable, supported positions in which to practice your extremely important nana naps!

Meditation: letting go of expectations about how things should be and instead becoming open to fully experiencing what actually is sounds simple but takes practice too. This is a cornerstone of contemplative practices and can become a vital tool during pregnancy and labour as we surrender to what is unfolding.

We will also explore: how using yoga helps prepare for an active birth, learn about our pelvic floor health and integrity, and explore potential active birth positions and movements.

Plus we will discover how yoga may offer support* in managing common pregnancy-related complaints eg morning sickness, cramping, sciatic pain, insomnia, pelvic instability, pelvic floor issues, lower back pain, circulation, depression and anxiety etc

(*None of this should be seen as a replacement for advice given by medical professionals… )

Please be aware that whilst there will most certainly be moments of physical challenge, Matri Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth is NOT specifically an exercise class. If you are looking to maintain a level of physical fitness I highly recommend you find complementary ways to move your body on a daily basis eg swimming, walking, dancing etc

TERM 3 IN_PERSON COURSES
PRENATAL YOGA
Monday Nights
Geelong City Yoga
46 Malop Street
6 – 7.15pm
YOGA FOR PREGNANCY & BIRTH
Tuesday Nights
The Birth House
112 McKillop Street
5.30 – 6.45pm
and 7pm – 8.15pm
All courses $250 for ten weeks


A FEW MORE TECHNICAL DETAILS:

You can choose between 2 nights/venues for face to face courses:

Mondays at 6pm at Geelong City Yoga

or

Tuesdays at either 5.30pm or 7pm at The Birth House

The GEELONG CITY YOGA classes will be slightly more dynamic than the BIRTH HOUSE classes but will still offer a complete prenatal yoga practice – that is: all the relaxation, breathing, mindfulness etc but with a *few* more challenging moments, strengtheners and/or standing poses. These classes are still suitable for women at all stages of pregnancy and all levels of yoga experience. A basic level of fitness would be beneficial.

I have many years of experience at catering to students (in both prenatal and general yoga classes) with a variety of abilities, ages, stages, injuries etc etc so can absolutely include YOU in whichever class you choose to come to! However, if you are unsure which class to enrol in – please get in touch.

I am currently not offering regular Online Zoom classes however – like so many teachers – I am geared up to do so! In the event of any COVID related issues or lockdowns my classes transition to zoom (please read T+Cs when booking in)


Kate reminds me every week of the power of my mind, body and soul – and the breath that connects them. She creates a really special space where we connect with other people in the class, release where we are at and then move into a practice, that strengthens and guides. My baby, my body and myself have all gained in huge ways from being part of the classes. I feel a real sense of community in Kates classes.

She is an amazing teacher, a fun person and so rich in knowledge of bodies, babies and birth!” (Jess, 28/08/20)

NB: If you are new to yoga or feeling a bit rusty, I am also available to do one-to-one sessions at a time that suits us both. Either in person or via zoom. This provides the opportunity to chat a bit more about what you would like to get out of the practice and get you up to speed with anything you are unsure about. I am also available to consult with more experienced yoginis who might be interested in learning how to adapt/modify more challenging practices for pregnancy.