NEWSFLASH! after booking out this term’s face to face classes at The BirthHouse I am pleased to announce a new 6 week prenatal yoga course starting on Monday 22nd Feb at Geelong City Yoga.
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, and help you feel comfortable in your changing body.
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 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, explore potential active birth positions and movements. Plus we will discover how yoga offers support* in managing common pregnancy-related complaints eg morning sickness, cramping, sciatic pain, insomnia, pelvic instability, lower back pain, circulation issues, depression and anxiety etc
(*None of this should be seen as a replacement for advice given by medical professionals… )
|In-Person Course||On-line Course|
|CLASS:||Mon 6.30 – 7.45pm||Wed 7pm AEST|
|DATES:||22nd Feb – 29th March *||3rd Feb – 31st March *|
|VENUE:||Geelong City Yoga, 46 Malop st||ZOOM|
|COST:||$150 for 6 weeks||$170 for 9 weeks|
|OR:||(sorry no casual rate|
for in-person classes
at this time)
|$20 casual per week |
(only for those nearing
the end of their pregnancy)
* PLUS: optional zoom catch ups for all students: at 7pm on the following Thursdays 11 Feb, 4 March, 25 March
** Matriyoga prenatal classes for pregnancy and birth are suitable for any stage of pregnancy, however if you have any concerns please speak to your midwife/doctor or get in touch through matriyoga’s contact page. Some students do prefer to wait until their second trimester especially if they are new to yoga or have had any previous issues
A FEW MORE DETAILS ON HOW IT WILL WORK:
You can choose between live classes
(a 2nd course is now happening on Monday Evenings at Geelong City Yoga at 6.30pm from 22nd Feb,
>>since the Tuesday Birth House classes are currently booked out)
OR Online Zoom classes on Wednesday evenings at 7pm
Both options include an invitation to attend a combined zoom session (approx 1 hour duration and held every 3 weeks on a Thursday – see table above for dates) which will give us a chance to meet as a group, share a bit more about ourselves and how we are travelling. These sessions will also include time to explore a few more pregnancy-friendly mindfulness and breathing practices. Plus the opportunity to ask questions or unpack anything we’ve been learning throughout the course.
The in-person classes will allow for more personal guidance…. and the long awaited experience of actually practising together in a space!!! However due to restrictions on class size due to COVID regulations, our live groups will have to be kept very small. This is reflected in the pricing of these sessions.
- If you have to miss an in-person session due to illness you are welcome to attend the zoom session on the Wednesday evening.
- If you are booked into the zoom course and miss a week, a recording of the session will be made available for you to rewatch by request.
- If an in-person week has to be cancelled in the case of my illness (or if any Victorian regulations change) … a zoom class will replace it and you will receive a credit for the extra fee you have paid to attend live classes.
>> I have done my best here to cover my bases in trying to offer options/back up plans that suit everyone!! Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
“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 (in my own home – thanks online classes!) 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.
Even though I’ve not met anyone else in person, 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.