Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth Course

TERM 2 ‘LATE START’ 6 WEEK COURSE: STARTS 7PM TUES 11/05

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

IN_PERSON COURSES
Monday NightsTuesday Nights
Geelong City Yoga
46 Malop Street
The Birth House
112 McKillop Street
6 – 7.15pm5.30 – 6.45pm from 20th April (9 weeks)
19th April – 21st June
(no class public holidays)
*PLUS NEW LATE START COURSE
7pm – 8.15pm from 11th May (6 weeks)
$200 for 8 weeks$220 for 9 weeks, $150 for 6 weeks
ON_LINE COURSE
Wednesday Nights
ZOOM
6.45pm – 8.00pm AEST (please allow extra time on 1st week for settling in, intro etc)
21st April – 26th May
$110 for 6 weeks

* 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.

A FEW MORE TECHNICAL DETAILS:

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

Mondays at 6pm at Geelong City Yoga (Term 2 is 8 weeks due to public holidays)

or

Tuesdays at either 5.30pm The Birth House (9 week course)

Plus added 6 week course: Tuesdays at 7pm The Birth House (starts may 11th)

The GEELONG CITY YOGA classes will be marginally 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 also still offering Online Zoom classes on Wednesday evenings at 6.45pm

Due to ongoing restrictions on in-person class size due to COVID regulations, our group numbers have to be kept 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 the course is running.
  • If an in-person week needs to be cancelled in the case of my illness (or if any Victorian COVID regulations change) … a zoom class will replace it.
  • 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.

>> 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 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.