Sunday 29th December, 4-6pm at the brand new Studio behind the new Green Room cafe bar (next to small Sainsburys, East St, N Abbot)
This is a chance to take time out of the festive overload, to reflect, reset and rest deeply.
1 hour of more active asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, (postures, breathing, and the other elements of hatha yoga), followed by an hour of restorative yoga (very easeful poses held for longer supported by lots of props and wrapped in a blanket!)and deep relaxation with yoga nidra.
Advance ticket £15, last minute ticket £20; booking essential via Eventbrite:
I am hugely excited that my classes will be restarting in January at the beautiful, brand new Studio behind the new Green Room cafe bar on East St, Newton Abbot.
I have dreamed of a lovely venue next to a cafe for a long time and here it is!
Full timetable will be posted v soon. Classes restart Thrs 2nd Jan ( Thursday pregnancy yoga only) and thenWeds 8th Jan ( all other classes)
I am qualified and insured to teach 11-18 year olds and can offer yoga sessions or courses for children and young people within your school, youth, dance or sporting setting. These can be taster sessions, or can be focused on a specific goal such as reducing exam stress levels, promoting flexibility, learning meditation skills.
Why choose me to teach your young people yoga?
Please contact me for bookings and additional information
6 week course Mondays 11th Nov – 16th Dec
Book for this course: email me email@example.com
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These courses are really popular , I believe because they offer something unique amongst all the activities available for babies these days! A combination of the Birthlight approach to gentle parenting, my massage background, and my training as a British Wheel of Yoga teacher, means that I am uniquely able to guide the sessions to meet both Mums’ and babies needs.
My philosophy: You already have everything that your baby needs for optimum development: for sensory stimulation, we are beautifully designed to both stimulate our babies with our rhythmic voice, breath and movement; and to notice when they are overstimulated and provide the appropriate response! Connected and responsive parenting is at the heart of this approach. No external stimulus can possibly replace or better this! It is so joyful to see your baby’s response when you sing to them, do an action rhyme together, use yoga breathing and sounding, or move over them or with them! There are so many ways to do these things within the classes, and you will develop a toolkit of things to try at home to brighten your days together!
I have taught Mum and baby yoga for 9 years, Baby Nurture for 5 years, and I am a trainee course tutor for Birthlight (delivering the training for new teachers).
When i receive your booking I will send out an info sheet with directions, what to bring etc .
For any other enquiries contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
@X10 Fitness, Kingsteignton
This class is suitable for women who are around 14- 41 weeks pregnant! NO yoga experience is necessary. Pregnancy is a magical time to discover yoga; learn to feel at home and comfortable in your body and with your breath, relax deeply, feel part of a supportive circle of other women, and find both your power and your softness in this incredible pregnant body! Click here for more info. Email me to book and an info sheet will be sent to you (including how to find venue, what to bring etc). I also run birth preparation sessions for you and your birth partner. Next date 20th Oct: click here for more info
2019’s timetable is now up! There are yoga classes for newborns, babies, tots and toddlers, pregnancy, and adults.
Venues are around Newton Abbot: Ogwell, Kingsteignton and Bovey Tracey. Click on the menus and timetable for more info.
I hope to see you on the mat very soon!
Happy New Year
Wishing you a very Happy New Year and a great 2019!
I have been busy over the festive break, changing my name from “Jess Yoga and Wellness” to “Jai Mā Yoga”, finding new venues and times for all classes, and even having a bit of family and chill time!!
The new name is to mark my finishing my British Wheel of Yoga 300 hour yoga teaching certificate. Jai Mā is Sanskrit for , roughly translated, “in praise of the Universal Mother!”. (There is never just one interpretation of Sanskrit.) This actually refers to Mothers in a broad sense , so the archetype of the Divine Mother , Mother Earth, and actual Mothers and Mothers – to- be, who I particularly love to work with!
So, I am very pleased to publish my new timetable and newly updated website, and share the new venues for my classes, X10 fitness in Kingsteignton and Pretzel Studio in Bovey Tracey! Click on the meus for more info.
I have two spaces left on this Sunday’s workshop, 10am-1pm at King St Studios, Newton Abbot. This is a lovely, flowing, easeful yoga style suitable for women at all stages of life. You are welcome if you are pregnant/ postsnatal/ perimenopausal/ looking to conceive, and I aim for you to come away feeling inspired and more balanced! We will focus on pelvic floor awareness and gentle abdominal toning; practices that cultivate Shakti (female energy); pair work to get a great stretch and feel supported by a partner; and blissful restorative poses where we stay in one position for around 7 minutes just letting the weight of the body sink into the earth and receiving deep rest.
There will be tea and homemade vegan cake to finish, with a chance to chat.
£25. Book via email@example.com or call me 07707297316
Is now 7-8.30pm. Still at King St Studios, N Abbot. All welcome 💛🕉
I am on the verge of stopping all my regular classes for the summer holidays. There will be other things happening though!
Baby Massage : I am running three taster/ top up days on:
Tues 31st July 11.30am-1pm
Thurs 16th Aug 11am-12.30pm
Tues 21st Aug 11-12.30
These are for anyone with a not-yet crawling baby who would like to try some baby massage, or top up with some extra learning perhaps on a part that you missed in the course that you did, or with ideas for progressing the massage now your baby is a little older. £9. Prebooked. Come to one , or more. email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Well Woman Yoga:
A lovely, enjoyable, nourishing form of yoga, inspired by my recent training with Francoise Freedman of Birthlight. Flow, stretch, blossom, connect with your pelvic floor and inner strength, let go, feel supported. Absolutely open to all women at all stages of life: First menstruation to post-menopause. A 2 hour workshop at King St Studios, Newton Abbot on Tues 31st July 7-9pm. £18.Contact me to book/more info.
Blissful Bumps Pregnancy yoga workshop:
One space remaining: Sat 18th Aug 3-5pm £15
I will be found at the beginning of the Summer holidays at Sundara Festival, working in the kids area, and at Santosa Living Yoga and Bhakti camp at the end of the holidays, offering massage and teaching yoga to the smallest campers! I recommend either of these as a way of delving deeper into the many forms of yoga there are, as well as dance, singing, spirituality, holistic therapies and bodywork, and just plain old fun and connection. Oh and the best hot outdoor shower ever, overlooking Glastonbury Tor!
This is a lovely video made by the School of Bodywork, featuring me talking about the Indian Head massage course I teach there, and below check me out in action giving, and talking through, an Indian Head Massage. It is lovely : suitable for anyone , very accessible if someone is nervous or doesn’t want to get undressed. It is, as I say here, an upper body massage rather than just the head. See ;massage’- ‘treatments and prices’ tab for more info.
Next course at the School of Bodywork will be in early 2019!
This one is for you if you have, or think you may have an abdominal separation ( diastasis recti)/ pelvic floor issues/ a feeling that something just isn’t fitting back together post giving birth!
Space v limited so let me know soon if you are interested.
I have new courses in Newton Abbot of :
💛 Postnatal recovery and baby massage
💛 Mum and baby yoga
💛 Toddler yoga
starting this April, and ongoing Sunday classes:
💛 Pregnancy Yoga
💛 Open Yoga
I will be scheduling a Mums’ mini retreat soon, and a postnatal recovery yoga extended class focusing on healing pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
I’d love to hear from you if you can’t find what you are looking for on here!
Yoga: The Sunday sessions is my weekly open class. Suitable for anyone (over the age of 16) who wants to get peaceful, feel great in their body , and start their week on a high 🙂 Includes slower, restorative practices for quieting the mind and awakening deeper wisdom, as well as stronger, flowing yoga which will raise your heart rate and strengthen you from within. Balances and inversions are worked towards in a way that starts where you are at but challenges you to explore what your body can do! Anyone can benefit from these postures with the right guidance and props!
Drop in rate £9. Prebooked block rate £7.50.
Classes for the smallest students ( Mum and baby yoga, toddler yoga) are now on a two week break for Easter. We restart on Tues 10th April ’18 and there are a small number of places left on both classes ( Toddler yoga 10-10.45am, Mum and baby 11-12.30)
The next postnatal recovery and baby massage course ( for babies aged around 2 -12 weeks) – starts on the 10th May. This is a 5 week course.
Pregnancy yoga continues ( except Easter Sunday 1st April), Sundays 5-6.45pm. Prebook a taster session/ block of 7 classes. ( shorter blocks are possible if you are near the end of your pregnancy!)
Family Yoga: sorry but this monthly class is taking a break until i finish my studies in December ’18. I will also be taking it to a couple of festivals in the Summer holidays!
Mums’ mini yoga retreats: next date for a Saturday Spring mini retreat TBC soon. These cost £25 (3 hour session with tea and cake!)
I am very happy to have finalised my timetable for January, offering yoga for every stage in life!
Toddler yoga 10-10.45am
Mum and baby yoga 11.15-12.30pm
Private sessions at Mama Bears Nursery, Queens Drive, Paignton.
Postnatal recovery and baby massage 11am-12.15pm
Private baby yoga session at Humpty Dumpty’s nursery, Newton Abbot
Mini yoga retreat Sat 20th Jan 1.30-4.30pm
Pregnancy Yoga 5-6.45pm
Yoga- The Sunday sessions- 7.15-8.45pm ( Open yoga class)
FOR MORE DETAILS SEE THE TABS ON EACH CLASS . Namaste 🙏🏻💜❤️💚💛🕉
Toddlers love yoga! In fact they already know how to ‘do’ yoga! They are wonderful at exploring their physicality, And have a sense of fun and adventure built-in! Yoga harnesses their natural playfulness and flexibility, their ability to copy, and their desire to do things ” all by myself!”; using their love of rhythm and rhyme , we throw in songs and verses to engage them and help them remember; and knowing that they still need to come back to their grownup for cuddles, and that they cant resist climbing on them while they are in a yoga pose, we keep Mums/Dads/carers yoga-ing while their Tot might be off investigating the room; we repeat fun and challenging elements like inversions on grownups backs, butterfly swings, or zooming to the moon, so even a cautious Tot will decide to try them when they are ready; and we always end up with a lovely relaxation under the imaginary tree: “all the children are having a rest, under the Tree, under the Tree../ all the mummies/ all the daddies.” And yes, even the busiest bee will lie down with their grownup /under a sparkly blanket with a comfy cushion when they see everyone else doing it too!
Toddler and preschooler Yoga:
4 wk courses running 10-10.45am Tuesdays at King St Studios, Newton Abbot.. £6.50 per week prebooked. Please ask for dates of current course.
This class is suitable from around 1 to 4 yrs.
For those learning to walk steadily yoga can help them develop balance and coordination and a sheer love of movement! After about 18 months/ 2 yrs copying starts to emerge and toddlers can do lovely balancing, stretching , rolling and resting on their own, as well as playing with their grownup to run, skip, fly, skydive , and practice steady landings!
It is great if you have more than one Tot; we can incorporate smaller babies too if you want to bring your baby and toddler together.For younger toddlers, copying is often delayed.. they might show you their yoga later at home after class!
You dont need any yoga experience, you dont need to be bendy! Equally, if you have done yoga before it will give you some ideas for reintroducing it into your life with your Tot! (:
I also offer 1:1 tuition, bespoke sessions for groups, and fun yoga – based birthday parties for 0-4 yr olds; prices on request .
I am currently teaching weekly preschool yoga at Mama Bears Nursery, Queens Drive, Paignton. I taught yoga at Skylarks nursery from 2014-2015
Please enquire about preschool/ nursery yoga. Jessyogawellness@icloud.com 07707297316
Yoga is the perfect companion on the journey of Mothering! Befriending your breath means you will have the best tool for calming yourself and your baby , and delighting them too! any time you need it! Feeling nourished, more open, and stronger from within, will help you enjoy what can be a tiring and challenging year! Mums say they leave feeling great and the class is the highlight of their week!
Doing baby yoga not only lays the foundations for babies’ healthy physical and emotional development; it enhances life with your baby by teaching you techniques for safe, relaxed holding and picking up, soothing a crying baby, being playful together and relaxing together. Babies love yoga! They often seem to ‘ open out’ as they do their yoga, and it can really help to reduce frustration when they are trying to roll, sit, crawl, slide and generally wriggle around! Yoga is gentle, respectful, loving and nurturing touch: we start with massage, songs and rhymes to engage them , and move on to fun stretches, balances, inversions and sequences that will delight them! Then they get to have a lovely cuddle on you as we do a walking relaxation and , usually, finish off lying down or sitting quietly while you share your calm!
I have been using baby yoga techniques and exercises with my Tots since they were tiny, and have been teaching Birthlight baby yoga since Jan 2011. I love it and i love sharing it!
You dont need any yoga experience, you dont need to be bendy! Equally, if you have done yoga before it will give you some ideas for reintroducing it into your life as a Mum (:
Mum and Baby Yoga classes:
Tuesdays 11am-12.15pm and Thursdays 10.30-11.45am
King St Studios , Newton Abbot
Suitable for babies moving on from my postnatal recovery and baby massage classes /from around 12 weeks, to approx 10 months.
For Mums there are lots of stretches, breathing practices and tips for lifting, carrying and soothing babies without strain. Baby yoga includes Mum moving baby’s body into mini yoga positions , and using her own body to support baby in flying, rolling and going upside down! All fantastic for their development. A precious pause in your week to explore and enjoy movement, songs and relaxation with your little one, and to meet other Mums.
Classes At King St Studios in NEWTON ABBOT
£18 for a 2 week taster/ £54 for a 6 week block ( dates can be prebooked off , eg for holidays/appointments) Please contact me on email@example.com or 07707297316 to book / for more info. An info sheet including directions, parking info, etc will be sent to you when you enquire.
I also offer 1:1 tuition and bespoke sessions for groups, on request .
The first three months after birth are often referred to as the ‘ fourth trimester’, as babies need to remain close to their Mothers and require a nurturing, safe, low stimulation environment to ease the transition from womb to world! For Mamas, this is a time of enourmous change, physical and emotional demands, and the need for nurture and rest is huge.
Postnatal recovery is yoga specially adapted to the first 3 months of Motherhood: deeply nourishing, relaxing and focused on realigning , and arriving in this new, post- natal body!
Baby Massage is about loving touch, enhancing development, and creating special time for bonding between parent and baby from very early on in life.
A 5 week course gives you the opportunity to learn to massage your baby, and look after yourself too. When we feel grounded, safe and rested, we can enjoy our babies! Happy Mama: happy baby (:
£45 for a 5 week course. Contact me to book.
Jess 07707297316/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Suitable for babies aged from around 3 to 10 weeks at the start of the course. ( Babies can be massaged from birth, but the class environment may be over stimulating for a newborn. )
Birthlight Baby Massage offers more than other baby massage classes as it includes elements of baby yoga such as gentle hip sequence movements which helps to ease digestion, and holds that can soothe and settle babies. For Mums there are gentle stretches, energising and relaxing breathing practices and yoga – informed practices of lifting, carrying and soothing babies without strain. Class ends with a quiet relaxation which will recharge you for the rest of the day, and of course there is a chance to meet other Mums of very young babies in a small and nurturing group.
An info sheet including directions, parking info, etc will be sent to you when you book.
I also offer 1:1 or 1:2 tuition ( gift vouchers available) and bespoke sessions for groups, on request .
It’s been a while since i have run a weekly toddler class, and I will be doing this as a short block of 4 sessions: enough time to give you the tools to practice with your toddler at home, for example learning some songs and rhymes to massage and yoga- to! , starting to work on some acrobatic moves together, and helping your toddler with their balance, coordination and patience!
10-10.45am, Tuesdays from 27th June-18th July. £7 , booked in advance in a block of 4 ( if you will eg be away you can book for less weeks)
If youd like more info/ to book, Contact me email@example.com for an info sheet and i will send a paypal invoice when you confirm.
After searching for the right training programme for a good few years, I am pleased as punch to say that I will , as of 24th June 2017, be a student of Tara Fraser, under the British Wheel of yoga, studying for a 300 hour yoga teaching Certificate.
This means i can practice teaching generic yoga classes whilst on the course. (I have already been teaching yoga for 7 years but only to specific groups: Mums and babies, etc)
I feel utterly ready and very happy to be able to offer this and already have a lovely long list of people who have expressed an interest in coming!
The style of yoga will be a mixed bag of hatha yoga; a mixture of what i have been learning and practicing myself for the last 18 years, ( influences too many to mention! I enjoy a more challenging practice at times, love an uplifting piece of music or two , and I also love slower, mindful, relaxing and grounding yoga) ..plus what i learn from Tara, and what i already teach ( a gentle style focusing on inner stability and with lots of restorative practices)
This class will be open to anyone over the age of 13 yrs.
Drop in price £9 per session, £7.50 if booked in advance as a block of 6 ( you have 8 weeks to use it)
I look forward to yoga- ing with you 🙏🏻🌈🌞🕉
I am finally getting the chance to update my website, changing it’s look and most importantly, name! In January I changed my business name from Treetots Yoga to Jess Yoga and Wellness, to reflect the increasing amount of my work which is not just about babies. However! babies still feature very heavily so do not worry! I hope you like the new look and feel (;
I am running what will be the third Mums yoga workshop at King St studios, 2-4.30pm on Sun 9th Oct. Cost is £20 including tea and homemade vegan cake!
You can expect a specially tailored yoga practice which will deepen your understanding of your postnatal body and enable you to try some more challenging new poses safely.
Some pair work will allow you to feel supported into a really good stretch, and some sound and flowing mudra work will nourish your feminine energy.
Enjoy a deeply relaxing end to the class with plenty of comfy props, followed my tea and cake.
Suitable for women who are between 6 months and 5 years postnatal ( approx: contact me to discuss.)
I will be running the following workshops over the Next few weeks: Weekday classes have now stopped until Sept ( see the post below for dates and times for Sept)
Pregnancy yoga is running on Sundays throughout, but NOT on 28th Aug.
Sat 13th Aug: 2-4.30pm: Mini Yoga Retreat for Mums. Suitable for Mums from 3 months to 5 years post natal, this will be a chance to come along without your little one/s and enjoy an energising, grounding yoga practice including some fun pair stretches and massage, followed by an extra long, blissful relaxation with plenty of comfy props! Time for chat over tea and homemade vegan cake at the end. £20 . Advance booking via firstname.lastname@example.org ( Jess) x
Sun 9th Oct: Birth preparation workshop for couples, in partnership with Donna Sparkes.
Donna is an experienced Midwife who worked in New Zealand before raising her family back in the UK. I am really happy to be working with her to bring Mums and Dads -to -be , a yoga and antenatal birth preparation workshop which will help you feel more confident, calmer and give you a toolkit for an active , empowered labour and birth. Suitable for all birth choices. Times and price tbc. Register your interest via email@example.com / 07707297316 ( Jess)
I completed my Teenyoga ( http://www.teenyoga.co.uk) training course in Totnes in November 2015, with Helen Clare ( http://www.helenclareyoga.com)
I am now excited to be offering yoga in secondary schools in the Newton Abbot area.
I have a background in working with young people , and gained a postgraduate diploma in youth and community work ( Informal and Community Education) from St Martins College, Lancaster, in 2004.
I have managed and run youth projects : promoting sexual health, street based youth work and for young people with Aspergers Syndrome.
I moved away from this line of work when i had my children and trained to teach yoga to smaller people! I am very pleased to be returning to it through yoga, and look forward to using this incredibly powerful took to engage with young people aged 13-18 in schools and colleges.
Contact me to discuss any aspect of Treeteen Yoga. Treetotsyoga@me.com, 07707297316 ( Jessica)
I have just tutored my first group of massage therapists in Indian Head Massage at the School of Bodywork in Exeter ( http://www.schoolofbodywork.com)
12 qualified massage therapists were on the Diploma course, and the majority gained a Distinction in their practical exam, which i was very proud to witness! I loved passing on my passion for this wonderful treatment and hearing them comment how relaxing they found it to give as well as recieve.
The next course will be in Sept 2016.
There are spaces on both new courses coming uo in Newton Abbot ( starts Thurs 21st May, 12-1pm), and Totnes, ( starts Tues 9th June, 11.45am-12.45pm). Both are £35 for 5 weeks, suitable for age approx 3 weeks to 3 months.
Mum and baby yoga is more suitable if your baby is 10 weeks or more.
Contact me ASAP to book. See the menu above for more info.
I am really looking forward to teaching at Samasthiti Yoga, Newton Abbot’s first dedicated yoga studio. Treetots Mum and Baby yoga (3-10 mths old) starts there Thurs 16th April at 10.30-11.45am, and Treecalm baby massage (3 -12 wks old) 12-1pm. See the menu above for further details. Advance booking essential.
Really pleased to announce that Treetots will be arriving in my home town of Newton Abbot from Thurs 16th April! Treecalm baby massage for babies aged 3wks-3months , and Treetots Mum and Baby yoga ( for age approx 3- 10 months) will be on Thursday mornings. Time tbc soon. I hope to be able to offer toddler yoga as well in the not too distant future! Follow the blog, like the facebook page, follow me on twitter, for updates, or text/ whatsapp on 07707297316 to be put on the list to recieve further info. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces who couldnt make the Totnes days too! (:
There are currently 2 baby massage classes running, Weds 12.15-1.15pm, and Thurs 11.30am- 12.30pm. Next Thursday course starts 12th Feb, 11.30am- 12.30pm. These classes are for babies aged approx 4-12 weeks. Treetots Mum and Baby yoga is now at 10.30-11.45am Weds. There is no toddler yoga class running at the moment.
Looking forward to another term of lovely babies! (:
Over on the Treecalm and Treetots Facebook pages you will find an offer every day until Christmas Day! From discounts on massage for you to special rates for classes, there’s bound to be something to appeal! Pop along and like the page/s to stay up to date! http://www.facebook.com/Treetotsyoga http://www.facebook.com/Treecalmtherapies
The next baby massage course starts Dec 11th in Totnes ( there will be 2 sessions before the Christmas break then restarting Jan 7th). These sessions are for babies aged approx 4-12 weeks. They include some yoga-based holds, lifts and movements for babies, and stretches and relaxation for Mums. Birthlight baby massage includes simple, easy to learn strokes that are gentle and effective. Massage is ‘ Loving Touch’, a special time for Mum and baby to communicate and bond. The movements can help with digestive complaints and unexplained crying. Massage also benefits babies’ brain development, skin and muscle tone. A joint relaxation at the end leaves sleepy, happy babies and refreshed Mummies! I teach in a small group, in a lovely venue in the heart of Totnes. Previous attendees have said ” i really loved your teaching style, the group felt warm and nurturing” , and ” a really lovely and worthwhile activity to do with your baby”.
firstname.lastname@example.org 07707297316 to book.
I have now started a Friday morning clinic at Riviera Wellbeing in Paignton, situated in the town centre. Treatments on offer are Indian Head Massage ( express treatment from £28), pregnancy and post natal
massage, and baby massage tuition ( includes some baby yoga). Appointments btw 9am & 12.30. 01803 467444 to book, or for more info/enquiries contact me email@example.com 07707297316 or click on the menu above.
I am excited about starting my Friday clinic at Riviera Wellbeing, Paignton, ( http://www.rivierawellbeing.co.uk) where i will be able to offer 1:1 and small group baby massage tuition ( including some baby yoga), as well as pregnancy and post natal massage and Indian Head Massage. There is a great team at Riviera Wellbeing, headed up by Phoebe Bavin, a chiropractor who specialises in babies as well as pregnancy and post natal care!
Totnes baby massage classes start Thurs 11th Sept at Chapel House Studios, 11.30-12.30, £35 for 5 weeks. This will be a small group, for babies aged 4 weeks to 12/14 weeks. The class includes many extras like baby yoga moves, stretches and relaxation for Mums, and holding and lifting techniques. You will get much more than you would at any other baby massage class! (; contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book / 07707297316
One of the Hale mums asked me this morning “what are the benefits of baby yoga?”- a very good question that left me floundering in a sea of information and enthusiasm!! So, here goes:
Why baby yoga is brilliant: Reason 1!
For newborn- 3 mths, baby yoga helps establish good head control by giving you positions to hold them in to encourage the neck and back muscles to strengthen. This helps them later to learn to roll, sit , crawl,, and beyond!
Why Baby yoga is brilliant: Reason 2!:
For newborn plus, it eases digestive discomfort, eg. moves to release wind , strategies for soothing colic.
Why Baby yoga is brilliant: Reason 3!
The baby yoga approach (particularly the Birthlight approach) is to encourage babies to explore in 3d- offering enough physical support but allowing them to move themselves- eg the sways that we do…
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Any Mum with a young child will know it is a challenge to find time for yourself. Practicing yoga with your little one is a great way to enhance your wellbeing as well as having fun with them. Another way is to do some yoga with your baby in a sling/ wrap/ carrier! (Also known as babywearing).
Here are some top tips for Yoga while babywearing:
1. Follow the TICKS rules for safe babywearing. (Google it)
2. Use a quality sling that is adjusted perfectly for you. Get advice , eg from The Sling School Manchester (www.theslingschool.com). My personal preference is stretchy wraps and woven wraps; basically a long bit of (specialist) material which you wrap around your body and the baby. Fits perfectly, spreads baby’s weight evenly over your back and torso, and no sticky out bits to get in the way! Pictured above is the ‘Je porte mon…
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My latest arrival is Treecalm baby massage! Combining the Birthlight approach to baby massage with gentle stretches and relaxation for both parents and babies as well as tips and techniques for lifting, carrying and settling babies that will give you a precious toolkit for life with your new baby!
Massaging babies regularly can help parents bond with and enjoy their baby; ease colic, wind, constipation and crying in babies; and help babies sleep more deeply.
Baby massage home tuition ( birth to approx 5 months) available throughout South Devon.
Baby massage summer workshops:
Dads and babies workshop, Sat 26th July 10.30am, Totnes ( approx 4 weeks to 5 months)
Baby massage classes from Sept 2014 in Totnes and Ashburton.( day and time tbc) ( for babies age 0-4 months)
Spring is such a wonderful time! But does anyone else feel a sense of dread at the words ” spring cleaning”? As a busy Mum, i barely find time to do eseential cleaning ( ie slightly more than using baby wipes to swipe the worst bits…) , and i dont imagine my Tots would agree that spending a morning cleaning would be a priority over going to the beach, doing their new puzzle, playdough, etc etc…!
SO! I have a great alternative that may just clear enough negative energy for actual cleaning to become a possibility.. Or maybe not, but this way we focus on what we CAN do!
Try listing ( mentally or on paper) 3 things that feel ” stale” : 1. In your relationships / day to day routine 2. In your work ( which cd be parenting if you dont have paid work), and 3. In your home environment.
then find 3 easy, positive things you can do, within the next 24 hours, towards shifting this stale energy. Dont think too hard: go easy on yourself! And they must be stated with positive intention ( a Sankalpa in yoga terms), so no ” i will NOT or i will STOP, instead ” i will, or i AM ( better still!)
For example: 1. I always stay up too late on a sunday ( positive step: i am taking care of myself by having a bath and being in bed by 10.15pm) 2. I dont know why , but this project is not working. ( positive step: stop it for now and see what else emerges ) 3. I have a pile of toys/ papers/ dishes that never seems to shift! ( clear it now! Tackle 3 things within it and sort the rest into a drawer/ throw away.)
Now do them! (: ( let me know how you get on ) x
Before i had a baby i couldnt help wonder if all those people telling me ” just you wait” / ” you will never sleep again”/ ” you wont be able to do that any more” etc.. were right and i would have to give up my love for yoga, relaxation and meditation When i had a small person to care for Whose needs came above my own.
Happily, i have found that if i take care of my own wellbeing, pay attention to my breath, draw my focus inwards into my body instead of reacting to situations when they feel unsettled…magically, it has a positive effect on my children too.
I would like to share with you some lovely pics taken at one of my classes of Mums really relaxing with their babies. It makes me quite emotional when i see these.. If i have helped anyone to calm themselves and enjoy some moments of oneness with their baby, i am one happy teacher! (:(:
Treetots has relocated to Sunny South Devon! The Tots and I have been here for 2 weeks now ( I actually grew up here but have been in the North West for 20 yrs!)
I am currently researching the area, aiming to have classes for both babies and toddlers up and running in September. These will be in the Totnes / Ashburton / Newton Abbot area.
I am available straight away for massage : I specialise in Pregnancy and Postnatal ( New Mums) massage, (although i do massage for all grownups!) i work on a mobile basis so I come to you (: ideal if you have a bump or little person to work around, and you can just relax after your treatment. More info on the drop down menus above / text 07707297316 / email treetotsyoga@ me.com
Big changes are afoot! Treetots Yoga will be uprooting and moving to South Devon at the end of June.
Classes are still running as normal for now, and I am still taking massage bookings for this month.
Final class dates as follows:
Knutsford Toddlers and Babies: Weds 12th June. (Baby class moves to Tues 10am from 18th June with Sarah Clover of Breathing Space Yoga.
Hale Babies: Tues 25th June.
Sale Toddlers and babies: Fri 28th June.
Yours, Jessica x
A quick answer that will be relevant to most of the Mums who come to or are thinking of coming to my classes, is ANY amount of yoga can be hugely beneficial! If you can come once a week you will learn a lot, you will use some of it at home, and some of it may come to you at those times in the middle of a hard night with a teething baby, or a long wet afternoon with a tetchy 6 month old… And you will think- phew I’m glad i had that in my toolkit! I know this as Mums have told me so!
If you can come to class AND do a daily ten minute joint practice with your baby, you will both benefit massively! It’s amazing how even a few minutes pausing in your day to pay attention to your posture and breath, and to tune in to and delight your baby with your movements, song, voice and smile, can really perk up your day together.
With a toddler, ten minutes is quite a lot, and you may well find that their first reaction is “NO”!!, especially if you try and be too insistent about it! Better to slot in a few of the songs or individual poses when you can, so they don’t actually know they are doing yoga! Or maybe that’s just my rather independent minded little girl…..!
If you practice/ d yoga before having children, you may like me have wondered how you would keep up your practice alongside family life. It is generally hard to get out to a yoga class while you have a young baby, and I would say, probably not advisable while your baby is under 6 months anyway ( and needs caution ie tell the teacher you are postnatal, after that, I would say until baby is 1 year but much depends how your birth, and postnatal recovery has been.)
I didn’t get back to a class until my second baby was over a year, and with my first, attempted to get back to my regular class from when she was around 8 months on numerous occasions involving last minute dashes after breast feeding my baby to sleep, running past the babysitter out of the door and then getting there to find the class full, on one particularly memorable occasion! ( I think I actually cried in the leisure centre foyer!) I found with the my first that the frustration of feeling like I couldn’t get back to class and wondering when this would be possible, actually had a worse effect than the lack of uninterrupted practice! Soi tried to go easy on myself the second time, and had lower expectations anyway being on my own much of the time with two little ones. When I finally made it back to class it was sooooo worth it! I had a deep emotional release during ‘ saddle pose’ that took me back to giving birth, connected me with my changed, postnatal self, and brought me right back into the present. I have been to a couple more classes since then but the Saturday morning class I can sometimes get to clashes with a music class that my little ones love, and I have to say, that takes priority. I feel that the best way to practice is to have a home based practice, no matter how infrequent or ” chopped up” it has to be to fit around children’s needs and the need for sleep! Classes are the icing on the cake for me, really important to check in, to get inspiration and guidance from a teacher, but most important to have a foundation of connecting with your self on your own mat.
I do not do an asana practice every day. Sometimes I go a while week without a fuller practice; usually I do about half an hour if I’m lucky. But this works for me, it is better than nothing, and I try to live the principles of yoga , and to use my breath as an anchor, every day.
Last year I blogged about a ‘ home based yoga retreat’ over Easter weekend, and I am planning on doing the same thing this year, and to share with you how this is different now having two toddlers instead of a new baby and a toddler! Watch this space! How do you balance your practice with your parenting? Or are they part of the same thing?
Reposting this for Tracey (:
My baby boy was born on Wednesday 28/12/11 at 10.10am , weighing 7lb 2oz. He is my second baby , my little girl was born in March 2010.
I was 9 days over my EDD. I woke up at about 8am and said to my partner ‘Im going to be pregnant forever!’ as it felt like every night passing was another one with no labour starting!! Little did i know 2 hours later my boy would be in my arms!!
I went downstairs to make a brew and some strong Braxton Hicks then turned into some mild contractions; they were so gentle i thought they would go away again but i looked at the clock and timed 4 of them, 3 mins apart; i went back upstairs and told my partner, reassuring him that he didnt need to call the doula, or the midwives, or fill the pool, and i would just go for a shower and see how i got on. By the time i got into the shower i realised i should phone the doula, which i did myself and then handed the phone to my partner as another contraction came!
By the time i got out of the shower i was having to hold on to the door handles and sway my hips, as my partner hurried to get our little girl up and called family to take her round to his Mum’s. By the time i got to the bedroom i was having to hold on to the windowsill and bed , lower to the ground. I became really hot, felt sick, threw off my dressing gown and wished i had prepared some more floor coverings for the bedroom suddenly as i realised this was where i was going to be labouring! My partner came up from sorting out our little girl and making phonecalls to the doula and midwives, and i held on to his shoulders, and asked for my ball and some towels. from this point i had about twenty minutes of intense labour where i dont remember having any thoughts , i think i just went inside myself and breathed my way through the contractions. Shortly after this i had intense pressure in my lower back, and then very soon i could feel things were changing- a sense of calm came over me and the energy changed ; contractions seemed spaced out a little, and i knew that this was transition. My partner told me the midwives were on their way but i knew the baby was coming as i began to feel an incredible force bearing down to bring my baby out. I knew i didnt have to do anything, to breathe and allow my body to lead me, I remembered Ina May Gaskin’s ‘raspberry lips’ which i had been looking at on Youtube the night before, and just did this as the contractions came on. I told my partner to ring 999, and i heard him say ‘My wife’s in labour- St Marys- but we’re having a home birth’ i said to him ‘tell them you need instructions’; then i felt a bulging , like a soft baloon, coming out of me, and he said ‘i can see the head! But theres a sac covering it- its bulging out of her- i dont know what it is’; i heard the operator say ‘ if you can see the head tell me’ and ‘if your wife feels like pushing tell me’; i knew that it was closer than they thought. Then she said ‘tell her to lie on her back’ , which i did, worrying that this ‘sac’ might be the placenta blocking the baby’s exit and fleetingly wondering how the hell they would get me into hospital for an emergency section….!! I quickly realised i couldnt stand to be on my back and shouted that i was turning back over, held onto the bed post again on all fours, and then i felt the famous ‘ring of fire’ and with a slow, beautiful and powerful force, felt my baby’s head being born. my partner told the operator ‘his head’s out!’ and what i couldnt see was, his head was still inside his amniotic sac, my partner described it as strecthed like cling film over his face! Then the operator said ( which i could see the irony of at the time and makes me giggle) ‘tell your wife to keep pushing’!!! I knew i didnt have to do anything, and waited for a beautiful peaceful pause before the next contraction brought the baby’s body out and i shouted ‘YES!” his daddy caught him and saw that he needed to unhook the cord from around his neck; the operator told him to rub baby’s mouth and nose, and rub him quickly with a towel. I turned around to see the thick rope of the umbilical cord curling up to my beautiful boy!! Then there was a knock on the door and thinking it must be the ambulance my partner passed the baby through my legs and ran to unlock it, then ran back up to see me holding my slippery baby, still kneeling in the same spot. It turned out to be my partner’s brother and neice at the door and they came in and looked after our little girl, who had been downstairs playing all this time, fully hearing what was going on but staying calm!!! The ambulance came a couple of minutes later, and the 2 lady paramedics were gentle and lovely; they knew about mine and baby’s haemophilia status and we were debating about how the cord bloods were going to be collected by the midwives and what they were going to give me for the 3rd stage injection; however, i got both my natural 3rd stage and my precious cord bloods going to the baby as by the time they decided to clamp and cut the cord, it was a good few minutes later. When the midwife got there she had a look and told me the placenta was ready to come out, i pushed gently and there it was! 10 mins after the birth. She managed to get the cord bloods which had to be taken to St Marys urgently.
The background to all of that was that i had had a late amnio to detrmine whether the baby had haemophilia, which came back positive ( i am a carrier of mild haemophilia with low levels myself but mine normalise in pregnancy; i have a 50:50 chance of having an affected boy). Despite being advised to have a hospital birth i had insisted i felt a home birth was safer for me, (and how right i was!) , and my consultant had been very supportive of my choice once she realised i was serious about it. I had strict time limits laid out on how long my second stage could be as the concern was that any trauma to the babys head could cause a bleed. my first baby’s birth had involved a difficult second stage, she came out OP and had become distressed and had some swelling of the head; so of course my fears were of the same thing happening but with worse consequences , especially as the midwives kept telling me that this baby was either OP or ‘spine to the right’.
My doula had done some rebozo on me the week before and im sure that , as well as the daily yoga, yoga and birth prep classes with Sarah Hague, acupuncture from Balwant Kaur, chiropractic from Sally Scott, natal hypnotherapy,etc!!…. helped the baby to turn into a tip top position when it mattered!
What i find most amazing is that he was born ‘in the caul’ which i considered rare and special anyway, but for a baby with haemophilia, its like being born with a giant duvet wrapped round the head!! How perfect!!
PS our doula got there just before the midwife; her face when she saw the baby was a picture!!
Reflecting on which of the many things i had read about and practiced helped me get through labour so easily this time, its really hard to pin down. I did use the
‘ooohaaah’ exhale that we had practiced at pregnancy yoga, all through the first stage, and i used golden thread breath, as described by Uma Dinsmore- Tuli, during the strong afterpains that i got when first feeding him. Other than those and ‘raspberry lips’ , i think it was a combination of the yoga positions i had been practicing which really helped me tune in to the right muscles and think about the physiology of birth as well as chilling me out and giving me inner strength. I had also been using acupressure for late pregnancy and bringing on labour, as taught by Debra Betts ; passed on to me by Balwant my acupuncturist. i was actually doing some strong acupressure to a point on my hand shortly before contractions began, and the previous day my partner had done some really strong acupressure on various points too. (he had come along to see my acupuncturist and learn this from her).
To summarise i can honestly say I enjoyed my 1 hour and 7 minutes!!!, I would say it was an ecstatic birth, and not at all an experience of pain. I would love my story to inspire all Mums to be that birth can be beautiful, quick, gentle, powerful and amazing; second timers with how much easier it can be; and to encourage peoples’confidence in their own body ( and their partners ability to deliver the baby if neccessary!!)
I am now settling in to being a Mum of 2, and with my partner starting a new job working away from home alot it has had its tough moments already. My little boy is gorgeous, and a pretty happy chap after his gentle entry into this world! I’m looking forward to getting back to yoga again , and have had to go easy on myself and remind myself that i may be feeling well, but i have still just given birth! More than ever i feel that yoga is what can tie together and underpin my life as a Mum, and i cant wait to get back to teaching, this time with a very current connection to the Mums in the class as i will be teaching with my baby!
See you soon out in the big wide world! x
There are an ever growing array of classes and activities out there to take our little people to. So what makes my classes unique?
A Treetots Yoga class includes yoga for you, yoga for your baby, but most importantly, yoga you do together! Birthlight yoga is all about enhancing opportunities for joyful bonding between mums and babies, parents and toddlers. There are loads of benefits and things to take away to use in everyday life; like lifting techniques to strengthen you and avoid injury, breathing techniques to calm you down during the challenging times, fun rhymes and songs to entertain and delight your little one which will come in handy on a dull day!
One of the mums recently said of her time coming to classes from her daughter being 9 weeks to 9 months: “it really calms you down”. I couldnt put it any better! (;
I put a series of 3 factsheets together alongside Sally Scott, Chiropractor, as we felt Mum were not always given good advice about common aches and pains. Its well worth reading all 3- most of us will have tension in all these areas at some point postnatally!
Neck and upper back pain is common in new mothers, particularly those who are
A rounded shoulder position and forward neck posture puts a strain on the joints
and discs in the neck and upper back.
This is a very easy posture to get into when feeding and once baby has
latched on is difficult to correct!
Pain is often achy with a tight feeling between the shoulder blades or the back of the neck.
In the neck there may also be sharp twinges on sudden movement, stiffness, or
Managing Neck and upper back pain.
Chiropractic treatment for neck and upper back pain pain includes releasing stiff
joints using gentle joint manipulation to free the movement of the joints. Massage
techniques are also employed to relieve muscle tension across the shoulders,
between the shoulder blades and at the base of the skull. The most important
action in reducing neck pain is correction of postures which are causing the
The following should be practiced to minimise strain on the neck and upper back:
Stand with the head held high and chin tucked, not jutting out.
Relax the shoulders back and down, even when carrying you’re your baby
there is no need to hunch up your shoulders.
Try to alternate which side you carry your baby on.
Get comfortable when breastfeeding, sit with your shoulders back and use supports and cushions to raise the baby up to your breast rather than lowering yourself down to the baby.
When feeding check for tension in your shoulders and whether your head is forward.
Notice the difference in posture in the second picture below to the first picture:
Back is straight and well supported, shoulders relaxed, elbows hang vertically
below shoulders, neck straight and looking forward, knees lower than hips, and
baby well propped on cushions to hold them at the right height without strain on Mum’s neck and shoulders: comfy Mum- good latch- happy baby!
All these points can apply to a well supported sitting position on a chair.
Below are some stretches to release tightness in the neck and between the
Shoulders, stretch 1: Pull arm across body keeping torso facing forward
Shoulders, stretch 2: Put backs of forearms together with elbows one on top of
the other, it doesn’t matter if you can’t link palms. Gently push elbows
downwards and pull arms outwards against each other, keeping them linked. You
should feel a stretch between the shoulder blades.
Shoulders and upper back stretch 3: Kneel on the floor and lengthen arms in
front. Reach as far forward as possible feeling a stretch in the upper back.
Neck strengthening: lie flat and tuck chin to lengthen back of neck. Push head
gently backwards into the mat (if you have a hard floor you can use a small
cushion or towel). This will release muscles at the back of the neck whilst
strengthening the deep muscles in the neck.
The content in this factsheet is intended as general advice only and does not
replace a diagnosis by a qualified professional. It is based our combined
professional opinions. Do not carry out stretches or exercises which cause pain,
discontinue and seek advice. Please feel free to contact us if you have any
Sally Scott is a Chiropractor with a special interest in pre and postnatal care. She
is based in Chorlton, Manchester
Jessica Healy is a baby and toddler birthlight yoga teacher with classes in Hale
and Sale (Cheshire), and Chorlton (Manchester). She is also a mum of two!
I think everyone’s feeling the shifting of early Autumn to mid- Autumn now. The leaves have suddenly fallen from the trees I have been admiring on my drive to nursery/ work – the glorious golden Limes on Mauldeth Rd, the magnificent orangey Horse Chestnuts in Hale Barns, and the sprinkling of stunning red trees and vines along the way. This wind has speeded up the leaf fall, brought us piles of lovely crunchy ones to jump in, and hastened the bringing -out of the winter coats and scarves! I love autumn. I love the reminder that change is always happening, but is more visible at this time. I love the putting on of tights and scarves, hot water bottles on my toes in bed, soups and roots to eat and delicious British apples like Russets. Sometimes we say things like ‘oh i cant believe it’s already (name of month/ season)’/ ‘we didnt really have a summer did we?’/ ‘Im not ready for (name of cold season/ month) yet’. What actually is this? I believe there are more to these statements than meet the eye- Resistance due to blockages in our bodies and emotions, and a lack of spiritual wellbeing. I find that if i hear myself saying these sort of statements, or anything that sounds ‘fixed’ like ‘i really dont like that/ i dont think i will ever/ i will stick to x/y/z’, warning bells sound, and i try to reflect on why my mind is creating a block. Often i find that as soon as i catch myself saying something like this, and then reflect, something will soon happen to contradict that statement! If we are open to recieving messages from our hearts, and from the Universe ( or ‘god, however you concieve of him/ her/ it/ them), and from other people with true and heart- centred intention, there is guidance available to us, and positive changes we can make as a result.
Yoga frees up blockages in our energies and helps us open our hearts. Blocked heart energy can correspond with hunched shoulders, closed chest and tense shoulders. Even just a few stretches every day can help to free the area up and has a positive effect on our thoughts and emotions too.
Wow- a blog that has not mentioned the little people! This is another change for me as i feel my post- natal ‘bubble’ starting to lift. Instead of feeling i miss when my baby boy was tiny, i am going to consciously focus on the positive aspects of this change. I do kind of love that ‘baby bubble’ when i dont think about anything outside of the immediate care of my children, don’t watch or listen to news , etc. But that has passed now. It feels quite nice to be reconnecting with the world again! (;