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
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!)
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 .
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)
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.