Term 1: 18 January to 22 February 2017 (6 weeks)
Term 2: 8 March to 5 April 2017 (5 weeks)
(Term 2 -Fully booked contact Lou on email@example.com to go on the waiting list for mid-term start, they definitely come up)
Term 3: 19 April to 24 May 2017 (6 weeks)
Time: 6:15pm - 7:30pm (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Cost of investment
6 week term is $150 and 5 week term is $125
If you are unable to make the full term please contact me to adjust payment accordingly.
'All gear such as mats, blankets, bolsters and blocks is provided.Water and snacks are also provided.
Enrolled Yoga Mamma's who attend a term will have priority placement for the following term.
Yoga Mamma's enrolled for a second term receive a complementary, lavender-scented satin eye pillow.
About Lou @ Yoga Mamma
Since 2012 I have been sharing all of the helpful, practical and healing yoga moves, breathing and fear relieving techniques to mothers and mothers-to-be for pregnancy and life in general. I try to impart that the best learning to take from the classes, is that yoga is just as important off the mat, as it is on it. The calming breathing and mindfulness techniques can be put into practice breastfeeding a baby, getting a sleepless baby to sleep or keeping calm with demanding toddlers wanting all of your attention and juggling all of this with work, family and domesticities. Also to be kind to yourself, honour your feelings and to trust what your body (and baby) is trying to tell you. The breathing and poses encourage you to connect into your inner knowing, strength and love and to develop and maintain resilience and self sufficiency, rather than seeking it from outside yourself.
I am trained in teaching Level 1 Yoga (Byron Yoga Centre-2011), Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga (Bliss Baby with Ana Davis - 2012) and Children’s Yoga (Kidding Around Yoga - 2016) and have been teaching prenatal yoga for 5 years, post natal mamma’s and bubba’s and in 2017 will start teaching children at the primary school level as Yoga Mamma - Shining Kids. I have a Science background, completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology (Melb Uni) and a Master in Social Science (RMIT) aligning to my passion for the environment and its management.
I started yoga nearly 20 years ago at Clifton Hill Yoga, Melbourne when I needed to learn to relax more and breathe less. I was suffering from anxiety and panic attacks and felt quite detached from myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. This was caused from many life changing reasons, like the death of my father and not having the support within myself to accept or adapt to these changes. Consequently, after feeling confident, grounded and open for most of my life, internally I became trapped, fearful, detached and ashamed of what I was experiencing and had completely lost faith in myself and what was going on. As you can imagine, as I drowned within myself looking for solid ground, I hung onto work and other commitments by a thread, while I tried to make sense of this experience. To alleviate this constant and exhausting anguish I tried some yoga. After going to classes each week, lying in Savasana with my heart racing as it did, doing the poses and learning breathing practices, I began slowly to reconnect again with myself physically, without feeling the fear. Somehow along the way, I lost the ability to do this and was not even aware that this was the case!
I will never forget the feeling of grounding strength, yet lightness in Tadasana (mountain pose), while focusing on breath and posture, and the relief of feeling a sense of calm from within, something at the time I had forgotten what felt like. I am forever grateful for this gift of learning and re-knowing again, and over time, I felt much more grounded, calm, toned and felt overall really good! Since then I have been bringing different aspects of yoga into my life and have practiced Vinyasa, Iyengar styles and Hatha styles as the movement aligning with breath helps me to focus and clear my thoughts, relax and provides a good work out.
However, I truly didn't bring yoga into my life until I was pregnant and after having two children. Taking the time out for myself to do only 5 - 10 minutes of stretches and poses, while being dragged and pulled off the mat by children, is enough to make me feel better about myself and that I have taken that time out to care for myself. It doesn't matter that it's not a longer time, you take what you can get and the benefits are still huge.
I had my first child in 2011 and by going to a prenatal yoga class, taking walks and doing yoga and relaxation at home, it helped me to feel better about myself and my pregnancy. I felt physically well, as I was maintaining my stretching and calmer because the meditation at prenatal classes forced me to sit still and relax for time out, which I also continued at home with Yoga Nidra. I found this relaxing and restorative aspect very important, as work can be busy and it is confounded while carrying a baby.
Carrying and birthing 2 babies (both very differently), teaching yoga while pregnant, and enjoying the mind-bending, heart bursting highs and lows of life with young children, has provided me with an innate knowing to teach pregnant women and children. Also, an understanding of how pregnancy affects you physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and your energy levels while juggling your babies needs, family, work and other commitments.
I would love to hear from you and look forward to meeting you and sharing what I have learned that helped me through my pregnancies and beyond, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 0420 441 272. I am more than happy to take your call and discuss any queries or concerns you may have.
Benefits of Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth
(sourced from Ana Davis, Bliss Baby Yoga)
1. Promotes relaxation/stress management - awareness and control of breath is an effective tool during pregnancy to help calm and reduce anxiety; as well as an effective technique to help with pain-management, focusing and relaxing during labour.
2. Improves general fitness (stamina and health) - the calming practices are beneficial for the nervous system and hormonal system, the more strengthening practices are beneficial for the cardiovascular system, many poses as well as inversions are beneficial for circulatory system-also helps reduce blood pressure. All of these benefits to the mother can also be shared by the foetus (whatever is good for the mum is good for the baby and vice versa)
3. Promotes emotional wellbeing (this is connected to point #1) - relaxation and stress management - as well as #12 - empowering); enhances enjoyment of the journey of pregnancy as a special, sacred time to honour herself and her baby within - teaching the benefits of self-love/nurture.
4. Increase strength, flexibility and agility - the mother is in the best possible shape for the rigours of labour (e.g. for an active birth) and beyond! Her body will be in the best possible shape for quick postnatal recovery (maternal weight loss etc).
5. Deep toning of the birth muscles (TA, muscular walls of the uterus and pelvic floor) to help the woman 'birth lightly' - again, to facilitate quick postnatal recovery (e.g. reduce/prevent: incontinence, prolapse; aid in recovery of stitches)
6. Improves circulation and can help with fluid retention (reducing swelling of ankles/legs).
7. Reduces/alleviate back problems - the strength and flexibility work of the postures can help ease back, neck and hip pain - often caused by increasing stress on spine and spinal nerves by weight of the baby and also increasing size of breasts (causing kyphosis of thoracic spine).
8. Improves posture (which is also related to point #7) - easing back pain when posture is more consciously aligned - minimising the prenatal lordotic curve of the lumbar spine.
9. Alleviates/prevents aches and pains of pregnancy - helping the woman enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy e.g. heartburn, oedema, carpal tunnel, muscle cramps and constipation.
10. Improves balance and coordination - enhancing grace.
11. Helps a woman birth consciously and powerfully - 'yoga is attention', 'pregnancy and birth is a yoga' - conscious relaxation helps her stay present and relax and revive the mother and refocus her energies. Breaking the 'fear-tension-pain cycle' - even when things get very challenging and demanding, she is able to use her yoga-awareness and tools to stay calm and grounded which will have a positive effect on the health of the baby (i.e. very often if a woman panics, then the baby's heart-rate drops and intervention becomes necessary).
12. Empowers women (this is related to point #11) - the yoga practices help her develop her mental and physical strength in preparation for the challenges ahead - to face them with courage and equanimity. She knows that yoga can be her valuable aid and tool - that keeps her from feeling passive and instead 'in control' - no matter how things eventuate. It also provides her with necessary perspective and acceptance if thing don't go according to her hoped for birth plan: engendering yogic quality of surrender, and just being with things exactly as they are, without feeling the need to change or judge.