Yoga for Pregnancy
** Consistently voted York’s best pregnancy yoga class. **
“Inspiring. Much more than just a yoga class – there’s birth preparation, friendship and lots of information. The best classes in the area, by a long way.”
Our yoga is accessible, inspiring and fun. We practice specially adapted yoga postures, develop our capacity for mindfulness, learn essential breathwork for birth, and have a really good long relaxation at the end of class. The vibe is calm and empowering. You might arrive tired, stressed and grumpy, but you’ll walk out feeling like a goddess.
You can join at any time during your pregnancy and don’t need to have done yoga before. The fee is £9 per class, payable half-termly in advance, up to your 38th week. After that you pay weekly: you are welcome to come to class until your baby is born. Booking and pre-payment required for all classes.
Once booked in, if you cannot make your class, you can swap to the other class that week, or make up your missed class during the batch of classes you have paid for. Mats, blocks, bolsters and blankets are provided, but bring along two small cushions for extra comfort.
Benefits of yoga in Pregnancy
The Stables Yoga for Pregnancy classes will:
- Help ease common discomforts of pregnancy
- Strengthen and stretch you in preparation for birth
- Teach you essential breathing techniques
- Help position your baby well in the womb
- Deepen your loving connection with your baby
- Increase your self-confidence
- Provide you with information about your birth choices
- Introduce you to other mothers-to-be in a very supportive environment
- Signpost you to other useful resources
Sophie Carr and Alison Goodwin are mothers with a combined 40 years experience in yoga. They have long been recognised as the leading exponents of pregnancy and postnatal yoga in Yorkshire.
Sophie and Alison work in close contact with local NHS community midwives and doctors, the National Childbirth Trust and with Yorkshire Storks, the independent midwifery practice for the area. They have extensive training in perinatal yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga, Jean Sutton, and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. Sophie teaches Birth Preparation and Mindful Birthing and is registered with Mindfulness Training Institute. She is a recognised and beloved birth doula. Alison also teaches Womb Yoga (Yoga for Women’s Health) and runs a mentoring and leadership programme for women – Strong Woman, Strong World.
Our weekly pregnancy classes are great fun, with a strong sense of mutual support. Sophie and Alison have a wonderful way of weaving their extensive knowledge of pregnancy and birth into the yoga classes. Many women make lasting friendships and come back for more yoga through their second, third and fourth pregnancies.
Helping Common Discomforts
Yoga can help with back pain, cramps, nausea, heartburn, rib pain, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome. It can relieve anxiety and stress. It teaches postural awareness and helps in realigning your changing body. You will develop strength in the legs and softness and openness in the pelvis, and learn to support your vulnerable back. Gentle stretches opening chest and shoulders provide more space to breathe, more room for the growing baby, and counteract “feeding hunch” before it begins. By balancing hormonal upsets yoga can support your emotions, while yogic relaxation is essential for rejuvenating a tired pregnant body, and for helping you deal with uncomfortable nights.
If you have SPD, PGP or LBP, we offer you adaptations – do come, we will look after you.
Essential tools for Childbirth
Yoga is deeply steadying and grounding. In class you have proper time to connect with your mothering instincts before birth, developing your inner resources and preparing for the big day. We spend time each week discussing pregnancy pros and cons, and birth issues such as where to give birth, active birth, what helps and what hinders a normal birth. This is an essential part of the class, and mums-to-be find it good for widening their knowledge and choices around birth, as well as for making lasting friendships.
Yoga is an essential tool for childbirth. The inner focus helps access the instinctual state which facilitates normal birth. The breathing techniques give you confidence and calmness to deal with the intensity of contractions, while relaxation techniques enable you to conserve energy between them. Your strength work will give you stamina, and your softening work will ease the birth. If your birth becomes complicated, using your breathing will help you remain calm, able to make decisions without panicking.
Yoga helps you to trust yourself as a mother. Trusting yourself means that bonding with your baby and breastfeeding are easier. Relaxation helps you to cope with sleepless nights and promotes let-down of breast milk. Your pelvic floor will recover quickly. Good posture helps combat “feeding hunch” and aching backs.
We can signpost you to many useful practitioners, with whom we maintain close contacts and can personally recommend – doulas, independent midwives, hypnobirthing teachers, breastfeeding counsellors, places to rent tens machines, sling library, birth pool loaners, the local home birth support group, real nappy specialists, pregnancy massage and reflexology, as well as the following professionals who all specialise in maternity, post-natal and babies: osteopaths, acupuncturists, psychotherapists and chiropractors.
We have a team of volunteer mentors with whom you can discuss staying pregnant post-42-weeks, home birth after caesarean, vaginal breech birth, gentle caesarean, options for group B strep, obstetric diabetes, natural birth with high BMI and many other topics.
"The pregnancy and post-natal yoga classes that Sophie and Alison provide have been completely invaluable to me on my mum journey so far."
"Helpful discussions covering topics I probably would not have found out about, perfectly pitched yoga for changing bodies & an amazing lengthy relaxation at the end of each class where I may have fallen asleep a few times. Dreamy."
"The breathing and relaxation taught in the pregnancy sessions were such an amazing tool to use throughout my pregnancy, especially in the final few weeks and the birth itself."
"I attended Sophie's birth workshop with my husband. It was without a doubt the best thing we did throughout the pregnancy and I would urge every mum-to-be in the area to do it."
"I shall really miss my pregnancy classes now my daughter is born. Thursday evenings just won’t be the same. The breathing was fantastic during the birth, I couldn’t have managed without it."
"Yoga rescued my back during pregnancy. It gave me the confidence and techniques to breathe, move and make noise assisting a wonderfully positive birth experience resulting in a beautiful baby daughter."
"The yoga kept me fit, informed me of choices and gave me confidence in my body’s ability to give birth. Not to mention adding to the bonding experience, meeting others and having fun!"
"On my first night I was immediately struck by the openness of the class, it's an atmosphere where people can share and be honest about their feelings. The yoga itself was relaxing yet invigorating. I always felt revitalised by the end of the evening."
"Your classes have helped me feel so much more empowered about pregnancy, birth and beyond. I came after a tough year and have been amazed at how much strength I’ve gained from coming, and wonder if we would have felt confident to home birth without that."
Book a pregnancy Class
£9 for 2 classes per week, payable half-termly in advance, up to your 38th week. After 38 weeks you pay weekly: you are welcome to come to class until your baby is born.
|Thursday||6:30 – 8pm||Alison (sometimes Sophie)|
|Sunday||6 – 7:30pm||Alison (sometimes Sophie)|
Booking and pre-payment required for all classes. If you cannot make your class, you can swap to the other class that week, or make up your missed class during the batch of classes you have paid for.
Birth Prep Workshops
Upcoming Classes › Birth Prep
This class is suitable for couples who want to birth their babies naturally, whether in hospital, at a midwife-led birth centre, or at home. Run by the wonderful Sophie Carr, yoga teacher and doula. "It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you." This course will run on Zoom if necessary, or a combination of Zoom and in-studio. Once you have booked this course, please also email Sophie email@example.com giving both of…Find out more »