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Pregnancy Class Information & FAQ’s

Thank you for your interest in our Pregnancy Yoga classes and congratulations on your pregnancy. We look forward to having you in class and teaching you the tools and techniques of yoga that you will find helpful throughout your pregnancy, baby’s birth and beyond.

Please find below answers to frequently asked questions and our guidelines around missed classes. If you need any further clarification or have a different question, please do not hesitate to ask.

What does the monthly fee cover?
The monthly fee covers your weekly or twice-weekly classes for a calendar month, regardless of whether there are 4 or 5 weeks in a month.

Can I start part way through the month?
If we have space in your preferred class you are welcome to join part way through the month – the monthly fee will be adjusted to reflect the late start and will revert to the usual fee from the beginning of the following month.

Do I have to attend the same class/classes every week?
Yes, your booking is for the same class/classes each week. Please do consider carefully which time will suit your schedule the best.

What if I have to miss one of my booked classes?
We understand that life happens and occasionally you may not be able to attend your usual class. Don't worry if you can't give too much notice - we will try our best to accomodate you at another, mutually convenient time so that you do not miss out on a paid class. However, please do note the following:

  • Missed classes are not able to be deducted from the next months fee and are not refundable.
  • Wherever possible, make-up classes should be attended in the current month.
  • You must be currently booked in to a monthly program to be able to use your make-up classes and they must be attended at a different time to your regular class
  • Booking in for a make-up class means that space in the class is no longer available for anyone else to attend as a make-up therefore we ask that you give us 24 hours notice that you can’t attend so the space can be given to someone else.

What about booking for the next month?

If you are currently booked in to a class you will have first option to book for the following month. Your teacher will ask you a week before the end of the month if you want to continue and your space will be reserved.
Payment for the following month is due by the 1st of the month.
We do understand this may not always be convenient - if there is any issue with paying on time, please speak with us so that we are aware of your situation and can accommodate you.

If payment isn’t received and we have had no communication regarding continuing with your classes, we reserve the right to let your space go to someone else.

When can I start pregnancy yoga?
We recommend that you start your classes any time from 14 weeks - the earlier the better!

How long can I continue classes?
We encourage our pregnancy students to attend classes for as long as they feel comfortable - for most women this can be right up to their due date.

What should I wear to class?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement. Your body temperature is higher during pregnancy so it is a good idea to wear layers that you can remove or add as necessary.

I’ve never done any yoga before – is this OK?
No yoga experience is necessary to start your classes. In fact, it is more common for our pregnancy students to not have previous or very little experience :)
The exercises are kept very simple and accessible with adjustments being given wherever necessary

Can I eat before class?
It is better not to eat a large meal two hours before class, however it is important to eat regularly, especially while you are pregnant so a light snack around 30 minutes before class is fine.

What time should I arrive at class?
For your first class please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that your teacher can introduce herself, show you our facilities and discuss any queries you may have. After the first class, try to aim for at least 5 minutes before class – but never stress or rush if you are running late.

Where should I park?
Evenings and weekend there is generally no problem finding parking either on Kelly Street or Mt Eden Road. It can be a little trickier during the day - however, you should find parking in the shoppers parking across Mt Eden Rd from the studio- this is 60 minute free parking. There is a bus lane on Mt Eden Rd until 9.00am – if you arrive for class at 9.00am you should mange to park as soon as the bus lane ends – although you do need to be quick :)

Thanks again, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any further assistance. I look forward to seeing you in class.

Barbara – 021 170 2640

 

Hear what our students have to say about our pregnancy yoga classes:

"Hi Barbara,
Just to let you know our little yogi arrived nice and early Sunday morning.Labour took 6.5 hours from me noticing the contractions were regular (30 mins apart) to baby in our arms. Had planned a water birth at Birthcare but by the time we turned up - 2am - I was already 10cm dilated. 20 minutes of pushing later and he arrived. I laboured at home with no pain relief but used my Swiss ball, yoga mat, yoga exercises and deep breathing to get me through - plus a wheat pack! Totally natural experience that thanks to all the yoga and breath training I managed to stay calm and relaxed throughout. It was a real pleasure to take your classes and I will certainly be recommending them to everyone I know"

"Our little boy was born Mon night in an amazing accidental home birth! I was so relaxed with all the breathing, yoga and hypnobirthing techniques that I totally underestimated how far advanced I was, then final stage went v fast. Thanks a million for all your support, tips, positive attitude and of course yoga! It all really helped." 

"Barbara, I want to say the biggest Thank You as the breathing I learnt in your class truly helped me so much and got me through without any medical pain relief (apart from 5 contractions using gas). I kept picturing our class, the other girls and you, as I breathed deeply in to each contraction. Please let the girls know how much I valued it"

"Barbara, a BIG thank you for the yoga classes - I don't know what I would have done without them and the support from you and the other girls in the class. The breathing you taught me was a tremendous help, not only during pregnancy but also throughout labour and birth it helped me to focus and keep calm. Now after the birth of my beautiful baby girl Olivia, I regularly use the breathing to help me relax. Never did I realise that breathing would be so beneficial and I now see it as an essential part of my life."

"Barbara,
Your class was fantastic - your calm reassurance and good humour every week plus meeting the other preggy women in the Tummy Club (!) has been one of the nicest things about my pregnancy so far. Now that I am leavng Auckland, I'm so gonna miss it! I will definitely be recommending your class to others."

"Having never tried yoga before my midwife recommended it; I was delighted at how much I enjoyed the class. Since starting Pregnancy Yoga I have discovered strength both physically and mentally that has helped me throughout my pregnancy. Barbara’s experience and knowledge is evident in the caring way she instructs the class, and I would have NO hesitation in recommending Barbara or Kelly Street Yoga Studio to anyone looking to start Yoga."

"Hi Barbara
Sorry for the delay in letting you know that I gave birth to a little boy Jack , just 2 days after my last pregnancy yoga session.  I was rapt to have my first drug-free birth (I had an epidural for my last 2 babies) and that the breathing that you taught us was a HUGE help!!!  My midwife was so impressed with how calm and centred I was throughout the labour and how well I was breathing.  So a big thanks to you for preparing me for a lovely birth, one that I am so proud about."

"Pregnancy Yoga with Barbara is a MUST! I've been going now for about 12 weeks and feel so much better for it.  After each class I feel so much happier and re-energised and look forward to each class, knowing how great I feel afterwards.  I really love the fact that the classes are smaller so that Barbara can work with each of us as needed to help us get the most out of our session.  She also talks to us to find out how we are doing and tailors the class to how we feel and what we feel we want from that particular session.  Yoga gets two thumbs up from me!!!"

"Hi Barbara,
Just thought i'd update you on the birth of our baby daughter.She was born 18th May, 3.19kg @ 39wks , so I didn't make it to the wed night class!A short and drug free waterbirth, was a wonderful experience.  Used my yoga breathing, a TENS machine and the waterbath and that was it. Brilliant, thank you so much for your classes."

 

 

Pregnancy Yoga
Timetable and Cost

Pregnancy classes are conducted in monthly cycles. Class numbers are limited and pre-booking and prepayment ,at the beginning of each calendar month is a necessity to ensure your place in class. Due to the popularity of our classes we are unable to accept casual attendance.


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1 class per week - $85 per month
2 classes per week - $150.00 per month
 

** Please note ~ If you are unable to make your usual class, you are able to make the class up at another time provided there is space in the class, unused classes may not be carried forward to subsequent programs and are not refundable. Please check our Information and FAQs for clarification

Pregnancy Timetable:

Monday 5.30pm ~ 6.30pm - with Barbara
Wednesday 5.30pm ~ 6.30pm - with Barbara (main studio) or with Mia (ground floor studio)
Thursday 9.15am ~ 10.15am with Barbara
Friday 5.30pm ~ 6.30pm - with Barbara
Saturday 10.45am ~ 11.45pm - with Amanda

 

 

Welcome to Svastha Pregnancy Yoga!

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Pregnancy is one of the most joyous times in a woman's life as she prepares to bring new life to the world. It can, however also be very challenging facing the emotional and physical changes that occur during this time. Our pregnancy yoga classes will give you the tools to move through these times of change with ease and grace. You will learn skills that will be beneficial, not only throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth, but also in the years of motherhood to come.

These classes are a time when you can leave all else aside and focus completely on yourself, your needs and connect with your unborn child.

In our pregnancy yoga classes, you can expect the following:

  • A simple, gentle yet strengthening asana practice (postures) supported by the breath

Pregnancy yoga isn't about achieving any 'yoga breakthroughs' and is therefore suitable for any level of yoga experience, from absolute beginner to advanced practitioner. We focus on postures that will:

  • Strengthen your back muscles and help to eliminate or reduce back pain, a common ailment during pregnancy
  • Strengthen your leg muscles, increase your stamina and prepare you physically and mentally for labour & birth
  • Bring openness to the to chest and shoulders, improving circulation and preparing for breast feeding
  • Help to position baby correctly for birth
  • Be beneficial during labour & birth
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Support the natural increase in hip flexibility that occurs during pregnancy

All postures are adapted to suit individual needs and different stages of pregnancy

  • Exercises to encourage pelvic floor awareness
  • Pranayama

In our pregnancy yoga classes you will learn specific breathing techniques that bring about a deep sense of calm, inner awareness and focus. This focused breathing will help you move through the physical and emotional resistance that may arise during labour, birth and beyond, helping both you and your baby to remain calm and relaxed.

A mother breathing well, teaches her baby to breathe well!

  • Relaxation

One of the favourite parts of the class! Fully supported with bolsters and blankets, it's now time to rest and allow the benefit of practice to be fully received, leaving you feeling refreshed and re-energised.

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Our pregnancy yoga classes are taught by caring, experienced teachers of the highest standard. We promote a nurturing environment and sense of community in our classes. This is a safe space where you can connect with other expectant mothers, share your concerns and offer or seek advice on the various aspects of pregnancy.

We encourage you to start your pregnancy yoga classes as early as possible after the onset of the second trimester and continue on a regular basis for as long as you feel comfortable - this can be for most women, right up to the due date.

Regular and consistent practice reaps the most benefit, therefore all our pregnancy students, after attending a few classes, are offered a simple, short practice that they can feel comfortable practicing at home, in addition to their studio classes.

email Barbara to book your place in class!

Class Structure, Timetable and Costs

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