Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.” ~ Sarah J Buckley
Pregnancy yoga is widely recognised by health professionals as an effective and safe practice for pregnancy and is one of the most valuable self-care regimes you can participate in during this special and important time.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body and emotions go through many changes. Svastha pregnancy yoga classes will empower you with tools and information that will help you move through these times of change with as much ease and grace as possible. They will support you throughout your pregnancy, preparing you physically and emotionally for birth and the years of motherhood to come.
Pregnancy yoga classes are gentle in nature and perfect whether you are discovering yoga for the first time or expanding on previous experience. We ensure that the practice is comfortable for both mother and baby, and encourage you to slow down, connect inward with your growing baby and give yourself space to fully experience this special and important time.
Barbara is one of Auckland’s most experienced pregnancy yoga teachers. She creates a nurturing and supportive environment for her students. This is a place where you can feel easy connecting and sharing with other women on the same journey.
“Dearest Barbara – I wanted to say a huge thank you for the profound impact your teachings had on my pregnancy and labour. You truly do the most wonderful work & must make such a difference to so many women”~ Jess Knox
what to expect
Each class begins with a short opening chat and each mother-to-be is given the opportunity to share how she is feeling and ask any questions she may have.
From here we continue with 30 – 40 minutes of asana practice (postures). We focus on postures that are particularly valuable during pregnancy, labour & birth and that will:
- Strengthen your back and help to eliminate or reduce back / hip pain common during pregnancy
- Strengthen your legs and increase stamina, preparing you mentally and physically for labour & birth
- Bring openness to the chest and shoulders, improving circulation and preparing for breast feeding
- Help to position baby optimally for birth
A large focus in our pregnancy yoga classes is breathing, both during the physical practice of postures and as an exercise in itself. 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 throughout your journey.
Fully supported with bolsters and blankets, we spend the last portion of the class in rest. This allows the benefit of your practice to be fully received and leaves you feeling refreshed and re-energised.
where and when?
Barbara teaches one pregnancy yoga group class a week in Newton, and also sees women for private instruction from her home studio in Grey Lynn.
Group classes are conducted in 5-week programs and are booked and prepaid prior to commencement. Casual attendance is only available for women who have been attending regular classes with Barbara throughout their pregnancy, and are nearing their big day.
location, timing & cost
40 St Benedicts Street,
Tuesdays – 5.30pm – 6.30pm
5-week program cost – $100
Please note: the program cost will be adjusted for classes that you are unable to attend. This is for a maximum of one class per program and must be arranged ahead of time. There are no refunds or class transfers once the program has started.
2017 program dates
31st January – 28th February
7th March – 4th April
11th April – 9th May
16th May – 13th June
27th June – 25th July
1st August – 29th August
5th September – 3rd October
10th October – 7th November
14th November – 12th December
Regular practice is key to maintaining health and vitality throughout your pregnancy. Barbara suggests that you attend at least one private consultation, where you will be provided with a simple home practice tailored to suit your specific needs.