pregnancy yoga, birth and postnatal yoga
Birthlight yoga for pregnancy is accessible to all women, whether they are yoga practitioners or new to yoga. Birthlight has pioneered adaptations of classic yoga from pre-conception to the postnatal year and continues to innovate with both micro-movements and flow sequences. Caring, relaxed and nurturing classes offer a continuity of support that is often missing in maternity services.
Birthlight offers the most comprehensive and original programme of yoga from pre-conception to the postnatal year. Yoga is increasingly recommended to pregnant women because it is a gentle way of maintaining or gaining fitness while reducing anxiety with breathing and relaxation techniques. Birthlight has been at the forefront of selecting and adapting yoga practices that are safest and most suitable for pregnant women. Hip rotations and flowing sequences of moves have been developed to avoid strain in held postures. Yoga breathing techniques have been selected and adapted to expand women’s breathing capacity in gentle and effective ways that carry through to labour and the postnatal period to promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Rather than pelvic muscle tone, Birthlight promotes elasticity and stability that are the best foundation for birth and postnatal recovery even when medical intervention is called for.
The Birthlight approach is holistic: we believe in addressing the needs of each woman and baby in supportive small classes that extend to partners and family circles. We share the view that normal birth is accessible to a majority of low risk pregnant women but each woman’s choices are deeply respected. The positive, active yet relaxed atmosphere of birthlight classes aims to convey a shared feeling of celebration and enjoyment of this very special time of transformation and growth. All babies deserve a warm and loving welcome into this world!
Birthlight has originated trainings for many current leading yoga providers in the UK and internationally. It is the first training provider to have been recognised by the British Council of Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and the Federation of Antenatal Teachers (FEDANT). Besides yoga teachers, Birthlight also reaches pregnant women and new mothers through trained maternity professionals (midwives and doulas), health visitors and complementary practitioners. Birthlight Yoga is accredited with the Royal College of Midwives in the UK and keeps up with the latest developments in international midwifery circles and research networks. We draw upon an extensive advisory network which includes distinguished scientists and practitioners.
Birthlight: the name refers to both ‘birthing lightly’ without undue strain, and the spiritual dimension of birth, that is often forgotten. Birthlight practices are science-based but taught from the heart to nurture the whole person.
For a full description of Birthlight Fertility Yoga classes (from pre-conception to 12 weeks) please see Fertility Yoga