I joined the Birthlight team of teachers after completing my Pre-natal Yoga Diploma in 2006. I then went onto complete my Baby Yoga Diploma and Wellwoman Yoga Diploma. I have also completed a Birth Preparation Course. I have taught a Birthlight CPD on Prenatal Yoga.
Liz Thompson, infant massage and yoga instructor. Works within the community, hospital setting, private practice and via referral from Islington Brightstart North and Central. Liz specialisies in empowering parents through positive touch and movement in the early weeks of parenthood for vulnerable babies and families.
I am a yoga teacher with over 14 years of teaching experiencing, including many years of teaching pre-and post-natal yoga in East London. I have helped many hundreds of women to feel more comfortable, confident and relaxed during their pregnancies and births, and have welcomed back many of them on the other side with their babies – which is always such a joy.
In the words of one of my recent students:
“I would definitely recommend Sarah’s pregnancy yoga classes! They have been a real help to stay healthy and well during pregnancy, both mentally and physically. The class is tailored to pregnant mums, keeping our bodies fit during pregnancy, but Sarah also gives us very helpful tips about positions and breathing during childbirth. She clearly knows what she is talking about and she always takes her time for any concerns or questions. It never feels like she is on a schedule. The classes are more than just yoga. Each session starts with checking in on each other. It’s very helpful to share pregnancy concerns with other ladies going through the same thing. The community of pregnant ladies that we have built in Sarah’s classes is such a wonderful support. I can’t wait to join the post-natal classes with our babies later on!”
Please contact me or visit my website for details of my current weekly classes, or follow me on https://www.instagram.com/yogini.sarah/
Helen is a Birthlight Baby Yoga and Toddler Yoga teacher. She is also a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.
Helen trained with The International Association of Infant Massage IAIM in 2011 having enjoyed attending Baby Massage classes with her son. In 2017 she completed Baby Yoga training with Birthlight. In Baby Yoga classes parents can continue to massage their babies and learn additional moves to support their babies co-ordination, strength and movement. The classes also provide new parents with an opportunity to talk to each other and to find ways to help them to relax and heal postnatally. She runs regular courses in Beckenham and private classes for groups of parents in their own home.
Using her knowledge and experience as a qualified Speech and Language Therapist Helen also runs baby talk classes for babies aged 6-12 months.
In 2020 Helen trained to teach Toddler Yoga with Birthlight, as she wanted to expand this valuable work with babies to parents and young children. Her Toddler Yoga classes support children’s communication skills through movement. The use of song and breath provides parents with ways to support their child’s emotional regulation.
Senior teacher (over 30 years) BWY. Well Woman Yoga diploma (2011), Fertility Yoga. Diastasis Recti recovery & support. Yoga for Menopause/support group, Baby massage instructor, Pregnancy Yoga
1-1 & group classes in all the above, both online & in person. Weekly groups, 1-1 , mini retreats, residential retreats
Massage therapies including Therapeutic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stones, Ayurvedic Foot Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Reiki Master.
Pre Natal Yoga
These pre-natal yoga classes are perfect for ‘mums-to-be’ from 12 weeks onwards.
The gentle yet effective approach of these classes aims to internalise the practices and techniques in order to build a body memory that can be called upon with ease, instinctively in daily life, during labour and beyond.
Pregnancy yoga benefits include:
Increase awareness in body, breath and postural changes.
Expanding breathing capabilities in order to breathe for two, assist during labour and birth.
Pelvic awareness (unfold range of movements and as foundational support for the body).
Tone and release pelvic floor muscles in preparation for labour and beyond.
Boost energy and reduce fatigue.
Increase resilience and ease tensions in both body and mind.
Yoga for common pregnancy issues: pelvic girdle pain, encouraging baby into optimal birthing position, better sleep, etc.
Restorative yoga for mums to be & yoga nidra
Postnatal Yoga (without Baby)
Nurturing Gentle Yoga class for Mothers. From 12 weeks onwards and up to any time postpartum.
Open to anyone who’d like to reconnect to body, mind and with other local Mothers.
For those interested in Mum and Baby Yoga (Postnatal with Baby) we are resuming classes in September 2021.
Postnatal Yoga with Baby
Nurturing class for you and your baby. Take some time out to
relax, recuperate, re-strength and meet other mums while your
baby relaxes with you in a safe environment.
Please see our website for full details (link listed above)
Nurturing postnatal yoga class with the chance to incorporate the babies into the practice. Great opportunity to relax, recuperate, regain strength and meet other mums while your baby relaxes with you in a safe environment. Postnatal Yoga benefits include: Core stability (pelvic floor, abdominals, gluteus and back muscles); Realign and maintain suppleness in the spine; Tone deep muscles to ‘close the body’ after pregnancy and birth; Relieve stiffness; promote relaxation through breath’s expansion; detox the system improving blood flow; boost mood and confidence
Fun and stimulating “Yoga Inspired” activity for the child and their adult.
Adult and child participate with one another exploring Yoga shapes & moves, mindfulness & breath-work through fun themes, music, games and often relaxing storytelling at the end of the class. This is a great chance for both the adult and the child to do a little exercise as well as discover new ways to unwind together.
Hi, I’m Sally from Buddha Baby. I’ve been teaching Birthlight Baby Yoga since 2011 and love it! I am well-known locally for providing friendly, nurturing, small-group classes, with a light-hearted teaching approach. I just recently completed my training in Toddler Yoga and very much look forward to exploring this 2022!
Buddha Baby combines my passion for teaching with my interest in holistic wellbeing practices. I’m a consultant in primary PSHE education and babywearing; baby massage, baby yoga, toddler yoga and massage-in-schools instructor; massage therapist; and yoga enthusiast. I also offer pregnancy and well-woman massage from the sanctuary of my beautiful home.
Find out about my classes and services at: http://www.buddhababywanstead.co.uk
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Here’s a testimonial from one of my clients, Pamela: ‘I’ve just finished the baby yoga course and it has been the best bonding experience for me and my baby. My baby loved it every week – baby yoga always makes him smile, even if he’s been fussy! ! Sally really puts her heart into making the class intimate and enjoyable for everyone. As a new mother who needed something to build my confidence and just get me out of the house, this class has been a joy.’
Laura works with women in pre conception, conscious conception, pregnancy, as a birth keeper walking with women at the sacred threshold and postnatally. She holds women’s circles, events and retreats as well as offering Matriarchal Mentoring, birth trauma debriefing and rite of passage ceremonies
Based in Wiltshire, I am currently running Well Woman Yoga online via Zoom, Postnatal Yoga for Mothers & Babies face to face in the Bromham Social Centre (socially distanced), Pregnancy/Perinatal Yoga in the White Horse Yoga Studio in Devizes with small groups face to face (as well as women who join online via Zoom) and Chair Yoga which is for anyone who has mobility/health issues, online via Zoom. All classes are carefully planned around the needs of the group with a focus on Pranayama (breathing practices), gentle yoga asanas (postures) and relaxation. My aim is to create a calm and nurturing environment for everyone who attends, giving each person the time and space to take what they need from the session.
We have lovely calm Baby lessons and energetic and fun Toddler lessons. All designed to help babies and toddlers have a love and enjoyment of the water. All the lessons are progressive so every week there will be something new to learn.
Blissful Bebe Yoga offers you a wonderful opportunity to bond with your baby, relax together and nourish yourself with gentle stretches, songs and savasana in a supportive circle.
Classes available for pre-crawlers (3-9 months approx) and mobile babies (6-18 months approx).
You are warmly welcome to join us,
Birthlight Baby Yoga Instructor
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Story Massage Best Practice Instructor
Navigation, Intuition and Instinct
… knowing what your options are and how to navigate the pathway is so important … even the suggestion of booking in a sweep starts that ripple off …. go with your intuition and instincts – what feels right for you … navigate, negotiate and have those sensible conversations that support you and your baby so that you get the most out of the journey into motherhood and the best start.
If you are looking for a class that supports you in every way possible then please do connect … spaces available and it’s so much more than a pregnancy yoga class in the traditional sense. A Ripple Effect class is a “one-stop” shop … you get so much in terms of antenatal education, an amazing tool box for pregnancy, labour, postpartum and your everyday life which has yoga, relaxation techniques, breath work, “hypnobirthing” techniques (supporting those who have been to other classes or accessed online platforms), rebozo and self care … as well as meeting other fab ladies who are also on this journey to motherhood. They are a treat and certainly not to be missed. Add in the gorgeous bespoke Space you have a recipe that will support you all the way …
A little about me … I am a gentle soul … I pride myself on the classes I offer and the amazing work that has been shared into the community over the last 18 years … I am sure that as you journey deeper into the classes available in the area you will no doubt be seated next to someone who has been along to a Ripple class and believes that everyone needs a “Claire” … 1200 babies and families to date and 2 of my own doesn’t mean I am an expert but I am hoping I can help you shed some light to support you with your little one.
Look forward to connecting with you.