I am an aromatherapist and qualified children’s nurse. I own and run a complementary health clinic in Birmingham. From here I have taught baby classes for the past 16 years. Through Birthlight I discovered yoga and the joy of sharing yoga based baby and parent classes. Teaching these classes does my heart good.
Find classes with a qualified Birthlight Teacher near you or online by looking in our UK and International Directory below. You can search by name, location or qualification. If you don't find a teacher near you then please contact us.
If you are pregnant and looking for prenatal yoga or 'yoga for pregnancy' classes, look for teachers who are qualified in Perinatal Yoga, Yoga for Maternity or in the pool Aquanatal Yoga. Some teachers offer special classes or workshops for Birth Preparation or VBAC - preparing for a vaginal birth after a cesarean.
If you are looking for classes for recovery after birth you will find teachers who have qualified in Postnatal Yoga or Aqunatal Yoga teachers offering postnatal classes in the pool.
For classes more actively involving babies look for Nurturing Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Integrated Baby Massage and Baby Yoga and Toddler Yoga. Aquatic Nurture is for young babies in baths and home pools before they are ready for the big pool and Baby Swimming and Toddler Swimmingi. Some teachers have specific training for Yoga with Special Babies and Special Baby And Toddler Swimming.
Well Woman Yoga teachers offer a range of classes from Fertility Yoga to Yoga for a Smoother Menopause. Well Woman Yoga supports women through all the life stages, cycles and transitions.Well Woman Aqua Yoga teachers offer these types of classes in the pool.
Aqua Yoga teachers provide classes in the pool for a wide range of therapeutic purposes.
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.
My name is Carla and I am a fully qualified Birthlight and STA infant aquatics teacher. In 2005, I trained with a swim school in Cambridge which was ran by Sally Lomas and Amanda Gawthrope. I also worked at Birthlight’s headquarters in admin for a while too. Having taught babies to swim over many years, including my own daughter, I have become increasingly aware of the benefits for newborn babies of learning water confidence from a very young age and the parent and baby bonding that results from being in water. Our aim is to bring parent and baby together through our swim splash classes in a safe, friendly and fun environment that best suits the needs of everyone involved.
Réka started practicing yoga at the age of 16 in the Maheshwarananda tradition. After working on her PhD at Oxford University and the birth of her 3 children she initially trained with Dr. Francoise Freedman in 2003 (level 1, London) then in 2005 (level 2, Budapest). Since 2003 Réka has taught pregnancy yoga continuously. In these 19 years, working with literally thousands of expectant mums, she has been passionate about helping them find trust, balance and love in their bodies – especially during pregnancy, at birth and in the postnatal period.
She is also a qualified doula, perinatal consultant, birth class educator, certified to teach yoga and ayurveda. She has taught one of the most popular birth preparation classes (in Hungary), and has attended births as a doula both at home and in hospitals. In the meantime, She has also taught womb-centred (well-woman) yoga and ayurveda practices for women of all ages.
In 2020 she returned to the UK to continue teaching in Chipping Norton, close to Oxford.
I teach antenatal mindfulness and antenatal yoga both privately and with my local NHS Trust. Whatever your interest, please get in touch to find out more about group courses or private classes. I look forward to hearing from you.
I am a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Northampton, with research focus on wellbeing, positive psychology, parapsychology and alter-states of consciousness. I am interested in taking on research degree students who wish to focus on aqua therapy and the benefits of aqua yoga therapy. Please do contact me for more details.
I am available in Mansfield for one to one Aqua Yoga sessions on request.