YogaBellies

YogaBellies for Mum & Baby

YogaBellies offer relaxing and rejuvenating sessions especially designed for post partum mummies and their new babies. We use our proven YogaBellies therapies, with a unique twist on authentic yogic techniques, to guide you help you adjust and grow as a mother. We offer class and water based sessions where baby is never left to one side and is integral part of your sessions and your new life as a mother.

Our classes for Post-Natal Mum with and without baby:

YogaBellies Loving Touch Baby Massage: Infant massage
AquaTinies: Mum and newborn water bonding
YogaBellies for Mum & Baby: Post natal mum and baby yoga class
AquaMamas: Water based post natal yoga just for mum

Our Post natal classes last around an hour and involve learning techniques and strokes to aid growth, soothing and bonding for you and baby. They will also help you recover and heal gently, but effectively. At the end of each class, we take time to reflect on our practice, drink tea, eat biscuits and chat with other mummies (very important!!) :)

YogaBellies for Mum & Baby

YogaBellies Post Natal Yoga is all about your BAPs: Back, Abs and Pelvic floor!

The body undergoes huge change during pregnancy and childbirth. YogaBellies for Mum and Baby is a unique post natal yoga class which focuses on mum’s three main areas of concern: the back, the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor. We focus on rebuilding these three key areas post natally, at a pace that suits you. As the integrity of each of these key areas is interconnected, we work on all three at once to help bring back structural integrity to your body.

At YogaBellies for Mum and Baby, we don’t “put baby in the corner” while you practice yoga :) Our exclusive post natal classes also incorporate baby yoga postures for your little one too so that they can practice with mummy! As every aspect of your life will include baby now, we help you integrate baby into your yoga practice, while feeling the benefits of yoga for you too. You will also learn breath awareness and relaxation techniques, which help to increase energy levels and allow you to relax while with baby (yes it is possible!!)

Yoga provides a wonderful resource for you and your baby that allows you to deal positively with stress, and encourage mindful relaxation in your role as a mother and to help gently guide the body and mind back to their former glory.

Who is YogaBellies for Mum & Baby for?

Our unique YogaBellies for Mum & Baby sessions incorporate traditional yoga asanas (postures) adapted for post partum mum and some for baby too. While most post natal yoga classes either focus soley on mum (with baby stuck in their buggy) or offer baby yoga alone (with no physical benefits for mum), YogaBellies for Mum & Baby combine BOTH post natal and baby yoga, to ensure both mum and baby leave the class feeling stretched, revived and relaxed. We use unique YogaBellies® baby touch therapies as well as beautiful songs, games and positive life building experiences for your baby teamed with core rebuilding and relaxation for mum. Baby yoga has also been scientifically proven to help with baby’s brain development, growth, self soothing and common ailments such as colic, reflux and disrupted sleep.

YogaBellies® classes are entirely unique and our class formula means that 86% of our class attendees have never set foot in a yoga class before. We make sure our classes are non-scary, non-threatening, welcoming and open to all levels of practitioner as YogaBellies classes are accessible to everyone. No experience necessary and no matter your birth experience, we can help you and baby safely and comfortably progress at your own pace.

What are the benefits of YogaBellies for Mum and Baby classes?

Benefits for Mum:

Focus on rebuilding the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor; Helps alleviate back and neck pain; Allows mum to regain strength and muscle tone at her own pace; Studies show decreased indcidence of post natal depression; Encourages mum and baby bonding and makes for baby’s enhanced social skills in future; Allows mum to heal and relax along with baby;

Benefits for Baby:

Nobody puts baby in the corner in our class :) Baby is fully integrated into mums yoga practice and life; Enhances baby’s immune system; Helps brain and nervous system development and growth;
Offers sensory stimulation but also enhanced relaxation leading to better sleeping patterns; Baby learns to self soothe and develops key relaxation techniques for the future

How does the YogaBellies for Mum & Baby course work?

This is a rolling block of six classes and therefore classes are booked in blocks in advance. The cost of your course includes a super duper YogaBellies Mummy Pack, customized for the class you are attending including a tote bag, and emailed downloadable pack with sequences to try at home and much more. You are not just booking a class, but a full course. We don’t have drop in’s at our classes as each of our classes is a ‘yoga journey’ and we believe that to feel the benefits, you must continue your practice for a number of weeks.

To find your nearest YogaBellies class click here.

What happens at class?

Our gorgeous YogaBellies for Mum & Baby classes last around an hour and involve yoga for mum, yoga for baby and some lovely deep relaxation together. Our Mum and Baby Yoga classes include yoga postures for mum AND for baby; this is not just ‘baby yoga.’ All of the postures can be practiced with or without your baby, depending on how you prefer to focus, and depending on how baby feels :) Sometimes our classes are quiet and sometimes there is crying. and that’s okay too. Sometimes the babies are full of fun and sometimes they just want to snuggle up to mummy and feed. The key thing to remember is that there is no pressure on you or baby and you can just take the class as your own pace. Suitable for all mamaes, our classes have a co-operative spirit of ‘give and take’, alternating yoga for babies, with yoga for mums and yoga together.

A typical session includes baby stretches to take small bodies through a full range of movement which often astonishes (and inspires) their mums including incorporating baby massage; breathing and focused yoga postures for the mums, and postures-for-two to give mums and babies new ways to relate to each other. For mummies, we focus on gently working the abdominal muscles, slowly getting mummy back to pre-baby shape and helping to build strength, stamina and fitness

How do I book a place?

Be sure to contact your YogaBellies teacher in advance as our classes generally book up pretty quickly.

To find your nearest YogaBellies class click here.

What do I need to bring to class?

We provide everything you need like mats and blocks etc, but feel free to bring your own. Please bring a drink for you and baby as its important for you both to keep hydrated. Socks for relaxation at the end are also a good idea as you will both cool down quickly.

When can I start?

For a ‘normal’ (we don’t like that word) birth, we recommend at least 6 weeks after the birth. If you have had a caesarean section, then we recommend 8-10 weeks. As always, the most important thing is to listen to your body, if you are in any pain or discomfort, just wait a few weeks :) During the class there is no pressure for you or baby to do anything that’s uncomfortable and there’s no need to have any yoga experience either. Our classes are suitable for all levels of yoga practice.

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AquaTinies…

What is AquaTinies?

These classes are a gentle introduction to the water for parent and baby. This is not a baby swimming class, but is a beautiful gentle mix of toning exercises in the water for mum with songs for baby. The aim of this class is to gently tone while using the therapeutic properties of the water as a bonding experience that will build mum’s confidence with baby together in the water. We do not do any activities that involve submerging you or baby.

Who are AquaTinies classes for?

This class is suitable from 6 weeks post-natal until baby is approximately 6 months old.

What are the benefits of AquaTinies?

+ Return to exercise in a gentle and safe way while spending time with your baby.
+ Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
+ Meet other new mum’s and babies in your area
+ Guidance and support to help you to adapt to lifestyle, physical and emotional changes
+ Gentle movements for baby in the water helps to tone babies muscles
+ Improve confidence with your little one in the pool

How does the course work?

How do AquaTinies classes work?

These classes are run in set 4 week blocks. You can do as many blocks as you wish up until your baby is around 6 months old. If you or your baby have any conditions that may affect your ability to participate please ensure you seek permission to attend from your medical professional.

To find your nearest AquaTinies class click here.

How do I book a place?

Be sure to contact your YogaBellies teacher in advance as our classes generally book up pretty quickly.

To find your nearest YogaBellies class click here.

What do I need to bring to class?

Mats, cushions and oils are provided during the class and you will receive a 50ml bottle of YogaBellies® baby massage oil to take home with you to practice at home. Please bring a towel along to wipe baby clean after the massage and a toy to distract them if they become fretful. A clean nappy may also be advisable! :)

YogaBellies Baby Massage…

Many parents have hectic lifestyles, juggling a host of responsibilities and activities, and many new mothers have the added stress of having to return to work due to financial commitments. Quality time with children can often be affected because of this and infant massage, an age old tradition, is simple, free, can be administered almost anywhere and has a host of emotional and physical benefits for both parents and baby.

The aim of these classes is to teach basic, safe strokes to parents whilst building their confidence in touching their babies. Through massage parents can learn how their babies communicate with them by understanding their baby’s positive and negative cues; promoting understanding and a mutual respect for one another. The classes can also serve to help parents understand about over-stimulation of the baby and why babies cry and use self-calming techniques. Infant-massage also offers an opportunity for positive touch and early play, including music and rhymes in the infant massage classes. Studies have shown that using nursery rhymes can be a wonderful learning tool and can even enhance brain development of the child and in addition studies have shown that positive touch with infants leads to healthy physical and brain development

Who is YogaBellies Baby Massage for?

YogaBellies offer Loving Touch Baby Massage classes for new-borns and infants from new-born age until ‘mobile’ (which can be anywhere between 6 and 10 months) and also currently teach group classes, baby massage parties and one-to-one sessions as required. You can even bring preterm babies along after 37 weeks as long as they are medically stable. Read what new mum Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud, Strictly Come Dancing) has said about her YogaBellies Baby Massage sessions in her OK! Magazine column.

What are the benefits of YogaBellies Baby Massage?

Benefits for Baby

Smoothes transition from womb to the world;
Develops baby’s first language: touch;
Teaches positive loving touch;
Develops a feeling of being loved, respected and secure; Develops body, mind, awareness and coordination;
Can help to reduce the discomfort of colic, wind and constipation;
Helps to regulate and strengthen baby’s digestive and respiratory systems and stimulate circulatory and nervous systems;
Promotes relaxation;
Can help to reduce ‘fussiness’ and improve quality of sleep; Improves skin condition.

Benefits for Parents

Helps parent to understand baby’s non-verbal communication;
Enhances parent’s confidence and competence in dealing with baby;
Can help with postnatal depression;
Both parents and baby relax together;
Promotes lactation in breastfeeding mums (through stimulation of hormones)
Promotes nurturing instinct (through stimulation of hormone oxytocin)

*(From The Guild of Infant & Child Massage website, www.gicm.org.uk, 2005)

How does the course work?

This is a rolling block of five classes and therefore classes are booked in blocks in advance. The cost of your course includes a super duper YogaBellies Baby Massage New Mummy Pack, customised for the class you are attending including a tote bag, CD, handouts, discounts, local information and much more. You are not just booking a class, but a full course.

To find your nearest AquaTinies class click here.

How do I book a place?

Be sure to contact your YogaBellies teacher in advance as our classes generally book up pretty quickly.

To find your nearest YogaBellies class click here.

What do I need to bring to class?

Massage mats and oils are provided during the class but you should bring a change of clothes for baby and a drink for you both to keep hydrated. You can also bring a toy to distract them if they become fretful.

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AquaMamas: Just for Mum

What is AquaMamas?

AquaMamas classes are 45 minute sessions in the swimming pool designed specifically for post natal women who want to spend some quality time focusing on themselves. Classes vary each week and involve a mix of cardiovascular exercises, games and activities, aqua circuits, aqua yoga and floating exercises. AquaMamas classes finish with relaxation and breathing techniques ensuring you leave the pool feeling blissed out and re-energised

Who is AquaMamas for?

AquaMamas classes are suitable for postnatal women from 6 weeks postpartum (longer if you have had a c-section). If you have any conditions that may affect your ability to participate please ensure you seek permission to attend from your medical professional.

AquaMamas® classes are entirely unique and our class formula means that 86% of our class attendees have never set foot in a yoga class before. We make sure our classes are non-scary, non-threatening, welcoming.

What are the benefits of AquaMamas classes?

+ Relieve aches and pains
+ Help to reduce blood pressure
+ Return to exercise in a gentle and safe way in the water
+ Reduce pressure on joints
+ Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
+ Enjoy some “me time” with other new mothers from your area
+ Guidance and support to help you to adapt to lifestyle, physically and emotionally
+ Learn breathing and relaxation techniques for birth and beyond

How does the AquaMamas course work?

The classes run in 6 week blocks and are bookable from any week as the classes are “rolling”. Each class covers a different theme. You can do as many blocks as you wish however ensure you inform your instructor that you wish to continue. When you join you will also receive your complimentary online AquaMamas pack and tote bag.

To find your nearest AquaMamas class click here.

How do I book a place?

Be sure to contact your AquaMamas teacher in advance as our classes generally book up pretty quickly.

To find your nearest AquaMamas class click here.

What do I need to bring to class?

We provide everything you need like woggles and props etc, but feel free to bring your own. Please bring a drink and suitable swimwear its important for you both to keep hydrated.

When can I start?

For a ‘normal’ (we don’t like that word) birth, we recommend at least 6 weeks after the birth. If you have had a caesarean section, then we recommend 8-10 weeks. As always, the most important thing is to listen to your body, if you are in any pain or discomfort, just wait a few weeks :) During the class there is no pressure for you or baby to do anything that’s uncomfortable and there’s no need to have any yoga experience either. Our classes are suitable for all levels of yoga practice.

YogaBellies for Mummy & Toddler

YogaBellies for Mummy & Toddler takes off where YogaBellies for Mum & Baby finishes up and incorporates a hatha yoga class for mums and their mobile babies (from 18-36 months.) All levels of yoga practitioner are welcome along with their little people and celebrity mums such as Fearne Cotton have tweeted about how much they love their sessions (see below.)

What happens in a YogaBellies for Mummy & Toddler class?

Mums are welcome to join the class from six months post-partum with their mobile babies.
This is a normal hatha yoga class for women (not post natal) but also allows time for mum
to practice some ‘Little Angels’ yoga with her toddler. Your baby doesn’t have to be able to
walk yet and both crawling and walking babies love the different elements of the class.

Our YogaBellies for Mum & Toddler classes allow mum to enjoy her own yoga practice around her active toddler. While mum is practising her sun salutes, baby may be playing with the other children or exploring the treasure chest… and when baby starts to become restless, we jump over to our ‘Little Angels’ yoga for mobile babies. Both mum and baby can enjoy all of the benefits of yoga in a welcoming, fun and safe environment.

A typical session includes hatha yoga for mum and toddler stretches to take their growing bodies through a full range of movement which often involves breathing and focused yoga postures for the mums, and postures-for-two to give mums and mobile babies new ways to relax and play together.

How does the YogaBellies for Mum & Toddler course work?

This is a rolling block of six classes and therefore classes are booked in blocks in advance. The cost of your course includes a super duper YogaBellies for Mummy & Toddler Yoga Pack, customized for the class you are attending including a tote bag, local information and much more. You are not just booking a class, but a full course.

To find your nearest YogaBellies class click here.

How do I book a place?

Be sure to contact your YogaBellies teacher in advance as our classes generally book up pretty quickly.

To find your nearest YogaBellies class click here.

What do I need to bring to class?

We provide everything you need like mats and blocks etc, but feel free to bring your own. Please bring a drink for you and baby as its important for you both to keep hydrated. Socks for relaxation at the end are also a good idea as you will both cool down quickly.

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Baby Massage and Yoga can help with a range of Infant Ailments

+ Massage can begin from the day the baby is born, but many parents start later having been taught by health professionals or having been on a course;

+ Massage is an excellent way of connecting with your baby if you are a working mum. A short massage each night before bath time can help your baby feel loved;

+ Massage can alleviate trapped wind, soothe colic or alleviate constipation;

+ Massaging the jaw can relax a baby who has just begun to take solids;

+ Massaging the gums through the skin may ease the pain of teething;

+ A face massage can unblock baby’s blocked nose – Massage can alleviate the effects of postnatal depression and help mother have a more positive interaction with their baby