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Ani Ritchie – Southampton, Hampshire UK

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Contact Number

07444 795131

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Teaching location (name of area or post code)

Southampton (SO19, SO18, SO30)

Type of YogaBellies class:

YogaBellies for Pregnancy, YogaBellies for Mum & Baby, YogaBellies Baby Massage, YogaBelles (for all women), YogaBelliesKidz or Toddler, Birth ROCKS Birth Mentoring

About Me

I have been teaching at Yogabellies Southampton since 2016, and offer a range of classes across the week – check my Facebook page for more details or send me a message :-) I’ve been practicing yoga since I was pregnant 9 years ago. I found my pregnancy practice incredibly powerful in making me feel connected to my body at a time when it was changing so radically, and in bonding with my bump/baby. That hour on the mat was the highlight of my week! I then attended both postnatal yoga classes for me (which helped my body recover after a wonderful natural home birth) and baby yoga. Since then I have continued my practice (and my little one still joins in too!). I am an experienced teacher with over 14 years chalked up in the (university) classroom and I enjoying personalising what I teach to who I see on the mat, and what you individually need. No two classes are the same!

Why I became a YogaBellies Teacher...

I wanted to bring together my passion for yoga with my love of teaching. I thrive on empowering women to feel confident and calm in their own bodies, through all the wonderful and varied phases of life. I am especially interested in pregnancy, birth and babies, so YogaBellies was the perfect fit!

I love teaching my classes and seeing the positive benefits yoga brings to women at such a special time in their lives.

Other qualifications

I have an NNEB (nursery nursing qualification), an Honours degree in sociology and a Masters degree in Gender. I am also a qualified Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner.

Class details

Pregnancy classes:

Wedsnesdays 7.30-8.45 at The Botley Centre
Thursdays 6.30 – 7.45pm at Woolston Community Centre
Fridays 7pm-8.15 at the 2000 Centre, Hedge End

Mummy and Baby yoga, Mummy and toddler yoga, and baby massage classes run on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Woolston YMCA Centenary Quay, Woolston. Term time only.

YogaBelles Lunar classes run on Thursday evenings from 8-9pm at Woolston Community Centre

Please email me for more details :-)

What people have said about my YogaBellies classes...

“Ani is a reassuring and inspiring teacher. By the end of the class, my back was breathing a sigh of relief and I was feeling simultaneously energised and chilled – a lovely combination!” (Juliet)

“I felt wonderful Wednesday thank you, nicely stretched and relaxed, very much looking forward to Monday” (Gillian)

“I arrived with a horrible headache and left without it, thank you!” (Becky)

“After a little searching for the perfect yoga class during pregnancy I finally found the lovely Ani. I already have yoga knowledge but wanted to have specialist classes for a time when I knew I would need extra guidance and advice. I had been suffering from quite severe sickness which meant that I was feeling very unlike my normal self during early pregnancy. My weekly yoga classes helped to speed me along to feeling the best I have for a long time – possible better than I felt pre pregnancy. Ani has listened to what I would like to achieve from class and after a thorough chat prior to my classes she has managed to tailor my practice to me. My learning style has been considered, speed of class, what I enjoy and what I will most benefit from have been at the forefront of her planning sessions and then delivery of class. I love the knowledge she can pass on about breathing, delivery preparations and relaxation. The meditation sessions are wonderful and help me to drift off and relax which not only come in handy now but will be invaluable later too! I like to be pushed in class and Ani has been very accommodating with this and made sure that my sessions are very continual. However, with this in mind, she can just easily tailor classes to complete beginners and use her fabulous tutoring background to tailor classes to each individual. I have loved my yoga practice with Ani and I can’t wait to get back on the mat in the new year! ” (Sarah)

“I started practicing with Ani just over a month ago – and I love it! Having never done yoga before I was not sure what to expect but I really look forward to my time on the mat! Even in just four weeks I have seen my flexibility improve dramatically even with bump!! Ani is relaxed and friendly and puts you at ease, she is happy to tailor positions so you find them comfortable – I feel that both me and bump are in very safe hands!!” (Abbey)