Pregnancy yoga is widely recognised by health professionals as an effective and safe practice for pregnancy and is one of the most valuable self-care regimes you can participate in during this special and important time.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body and emotions go through many changes. Svastha pregnancy yoga classes will empower you with tools and information that will help you move through these times of change with as much ease and grace as possible. They will support you throughout your pregnancy, preparing you physically and emotionally for birth and the years of motherhood to come.
Pregnancy yoga classes are gentle in nature and perfect whether you are discovering yoga for the first time or expanding on previous experience. We ensure that the practice is comfortable for both mother and baby, and encourage you to slow down, connect inward with your growing baby and give yourself space to fully experience this special and important time.
Barbara is one of Auckland’s most experienced pregnancy yoga teachers. She creates a nurturing and supportive environment for her students. This is a place where you can feel easy connecting and sharing with other women on the same journey.
What to expect in your pregnancy yoga class.
Classes begin with a short opening chat where each mother-to-be is given the opportunity to share how she is feeling and ask any questions she may have.
From here we continue with 30 – 40 minutes of asana practice (postures). We focus on postures that are particularly valuable during pregnancy, labour & birth and that will:
- Strengthen your back and help to eliminate or reduce back / hip pain common during pregnancy
- Strengthen your legs and increase stamina, preparing you mentally and physically for labour & birth
- Bring openness to the chest and shoulders, improving circulation and preparing for breast feeding
- Help to position baby optimally for birth
A large focus in our pregnancy yoga classes is breathing, both during the physical practice of postures and as an exercise in itself. The last part of the class is spent sitting quietly with your breath and your baby.
You will learn specific breathing techniques that bring about a deep sense of calm, inner awareness and focus. This focused breathing will help you move any physical and emotional resistance that may arise during labour, birth and beyond, helping both you and your baby to remain calm and relaxed throughout your journey together.
Where & when?
Barbara teaches her pregnancy classes from her home studio in Grey Lynn.
Classes are conducted in 5-week programs (1 class per week), with a maximum of five women in each class, and are booked and prepaid prior to commencement. Casual attendance is only available for women who have been attending regular classes with Barbara throughout their pregnancy, and are nearing their big day.
2018 program commencement dates
13th February (fully booked)
20th March (fully booked)
24th April, (fully booked)
29th May (fully booked)
3rd July (fully booked)
14th August (4 weeks only)
27th November (4 weeks only)
21st February (fully booked)
28th March (fully booked)
2nd May, (fully booked)
6th June (fully booked)
11th July (fully booked)
15th August (3 weeks only)
28th November (4 weeks only)
18th January (fully booked)
22nd February (fully booked)
29th March (fully booked)
3rd May (fully booked)
7th June (fully booked)
12th July (4 weeks only)
16th August (3 weeks only)
29th November (4 weeks only)
Location, times & costs
6 Prime Road
All classes: 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Cost – $100 per 5-week program (1 class per week).
Please note: the program cost will be adjusted for classes that you are unable to attend. This is for a maximum of one class per program and must be arranged prior to the program commencement. There are no refunds or class transfers once the program has started.
Regular practice is key to maintaining health and vitality throughout your pregnancy. Barbara suggests that you attend at least one private consultation, where you will be provided with a simple home practice tailored to suit your specific needs.
Thanks, I hope to see you in class soon!