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
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.
Program commencement dates
4th June 2019
9th July 2019
13th August 2019
17th September 2019
22d October 2019
20th November 2019 (4 wks only)
5th June 2019
10th July 2019
14th August 2019
18th September 2019
23rd October 2019
21st November (4 wks only)
Program commencement dates 2020
21st January 2020
25th February 2020
31st March 2020
5th May 2020
9th June 2020
14th July 2020
23rd January 2020
27th February 2020
2nd April 2020
7th May 2020
11th June 2020
16th July 2020
Location, times & costs
6 Prime Road
All classes: 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Cost – $125 per 5-week program (1 class per week).
Please note: when booking into Barbara’s classes, you are booking for the entire 5 week program. Missed classes are not refundable or transferable to subsequent programs.
Regular practice is key to preparing for a calm birth and Barbara recommends practicing at home as well as in your weekly class. Private sessions are available to get you started with your personalised home practice.
Thanks, I hope to see you in class soon!