Barefoot Babes Prenatal Yoga courses incorporate breathing, relaxation and active birthing techniques, along with yoga postures and research based information. In combination, these provide women with the knowledge to self-manage the discomforts of pregnancy and prepare themselves for an active and empowered birth.
- Run as a 6 week course, with the option to continue thereafter on a casual, pay-as-you-go basis.
- One course must be completed before casual attendance is permitted.
- One 90 minute class per week
- Course cost: $120
- Bookings essential
The courses are best suited to first time mothers or women whom felt underparepared for their previous births and would like to improve their childbirth experience.
Pregnancy is a special and unique time in a women’s life. Every woman comes to this point in her own time and in her own way. Some fall into it by accident, others have planned it and some have strived for it for years. For some women, it’s a time of great joy and wonder, basking in the glow of pregnancy. While for others, it can’t be over soon enough.
Regardless of how you came to be pregnant, chances are that you face very similar challenges to most other women. Your changing body, although miraculous and amazing, can also be the source of many aches and pains. Your fluctuating hormones can cause you to be tired or irritable. And then there’s the big question…”How am I going to get this baby out?!”.
Barefoot Babes Prenatal Yoga courses aim to help you manage and address all these challenges and prepare you for an active and empowered birth. So come and join us as we stretch, relax and chat our way through each class, meet other mothers-to-be, share your stories and experiences, and learn a lot along the way.
Next course start dates are...
13 January, 10 March, 28 April...with more courses coming in 2018.
Courses run back to back throughout the year, with the exception of long weekends and a break over the Christmas/New Year period.
When and Where
George Burnett Leisure Centre
Manning Road, Manning
A map of the location is available here.
9 - 10:30am
6 week course
Why Prenatal Yoga?
Many women come to yoga for the first time when they are pregnant, as it's one of the few exercises recommended during pregnancy (with the others being walking and swimming). Of these, prenatal yoga is unique in that it provides not only exercise specifically tailored to pregnant women but it also incorporates breathing, relaxation and active birthing techniques, along with mindfulness practise and birthing information. These combined, give a wholistic, mind, body and spirit approach to pregnancy and birthing.
The yoga postures help to stretch and strengthen through the body, create space for the baby, assist with optimal foetal positioning, alleviating aches and pains, and help to create openness through the hips and pelvis. The breathing, relaxation and mindfulness techniques prepare the mother mentally for birth. While active birthing techniques help with managing pain during labour, help baby move down the birth canal and create maximum openness in the pelvis for delivery. As a complement to all of the above, the workshop component of each class provides valuable research based information to stimulate your own research into childbirth.
Prenatal yoga is a valuable experience on any pregnancy journey and the knowledge gained is a real asset during labour.
When can I start?
Prenatal Yoga is suitable for all women, at any stage of pregnancy, with no prior yoga experience needed.
You can start doing Prenatal Yoga from the very beginning of your pregnancy, right up until you give birth.
If you are in your first trimester and experiencing morning sickness, you may prefer to wait until this has settled in the second trimester, before you begin classes.
Each class begins with relaxation, incorporating breathing techniques and pelvic floor exercises. From relaxation we flow through our yoga postures, which gradually build in number over the 6 week course. Options are given for most postures, enabling you to tailor them to suit your needs and changing body. We then move onto the workshop component of the class, which includes a partnered discussion, as well as a group discussion, on the topic for that week.
After the workshop, we focus again on relaxation and breathing techniques. Each class finishes with relaxation and mindfulness practise.
The workshop component of each class is approximately 20 minutes long and involves a group discussion on a topic related to labour. The topics include; Choosing a Care Provider, Stages of Labour, Pain Relief Options, Active Birthing Positions, Birth Preferences and Bringing Baby Home. Handouts are emailed out each week, with detailed information on the main points related to the topic discussed that week, this includes sample Birth Preferences.
The workshops are there to provide a basic understanding of some of the important aspects of birth and to encourage your own exploration of the topics discussed. The workshops are relevant to all birthing scenarios, whether you are birthing at home, at the birth centre or in hospital, and whether you are having a vaginal or caesarean delivery.
What to Bring
Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you
to move freely and bring a cushion/pillow/bolster to use as support during class and for relaxation.
You might also like to bring some water. Additionally, if you have morning sickness or reflux, feel free to bring snacks, like dry crackers.
Some yoga mats are provided but if possible, please bring your own.
The Prenatal Yoga, 6 week course, costs $120.
One free make-up class is included with each course, if a class is missed due to sickness/work/commitments etc.
Once you have completed your first course, you may attend any of the following courses, on a casual basis, at $15 per class, pay-as-you-go.
Course payments can be made via a direct bank transfer or bank deposit at time of booking. Casual class payments can be made in cash at the beginning of each class (there is no eftpos).
Bookings are required for all Prenatal Yoga courses. Please go to the Bookings page, select your preferred start date and fill in the rest of the booking information.