Recommended from week 14 until birth.
Pregnancy Yoga aims to encourage women to create strength, flexibility and relaxation – physically, mentally and emotionally. In the journey to motherhood, during pregnancy and postnatal recovery, yoga can support a woman to listen to her body’s intelligence and during pregnancy connect with her baby. Expect physical postures influenced by Vinyasa Flow Yoga, breath awareness and relaxation.
I come away from the class feeling truly MUCH more relaxed and less stressed.
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Please check with your health consultant if you have any concerns.
Time off work for yoga?
Women in full time employment are entitled to paid time off work to attend yoga classes (included in ‘antenatal appointments and relaxation and parentcraft classes’). For further details please visit: www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/03.htm
Why 14 weeks?
The first trimester is a time for the body to get used to being pregnant. There are plenty of hormonal changes (sometimes manifesting as nausea, heartburn, tiredness) and it is also the time where the body will either accept the healthy foetus or if something isn’t right our bodies will reject it. If this is the case it usually happens around 7-12 weeks. Exercise, or yoga, will not be the cause of a potential rejection/miscarriage but no one would want to have that association or concern. Especially if you have a history of repeated miscarriages or have had IVF treatments. HOWEVER many women enjoy continuing with their regular yoga practise. If that is the case please let your yoga teacher know. I have happily had my existing yoginis in my classes (flow and prenatal) from conception to until their waters break!
Anja has had an interest in yoga for twenty years, and been teaching since 2005. She has been fortunate to train in different styles of yoga with a variety of high profile teachers.
Her particular expertise is in Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga. With a great interest in women’s health Anja trained as Doula with acclaimed obstetrician Dr Michel Odent and doula, Liliana Lamis. She enjoys working with women throughout their pregnancy and during their postnatal recovery. She has been blessed to witness the remarkable transformation of women regardless of their previous yoga experience.
Anja’s classes are fun, warm, nurturing, supportive, and creative. She plays particular attention to structure and alignment, encouraging women to feel empowered during this time of transformation.
Anja is the founder of yogaembodied, a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with The Yoga Alliance UK (their highest accreditation), E-RYT 500® and RPYT with Yoga Alliance US, she has a BSc and PGDip in Ayurveda and is Doula trained.
She has written, co-created and is tutoring YogaLondon’s Pregnancy & Postnatal Teacher Training Course.