These classes give you, the expectant mother an opportunity to tune inwards and focus on your growing belly with a new sense of awareness.
Prenatal classes are flowing, nourishing and encourage women to tune in with and trust their intuition. Attention is given to your changing body, releasing areas of tension, and reconnecting with both yourself and baby. We build in time to pause and surrender, yet feel strong and empowered throughout the classes (and pregnancy). Classes are suitable for any stage of pregnancy, you will be led how to adapt the postures as necessary to suit your body and trimester.
You may already be familiar with some of the poses, but prior yogic knowledge is not necessary as we will be working around these classic poses with mindfulness and care to create a sense of nurturing and peace, bringing flexibility to mind and body.
This is a time for us to feel comfortable and secure in taking care of ourselves, with the motto of "what is good for mother is good for baby". (Ana Davies) Baby Bliss Yoga.
Each class will be especially suited to the various stages, levels or energy experienced during pregnancy to support your body most to enter into labour and beyond with ease. We will cover safety guidelines and benefits of pregnancy yoga over the coming weeks, with some helpful mindsets to develop during pregnancy.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes are designed to support pregnancy from 12 weeks, however if you're in the first trimester and really want to start your yogic journey please do get in touch and we can look at whether it is suitable for you to start early depending on your yogasana experience and general fitness.
Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
- Builds strength
- Helps relieve aches and pains
- Teaches you to breathe
- Teaches balance
- Helps you open your hips for childbirth
- Relieves anxiety
- Helps you bond with your baby
- Teaches you how to rest on command
- Encourages confidence
Your Prenatal Instructors
Beth Ivy Buxton (Beth is currently on maternity leave)
Beth completed her 200hr teacher training with Ashram Yoga last year, and a specialist certificate in Fertility, Prenatal and Post Natal Yoga (including Ayurveda and yogic philosophy) earlier this year. Having started her yoga journey over 15 years ago, it wasn’t until motherhood that her practice really became interwoven within her life – both on and off the mat.
Witnessing first-hand the grounding and transformative effects of yoga, and its ability to help her navigate the transitions and challenges of motherhood,Beth felt deeply called to share yoga with other mothers and mothers-to-be. She is passionate about holding space for other women, and using yogic tools and philosophies to create more ease in daily life. She has a deep interest in wellness and Ayurveda, and weaves these into the class structure alongside asana (postures), breathing and relaxation.
As well as teaching yoga, Beth is a mother of two small children, a trained Arts Therapist and is currently completing further study as a Postnatal Doula.
Misato obtained her 200 hour Yoga Teacher’s qualification in 2016 and has been teaching specialized classes in Pre/Postnatal Yoga and Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga. During 2019 she has completed further 300 hours of training for certification in Pregnancy Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Somatics & Mindfulness Meditation, and Yoga for Kids.
Originally from Japan, Misato is a mother of two school-aged children and has been an active yoga practitioner for over 20 years.
Yoga has empowered her with inner peace and confidence throughout her pregnancies, childbirth and motherhood. Her passion lies in sharing her joy of yoga with those who are beginners, are experiencing limitations, or just simply wanting to enjoy life as is.
She believes that anybody and everybody is capable of practicing yoga and reaping its benefits both for the physical & emotional well-being. It is all about finding the right modifications to make the postures/asanas/movements work for the individual’s needs, so everyone can feel great and completely comfortable about being in their own body.
Misato uniquely incorporates her passion for shiatsu, tai-chi, and te ao Māori into her yoga practice.