Yoga Nidra Programme – Deep Rest

Come home to yourself in this ten week body-mind restoration Yoga Nidra programme where you can experience the technique in person. Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation, given to you as you rest in a totally supported posture. This can be lying down or sitting, or reclining. We use lots of cushions, bolsters and blankets to ensure we are fully supported in our posture, so that we can deeply let go at a pace that suits us. As you rest, you will be guided into a relaxation by my voice. Sometimes focusing on the breath, sometimes on the body, sometimes on sensation, ...

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Pregnant! Now what…?

Pregnancy. A time for many changes physically, mentally and emotionally. Sometimes even spiritually, as you become awestruck about the absolute miracle of life, growing within you. Sometimes good feelings, sometimes not so good. How can I help to support you? As a mother to three children, with three very different births under my belt, I have experienced many different scenarios during pregnancy and labour. From denial to fear, from diabetes to shoulder dystocia, and from shock to euphoria and total empowerment, I believe I have enough experience to listen without ...

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Hypnotherapy for Relaxation in Childbirth

Hypnotherapy for relaxation in Childbirth is very popular right now. I would love to train in this, but I haven't yet, so here is a place you can download some relaxing hypnobirthing mp3's. These complement pregnancy yoga really well, and I would encourage you to listen to them as much as you can. It does take you to a different website so please remember I am not responsible for the third party website and whatever else you click on. Tracy Holloway Hypnotherapy for Childbirth

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Adapted pregnancy sun salutation

Adapted pregnancy sun salutation is a lovely way to give a good stretch to the whole body and create space for yourself to breathe deeply. In pregnancy yoga we adapt postures to suit. We do not overstretch as this can cause weakness after birth, due to the amount of the hormone 'relaxin' during pregnancy, making us think we can stretch further than necessary. Stay within your limits and be gentle. Downward dog is not for everyone, feel free to miss it out completely if you want to. Afterwards, please lie on your left side with a bolster supporting your right leg, and ...

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Herbal Eye Pillows

A herbal eye pillow is very relaxing placed over the eyes or next to the face as you relax. They are made using high quality herbs and linseeds or rice, which are stitched into a lining inside the pillowcase, ensuring that no filling escapes. They are made to order, using quality fabrics in a broad range of styles and colours, to suit everyone. Approximate size is 23cm x 8cm. Approximate weight 70g. I have formulated 5 separate herbal mixes for you to choose from (please scroll to the bottom of this page for details), but with discussion I am able to adapt or even ...

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Your birth plan

A birth plan, of course, is an 'ideal' scenario. Rarely do birth plans follow suit without some tweaks here and there. As an example, I wrote on my third baby's birth plan 'Do not touch me!' and my wonderful midwife respected that totally, but of course as I progressed and the situation changed, she did touch me with permission. Had to in fact. But for the whole of my labour she did not actually physically touch me. I had my reasons, and they were important at that time. But she helped me and empowered me to birth my way until I needed her. Things to include are your ...

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Private pregnancy yoga classes

If you can't make it to our Thursday evening group class, or feel unable to take part within a group, you may be considering your options concerning pregnancy yoga. DVD's can be helpful for routines, but cannot give you that one-to-one attention and discuss your individual needs. Private pregnancy yoga classes can give you that confidence in yourself and your body. They are tailored to suit you completely. Become empowered in your pregnancy at times that suit you better, in your own home or at the lodge. Time is yours to make of it what you want, for example labour or ...

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Partner pregnancy yoga class with labour and birth preparation

All welcome to the partner pregnancy yoga class with labour and birth preparation. Time is spent exploring yoga postures to connect with the breath and our partners, to feel (as pregnant women) fully supported, and (as partners) empowered with knowledge of techniques to offer/ receive that support, as needed. The room is set up in double mat sections if space allows, with couples having their own space to practice. There is time to chat to other couples before class if you arrive early enough, and for about 15 minutes after. From being a 'human birthing ball' and other ...

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Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is loosely translated as 'Yoga-Sleep; since yoga means union of the body-mind, therefore 'union of the body and mind in a deeply relaxed state'. The practise is quite simple. Lying down or sitting supported, so that you can totally relax, all you need to do is listen and feel. It is a different technique to a meditation, and it is not a trance. You are very safe. You may fall asleep, and although this is not the aim, it can be what is needed for you so don't worry too much. The practice of yoga and deep relaxation has been found to reduce anxieties and ...

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Meditation

There are so many different types of meditation. Some contain movement; some contain stillness. Some have breathing practices; some have visualisations. Some have eyes open, some closed. The common element is focus. As the mind stills, with regular meditation practice, it is able to recognise when it is wandering. At this point we can direct it back gently to the focus point and remain present. Daily commitment is advised to get the most out of meditating, but don't judge yourself if you forget or just didn't have the time. Choose a suitable time and place, maybe ...

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