Pregnancy Yoga & Birth Preparation

All babies, tiny as they begin, create vast ripples, and everything in your life is affected. Your body goes through immense changes, your emotions and thoughts change, your relationships change. Your whole identity changes.


Small Blessings Yoga offers cycles of pregnancy yoga classes which include ongoing birth preparation and inspiration on this incredible, intense and sometimes challenging journey. Kundalini Yoga is a tradition that is rich in practices and teachings that are of immense benefit for this journey and it is my privilege to accompany women along their unique way through it. 


What happens in the 1.75 hours of class?

In each class you are guided to move, stretch and breathe consciously, relieving tension from your body and releasing stress from your system. The movements and postures are tailored to pregnancy and are safe for every stage. 


Deep relaxation follows exercise - essential for all humans but especially in pregnancy, given the extra demands on you. 


Meditation is also an essential part of class. Here we draw from the treasure trove of meditations available in this tradition, focussing on the ones of most special relevance to this journey, to clear your mind, balance and uplift your mood and clarify your perspective. 


Every class includes an aspect of birth preparation. I take you through an exercise which we repeat every week and through this you are invited to explore your own capacity, your depth of breath, stillness of mind and vastness of spirit. Birth as a process is discussed and you are offered both information and experiences to help you prepare well, so that you can feel more excited than fearful in anticipation of the day you meet your baby.


In each class I also share from the teachings of Kundalini Yoga on pregnancy and womanhood - an offering of enrichment to your spirit. 


Mantra is a beautiful and central part of these classes, in the form of chanting or singing - to begin and end and also for some of the meditations. No matter what you might think of your voice, to your baby your voice is the most beautiful thing of all. And this practice opens the lungs, deepens the breath and releases fear and anxiety. You are welcome to go at your own pace with this. Many women find that the music and mantras from class touch them and become special, even going with them into the birth and beyond as a connective vibrational thread reminding of the space of yoga and the warmth of heart enjoyed during class. 

All of the above, we can only imagine, is like nectar to your child in the womb. 


Classes are offered in cycles of varying lengths. The ideal is to do a whole cycle and when you are done, keep coming until the birth. There is always something new to learn, you are always changing and hearing things with new ears as the pregnancy goes along and birth preparation is best done all the way through. If we are part way through a cycle as you read this but would like to start, contact me to see if there is space. If you come to the end of a cycle and your baby is due mid way through the next one, we can arrange a pro rate block of classes for you. Casual classes are possible, but committing for a cycle is always best, if you can. 


You can start as early (or late) in your pregnancy as you like.


If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch. 


 

"Adi Shakti Namo Namo. That's what you are: the primal nucleus power with absolutely no deficiency. Complete and perfect and positive; one who can create another human being out of her."   
Yogi Bhajan


Testimonials:


"No book, no midwife, no birth preparation seminar has prepared me for the birth as much as this course." Ilke


"Once again, I can’t thank you enough for your truly amazing pregnancy yoga classes - without which, I really don’t believe I could have had three such wonderful birth experiences. I honestly can’t thank you enough Jai Ram, not only have your classes, your words and your time and support helped me to achieve birth experiences I’d hoped for and beyond, but I’ve also gained so much more than that - the ability to apply these learning to so many other situations which has helped me immensely, I’m forever grateful to you." Louise 


"I am beyond grateful to have yoga in my life, I have found your classes particularly empowering and inspiring! It really has allowed me to embrace my feminine on a far deeper level, in such a short time. It has been so helpful to allow me to trust my inner self, and already Tom and I are so proud of ourselves for tuning in and making decisions aligned with us, under pressure...

Your kundalini yoga has also been sooo useful post birth, releasing tension, nervous energy and staying grounded in this miraculous, exhausting time of learning and growth." Shonali 


"The messages and exercises from yoga certainly helped me prepare mentally and physically for a quick and intervention-free labour. I also think it helped with my speedy recovery after the birth. Thank you so much. See you at Mums and Bubs soon." Mel


"Thanks, thanks thanks and again thanks. You gave me the tools to go though my birth in such a great and happy and prepared way, and I will never forget that." Manuela


"I just want to say a massive thank you to you Jai Ram. Your amazing wealth of knowledge, gentleness and kundalini teaching is what got me through my 40 hours or so of labour. I think I would've had a completely different birth experience had I not come to your class. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart." Ebon

"Just a little message to let you know we welcomed into the world a beautiful baby girl, yet to be named, born yesterday. In love with our new addition to the family and a very excited big brother. I can't thank you enough for your amazing pregnancy yoga classes, birth preparation exercises and guidance and support throughout this journey and once again it prepared and enabled me to have the labour I had hoped for. I feel very fortunate - thank you so much." Louise

"Every night I sing Maya “May the longtime sun shine upon you”, and when she was unsettled I was putting on a long version of “Adi shakti” and for some reason, that was the only thing that could put her asleep! Thanks, thanks thanks and again thanks. You gave me the tools to go though my birth in such a great and happy and prepared way, and I will never forget that." Manuela

“I wanted to pass on my thanks to you for the wonderful leanings you enabled for me as part of your yoga sessions.
I can definitely say over the 24 weeks I attended your wonderful classes, I slowly became much more in tune with my body and predominately my mind, where I felt more and more empowered and in control of my thoughts. You made me realise that I am strong and that a natural birth experience is absolutely possible:)
You planted the seed and now my "natural water birth" is something I am embracing and very much look forward to, and something not to fear (...and I had never thought I would be birthing this way before!). The power and influence of these positive learnings are not be taken lightly. I now know, thanks to you Jo, that I can do this, I want to do this, I am made to do this! It's EASY !!! :)
Also, I just want to share with you a little hiccup we experienced mid-way through pregnancy. We found out sometime ago that our little bub will have a Cleft Lip and Palate. This was quite a shock when we first found out, however now we are armed with information, we know everything will be OK, just a little challenging in the first 12 months:) I thought I would let you know that the yoga really helped me maintain a positive perspective through all this - thanks again." Carmen


“After finding out the exciting news I was pregnant I was told by a lot of friends of the benefits of Pregnancy yoga so I joined small blessings yoga classes at around 10 weeks unsure of what to expect, as I hadn’t done a lot of yoga before. I have enjoyed the classes so much and feel very positive, calm and prepared for my labour. I’m so glad I started the classes early in my pregnancy, after initially expecting the classes to only involve exercises I found there was so much more to each session including, meditation, breathing exercises, birth exercises, relaxation. The relaxation and meditation elements of the lessons has enabled me to make sense of all the thoughts, worries and information that fill up my mind throughout the week allowing me to leave each class feeling calm and ready for the next stage of my pregnancy!
Another aspect I have found very useful is the level of first hand knowledge and experience of our instructor Jo. It was great to hear about others experiences and the options available to us from Doulas to community midwifes, a lot of information which you don’t necessarily get from the hospital or from your GP. None of the views or beliefs we have spoken about have felt as if they are being forced, you are left to feel free to take things on board and decide if they are right for you.
I also enjoyed the sessions where we spoke about some of the kundalini yoga teachings. One which has stayed with me throughout my pregnancy and is always something I think about when I get overwhelmed is the belief that your baby's soul chooses you as you are the right person to look after them and they are the perfect fit for you.
Thank you for all your support throughout the lessons I’m getting really excited about the arrival of my little one and can’t wait to come back for the Mama and Baby Classes!" Ailsa