Pregnancy Yoga

Small Blessings Pregnancy Classes


FROM CONCEPTION TO BIRTH 

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


Small Blessings Pregnancy Yoga classes help you to feel more at ease in your body. The exercises are customised for pregnancy, chosen for their positive impact on your posture, bodily health and relaxation, easing many of the common challenges and complaints of pregnancy. Circulation and breath are brought into a good rhythm, the mind slows down, stress is released and the glandular system is harmonised and balanced, leading to a lighter mood. 


You baby is clearly benefitted by all your moves in the direction of well being, as you are her whole world. 


Classes are suitable for all stages and phases of pregnancy. You are welcome, and indeed most women do this, to keep coming to successive cycles right up to the birth. It is possible to start at any time and also to pay pro rate for a cycle. 


Each class you are guided through a special birth preparation exercise that prepares you for birth. Your nervous system deepens in resilience, endorphins are built up and, perhaps most crucially, you discover the important role of your mind for birth. You are supported as you empower yourself to meet the birth with less fear, more enthusiasm, more confidence and trust. I share with you some essential, central, common sense principles about birth that, no matter what your choice and circumstances, will likely confirm what your intuition and instinct are already telling you and serve you to meet birth in an informed and switched on way. Women who have consciously prepared for birth are also much more likely to recover well and move into the next stage of life feeling good. 


Not "just" exercise, Small Blessings Pregnancy classes also draw on the rich treasure trove of themed meditations from the Kundalini Yoga tradition, to bring you greater clarity, calm, upliftment and connection with your baby. The subconscious mind is cleansed through meditation, making you feel lighter and more present in general and helping you bring more consciousness into your semi and subconscious beliefs: excellent preparation for birth and motherhood.


Finally, as an offer to your spirit, to inspire and enrich your perspective, I share with you from the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and other wisdom traditions on themes that may interest and affect you strongly during this time. Very practical tips and practices are also shared, as some of these may resonate with you according to your own life circumstances, needs and possibilities. Throughout, I draw on my own experience as a mother of 3 and teacher of pregnancy and postnatal yoga since 2006.


I warmly invite you and your baby to class. 


 

"The purest thing in the world is the heart of the mother, the heart-chakra, the centre of the mother. It is the purest thing in the world. ... It can move the universe. It can cause an effect beyond limitation. The heart of the mother is the greatest power of Infinity ever given to any finite being."   Yogi Bhajan


Testimonials:

"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

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

“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