FAQs

What about private yoga classes?
You can get so much more benefit from your yoga practice with private tuition. I have substantial training and experience in yoga therapy, pregnancy and post-natal yoga, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and restorative yoga, yin yoga, vinyasa yoga and meditation, so am very able to tailor the class well to your individual needs. Contact me for further information and prices. You can book by paying a 50% deposit here:



What is vinyasa yoga?
Vinyasa yoga links together postures with the breath in a powerful flowing style. The word vinyasa, pronounced vin-yaa-sa, is derived from the Sanskrit term 'nyasa' meaning 'to place' and the prefix 'vi', 'in a special way'. This fluid form of hatha yoga builds great strength and flexibility, and encourages deeper fuller breathing and energy flow.

What is yin yoga?
Yin yoga uses postures held from 3-5 mins working deeply with the connective tissue and joints, and the meridians that run through them. By balancing out this side of our self with our more active selves, with a deep internal focus, we are more naturally inclined to meditation.

What is yoga nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation, usually of 15-30 mins, done in the resting pose savasana, bringing deep relaxation, focus and healing.

Can I eat before yoga?
No! You need to leave at least 2 hours after a normal meal, at least 3 hours for a heavy one. A piece of fruit or small snack up to an hour before should be fine.

I'm not flexible. Can I still come?
Yes! Yoga is hugely beneficial in terms of creating flexibility - noone is expected to be that flexible at their first class. With practice, that will come.

What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes you can move about in.

Should I bring my own mat?
The Life Centre is fully equipped so just bring yourself! For classes in Essex, you will need to get your own mat - but you are welcome to borrow one while you are trying it out.

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  • My Mother and Baby Yoga Classes are open to all mothers, even those new to yoga. Come along from when you feel ready after birth and regain yozur strength, flexibility and calm.

    The postnatal period is one of adjustment and great change - one of my teachers Francoise Freedman at Birthlight tellingly calls this stage the fourth trimester. During this special time, you and your baby can enjoy specially designed classes where you are guided through yoga postures which may incorporate your baby, breath work and singing joyful songs. These classes will aid your postnatal recovery, while also spending nurturing time to bond with your baby though fun and play. It's also a great way to meet other local mums and babies in a warm and supportive environment.

    Each class is unique and captures the needs of both mother and baby together, especially for:
  • Relieving stress
  • Stabilising the pelvis
  • Strengthening mum’s pelvic floor
  • Toning the abdominal region
  • Supporting the lower back
  • Re-energising
  • Restoring.

    For babies we focus on:
  • Delight in movement
  • Spending bonding time with mum
  • Stimulating the vestibular system through gentle rolls, swings and movement, to help awareness of how the body moves through space and balance

    Testimonials
    "I absolutely loved Mother and Baby yoga with Luisa and so did my son Dexter! The class had so much variety and there was an even split between yoga for your baby and for a new mum. There were plenty of songs, stretches and massage which helped keep baby entertained and made it lots of fun. It was different every week and helped mum out too by working on different aches, pains and tiredness that we were experiencing. I would highly recommend the class and can't wait to return with my next baby!" Julia, Billericay

    Please note:
  • Classes can be started when the baby is about six weeks, if there are no complications, up until walking.
  • If you have had a Caesarean, please seek your doctor's advice before attending.
  • Please bring anything you need for the comfort of your baby, including a small blanket for them to lie or sit on.
  • All yoga props are provided.
  • Buggies and prams will be stored at the side of the class in the hall.

    Current Mother and Baby Yoga Classes

    A community class will be running from Spring 2017. Please see Schedule for full details.

    As well as my four years of General Yoga Teacher Training, I have specialist training in Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli at Sitaram and with Birthlight as a Baby Yoga Teacher, Level 2.

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