The meaning of Yoga comes from the Sanskrit ‘yuj’ which mean to join or to unite. We think of this union as the joining of the mind and the body, healthy mind healthy body, healthy body healthy mind. Hatha is also translated in ‘ha’ meaning ‘sun’ and ‘tha’ meaning ‘moon’. This refers to the balance of masculine aspects – active, hot, sun – and feminine aspects – receptive, cool, moon – within all of us.
Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind.
Many individuals prefer private classes for a number of reasons – recovery from an illness, a sports injury or perhaps just taking the time for one to one tuition – so that they can really feel the benefit of yoga, take time to listen to their bodies and learn the practice of yoga to get the maximum benefit both mentally and physically.
Postnatal yoga provides a safe space for new mothers to reconnect with themselves and their new post-pregnancy body. Practicing postnatal yoga can benefit women in finding balance in their lives whilst bonding with their new baby. These classes provide a fun environment to build a relationship with other new mothers and their own beautiful babies during a time that can be both overwhelming and exhausting.
General guidelines for postnatal yoga
The general guidelines for women to resume exercise postpartum are 6 weeks for vaginal birth and 8 weeks for a caesarian section. Women should not join the class until they have had a 6 week check with their health visitor.
Pregnancy is an amazing personal journey for a woman, both mentally and physically. Practicing pregnancy yoga can help women adapt to the changes in their body in a positive way, through safe and effective yoga poses, breathing techniques and relaxation.
Pregnancy Yoga provides simple and effective ways for mothers to have confidence during pregnancy and childbirth and allows women to gain awareness in their breath and energy for a smooth journey during labour and beyond.
General guidelines for pregnancy yoga
Until recently the British Wheel of Yoga Guidelines stated women should refrain from practising yoga until the 16th week of pregnancy. The guidelines have changes recently and now state there is no evidence of increased risk of miscarriage through doing yoga in the first trimester. However there is a lot going on in the body at this time and many women feel tired and suffer from nausea. Relaxation and breathing techniques will help women through this anxiety filled period and gentle movement can also be useful. Once the placenta is fully functional and the hormones start to balance out at around 13/14 weeks, women tend to feel like doing some movement again.
Perimenopausal and Menopausal Yoga
The role hormones play in a woman’s body including the overseeing of menstruation and pregnancy, then the winding down of fertility in the menopause, is miraculous. However in our busy and stressed lives, it is easy to disrupt the equilibrium, causing everything from headaches, mood swings, hot flushes to break outs and weight gain. By practicing yoga during this time of change and by bringing an awareness of stress triggers you can help manage these conditions and help the hormones to balance themselves.
Fertility yoga provides a nurturing environment to an individual to help sooth the surges in the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These can inhibit our health hormones and fertility. These classes provide support during each individuals fertility path. Fertility yoga does not guarantee pregnancy but does provide a space with emphasis on breath, relaxation, positive mantras and visualization to help women to accept the situation they are in.