Pregnancy Yoga

Monday19:00 - 20:00Briercliffe Children’s Centre, Scarborough
Courses
Pregnancy Yoga courses normally run regularly at Briercliffe Children’s Centre. These classes have been suspended until further notice.

There are now online interactive sessions available. Currently these are:

Monday 7 – 8 pm
Wednesday 10 – 11 am

If you are interested in joining a course, please click the “Sign Me Up” button on the right of this page, and Rebecca will contact you with further details.

Yoga practice during pregnancy is very beneficial to reduce stress, control your mood swings, balance and calm your mind and enhance a healthy sleep pattern. The gentle postures help to relieve fluid retention, improve circulation, flexibility, stamina, strength and help to open the pelvis to prepare for labour. You will learn some breathing techniques that are useful in labour and others that will help you to relax and also to help you feel energised. With each set of Core Yoga sessions you will have access to useful information that supports the techniques you learn in class on everything from pelvic floor exercises to optimal foetal positioning  and from breathing exercises to perineal massage.

Being pregnant is one of the most challenging, exciting and life-changing time’s in a women’s life and you often feel like you are on an emotional roller-coaster. As your posture adapts to the growing uterus, your posture will change and lower back pain may occur. Muscles can feel fatigued due to the extra weight gain and digestion becomes sluggish often causing constipation. As the blood chemistry changes you can experience oedema, (fluid retention), making your feet and legs feel very restless and stiff. As well as morning sickness, sleepless nights, tender breasts, shortness of breath and heart burn to contend with, it is a very challenging time. Some women experience no problems during pregnancy whilst others can feel dreadful at times. Core Yoga classes will introduce you to potential new friends who may very well be feeling just like you and that social interaction together with the beneficial effects of the class can help make you feel more positive.  

Frequently Asked Questions

At what stage of pregnancy can I join pregnancy yoga and how long can I keep coming to classes?

You can start attending classes anytime from week 14 onwards. Pregnancy yoga is safe at any stage of pregnancy, but many women feel tired or nauseous in the early weeks and perhaps may not enjoy the sessions as much as in the second and third trimester. You can attend classes right up to and even beyond your due date. You will find the Swiss ball work and relaxation especially useful in the later stages.

I can’t make one of the dates in the set of sessions, can I still attend the set and do I have to pay the full amount?

Pregnancy yoga is run in blocks of 5 sessions and many of the techniques we do in class are progressive, and so you are encouraged to attend each class and as such refunds and reductions are not usually given. You will still receive the information for the week you miss and if you are able to come a little earlier (6.45) to, or stay a little later after the next class, I can spend time going through what you have missed.

How much are the classes and how can I pay?

The classes cost £40 for the set of sessions.

I am suffering with PGP, or SPD and/or back pain, can I still attend classes?

Absolutely you can come to pregnancy yoga. You will be advised on poses that are not suitable for you and given alternatives. You will also receive help and advice that may help relieve some of the symptoms you are experiencing.

I have never done yoga before, will I still be able to attend?

Prior knowledge or practice of yoga is not necessary for pregnancy yoga. All breathing techniques and physical postures (appropriate for pregnancy) and relaxation will be explained to you. However if you have done yoga before, you will find out how to adapt your practice for pregnancy.

What do I need to bring with me?

All equipment is provided, but a bottle of water is a good idea, and a blanket to cover yourself for relaxation.

What time does the class start and how long does it last?

The class starts promptly at 7pm, but you can arrive anytime from 6.45 to collect a mat, Swiss ball and settle in to the room. The class usually finishes by 8.15pm at the latest.

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