Pre- and Postnatal Yoga
"Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~Elizabeth Stone
Pregnancy is a celebration of life. Women should be honoured as creators, as the givers of life.
In my work though I often meet women whose pregnancy gets overshadowed by worry or fear, of not feeling capable, not trusting their own bodies. Bombarded with opinions and advices about what to do and what not, pregnancy can be a challenging time, as somehow even in our society we deny the normalcy of birth and rather portray it as an inevitably risky and dangerous medical event.
Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, sums it up well with this challenge to all birthing mothers: "Imagine what might happen if the majority of women emerged from their labor beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth. When enough women realize that birth is a time of great opportunity to get in touch with their true power, and when they are willing to assume responsibility for this, we will reclaim the power of birth and help move technology where it belongs - in the women, not as their master.”
Yoga can be a wonderful way to support the body through pregnancy and help prepare it for labour through movement, meditation and breathwork. Yoga can help you to look forward to your pregnancy and birthing with joy and love and finding a deep trust in letting the body do what it already knows how to.
I teach both privately as well as in small groups and my work is to empower you and supporting you in trusting and believing in your birthing body.
Lisa created a genuine sense of calm and oneness with body and self during my pregnancy. The practice was tailored to how I was feeling physically and emotionally. She taught me suppleness and strength through movement even with a burgeoning bump. She guided me through breathing techniques to support my mental wellbeing and offer some relief to the unusual discomforts of pregnancy. Lisa makes yoga accessible to all and her love and patience can be felt through her practice. Selina Suresh