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Yoga Programme for Pregnancy

Yoga can help during pregnancy, a time when the body is undergoing so many changes.

Yoga during pregnancy has been shown to:

  • Boost energy levels
  • Cultivate breathing techniques
  • Empower women to have a conscious birthing experience
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Strengthen birthing muscles
  • Promote relaxation and restful sleep
  • Keep the body supple
  • Relieve lower back pain
  • Relieve swollen joints, heartburn and constipation
  • Promote a healthy birth

When pregnant, please do not practice any yoga which is not recommended within this pregnancy section. Be especially careful during pregnancy to consult your doctor before undergoing any exercise routine.

Yoga during the First Trimester

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  • All Trimesters: Shoulders & Spine07:07
    All Trimesters: Shoulders & Spine

    Sally Parkes

    A wonderful, gentle pregnancy yoga class suitable for all trimesters which is designed to stretch out the shoulders and lower back. Expect a selection of simple poses which will help to open up the chest, shoulders and the back of the body. This is a short sequence you can do anytime when you feel you need to stretch out and release these areas of the body. You will need a wall and a chair.



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  • Pelvic Girdle Pain22:59
    Pelvic Girdle Pain

    Sally Parkes

    Pelvic pain and aches are very common during pregnancy. This class discusses why the pain may occur and gives exercises to combat the pain. These exercises are suitable for during the second and third trimester. You’ll need a block and a chair handy.



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  • Optimal Foetal Positioning21:01
    Optimal Foetal Positioning

    Sally Parkes

    This class is aimed for mums-to-be 6 weeks or so before birth to try to encourage your baby into the right position for birth. The term is optimal foetal positioning. There are positions we can do to try to encourage the best positioning for baby for the most healthy and ease-ful labour. You will need a cushion or a block and a chair or ideally, a fitness ball.



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  • Turning Breech Baby22:25
    Turning Breech Baby

    Sally Parkes

    This class can be really useful to try to turn your baby if baby is in breech position, or simply to try to encourage your baby into the right position for birth. You will need a cushion or a bolster and part of the class is near a wall.



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  • Pregnancy yoga for lower back and pelvis37:26
    Pregnancy yoga for lower back and pelvis

    Sally Parkes

    A flowing sequence for pregnancy. Suitable for all trimesters, although as it is a flow sequence, don't push it too much! Great for sore lower backs and to give your hips and pelvic region relief. Includes lovely long pregnancy relaxation. You will need a block.



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  • 2nd Trimester: Morning Energiser41:26
    2nd Trimester: Morning Energiser

    Sally Parkes

    By your second trimester, you're ready to get moving again and get energy flowing to you and your bump. This beautiful, quiet morning energiser is classic Hatha Yoga at its best. A great practice even if you don't have a bump!



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  • Trimesters 2 & 3: Goddess Flow12:00
    Trimesters 2 & 3: Goddess Flow

    Sally Parkes

    Here’s the perfect practice to re-energise at the beginning or end of day. Sally leads an up-beat session to open the hips, shoulders and spine with some deep lunges and goddess pose variations. Perfect to re-set the mind and ease the hips particularly where there is sacro-iliac pain.



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  • All trimesters: Hip Openers31:41
    All trimesters: Hip Openers

    Sally Parkes

    This is a fabulous sequence for any time during pregnancy ”“a flowing freeing practice that loosens the shoulders, spine and hips. Using a chair for stability Sally moves us through side flexes to make space for baby with lunges and sitting hip openers to release the hips and lower back. Sally’s classes are perfect for new students who’ve started yoga during pregnancy and those of you who want tips to modify your current practice. Props: Chair



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  • Trimester 1: Gentle flow20:05
    Trimester 1: Gentle flow

    Sally Parkes

    A simple flowing practice for those early days during pregnancy. Sally introduces open twists and gentle side bends that will support your energy levels and refresh your day.



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  • All Trimesters: Relax & Restore 12:36
    All Trimesters: Relax & Restore

    Sally Parkes

    A simple and nurturing practice for when you’re tired and need that extra TLC.



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