Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, the final stages of pregnancy can be a unique experience loaded with excitement, anticipation and fear. How do you maintain equilibrium and trust in your body while interested family and friends beg the question ‘when are you due?’. Can you find any comfort in the ‘not-knowing’ when baby will make their grand entrance into your world. Can you ‘let go’ of preconceptions of how your birth will be while at the same time making clear plans and setting intentions? So much to think of! During these last few weeks your body starts to lead the way as it prepares for the most miraculous of experiences. Come and join other mothers in the same phase: move, breathe, cry, laugh and rest.
Mindfulness techniques can play a part in supporting your busy brain. Yoga asana designed specifically for your magnificently pregnant body will help you to find peace, relaxation, a sense of openness and much needed stillness - props will be used and modifications offered. Some movement, breathing and sound techniques will be taught to assist you in creating a calm atmosphere to take into your birth experience and to revisit when baby is born. Above all, the workshop will provide you with a safe and nurturing space to find stillness of mind as you start to listen to your intelligent body, float above the noise and access your resources for inner peace.
At the end of the movement section a mother who has recently given birth will attend to talk through her experience. Tea and snacks will be provided while you meet other expectant mothers in the same phase to build friendships and networks.
Esmelou is a mother of 3 - most recently of a baby boy. A yoga teacher and also a music therapist with experience working with children and adults alike in challenging phases of their lives. Esmelou has a commitment to supporting other mothers who like herself have experienced both the exquisite joys and also the darker moments of pregnancy and motherhood.
Suitable for anyone who is 34 weeks pregnant and beyond. No prior yoga experience necessary. Tea and snacks will be provided.