|Sharing the Benefits of Yoga
If you are a yoga teacher then you will know that a lot of women do yoga. Having pregnant women in your class is a common occurrence and being able to guide them in a safe and knowledgeable way is an essential skill.
Yoga has a lot to offer pregnant women and Natal Yoga Teacher Training provides you with a comprehensive understanding from our two highly experienced instructors.
This course will make you a better yoga teacher.
The best preparation for labour is pre-natal yoga
Seven Stages of Pregnancy
This weekend intensive course covers seven stages of the birthing process:
- preparation for conception
- yogic conception
- first 3 months of pregnancy
- last 6 months of pregnancy
- the birth
- first week post natal
- nine months post natal
- postures (asana)
- breathing (pranayama)
- meditation (dhyana)
- guided relaxation (yoga nidra)
- extra yogic guidance for difficulties
- changes in the psyche – this includes the esoteric level
Yoga Solutions for Common Problems
These techniques can go a long way to mitigate some of the challenges that women frequently face during pregnancy:
- sleepless nights
- pain in back, neck and shoulders
- weakened pelvic floor
- sore feet
- weakened abs
- bouts of crying
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- teach yoga postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation for pregnancy, including a specifically designed guided relaxation technique (yoga nidra)
- recommend birthing techniques which reduce pain
- prescribe techniques aimed a shorter and calmer labour
- give advice on effective recovery
- teach post-natal yoga in groups or private sessions
Within all these stages are the techniques and knowledge which we have found to be most beneficial for mother and child.
Hi Shanti & Atma and the team at Ashram Yoga,
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get in touch. Life has been turned on its head since we had our little boy (born 12 Mar). Quin is doing really well and has already mastered the art of getting his foot in his mouth like a true yogi! He does a mean Cobra pose and a little spot of Yoga Nidra also works wonders in getting him to sleep at night.
Thanks for all your wisdom in the lead up to his arrival, Shanti. I can’t shout enough about the benefits of yoga in pregnancy especially the Yoga Nidra for helping to connect with the baby and calm the mind. I hope all is well with you all in Parnell and Ohui.
All the best,
Petra & Quin.
Read an interview of a pregnant woman who benefitted from Roselle’s Natal Yoga classes.
Dates:………….Saturday 7-8 December 2013
Times:………….Saturday 10am – 9pm
…………………….Sunday 10am – 5:30pm
Location:……..Ashram Yoga Parnell
Enroll online or request a course instructor to call you to discuss the course.
Since this is a yoga teaching role, it is most suited to those who are trained yoga teachers. However, we do accept those who have experience with yoga or those who are involved in pregnancy such as midwives, natal educators, etc. If you have any queries, please call us for a chat.
The course will be facilitated by Swami Shantimurti Saraswati and Roselle Gould. Both are highly qualified and experienced yoga teachers with specialist knowledge in pregnancy.
Shantimurti is Ashram Yoga’s senior instructor and has been teaching yoga for 35 years.
Baby Laszlo pictured with his grandfather Shantimurti (in the black shirt) and his great-grandfather Karmamurti.
With Shantimurti’s extensive knowledge and experience of yoga he has guided many women through the pregnancy process. His approach to pregnancy yoga comes mainly from the teachings of the late Swami Satyananda Saraswati. However, he was also instructed in the esoteric aspects of pregnancy yoga by an old yogini who lived in the Himalayas – but this story is best told by Shantimurti.
Roselle runs regular Natal Yoga classes. She has extensive knowledge and experience with yoga for pregnant women. If you are pregnant, intend to become pregnant or are related to someone who is pregnant then we highly recommend Roselle’s Natal Yoga classes either at The Grey Lynn Community Centre (Monday evening 5.45pm-7.15pm ) or at Ashram Yoga in Parnell (Wednesdays at 6:00pm.) See details about her 8-week course.
We interviewed her for our newsletter:
Recently Roselle talked with us at the Ashram Yoga office and kept us spell-bound with a fascinating conversation about pregnancy.
Did you know that after 20 weeks the baby can hear perfectly well and learns to recognise voices? So when the baby is born it already knows who is who – and responds particularly strongly to the father’s voice.
Knowing this, Roselle teaches ‘vocal toning’ in her classes which has many benefits for the mother and baby – including stimulating a neurological connection between the throat, jaw, pelvis and cervix.
Did you know that your balance needs recalibrating every week of the pregnancy as your belly expands? Fortunately, there are yoga postures that can help with that.
Other postures are given to improve the posture and joints, which are the parts of the body most affected by hormones during pregnancy. Additional postures are used to balance digestive discomfort (such as over-acidity), strengthen muscles and increase cardiovascular function. There also exercises for concentration and fluid retention.
Classes also include other toning exercises specific to female requirements including the abdomen, perineum and the pelvic floor. These exercises help to bring blood, oxygen and nutrients to these areas.
Pranayama breathing exercises are used to bring emotional stability, increase oxygen in the body and prepare for birthing.
Yoga Nidra guided meditations are also an important part of the class. This helps the mother and baby to bond before the baby is even born! It also helps with ‘sleep debt.’ Roselle says she often has classes with ten sleeping women during Yoga Nidra.
Natal Yoga classes are a place where you can find a sense of community and be around people who are going through the same experiences as you. Often lifelong friendships start in class like this.
Roselle has a lot of knowledge and experience with the whole pregnancy process. Her enthusiasm and wisdom is plain for all to see.