- Join a Circle
Outdoor Wellbeing for Mum, Outdoor Classes for Babies
Our Nature Circle takes place in the great outdoors. It’s a space for us to meet and be connected; with ourselves, our babies, with nature and with each other.
These Circles run at various times throughout the year. Each has a theme and a mindful activity. They are created with the wellbeing of you and your baby at their very centre.
It's a different kind of Circle where the focus is on 'being' rather than 'doing'. There are no tasks that need to be achieved but rather the focus is on finding beautiful quiet moments to connect and reflect.
This Circle is a mixture of guided mindfulness, babywearing, forest bathing, journalling, gratitude, creating nature art and simply 'being' in the great outdoors. Babies come in carriers so that you can move with them and keep them close. Part of each class is spent alone in your own thoughts and part as a group with other mums and me. I am there the whole time holding the group safely and leading the group parts of each Circle.
- In each Circle, you will learn:
- How to connect with nature in a more mindful way;
- How to connect your baby in the great outdoors and introduce them to the wonder of nature and wildlife around us;
- The art of forest bathing and the reasoning behind it; studies have shown that spending time among trees has calming, relaxing effects and boosts our immune systems.
- How to use nature to awaken your creative side through nature art.
- As well as the Circles, you also receive:
- Guided meditations and simple exercises to try at home; and
- Guidance on gratitude practices to build into your daily routine;
- Each Circle ends with tea and biscuits so that you have plenty of time to properly meet and chat with the other mums.
Mindfulness practices help calm feelings of overwhelm that many of us experience when we become mothers. Breathing in nature's air helps your lungs dilate and expels airborne toxins from your body. Fresh air boosts you and your baby’s immune systems, helping them fight bacteria and germs. It oxygenates your body and brain which helps you think more clearly and feel more energised.
The Circles take place in Moseley Park. If the weather is really bad, we will meet at my Pod in Moseley and bring the Circle inside. Please follow me on Facebook or Instagram to find out when the Nature Circle takes place and its theme.
Each Circle, including our tea time together, lasts for 90 minutes. It is suitable for mums with babies of all ages who are happy to be worn in a carrier or sling for most of the 90 minute session. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for toddlers as little ones of this age are a little too active for us to fully embrace the mindful elements of each Circle.
I love being outside. It's where I am at my happiest and where I think more clearly. I really want to share my love of this with you and your baby.
WEDNESDAY 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Rowheath Pavillion Grounds,
Bournville B30 1HH
6 classes, 1 Class per week
Class cost: £65 Deposit: £15
Is perfect for mums and babies
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What our mums say...
I feel empowered as a pregnant woman and as a future mum
I signed up to the class to get to meet local expectant mums with the side benefit of a nice stretch. I did meet some lovely local mums and found it so helpful to have a space where you could talk about any issues and get advice or support. What really surprised me was how much I valued the yoga and stretching but mostly the breathing exercises. It gave me a toolkit of things to do during pregnancy and also in Labour and has made me feel excited for the birth! Mandy’s affirmations during the rest time have really spoken to me and made me feel empowered as a pregnant woman and as a future mum.
The class was so beneficial to me, to have a space just for me to enjoy my pregnancy and learn about the things I can do in birth to help it be a positive event. Thank you!
Absolutely love her classes
I returned to Mandy's pregnancy yoga classes following my second pregnancy as I absolutely loved her classes first time round and made some solid friendships.
Mandy creates such a welcoming and safe environment. She is passionate about ensuring mums and mums to be have a support network alongside the yoga which is so vital. Her classes provide opportunities for open discussion around pregnancy/childbirth/motherhood and no question is out of bounds!
Following the birth of my daughter, I went on to attend baby massage and baby yoga classes, both of which I can thoroughly recommend. Baby massage has given me some really helpful techniques to manage baby's trapped wind and has also helped me deepen the bond with my little ones. Baby yoga was surprisingly more relaxing than I expected! I have made some amazing friendships that have continued post classes. I would definitely recommend Mandy's classes. She is so honest and puts her heart and soul into her classes.
I did want to say thank you. Your classes are fantastic - you explain everything so clearly and know which achy bits to work on. It has made me think that I should find a ‘normal’ (ie not postnatal) yoga class post-lockdown, but finding the time will be a big challenge! I also think that what you do for mums is great and I hope that you will be able to start your classes in person again soon. If I come across any mums to be or new mums I will certainly recommend you, although Arlo was a late (and very happy) addition to our family and most of the mums I know have kids at school now. That’s been another positive for me actually - being able to connect with people going through the baby/pregnancy stage as otherwise it would have been very easy to neglect that side of my life with the demands of having other young children. One of the unforeseen bonuses of Mandy's classes was that my baby always slept for three hours afterwards!
Every class provides a relaxed and friendly environment
I first attended baby massage classes when my son was 3 months old, and then went on to do mum and baby yoga, and I’m on my 4th block of classes now (my son is now 9 months old!) Every class provides a relaxed and friendly environment, great yoga for post pregnancy, focussing on pelvic floor exercises and breathing, and a general feel good hour where you can forget about the outside world. The cake and tea are a bonus at the end of the classes and I have met some really lovely moms through attending. Mandy has a special gift at teaching and she never fails to create a relaxed environment for the babies, who all seem fixated by her presence. I am so glad I found her classes as Wednesdays are my favourite days of the week! Cannot recommend enough.
SO glad I'd found Mandy and her classes
I had previously been to a few different yoga classes and found them a bit intense and not what I was looking for. I heard about Mandy's prenatal yoga classes through a friend and it sounded just what I was looking for. From the first session I was SO glad I'd found Mandy and her classes. They are way more than a yoga class - meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation and a chance to chat to other expectant mums and soak in Mandy's wisdom. The jammie dodgers are a welcome bonus to the class too! Since lockdown the classes were via zoom and this worked really well and I still had the same sense of connection and relaxation I got from the in person class. Between classes I also did Mandy's yoga sessions on her website which really helped me stay relaxed and helped my aches and pains. I also made sure I regularly listened to her audio relaxations which helped me stay calm and grounded in those final weeks. Above all of this, Mandy has been a wonderful support and checked in with me after the birth of my daughter and during our hospital stay - Mandy really does go above and beyond and puts out some brilliant online content. I can't thank her enough!
Mandy really encourages everyone
I first attended Mandy’s pregnancy yoga classes when I was pregnant with my first baby, the yoga helped hugely with my pregnancy aches and pains but most of all the support and encouragement from both Mandy and the rest of the group was amazing. Mandy really encourages everyone to engage with each other which wasn’t something that I had experienced in other groups I attended, it meant that I felt safe in asking that daft question or verbalising my fears! I then went on to attend baby massage and postnatal yoga with my first baby and again the support and ability to engage with other new moms was fantastic! I have recently had my second baby and attended pregnancy yoga, whilst I had less concerns and worries about pregnancy and birth the classes gave me a dedicated hour to have just for me...which was so important and you don’t get much time to yourself when you are running around after a toddler! I am now attending postnatal yoga and although this is having to be done via zoom Mandy has continued to provide a safe environment and an opportunity to engage with other Moms! Thank you Mandy you help me keep my sanity!
Mandy is such a positive influence
I went to Mandy's pregnancy yoga class for a block of 8 lessons. I enjoyed it so much that I kept going for another two blocks. You may think you're going for yoga, but it's so much more. Mandy is such a positive influence on how you feel about your pregnancy, birth and parenting. I gained friends, lost any fear of giving birth and am looking forward to joining one of her baby classes with my newborn.
Mandy understands that babies have their own minds...
Mandy was extremely friendly and made me feel at ease so quickly. Which was fantastic as I was nervous being the youngest mum in the room. It was good to introduce everybody and nice for Mandy to explain she understands babies have their own minds so if we wanted to we could feed or change nappies just simply watch.
And she really meant it.
Having tea and cake at the end of each session made you stay and engage with the mums. I loved how Mandy explained all the benefits of the different massages e.g. winds/sinuses Oh and one final thing I loved the goody bag! Couldn’t rate the class highly enough.