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I understand how important your postnatal recovery is to you. I also know that bodies take time to recover from pregnancy and birth - no matter how relatively straightforward your experience was.
Your body is amazing. She will recover, regain her strength and allow you to do all of the things you used to do. I know that returning to exercise, getting back to run training, netball or hockey, etc are important for your physical and emotional health. I understand that your wobbly bits might be frustrating you and that you’d love to be able to touch your toes again now that you can see them.
I know that you’re concerned about your pelvic floor and core strength, your posture feels hunched and your shoulders are so tight that not even a daily massage could untie you. I also get that your head is so full of baby related ‘stuff’ that you can’t switch off even when you do have two minutes to yourself.
I understand that you want your body to be the way she used to be but let’s get you there safely. I can help you with your physical and emotional strength. You will get to where you want to be - I promise.
Signature Blossom Postnatal Yoga Classes
My Signature Postnatal Yoga Classes are the most comprehensive you will find for safely regaining your physical strength and emotional resilience. They also support your postnatal recovery in many other ways.
I have designed the class around what new mums want and need. I have listened to the hundreds of mums I have helped with their postnatal recovery and also drawn from my own experience as a mum who went up four dress sizes during her first pregnancy and fell completely out of love with her body.
What you get?
- Me Time
- A safe space with your baby to reconnect with your body following birth.
- A non-judgmental space to find that physical and emotional strength you’re looking for.
- A space to learn that it is possible to relax with your baby.
- Time each week to feel your breath and movement flow through your body.
- An opportunity to begin or return to your yoga practice where you know you will be looked after and not cause any harm to your recovering body. This is your opportunity to fall in love with your body again.
This is much more than just postnatal yoga. Each class covers...
- Therapeutic and Strengthening Yoga
- hatha yoga postures modified for postnatal recovery
- postures specifically for core recovery and back strength
- postures to mitigate the usual postnatal aches and pains such as tight shoulders and poor posture
- strength work to regain muscle tone and strength
- stability work to ensure proper grounding and support for your body from your feet up
- easy to remember sequences for you to practice at home with or without your baby
- pelvic floor exercises to regain strength and aid recovery in your pelvic floor muscles
- tips on aiding your postnatal recovery outside the class
- time to reconnect with your body as she is different now that she has given birth
- You will learn breathing techniques:
- to reduce anxiety and aid relaxation
- to reconnect with your body
- to engage your core and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
- to create an energetic flow within you body
- that give you much needed headspace
- that allow you to tune into your emotions with kindness and without judgement
Your breath is your very essence yet we so very easily forget to breathe properly. When you do this, you hold tension within your body and you step out of natural flow. Motherhood needs flow. Babies need flow. I will help you find that easy breath again.
I suffered with postnatal depression after Grace was born. I completely understand how life can feel after a baby - that sense of mourning for the old you. I know that she is in there and that you will find her again with the right spaces for support.
Time with your baby
Yes, I know. It’s hard to find any time for yourself when your baby is small and you feel guilty doing something for yourself without her. In this class you get the best of both; time for you, with her.
It is possible to practise yoga with your baby close by and, if she needs you, please be attentive to her. All my postnatal classes are baby led. Be guided by your baby. If she needs a feed or a change; please do these things. It is not unusual for me to guide half the class through postures whilst the other half is feeding, changing nappies or resting. Yes, resting. Each class is your invitation to rest if you feel too tired to practice. This is your bonding time.
Dedicated time at the end of each class to relax with your baby. Believe it or not we do get quiet time.
I guide you and your baby into relaxation and share inspiring words to remind you that being you is absolutely enough.
- you automatically become part of an active and supportive community of other amazing mums and we really do help each other and create strong friendships
- tea and jammie dodger biscuits after each class
- access to me for any queries outside class time
- meet ups outside of the class
- access to an exclusive Facebook Community
- lifetime access to an online knowledge vault
- access to my extensive knowledge of the postnatal services and practices here in Birmingham. If I don't know the answer, I will know someone who does. I have a fantastic referral network of other amazing people such as expert women’s health physios, postnatal doulas, breastfeeding support, baby wearing advice, etc
- postnatal yoga sheets with sequences for you to follow at home
- jammie dodger biscuits!
Plus your special invitation....
You are invited to our unique Mother for Life Circle evenings.
These evenings are your chance to be with other like-minded mums who all want to support other women. They are friendly, informal and we cover a wide variety of topics. You can bring something specific with you that you want to chat about or sit and listen to the conversation. They are your space to experience real and authentic friendship and to gain confidence as you journey through motherhood. PLease click here to find out more about the Circle.
We share our wisdom and our experiences in a way that builds a strong community based on trust and respect. Pregnancy is the very beginning of your journey as a mother for life and having other women to share it with you makes the journey easier and so much more fun. There is nothing else like this in the Midlands.
Most of the mums who come to my classes have never done yoga before or started their practice during pregnancy. The classes are suitable for complete beginners and those with an established yoga practice. We all work to our own comfortable level and with kindness for our bodies as they recover. I offer alternative postures based on experience and any special circumstances such as injury.
If you have any specific concerns such as ongoing health conditions or pregnancy related issues such as prolapse, diastasis, perineum pain, depression or anxiety, please don’t worry. I have experience of helping many mums (including myself) with these. Please mention them to me when you enquire and we can have a chat about this specifically. I often work closely with postnatal physios to aid recovery and wellbeing.
The classes have limited numbers; it’s important to me that I get to know you and your baby and that I understand what it is you need the most from me in each class. Classes are booked up in advance. Please book a call with me or email an enquiry through to find out more about the classes and reserve your space now.
POSTNATAL WELLBEING CIRCLE
Barefoot Yoga Studio
7 High Street
6 classes, Class cost: £65
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What our mums say...
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.
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.
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!
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.