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have been teaching the antenatal classes for over 16 years now and my current number of yoga babies is standing at 650! My classes are long established in the Bromsgrove area and are fully supported by the local midwives.

I have had a healthy mix of normal and twin pregnancies over the years and the rate of caesarean births considerable lower than the national average. Practicing yoga during pregnancy does not mean that you will have a pain free birth, but you are more likely to have a very natural delivery with less intervention.

A very big part of the class is about communication, the conversations are always amazing and we have a lot of fun. I have felt this to be an integral part of the class as it supports everyone, friendships are formed and strong bonds are made. This allows the spirit of yoga to continue after the class and the support network for new Mum’s is invaluable.

OUR CLASSES

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ANTENATAL YOGA

These classes are suitable for those new to yoga as well as established students. The emphasis is on gentle movements to create flexibility, core strength, body awareness, postural alignment and correct breathing. Everything taught in these classes is targeted to support your birthing journey, and can be incorporated into daily life to ease the general discomforts of pregnancy. There is a strong focus on breathing techniques and movements for labour, as well as birth preparation.

BIRTH PREPARATION:WITH BIRTH PARTNER

This is a session in the comfort of your own home with your birth partner, consisting of all the movements and breathing techniques you will use during labour and birth. Your birth partner will then be able to assist you during your labour, and encourage you to relax, move and breathe. Invaluable for new parents to be!

If you would like to arrange a one-to-one birth preparation session please contact me for more details.

ANTENATAL YOGA: ONE-TO-ONE SESSION

If you prefer to practice at home, a one-to-one session is a great way to discover the joys of a yoga practice in pregnancy. I will guide you through a practice designed to suit your needs and the stage of pregnancy you are at; using movement and breath awareness to create flexibility, openness, strengthen key areas, discover how to relax and release during labour. As a one-to-one student you learn quickly, so this is ideal if you want to prepare before joining a regular class, or as a one off before birth.

POSTNATAL WORKSHOP

These workshop sessions consist of 2 hours of practice with specially designed exercises to bring awareness back to your post baby body. The emphasis is on regaining strength and flexibility in key areas; observing and learning to accept where you are, deep breathing exercises for harmonizing and balancing, and of course, relaxation.

The workshop is suitable for students after the 6-week check up (normal delivery) or 12 weeks for C-section. Postnatal workshops cost £20 and include refreshments and cakes. Please contact me for details of the upcoming workshop sessions.

Pregnancy yoga with a toddler

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PREGNANCY YOGA FAQS

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Why should I practice Antenatal Yoga?

During pregnancy we experience constant changes to our bodies and emotions. A yoga practice creates focus, strength, stability, softness, acceptance and deep awareness of the body and breath. Antenatal yoga gives you the toolkit to deal with all the general discomforts of pregnancy. It allows you to approach the birth of your baby without fear. It is a healthy, safe exercise to do during pregnancy.

What does an Antenatal class consist of?

The posture work focuses on stretching, strengthening, flexibility, softening and opening. The breathing practices allow you to deeply connect to your body, to learn how to relax key areas during labour. Emotionally it prepares you to let go and relax.

I have never practiced Yoga before, is antenatal yoga suitable for me?

Absolutely! You are very instinctive during pregnancy, so a yoga practice is very compatible at this time in your life. The exercises are gentle and designed specifically for pregnancy.

Will antenatal yoga help me to have a natural delivery?

Every woman’s childbirth experience will be different with each child. Practicing yoga during pregnancy does not necessarily mean you will have a pain free delivery, but it will give you the focus to stay calm and relaxed, to be receptive to your own needs, and have the confidence to approach the birth of your baby with real joy. I have kept records over the last 9 years of running these classes, I am approaching 300 yoga babies! The majority of which have been born naturally with minimum interventions.

When can I begin antenatal yoga?

Anytime after 16 weeks gestation.

What should I wear?

Loose comfortable layers in which you can move easily. It is advisable not to have a heavy meal before a yoga practice, allow at least an hour if you can.

TESTIMONIALS

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teach very gentle breath led yoga, I encourage students to slow down and listen to themselves and their bodies and to let go of the ego and the ‘doing’.

The focus of the physical practice is for each student to find their own level. The mastery of each pose comes with regular practice and discipline, it is not a quick fix. I offer modifications and different stages to each asana (posture), so everyone in the class will find a comfortable level.

Each movement becomes a dance and flow of breath and energy, balanced and harmonious. Turning up the awareness in body, breath and mind leads to a calm meditative state. This provides a lightness and ease within the body and a renewed focus and energy of spirit. All classes are 90 minutes long unless otherwise stated. 

OUR CLASSES

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HEALING HATHA YOGA

This class consists of simple stretches, an introduction to some key postures, breathing practices and relaxation. The classes are suitable for all levels of experience and offer a chance to learn how to breathe deeply, discover movement and the awareness of the body, mind, breath connection.

HEALING YOGA: INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED

Emphasis is given to a deeper connection to one’s own energy body (awareness of the chakra philosophy), meditation in movement, mantra yoga and Pranayama.

The intermediate sessions are suitable for those with some previous yoga experience, while in the advanced sessions are for those with at least two years class experience.

MEDITATION GROUP

Meditation is not something that you ‘do’; it is a state that arises from creating the space to be still. These sessions allow you to do just that, using simple breathing techniques, allowing yourself to surrender and just be.

No previous experience is needed, nor do you need to be a yoga practitioner.

ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS

In the comfort of your own home, I will guide you through a full yoga session, specifically designed for your needs, allowing you to deepen your awareness. Ideal for nervous beginners, those wanting to refresh their yoga practice and committed students looking to go deeper with the spiritual aspects of their journey.

GENERAL YOGA FAQS

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Why should I practice yoga?

We all come to yoga for different reasons, most people generally have an inkling that yoga may help them relax and stretch! Yoga is holistic, the physical stretches build strength and flexibility, breathing practices open the body to harmonize, balance and relax the system. The chanting removes emotional blockages, helps the mind to be focused, clearing the way for meditation, deep healing and stillness.
When we first begin, we focus on settling into the physicality of the movement, learning to allow the deep breathing to lead. A lot of people find moving with their breath quite difficult to begin with, but after a couple of weeks of practice, everything flows beautifully.

Yoga is a discipline, being focused, creates a quietness in the mind, a lightness and ease in the body, new levels of energy and awareness, which crosses over into our daily lives. This is where our yoga practice is very different to other forms of exercise. It has a deep philosophy behind it, which has been practiced in many forms for thousands of years. The main objective of the practice is to discover ourselves, and the beautiful luminosity within us all.

How long are your classes?

Generally speaking a full yoga session will be 90 minutes, our workshops are a more intensive practice and therefore last between 2-3 hours. 

What should I wear?

It is recommended you wear loose, comfortable layers that you can move easily in; leggings, t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms for example. We work in bare feet on the mat, but it’s a good idea to have socks with you in the colder seasons. 

Can anyone do it?

I teach all age groups and abilities, I have a special interest in incorporating the less able and fit students into classes, using modifications and props.
The beauty of my yoga practice is that it truly is for everyone, regardless of your ability. If you are unsure about any aspects of yoga or have any questions you’d like answered please don’t hesitate to be in touch for additional guidance.

TESTIMONIALS

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After 21 years of study, teaching, listening and observing, I have created specialist workshop sessions to help people connect back to themselves.

These workshops explore the deep-rooted philosophy of yoga allowing attendees to simplify, understand and re-connect. The teachings are utterly relevant in these modern times of distraction and disconnection.

These 2 hour workshops are designed for all; whether you are a seasoned yoga practitioner or a curious beginner. My aim is to hold a safe and welcoming space for people to connect.

Yoga creates inner strength and focus, so whatever issues are causing disharmony in your life, you can learn to heal yourself through simple body movements, deep breathing and meditation.

HEALING YOGA WORKSHOPS PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO:

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Release

A safe and friendly environment where you can comfortably let go.

Reflect

Time to dissolve any deeply held tensions and relax your body and mind.

Revitalise

A sensitive and individual approach to body movement, without judgement.

WORKSHOP EVENTS.

FRIDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2023, 6.30-7.45pm

SOLSTICE MANTRA EVENING, celebration, song and chants.
KINDRED COMMUNITY HOLISTIC CENTRE, 37 Worcester road, Bromsgrove, B61 7DN

An evening of uplifting mantra and singing to celebrate the light at this most perfect time of year, we connect to the inner light in our hearts.
£15
Booking essential as places are limited.
Contact: savitriyoga@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday

27 July, 2024

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Charity Morning.

Please bring your usual yoga equipment and some water. Tea and cakes for afters!!! Raising money for the Basement Project Bromsgrove and British Heart Foundation.

Time: 10-12

Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JR

Sunday

11th August, 2024

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Come and join myself and Monica Douglas, founder/creator of Wise Wisdom Oracle for a day of celebration, ceremony and self discovery. During this day we will look at how to break free from limitations, to find confidence to express yourself fully. Learning how to step into your most authentic self.

We will use yoga, Pranayama, rituals, ceremony and discussion on this day, to share together in joyful practice.

Time : 10.30-3.30
Savitriyoga, Shanti House
1st Floor, 17-21 Worcester road, Bromsgrove. B61 7DL

Investment:

Early Bird £50( before 23 June)
Regular price £60
£20 deposit secures a place

Sunday

20th October, 2024

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Philip Xerri : Pranayama in practice.

Time: 10-30-3.30
Savitriyoga, Shanti House
1st Floor, 17-21 Worcester road, Bromsgrove. B61 7DL 
 
Limited spaces so booking essential.
£65 to include a light lunch and drinks
 

Saturday

5th October, 2024

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Charity Morning.

Time: 2:00-4:30pm
Savitriyoga, Shanti House
1st Floor, 17-21 Worcester road, Bromsgrove. B61 7DL 
 
Strength and stability in peri/post menopause.

Please contact me for details of the upcoming workshop sessions.