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Antenatal Yogacise

When can I start Antenatal Yogacise Classes?
When should I stop Antenatal Yogacise Classes?
Do I need previous experience of yoga?
What do I need to know before I start Antenatal Yogacise?
What do I need to bring with me to Antenatal Yogacise?
I have a problem with my back/pelvis – can I do yoga?
My baby is in a breech/posterior position, can yoga help?
Why are classes booked in a block rather than run as drop-ins?
I’ve paid for a block of classes – what if I can’t make a class?
What happens if my due date is in the middle of a block of classes?

 

Baby Yoga

When can I start Baby Yoga classes?
I had a caesarean birth/tear after birth – when can I start?
How long can I keep coming to Baby Yoga classes?
What do I need to know before I start Baby Yoga?
What do I need to bring with me to Baby Yoga?
What if my baby is asleep or needs feeding during the class?
Can I come to Baby Yoga with twins?
Why are classes booked in a block rather than run as drop-ins?
I’ve paid for a block of classes – what if I can’t make a class?

 

Antenatal Classes

 

What kind of things will we talk about & do in classes?
What’s the difference between these & other antenatal classes?
My partner can’t come to classes – can I come on my own?
When is the best time to start antenatal classes?
What support do you offer after the classes?
What’s your cancellation policy?

 

Antenatal Yogacise

When can I start Antenatal Yogacise Classes?

It is recommended that you start Yogacise classes (and any other form of exercise during pregnancy) once you enter the second trimester of pregnancy, at around 16 weeks.

 

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When should I stop Antenatal Yogacise Classes?

You can keep attending classes until your due date (or past it, if you go overdue). It is quite safe to keep exercising gently until the birth of your baby.

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Do I need previous experience of yoga?

No, you don’t need to have practised yoga before or even to have any knowledge of it. Yogacise is specially designed for pregnancy so it is suitable for everyone, no matter what their level of fitness.

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What do I need to know before I start Antenatal Yogacise?

As each class will have a mix of women at different stages of pregnancy, there will be a range of exercises in each class and you may find that you enjoy some more than others. Take everything to your own pace. If you ever feel that you don’t want to take part in an exercise, you can sit or stand and focus on your baby for a few minutes.

You’ll be asked to complete a Health Questionnaire before your first class. If you have any health problems that you did not mention on your health questionnaire or if you find any movement uncomfortable, please advise your teacher .

During pregnancy, your ligaments are softened and you should take care not to overstretch any of your joints. In Yogacise, micro movements can be as effective as larger movements. You should move into each stretch as far as feels right for you.

Breathing is crucial throughout all Yogacise exercises, as it is in life! Usually, we breathe out on a releasing type movement, as this is good preparation for labour. But if you feel more comfortable breathing differently, this is fine.

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What do I need to bring with me to Antenatal Yogacise?

Yoga mats, cushions, blocks and balls are provided and water is available. You may like to bring a blanket with you for the relaxation.

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I have a problem with my back/pelvis – can I do yoga?

Yes, you’ll be asked to complete a health questionnaire at or before your first class so please make sure that you provide full details. The yoga movements in Yogacise classes can be adapted for women with back or pelvic problems and a you’ll be able to join in the whole class.

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My baby is in a breech/posterior position, can yoga help?

Yoga may well help your baby to move into a better position and you will have the chance to try out a range of movements that can help with Optimal Foetal Positioning (getting your baby into the best possible position for birth).

 

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Why are classes booked in a block rather than run as drop-ins?

Booking classes as a block means that we can keep class sizes small and can plan lessons to meet the needs of the women who are coming. This is much more difficult with drop-in sessions where numbers can be high. If you have a particular need, for example, a problem with your pelvis or a wish to know more about birthing positions, you can mention this to your teacher who will do their best to ensure that your needs are met.

Block bookings mean that classes will never be cancelled due to lack of demand and you can be certain that you won’t turn up one week to find the class isn’t running. It also allows you to get the know the other pregnant women in class with you over the weeks and to make new friends. 

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I’ve paid for a block of classes – what if I can’t make a class?


If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend a class, you may be able to carry forward a credit for that class to your next block. However, in general classes should all be paid for in advance as the costs of hiring the room, etc. are incurred even if no-one comes to a lesson! 

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What happens if my due date is in the middle of a block of classes?

Towards the end of your pregnancy, you can pay per class rather than paying for a block of classes as we realise that you may need more flexibility and you definitely don’t want to pay for classes that you know you can’t attend. You are still welcome to come to classes on and even beyond your due date.

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Baby Yoga

When can I start Baby Yoga classes?

If you’ve had a vaginal birth, you can come to Baby Yoga classes as soon as you like after the birth of your baby. Following a caesarean birth, you may wish to wait until after your six-week check. All of the post-natal yoga is suitable for everyone and you can join in the whole session unless specifically told that a stretch isn’t suitable for you, in which case you’ll be told how you can adapt the movement.

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I had a caesarean birth/tear after birth – when can I start?

After a caesarean birth, you may wish to wait until after your six-week check before starting classes. Or you can start sooner but practise the baby yoga and start the post-natal yoga at a later stage.

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How long can I keep coming to Baby Yoga classes?

All babies are different and differ as to the age at which they begin rolling, sitting and crawling. Once your baby begins to crawl, you may find that the Baby Yoga class isn’t as suitable for you and you may wish to join in one of the classes for Older Babies and Toddlers. Or you and your baby may continue to enjoy the Baby Yoga class, in which case you can keep on attending as long as you like!

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What do I need to know before I start Baby Yoga?

You’ll be asked to complete a brief Health Questionnaire for you and your baby at your first class. If you have any issues which may mean that some of the stretches aren’t suitable, you can discuss these with your teacher.

You shouldn’t do Baby Yoga with your baby if they are unwell and if they are behaving differently immediately after their vaccinations.

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What do I need to bring with me to Baby Yoga?

Yoga mats, cushions, and toys are provided and refreshments are available. You may like to bring a blanket to lie your baby on during the class. If your baby is bottle fed or eating food you may need to bring these with you to the class.

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What if my baby is asleep or needs feeding during the class?

You may well find that your baby is sleeping when you arrive in class or needs a feed during the class. Don’t worry – every class will have plenty for you to do, ideas to take home and try out with your baby and everyone always gets to join in the relaxation and refreshments! If there is a choice of class times, you may find that an earlier or later class fits in better with your baby’s routine.

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Can I come to Baby Yoga with twins?

Yes, if you have twins (or triplets!), Baby Yoga is a great way of spending time with each of them. You may like to bring a friend with you or you may find that the teacher is able to work with one of your babies for part of the class so that you can spend your time with the other baby. You’ll only pay for one baby yoga place as we think you deserve a break from paying double!

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Why are classes booked in a block rather than run as drop-ins?

Booking classes as a block means that we can keep class sizes small and can plan lessons to meet the needs of the Mums and babies who are coming. This is much more difficult with drop-in sessions where numbers can be high. If you have a particular need, for example, if you have a baby with clicky hips or if you have had a caesarean birth, your teacher will know this in advance and can plan lessons around your needs. She can also make sure that each class builds on the yoga practices from the last class so that you get time to practise familiar moves and learn some new ones which are suited to your baby’s age and development.

Block bookings mean that classes will never be cancelled due to lack of demand and you can be certain that you won’t turn up one week to find the class isn’t running. It also allows you to get the know the Mums and babies in class with you over the weeks and to make new friends.

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I’ve paid for a block of classes – what if I can’t make a class?

If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend a class, you may be able to carry forward a credit for that class to your next block. However, in general classes should all be paid for in advance as the costs of hiring the room, etc. are incurred even if no-one comes to a lesson!

 

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Antenatal Classes

What kind of things will we talk about & do in classes?

 

Classes will look at labour and birth, what happens for Mum and baby and things to look out for (answering questions such as ‘How will I know I’m in labour?’ and ‘When should I call a midwife?’). Whether you’re planning a home birth or hospital birth or have a planned caesarean section, you’ll learn how to prepare for birth, positions that may be useful in pregnancy, labour and birth; the role of the birth partner; breathing, relaxation and massage techniques; self-help; coping with the intensity of contractions; how to be fully involved in decisions around labour and birth; breastfeeding, baby care skills and what to expect during the early days, weeks and months as a parent.

 

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What’s the difference between these & other antenatal classes?

If you’re a first time Mum, you may have been offered NHS antanatal classes. These usually run over two to four sessions with a reasonably large group. Bumps to Babies classes run with a maximum of six couples and with six sessions, which gives you plenty of time to get to know the others on the course, and to chat about your own feelings about labour and birth. We run a combination of evening and daytime sessions, designed to give you time to take part in all kinds of different activities.

 

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My partner can’t come to classes – can I come on my own?

You are very welcome to come to any classes and workshops on your own or with a partner, birth partner, friend or relative.

 

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When is the best time to start antenatal classes?

You’ll probably get the most from your antenatal classes if you attend between 25 – 35 weeks of pregnancy. Classes in Ely book up fairly quickly so if you’d like to book in earlier to make sure you don’t miss a course, please contact us to chat about it.

 

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What support do you offer after the classes?

As soon as you book a course, you can contact us for information and support. We’ll provide you with plenty of information during the classes and you can always ask for more specific information. You can borrow books from our large library of pregnancy and parenting books. After the course finishes and you’ve all had your babies, we arrange to meet up for a formal reunion and to meet each other again and introduce your babies.

 

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 What’s your cancellation policy?

Because the classes and workshops are small, we need to ensure that they will run and so we need to have confirmed bookings six weeks before the start of the course. If you cancel six weeks to two weeks before the start of the course, we will endeavour to offer you a 50% refund (and more if we are able to fill your place on the course). If you give us less than two weeks’ notice, we can only offer a 50% refund if we can fill your place.

 

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