This workshop will guide you through safe and progressive stretching to help lengthen and build strength. A dynamic, energising flow targeting sticky hips and tight hamstrings. Suitable for all, whether you're super flexible or you can't even touch your toes (YET).
This 2 hour workshop is suitable for new mums at least 6 weeks post childbirth but you don’t have to have had a baby recently to join. Anyone who is experiencing ongoing difficulties with their pelvic floor or who simply wants to learn more about it is welcome!
The workshop will help you to understand the role of your pelvic floor muscles, how they work and how best to train them. We will assess your abdominal activation strategies (looking at Diastasis Recti, separation of the abdominal muscles which is common post pregnancy) and how to activate your abdominal wall safely during yoga practice. We will use common yoga poses and breath work with consideration of your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. We will finish with a gentle yoga flow with attention to hip opening and abdominal activation - putting what you have learned into practice!
Lyndsey is a Yoga Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Sport Rehabilitator and Lecturer at St Mary's University, in Twickenham. She has worked in clinical practice for the last decade treating and rehabilitating clients with musculoskeletal injuries, along with personal training and teaching Pilates. After developing a passion for Yoga Practice, Lyndsey travelled to Rishikesh in India to complete her Yoga Teacher Training. More recently she has completed a Masters in Research and teaches on the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Sport Rehabilitation Programs. Lyndsey has also worked within professional sport with England Rugby, as well as travelling Europe with pop star Robbie Williams and his touring team.
"I have worked in clinical practice for 10 years helping women recover from injuries that may have been linked to childbirth. I spent time developing my understanding of assessment and training of females post pregnancy and my passion is to help get them back into activities they enjoyed before having babies, with confidence.
Yoga is the perfect compliment to early rehabilitation of the pelvic floor after pregnancy, making it easy to link my two passions together, practicing yoga and helping women do what they love. I am looking forward to talking pelvic floors and yoga with you all!"
This is an opportunity to experience the power of breathwork in a community for women and women-aligned. It’s a chance to check in with yourself and ask ‘How am I doing?’ Time to share and to connect on a deep level. Being heard and supported by other women unlocks our power and potential as individuals and as a community.
Alchemy of Breath is a simple breath technique to increase the amount of oxygen coming into our body. It helps us drop out of our head and into our heart space. We connect more deeply to our physical body and to our energetic state. There will be a full introduction to the Alchemy of Breath technique. Benefits include:
Feel more calm, freedom and happiness
Access your inner confidence and creativity
Reconnect with your intuition and inner-guidance
Experience presence and wellbeing in your body.
Your Facilitator – Karen Iles
Karen discovered the healing power of Breathwork on a visit to Bali in 2014, when she was dealing with multiple personal challenges. After seeing her life, and particularly her personal relationships, change dramatically over the next two years, she signed up for the Alchemy of Breath facilitator programme. Karen is a yoga teacher in Oxford and has been sharing Breathwork with individuals and groups since 2017.
An active birth describes a birth where a mother is encouraged to follow her natural birthing instincts. She is free to move and give birth in a position of her choice, using upright postures and the power of gravity to help her. She will feel empowered throughout the process and active in the decision making.
In this workshop Sarah will give you the tools and confidence you need to have an Active Birth.
- Look at what to expect during the different stages of labour
- Practise labour and birth positions, along with breathing, relaxation and vocalisation techniques to use during pregnancy and labour.
- Understand the physiological processes of birth and how the pelvis, uterus and the body’s wonderful symphony of hormones are perfectly designed to birth your baby.
- Emphasise the role of the birth partner and practise massage techniques to use before and during labour.
- Discuss the hour after birth, and the fourth trimester.
This is a workshop for pregnant women and their birth partners, but Mums on their own are very much welcome.
Bring an open mind and wear comfy clothing! Tea and plenty of snacks will be provided, and there’ll be a break for lunch in the middle.
£45pp or £90 per pair/couple. Strictly limited to 10 participants to ensure a comfortable, nurturing environment.
Highs and Lows: An anatomy of the breath
‘When the breath is unsteady, the mind is unsteady. When the breath is steady, the mind is steady, and the yogi becomes steady.’
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
The way we breathe has a profound effect on how we move, and how we feel.