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Birth Story No 27: Eliana – My waters broke at my pregnancy yoga class

Eliana attended Lynn’s pregnancy yoga classes. Here she shares how the breathing and relaxation techniques she learnt, helped during the birth of her beautiful baby boy. I was so happy to have a positive vaginal birth, naturally, relatively pain-free and in control. I am very grateful to Lynn and her team at the Active Birth Centre for

Birth Story No 26: Laura – The magic trio: yoga, breathing and affirmations

Laura attended pregnancy yoga classes and Janet’s Couples Yoga for Active Birth workshop, at the Centre. Here she shares how yoga, breathing and affirmations helped prepare her mentally and physically for the birth of her beautiful baby boy. I wanted to let you know I had a really positive birth experience, and think my yoga practice

Birth Story No 25: Imogen – Pregnancy yoga prepared me for labour

Throughout her pregnancy, Imogen loved the Active Birth Centre – attending Janet’s yoga classes and couples yoga, baby resuscitation with Bernadette and reflexology with Sophia. She also attended Lynn’s couples massage class at the Whittington. We were delighted to receive the news of the arrival of her daughter and are delighted to be able to

Birth Story No 24: Alice – The power of the breath in labour

There is nothing better than hearing how the techniques learnt during our classes and workshops contribute to positive birth experiences for our women and their partners. This note comes from Alice, who attended Janet’s yoga classes at the end of her pregnancy. Janet, I just wanted to thank you because the breathing technique and visualisation

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Relaxation

Our pregnancy yoga pose of the month is simply, Relaxation! It is crucial for a safe and comfortable yoga practice and, when connected with breathing techniques, can be a wonderful support during labour. Relaxation is the most important of all yoga practice. It is key before or after you practice for all your yoga postures. If

Birth Story No 23: Liz – I turned my breech baby

At 38 weeks pregnant, and with her baby in the breech position, Liz was determined that she was going to get him to turn so she could have a natural labour. In my 37th week of pregnancy and my baby in the breech position, I had been to referred to UCLH for an ECV. The procedure

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Eagle pose

Our pregnancy yoga pose of the month is Eagle pose (arms only) – a wonderful posture that releases the upper back from the extra weight in the chest area in pregnancy, as well as improving shoulder flexibility. Start by sitting in a comfortable seated position either legs wide or kneeling. Allow the weight to settle into

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Upper Back and Shoulder Release Against A Wall

Our third pregnancy yoga pose of the month is Upper Back and Shoulder Release Against A Wall. Each of the poses this month are postures you can do with a partner which helps increase your stretch and helps you bond. Start by facing a wall, about your arm length away from it and feet parallel. Your partner

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Child’s Pose Shoulder Release

Our second pregnancy yoga pose of the month is Child’s Pose Shoulder Release. Each of the poses this month are postures you can do with a partner and this one also uses a ball. Start by sitting upright in Child’s Pose. Whilst your partner holds firmly hold down your pelvis, place your palms on top of the

Birth Story No. 22 – Catherine: The power of Hypnobirthing when things don’t go to plan

Catherine attended Janet’s Pregnancy Yoga classes and, together with her husband Eoin, Janet’s Hypnobirthing Course. Here, Catherine shares the story of the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Niamh Aster McKenzie Parker. My waters broke on the Sunday, however I had not gone into full labour by Monday evening so had to be induced (on

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