Pregnancy yoga

pregnancy belly breathing

Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy!

I want to share some key ideas and exercises that have helped me during my pregnancy. Every woman is different, and every woman carries differently, but the following 5 tips aim to give some basic ideas about pregnancy yoga.

Pregnancy yoga aims to calm the nervous system and focus the mind. It is amazing at preparing the body for labour and the birth.

Pre-natal yoga is a great way to relax and also keep fit during pregnancy, check out the following 5 pregnancy yoga tips.

1.Be aware of your pelvic floor muscles

Often in pregnancy and birth preparation we are told to exercise our pelvic floor muscle. You need to be aware of it in the first place – it is a ‘floor’ of muscle between your pubic bone, coccyx and sit bones. This floor holds your uterus up, as well as your bowels. It’s a key muscle to be RELAXED during labour. Most of us know how to contract the muscles to help strengthen the pelvic floor, but you need to learn how to relax this crucial muscle, see the following exercise.

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Autumn yoga

As the seasons change, Autumn is the perfect time to reset your balance, reflect on your summer and reissue your intentions for Autumn and Winter.

The kids are back to school, the nights are drawing in and Strictly is back on the TV. It’s easy to think the season is a downhill spiral to Winter and the Christmas madness, but I’d encourage you to take some time for yourself and enjoy all the wonders this beautiful season has to offer.

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Trust yourself

This week my classes focused on TRUST. We looked at trusting our body and breath. We started with pranayama (breathing exercises) to stimulate the mind before we started flowing. And in class we returned to the idea of trusting your breath to carry you through sequences and postures.

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Learning self-love

What does self love mean?

Although it sounds like a fluffy self development term, self love is all about giving yourself some credit, cutting out self-sabotage and championing yourself more. It’s about having more time for yourself; doing things that nourish your soul and make you feel great. It is not ego or self-importance, it is about self compassion!

Have regard for your own happiness and wellbeing. Learn to self love.

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yoga gratitude

What are you grateful for?

At this time of year when we are focussed on self improvement and resolutions, I’m encouraging my students to look into what they are already great at. What in their wider lives and day to day are they thankful for?

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Kapalabhati breathing 

This week, I started my classes with Kapalabhati breathing. It is also known as the Skull-shining breath and the breath of fire, due to it’s call on the abdomen muscles. Kapalabhati breathing is practiced by short sharp contractions of the abdomen which forces the breath out of the lungs, followed by an impassive inhale. It is an amazing detoxifying and energising pranayama (breathing exercise) to open or seal your practice.

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Seeking relaxation

relax and restore

At this time of year, we often find ourselves getting to the end of the week feeling absolutely shattered. After a long week, maybe working, maybe looking after the kids, maybe overloaded with life admin, all we want to do is relax in front of the telly. And yet, is this going to serve us? Are we going to peel ourselves off the sofa 2 hours later feeling better?

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Fall to rise

Yes, sometimes we fall. In life. At work. At home. Figuratively and literally.

Yoga has taught me that no matter what challenges you face, and whatever life throws at you, you have to pick yourself up again. In the immortal words of Aaliyah, dust yourself off and try again.

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