Welcome to the birthwise
yoga web site. Within the pages of this site you will find information
about pregnancy yoga classes, partners
sessions, baby massage courses run by Anna Wise in and around the
Crouch End, N8 area of North London.
Yoga for pregnancy is a specialised form of yoga which is designed
to enhance a woman’s experience of both pregnancy and childbirth.
It helps to alleviate some of the physical
discomforts and minor ailments associated with pregnancy in a completely
safe way. Yoga for pregnancy can relieve stress, boost energy and
balance the hormones, promoting emotional wellbeing as well as aiding
relaxation and restful sleep which bring benefits to both mother and
These classes are a unique
blend of antenatal information and learning through practical experience.
The physical practises used in the class are based on classical yoga
postures, but modified and adapted to suit women of all stages of
pregnancy. In the classes pregnant women will learn how to work with
their bodies safely, as well as being introduced to breathing and
relaxation techniques which are an ideal preparation for labour and
are powerful tools which can be used at any time during pregnancy,
childbirth and beyond to alleviate anxiety and provide inner focus.
There is also a strong emphasis on sharing experiences and putting
women in touch with each other, providing a vital support network
which will continue long after birth.
yoga for labour and
birth - partners sessions
These one-off sessions
in the privacy of your own home are designed to provide pregnant women
and their birth partners with an opportunity to learn simple but effective
ways to help support the birthing process. These sessions are an excellent
addition to Antenatal classes and give you and your birth partner
an opportunity to go over any concerns or questions you feel remain
unanswered. A typical session covers the physiology of labour with
the focus on positions, breathing, and relaxation, as well acupressure
techniques to help you manage your labour in a way that is appropriate
for you. Particular attention is given to the role of the birth partner.
Birth partners can be anyone who will be present at the birth. Previous
experience of yoga is not necessary.
Massage is a wonderful way of communicating
with a baby, strengthening the bond between parent and child. Learning
baby massage can give parents increased confidence in handling their
babies and better understanding of their babies non-verbal communication.
Massage enhances a baby’s feeling of being loved and respected,
as well as improving body mind awareness, coordination and brain development.
Suitable for babies from approx. 4 weeks until crawling stage.