These classes aim to:
- provide time for you to enjoy your pregnancy
- exercise gently and safely during pregnancy
- meet other mums-to-be
- prepare for birthing your baby
The classes emphasise an active birth, including breathing and positions for labour. Different themes are covered each week, including Optimal Foetal Positioning, avoiding perineal damage, & breathing techniques. Occaisonally I incorporate Dancing for Birth moves into the class (no dancing ability needed).
Mats are provided, but please bring your own if you prefer. Bring a light blanket for the relaxation.
"Lovely relaxing pregnancy yoga class! I've been attending this class for about 20 weeks and every class is different. As well as the yoga class itself Tessa is very knowledgeable and has been really helpful with advice :) Class is highly recommended!" Sarah
Individual sessions are available in the comfort of your own home or at my house (Caversham). Sessions are £45 in Central Reading or Caversham (or £50 further afield), and available between 9.30 and 2.30 on weekdays around group classes.
"I had a few 1-2-1 sessions with Tessa during my pregnancy as I was very anxious about the labour. The sessions helped me relax and to look at labour as a positive experience and the deep breathing exercises really helped during the birthing process and I was in labour for less than three hours. The sessions were great!" Refat (baby Zaid)
Thursdays, 6.30-7.45pm, Sea Scouts Clubhouse, The Warren, Caversham
*No class 1st August*
Saturdays, 10-11.15am, Hemdean House School, Caversham, Reading
**No class 27th July or 3rd August**
£11 drop-in or £45 for 5 classes (can be taken over 7 weeks). Concessions available.
Please email before attending as booking process is different for Thursday and Saturday classes. Suitable from 13 weeks of pregnancy (possibly sooner, but get in touch).
As listed on NHS Choices RBH website: http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Antenatal-classes
These are for you and your birth partner(s), usually from 30 weeks onwards. Please find out more information here. Access to online resources support you until baby arrives.
"The work you do is amazing Tessa, you certainly gave me and my husband the knowledge and confidence we needed. Thank you again." Fiona (Baby Ellie)
Pregnancy is a time of huge change physically and emotionally, so I created the Pregnancy & Birth Colouring Book (with links to relaxations) to give you space to prepare. (Individual pages are also available through Etsy - see here).
These special gatherings provide an alternative to baby showers where the focus is on supporting the mother as she approaches the birth, rather than giving things for that baby. I can facilitate these in your home or a venue of your choosing, with friends and/or family. Please read more about them here.
See the Relaxation Downloads page for free a couple of free pregnancy specific ones.
For the audio from my popular YouTube videos, you can purchase downloads here:
Breathing & Visualising - Riding the Waves (60K+ views)
Golden Thread & Blooming Rose for Dilation (48.5K+ views)
Why do people insist on telling us negative stories about birth?!! I created this Birth Affirmation Cards pack to create balance and boost positivity about the birth of your baby.