• THE COURSE

    Pregnancy is a time of massive change, adapting to greater demands on your body as you grow a whole new person. The emotional swings and roundabouts that come with hormonal changes, physical and the adaptation as you start to see yourself fit into the role of mother. Most of us combine managing all that with keeping on top of career, learning all about birth, shifting dynamics with friendships or family, oh and probably moving house and/or doing a ton of building/decorating work.

    (and breathe)

     

    This course uses modern, evidence-based techniques to help you keep in good from throughout your pregnancy. Emilie has completed training with biomechanics specialist Katy Bowman specifically on pregnancy and postnatal posture and movement. She’s also done in depth courses on the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles and her classes are adapted to care for and prepare you for pregnancy and beyond.

     

    Women sit on you mats listening to the teacher at a pregnancy yoga class.

    Movement

    A simple and unique approach

    As well as taking care of your physical self in class there’s time to look at the practicalities of your day-to-day movement and find ways to make this work better for you. Improving the quality of your movement while working, walking and sitting can bring huge benefits including less back ache, neck pain and more stability in your pelvis. There's also space to enjoy movement, and be guided by what feels good / is needed by you from day to day.

     

    Expect exercises for your whole body; heat to toe, wrists, ankles, core and pelvic floor.

    A pregnant woman relaxes, hand touching her baby bump, resting on a yoga mat in a pregnancy class.

    So. Is it a yoga class?

    Well - sort of.

    Emilie’s a fully qualified 200 hour yoga teacher. She trained in pregnancy and postnatal yoga at Triyoga in London and has practiced yoga for more than 13 years. This course includes elements of yoga that are simple and safe enough for anyone to do, that have been selected to bring most benefit in pregnancy. We’ll also explore the emotional side of pregnancy with time to talk each week, specific key pregnancy topics (ranging from support and self care to body image). Taking time out to pause and feel into your body is vital in pregnancy; during this part of your life you're more sensitive emotionally and physically. Being more aware of sensations, changes and feelings can help you use adapt more easily. Each class has an element of guided relaxation as well as cues to help you notice sensation throughout the class, plus you'll get an audio file to use at home.

     

    As well as chatting we’ll use techniques from Embodied Yoga Principles to get real about pregnancy and birth. Including on the bad days.

    Embodiment

    Embody-what?

    Yeah, embodiment. The dictionary says it’s: “A tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling.” So in this context Embodiment is how you experience things in your body. Our physical and emotional reactions to ideas can be a great way of
    exploring patterns of thinking and emotions. It’s social, fun and can be a deep learning process. As with the whole course you choose what you do and how much you do it.

    If mindfulness is bringing awareness to your thoughts and doing - you could say embodiment was ‘bodyfulness’; bringing awareness to the sensations & emotions in your body (and what you do with that).

     

    You don't need to be a bendy yoga girl or an earth mother to join us - although you're most welcome if you are.

     

    Having Your Best Pregnancy will mean something different to you than it does to the person sat next to you. Some will need to find focus, others to relax. Some will be focused more on movement, others on the emotional or meditative side of the classes.

     

    All sessions are guided, but will have options so can choose what is best for you, because only you know how you feel. Choice is one of the fundamentals of this practice: If you come to class tired and wanting to talk, relax and take in information but frankly knackered from your working week, that’s fine. Do as little as you like. Flipside if you have a strong physical practice and are well, with your midwife happy for you to continue with whatever it is you’re doing then I am happy to trust you. I continued to teach 10 hula hoop classes a week though early pregnancy, because it was her ‘normal’.

     

  • BOOK A PLACE

    Choose your option and use the code generated when you book in to choose your start date.

    Join for 1 month

    4 weeks of classes

    A one-off payment of £65 gives you

    • 4 consecutive classes

    • 2 x 15 minute video calls with Emilie where you can chat about your needs from the classes, refresh any exercises or check in on your progress.

    8 weeks of classes

    Join for 2 months

    Make one payment now and the next in a months time.

     

    • 8 classes

    • online video library

    • 2 video calls

     

    3 months

    Best value package

    Pay £44.25 each month.

     

    • 12 weeks of classes (term time only)

    • online videos library

    • 3 video calls with Emilie

    • 10% off massage bookings

     

  • BOOKING OPTIONS

    OCTOBER

    Thursday evenings from 7.45-9pm

    next intake:

    • starts October 2019 - 7.45-9pm weekly for

    Flexible booking - join for 1 month, 2 months or 3.

     

    For this you'll need decent access to the internet and a phone / PC / tablet, plus a Facebook account. Classes are held in the Keyford area of Frome.

     

  • WEEKLY TOPICS

    Each topic will explore one aspect of pregnant life. There will be time to chat and share experiences, plus homework emailed to help you to make changes in your everyday life and develop good habits that will make you feel better during your pregnancy. Throughout the course there will be regular online support available. Topics range from self-care to balance, body image and confidence.

  • How It Works

    Get booked on for Your Best Pregnancy course:

    1

    Purchase

    Click through to buy your course, select your chosen location and the start date.

    2

    Pay Online

    Make and account, enter your details in the pre-course registration form and pay online.

    3

    Confirmation

    You'll get an email confirming your place on the course and answering FAQs within 48 hours. Please check your spam/junk folders if it doesn't appear.

    4

    FAQs

    Answers to most FAQs are online here. What to bring / wear / expect from the course and what happens next...

  • ABOUT EMILIE

    Emilie has a warm and welcoming teaching style, fantastic depth of knowledge, a great sense of humour and a unique skillset that you simply won’t find with any other teacher. With over 10 years experience of yoga and dance teaching, she's also trained as a doula and antenatal teacher. Her passion for learning about how we move (and are moved emotionally) brought her to train in Embodied Yoga Principles, delve into movement ecology in pregnancy and learn about taking a more trauma sensitive approach to teaching movement.

     

  • What's included?

    How can Your Best Pregnancy course help you?

    Mind & body

    We explore the head to toe of the physical side of pregnancy, and also look at the emotional and social changes that happen during pregnancy.

    Balance & posture

    Yoga can help you adjust to the changes within the body, literally finding your centre and feeling your way through the changes in your body.

    Stay strong

    Keep moving and gently strengthen legs, arms, wrists and core muscles every week to help you stay strong and prepare for birth.

    Sleep better

    Relaxing and feeling more comfortable in your body can help with insomnia. As well as relaxing during sessions, exercising the body can help you sleep better at night.

    Soothe aches

    Common pain areas such as hip and pelvic soreness, lower back pain and tense shoulders can be gently stretched and relief found.

    Combat colds

    Breathing well and relaxing can benefit the immune system; helping you combat colds and illness.

    Better flow

    Movement improves circulation, helping the blood flow freely through the body delivering more oxygen to both mum and baby. This may in turn help lower blood pressure and help you stay healthy.

    Feel good

    Classes promote the flow of oxytocin. It’s the ‘love hormone’ that helps you birth and breastfeed your baby. Getting into this zone every week can be hugely beneficial to prepare for birth.

    Time for you

    Having space and time to adapt to pregnancy and new motherhood can be vital for peace of mind. In classes there’s time to chat, share experience and meet other mums.

  • TESTIMONIALS

    Why mothers love motherslove:

    Classes to help you navigate through a calm pregnancy - motherslove pregnancy yoga with Emilie

    Alice

    "Emilie helped me feel more in control, less apprehensive and to know what to expect, so I could navigate a calmer way through - knowing how to listen and respond to my body.

    The whole experience was really lovely."

    Essential me time - pregnancy yoga classes with motherslove in Somerset

    Suzie

    "Emilie is down to earth and friendly; she creates an inclusive and warm environment for the classes.

     

    I recommend these classes for the all essential 'me' time during pregnancy as they've really helped me to breathe, stretch and properly listen to my body. "

    Comprehensive pregnancy yoga and birth preparation classes with motherslove

    Claire

    “The classes were comprehensive, covering all of the body from head-to-toe. There was good focus on breathing, relaxation and preparing for birth in various positions.

     

    I enjoyed the relaxation at the end and almost fell asleep! I felt very nurtured by Emilie and would be happy to recommend her to other expectant mums.”

    Relaxing pregnancy exercise classes with Emilie Joy Rowell - motherslove

    Elena

    “Thanks for your time and lovely attention. I really enjoyed the whole class, especially because it had a bit of everything, it wasn’t only yoga and exercise.

     

    After the class, I felt very relaxed all evening.”

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    2. Private Classes will be refunded or rescheduled if 7 full days notice is given, a 30% refund or alternative booking will be offered if more than 48 hours notice is given.

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