Almost twenty years ago I had the honour to study with one of the pioneers of this profession, medical a Françoise B. Freedman, founder of the Birthlight Trust, medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge. I chose Birthlight because it has been at the forefront of selecting and adapting yoga practices that are safest and most suitable for pregnant women. I have received my first level Certificate in 2003 in London, later on I proceeded to level up as Yoga for Birth practitioner as well. I have taught pregnancy yoga without any stop since then, and have facilitated literally thousands of mothers to prepare for a more positive birth.
More about my Prenatal Yoga classes here. Below you can read more about Birthlight.
Birthlight© Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth has a greater focus on birth preparation with an aim to promote ‘normal’ birth as well as enhancing well-being throughout pregnancy. They are an ideal complement to your antenatal care.
In our class we use:
- Hip rotations and flowing sequences of moves have been developed to avoid strain in held postures.
- Yoga breathing techniques have been selected and adapted to expand women’s breathing capacity in gentle and effective ways that carry through to labour and the postnatal period to promote physical and emotional well-being.
- Rather than pelvic muscle tone, Birthlight© promotes elasticity and stability that are the best foundation for birth and postnatal recovery even when medical intervention is called for.
Birthlight is the first training provider to have been recognised by the British Council of Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and the Federation of Antenatal Teachers (FEDANT). Birthlight© Yoga is accredited with the Royal College of Midwives in the UK and keeps up with the latest developments in international midwifery circles and research networks.