Real women, real results…
“The yogic breaths and range of positions that we learnt during the classes helped me to achieve a drug-free labour and birth. My husband also benefited, enabling him to provide me with the support I needed during labour and help him to be fully involved in the birth process”
“I can’t tell you how much I got out of pre-natal yoga. It was my sanctuary every week to look forward to some relaxing time to bond with my baby and I think it has had an enormous impact on our ability to bond now. Thank you again for the invaluable contribution you made to my pregnancy”
Follow a Proven Step by Step Program to Achieve Balance and Wellness in Your Pregnancy
Discovering you’re pregnant is a joyous but sometimes confusing event. So many questions. How do I choose a medical practitioner – Doctor, Midwife or Obstetrician? Boy or girl – what tests do I want to get? How do I improve my lifestyle now I’m going to have a child? When is it safe to tell people? There is a lot going on and it can lead to great deal of stress and worry. You may have to reassess your regular exercise program, for instance – bike riding and horse riding can in some cases, increase the risk of miscarriage during the first trimester.
The reason so many health practitioners recommend yoga to the newly pregnant women, is that prenatal yoga ticks a lot of boxes in regard to pregnancy exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is an absolutely essential question and the answer is yes – yoga is safe as long as it’s taught and practiced correctly.
The reason why your health practitioner will recommend prenatal yoga rather than just sending a pregnant woman along to a yoga class is that there are yoga postures and techniques which are contraindicated (unsafe) in pregnancy. These poses include most inversions (turning the body upside down); twists – when practiced in a ‘closed’ fashion and all prone (lying on belly) poses. There are some yogic techniques such as breathing techniques which are highly unsuitable for pregnancy as well.
Unless your regular yoga teacher has studied prenatal yoga it is highly unlikely that he or she will;
- Know these contraindications
- Know about the issues and complications that can come with pregnancy
- Know what Yoga techniques best support and nurture your growing baby.
Pregnancy yoga is generally recommended in the second and third trimesters of your pregnancy. This is mainly because of the potential for miscarriage in the first trimester. So, although prenatal yoga is generally safe for all trimesters, a lot of women – unless they’re experience yoga practitioners – prefer to wait until the 13/14th week mark to begin. This period can also be when first trimester issues, such as nausea, have started to subside. You will generally find you have more energy, less fatigue and a clearer head in your second trimester making it an excellent time to begin any exercise regime.
Always ask your health practitioner before commencing yoga. And avoid classes that are not taught by qualified and experienced pregnancy yoga teachers.
Only ‘safe for pregnancy’ postures are taught in my yoga course. Course members receive support from me and if you have any cause for concern due to your particular circumstances I encourage you to raise it with me.
Course members also receive a Checklist on How to Practice Yoga Safely During Pregnancy.
Yoga postures and skills lend themselves perfectly during labor. There are poses to help open the body, poses to work through contractions for all three stages stage of birth, poses to help you work with breach. You may have a hard and fast delivery or a longer and slower one. There are advantages to both. Either way, there are labor poses to suit. You may fall in love with one or you may want to change it up. The poses are deliberately simple and easy to remember.
In childbirth, your breath is your best friend, particularly your exhalation or out- breath. Simple breathing and sound techniques routinely practiced before and during labor can mean the difference between tearing whilst giving birth or not. Sound and breath have been medically proven to assist your body in childbirth.
The more you practice these poses and breathing techniques prior to birth, the more like second nature they will be in the moment. And having this yogic bag of tools offers you the one thing birth doesn’t – a measure of control. That doesn’t mean you can absolutely control your labor or birth outcome. It means you can enter labor with confidence knowing you have the skills to get through the difficult moments.
My course includes a dedicated class to teach these valuable yoga techniques. You will also receive a Yoga for Labor book in PDF format you can print and refer to when practicing.
Many of the common discomforts in pregnancy can be relieved by specific yoga postures to alleviate pressure on the particular part of the body and strengthening the surrounding muscles.
There are many issues that you can come against in pregnancy, but bear in mind you may be lucky and breeze through. Below are merely the usual suspects and even with a dream pregnancy, you’ll probably encounter one or two.
Back pain and Sciatica
Yoga can help relieve these pains by practicing correct postural alignment – this will change from week to week. There are fantastic poses in yoga to alleviate particularly lower back pain – they are simple and easy to practice. They can also help you prevent or reduce muscle separation.
Sciatica is described as a sharp pain usually running through one side of your buttock (although in pregnancy it can effect both sides) and down your leg which can make it uncomfortable to stand or sit. It can be debilitating, particularly in pregnancy. The causes can be weight gain, increased fluid retention, your baby’s position and expanding uterus placing pressure on your sciatic nerve. Where yoga can benefit you is by practicing postures to relieve this pressure and correcting your postural alignment, thereby shifting your weight, the position of your baby and your uterus.
Headache and Migraine
There are certain yoga practices which help balance your endocrine (hormonal) system, one of these being downward dog. Balancing erratic hormones can help reduce the frequency of migraine. Where tension headaches are concerned, working with careful stretches for the neck and shoulders will open up the cervical (upper) spine, decreasing the tendency for pressure to build and cause the headache. Meditation and relaxation are scientifically proven yoga techniques to reduce the worry that causes stress headaches.
Hemorrhoids – varicose veins in the rectum are painful and itchy and uncomfortable.They come from straining the bowels – constipation – due to the increased progesterone in your system. Piles affect more than half of all pregnant women. By working with particular yoga postures and particularly with pranayama (yogic breathing) you can not only reduce the tendency towards constipation but also heal and reduce the hemorrhoids you may already have!
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
When you’re pregnant the body produces and releases a hormone called Relaxin. This is an excellent hormone as it enables your pelvic muscles to open during labour and give birth. However, it can also make our pelvic joint – the symphysis pubis – unstable. This can lead to anything from discomfort to severe pain when you open your legs and the need to wear a brace around your pelvic for the third trimester. Tricky indeed. However yoga can be adapted to be practiced with the legs together, supporting the pelvic region and enabling you perform yoga positions specifically for the chronic pain, making yoga one of the only exercises (Pilates being the other) that women with SPD can practice.
The plague of most mothers to be. And the culprit is progesterone once again! Progesterone relaxes your stomach valve. The one that keeps the acid out of your esophagus . Given that your growing uterus is also forcing acid into your stomach, you have a great recipe for heartburn. And heartburn most often affects you when you are lying down, making it quite uncomfortable to sleep. The yoga answer lies in supported postures which open the front of the body allowing the stomach to stretch out comfortably and thereby reducing the flow of acid into your esophagus and throat. In the case of heartburn these postures can be a life saver.
In my many years of teaching pre and post-natal yoga, I have come across many and varied issues related to pre and post birth. Unfortunately, a very common issue relates to our pelvic floor.
Your pelvic floor consists of interwoven muscles that link the base of your spine and the front of your pelvis – like a supportive hammock. If these muscles are weakened you can find yourself leaking urine when you cough, sneeze or even laugh.
Whilst it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, it’s incredibly common and something we all wish to avoid. Therefore, it’s vital that all pregnant women practise their pelvic floor exercises (Kegels).
Pregnancy and birth place undue pressure on your pelvic floor. Pregnancy increases the amount of the hormone progesterone in your body, which causes all your muscles to soften. Both pregnancy and birth stretch the pelvic muscles, which are responsible for tightening the bladder, vagina and bowel. Once these muscles have been weakened, they can no longer stop your bladder from leaking or –in a worst case scenario – keep your uterus in place, leading to uterine prolapse.
I always make the pelvic floor a focus in pregnancy yoga. My entire second class of my pregnancy online course, is dedicated to it. After the basics of postures, it’s the most important skill to teach. That way, you can utilise that knowledge whilst practising the rest of my yoga course. There are simple yoga poses that lend themselves to working with the pelvic floor. The key, I teach, is to work with and against your breath.
It depends entirely on the complication in question. There are modified postures in the YogaYin pregnancy yoga course for the usual suspects outlined above. If, however, your issue falls outside these, it’s best to contact me or your teacher, directly.
The YogaYin Pregnancy Yoga Course Will Walk You Through The Entire Program of How to Get Balance and Wellness, and Achieve a Positive Birth Experience, With Yoga.
New beginners will learn…
How to practice asana (yoga postures) properly
Basic alignment and the benefits of the asanas for you and your baby
Meditation and relaxation practices for your well-being and mental health
Experienced students will learn…
Yoga asana for pregnancy and all trimesters
Meditation and relaxation practices specifically for pregnancy
Yoga techniques for partners and birth
Women with complications will learn…
Yoga practices for relieving your condition
Modifications for your condition
Everything that beginners and experienced students learn
Why You Should Sign Up for the Course
When it comes to practicing yoga during pregnancy, you’re going to need professional guidance. The YogaYin Pregnancy Yoga Course will help you avoid mistakes and set you up for a positive labor. By the end of the course, you will…
Because the course is over 5 different classes, taught by the same teacher, it results in a better outcome than a single class repeated over and over again (DVD) or a series of randomly selected classes (online). Not to mention that the 5 classes provides more variety that will help keep your interest.
Here’s A Summary of What You’ll Get Access To Inside…
As soon as you sign up, you will automatically receive the first class. Each subsequent class will be sent to you within a few days to enable your progression through to the next. Each class details exactly what you should carry out to improve your wellness and preparation for labor. The course materials contains…
Receive Access to a Comprehensive Program of Step By Step HD Video Classes
A UNIQUE Pregnancy Yoga Online Course. It has been developed over 10 years of teaching pregnancy yoga – grounded in my research and study of yoga and the pregnant physiology and combines the input of reputable pregnancy health professionals and the feedback of countless pregnant women.
This is the MOST ‘comprehensive’ 5-class course available you can practice. The course Strengthens your body – Empowering you and Supports your physical, mental and emotional health, throughout pregnancy and labor. Safely.
Shot in high quality HD Video, the classes are arranged in sequential order – from Basic Postures to Partner Work, exactly as I teach them in a real classroom. You get to experience these classes as taught in my studio, only with the advantage of working to your timetable, instead of mine.
Receive Access and Support From Me, Your Qualified and Experienced Pregnancy Yoga Therapist
I am a fully qualified Yoga Instructor and Therapist, having completed an Australian Government accredited 2 year Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching in 2006 and a Graduate Diploma In Yoga Therapy in 2014. I have been teaching prenatal yoga since 2006 and completed a mini-thesis on the subject in 2005. I lecture to other yoga teachers on prenatal yoga and am considered an expert in Yoga and Women’s Health.
What Topics Will be Covered in the Course?
The course is delivered over 5 classes to cover the essential pregnancy yoga areas. Each class stands on its own with clear instructions on how to practice. Below is an overview of what is covered in each class…
(1) Basics Class
For beginners and improvers, learn the correct poses, covering the foundations you will keep practicing throughout your pregnancy.
(2) Pelvic Floor Class
A class dedicated to pelvic floor strengthening and maintenance that will improve the health of your pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery.
(3) Dynamic Flow Class
A more challenging practice as your yoga fitness improves and for the more experienced yoga practitioner.
(4) Labour & Birth Class
Postures and breathe that will assist you through a Natural, Calm labor and birth. Techniques to work with contractions, optimal delivery postures and methods to minimize pain.
(5) Partner & Massage Class
A full class on partner work and massage– the ideal resource to help your partner or a friend work in harmony with you during pregnancy.
Plus Bonus Classes
Designed specifically to help you develop the connection with your growing baby, you can ideally practice at the beginning of each class (optional).
A scientifically proven progressive muscle relaxation technique, which improves your quality of sleep, reduces anxiety and depression, improves immunity and quality of life overall. You can ideally practice this at the end of each class or just on its own, when you feel the need!
Rave reviews and testimonials
I’ve had an overwhelming response from people ALL over the world who’ve had only good things to say about the course. Here are just a few comments from real people who have gone through the course.
Yoga can be daunting when you first fall pregnant – you don’t know which poses are safe and you can be unsure about how hard to push yourself. The YogaYin Pregnancy Online Course is such a handy resource because it’s specifically designed for pregnancy so you know that it’s safe and effectively targeting the parts of the body important in pregnancy. Each class is strengthening and relaxing so that you emerge feeling strong, calm and balanced – plus the meditations help you connect with your baby, which is incredibly powerful. I like the way the opening and closing meditations are in separate videos so sometimes I just do one of those on days when I’m time poor or feeling exhausted. But perhaps the biggest highlight is Allannah’s soothing voice – you feel all your worries wash away as soon as class begins. I would recommend all pregnant women buy this class collection!
I’ve loved having the YogaYin Pregnancy Online Course videos available to me on-call during my pregnancy. Even though I was a pretty rusty yogini at the start, Allannah is a wonderful guide and her explanations and demonstrations made me feel safe and comfortable practicing at home. The classes range from breath-focussed to quite dynamic, so there is always one to suit how I feel on any given day. Allannah chooses postures which really work into areas that need extra attention in pregnancy, and the variations offered mean that I have been able to continue my practice through my second trimester and now well into my third. Plus when the pregnancy hormones start swelling, the Closing Meditation video always does the trick of getting me back to center. It is definitely going on my labor playlist!
What Would You Pay To Gain Access To This Step-by-Step Course On Yoga For Pregnancy and Labor?
You’re probably wondering how much it will cost to have access to a step-by-step course, hours of detailed videos and access to a specialist in pregnancy yoga.
Because if you were to attend my 5 class course back to back from your second trimester to 38 weeks, as most women do, it would cost you close to $1000.
But the reason I have filmed this series is so that it is accessible to everyone, not just students in my vicinity (who often purchase it as well so they can practice at home during the week…). I want to make this course available to as many people as possible, as I truly do believe it’s the best available.
So here’s the deal…
For the most committed students who want access to support as well as comprehensive course materials, I’m offering the full course deluxe package for only $97.
At only $97, you’ll save the money you might have spent on group yoga classes – assuming a good one is available in your area. And the beauty is that you can access the course over and over again on all devices and review the material as much as you would like at your own pace.
The Full Course Package
Most Importantly – Does The Course Really Work?
Here’s a very small sampling of the success stories in my course. Today there are over 1000 students that have bought the course or my DVD and the number of women achieving a better pregnancy and labor continues to grow!
Allannah has some great advice and insight into the birthing process which gave me a lot of confidence leading up to the birth and the postures were really helpful on the day. Her voice is so soothing it makes Savasana all the more sweeter both pre and post baby.”
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- Instant usage of the course
- Access to support
- Bonus Videos
- 30 day money back guarantee