Leyton Yoga Studio

Authentic Hatha Yoga and therapeutic health practices in the heart of East London. Leyton Yoga is an inclusive space for personal discovery and transformation. You can book our classes and workshops on this website or on Mindbody.

 

Our sister company - Leyton Holistic - offers a range of health treatments including massage.

 

691 High Rd Leyton, London E10 6RA

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Pregnancy & Yoga

Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life. Yoga offers a toolkit of physical exercises, breathing practices and philosophies to support and nourish you as you journey towards birth and motherhood.

If you already have an established yoga practice, we encourage you to embrace softness. Pause strong practice. Make adjustments. Listen your body and your baby.

If you are new to yoga, we encourage you to attend only prenatal yoga classes.

 

Although you should always seek the advice of your doctor and/or midwife, we offer some general tips here on yoga practice and pregnancy.

First Trimester

When you discover you are expecting, we strongly encourage you to pause your yoga practice until your 14th week. Your baby’s central nervous system and brain are developing, and you are growing your placenta. This is a time of great change, a time for rest and acceptance.

Second & Third Trimester

If you have been practicing yoga for over one year and have both your doctor’s and your yoga teacher’s approval, you may rejoin your regular yoga class.

Within those classes, you will need to significantly alter your practice. Take it slow, listen to your body and your baby, and avoid over-heating. In busy group classes, teachers can offer guidance but may not always be able to give you step-by-step separate instruction.

The following practices should be avoided during pregnancy:

  • Advanced inversions

  • Deep twists

  • Deep backbends

  • Supine positions on your back or belly

  • Abdominal (“core”) work

  • Deep stretching

  • Heating pranayama (ex: Ujjayi, Kapalabhati) and breath retentions

Throughout pregnancy, your yoga practice should focus on:

  • Fluid, natural movements

  • Joint stability

  • Glutes and leg strengthening

  • Pelvic floor awareness (softness & strength)

  • Calming breath practices

  • Visualization-based meditation

  • Grounding foot and leg work

  • Ankle and wrist mobility to move fluids

  • Side stretches to open the ribs

  • Very gentle backbends

  • Open-legged forward bends

  • Very gentle twists
     

During your second trimester, yoga will help you to find space in your body for breath, get your excess fluids circulating, and relieve your pregnancy-related discomforts as your baby grows.
 

During your third trimester, we encourage you to take only Prenatal classes. You’ll learn movements, breathing techniques and sounding practices which will soothe you during your final weeks of pregnancy, encourage optimal fetal position and help you feel calm and in control during your birth experience.
 

Best of all, in Prenatal classes, you’ll meet a community of local like-minded mums, sharing wisdom, friendship and, of course, the odd piece of cake!
 

Check our schedule for the latest classes, which include pregnancy yoga, mum & baby yoga, parent, toddler & baby yoga, and hypnobirthing mums club.

We wish you a joyful journey towards motherhood!