Yoga For Pregnancy and Birth - what's in a name?

I’m often asked to describe the difference between Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth? 

Perhaps it’s two titles to describe the same thing. Perhaps it’s a way of defining two very different experiences. Both kinds of classes have so much to offer you in your pregnancy. Today I’d like to share why I call what I’m teaching Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth.

For almost two decades, I have been teaching yoga to women during their birthing years. In this time, I’ve attended dozens of births and sat with hundreds of women listening to their stories and feeling into their experiences of birth.

I found that in this time, so much of my early understanding of what is considered to be appropriate to share with women in the context of a pregnancy friendly yoga class was being stripped and dissolved.

To truly honour the needs of these generous women, who continue to share their insights and heart-felt desires with me, I came to the realisation that I needed to do two things.

Firstly I needed to reach deeply inward to consider the application of the fundamental tenants of Yogic philosophy – reframe my relationship with my own practice and what I was offering to women.

Secondly, create a new approach to yoga that was based on cultivating a suite of rich and luscious womanly practices, rather than the process of stripping out and modification of standard asanas.

In heeding the humbling lessons of birth, I feel liberated from the binds of offering women “continuity in their known practice”. A kind of prenatal yoga that relies upon a heavily modified classic hatha yoga class.

So liberated, mamashanti’s Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth will immerse you in a way of yoga that is without uncompromising:

  • Entirely and lovingly devoted to honouring your unique transition from maiden to mother.

  • Made abundant with exquisitely femi