Classes are kept simple and accessible, there is no need for any previous yoga experience, in fact the vast majority of people coming to classes have never practiced yoga before. Week by week I get to know my students so that I can tailor the class to suit individual needs as much as possible. Class content is varied each week, but using simple content that can be practised at home. We will use a combination of breathing techniques, gentle yoga poses and guided relaxation techniques, all of which can easily be recreated at home. We will also be using some of the relaxation techniques from my hypnobirthing classes as part of the yoga class.
Yoga is great to practice during pregnancy, it can help to ease any aches and pains brought on by posture changes, it can help to prepare your body physically and mentally for birth and it is a great way to socialise and meet other parents.
Post-natal classes are designed to support recovery of the post-natal body in a gentle and empowering way which also protects precious energy resources at this time of huge change. These classes are all about the mothers - not the babies! Babies are very welcome in the class, I know how difficult, if not impossible it can be to leave a baby in those early months, and yet you still want and need something that is for you, so bring them along, feed them, change them, soothe and play as much as you want to and join in with as much or as little of the class as you want to or is suitable. Having done mum and baby classes myself, I know how there are weeks when they sleep through the whole thing, and other weeks where you spend the whole time feeding, but that does not mean that you will not benefit from the supportive group environment and relaxing breathing techniques. The classes will include simple breathing techniques, gentle stretching and strengthening work, pelvic floor exercises and a guided relaxation session. At the end of the session there is time for group connection and chat, with light refreshments provided.
Before joining the class I carry out a health assessment over Zoom to discuss your birth, your recovery so far as well as your general wellbeing. I like to do this as I know there is so much more to be said than can be covered in a health assessment form, including a self-check for diastasis recti, the common pregnancy condition of abdominal separation.
Mothers will be welcome in class after doctors sign off at the 6 week check up, or from 10 weeks if post c-section. Sadly I am all too aware that the 6 week check up is often fairly brief and can overlook a lot of the mother's health, but as an insurance condition this is required.
all classes now face to face!
Like the rest of the world, I retreated online during the various lockdowns and ran my classes from the comfort of my own home. Although this wasn't without its challenges, there were some advantages - no travel time, no carrying equipment, eating my dinner as soon as I could after teaching! But I really, really missed interacting with people and seeing conversations flow and connections being made.
I know that a return to the studio is not for everyone - maybe you prefer the comforts of home practice or it makes it more accessible to you - I get that - the world has changed, and in line with that, I will continue to live stream my classes for as long as anybody wants me to, just let me know in advance and I will set it up, it is no problem.
class times and locations
Monday 7.00pm - 8.00pm Pre Natal Yoga at The Well Retreat, Brackley
Thursday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Pre Natal Yoga at Frank Wise School, Banbury
Friday 11.30am - 12.30pm Post Natal Yoga at The Well Retreat, Brackley
The Well Retreat is situated close to Brackley town centre, within walking distance of shops and cafes. There is plenty of parking on the street outside, giving you up to 3 hours for free. The Well Retreat is home to a range of wellbeing practitioners, providing aromatherapy, pilates, tai chi, yoga and talking therapies, as well as pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing with me.
The full address of the studio is:
The Well Retreat
5 High Street
Frank Wise School is situated close to Banbury town centre, just up the road from Banbury Cross. The hall is a lovely light and airy space which benefits from climate control, making it a lovely warm space in winter and comfortable and cool in the summer. Just outside the hall is the school car park providing plenty of free parking spaces.
The full address of the hall is:
The Seymour Hall
Frank Wise School
Polly and Baby Olivia, born May 2018
Hi Amy, just wanted to let you know that Olivia was born on Friday evening at the Horton weighing 8lb 11.5oz. She arrived pretty quickly after 2.5 hours of contractions and I was able to deliver on just gas and air and in the pool. I honestly believe without doing your yoga classes and practising the breathing techniques, things would have turned out very differently (with Jackson's delivery I had every kind of pain relief!). So just wanted to say a big thank you! She's just perfect and I can't believe she is finally here! xx
Adele and Baby William, born May 2018
My labour was controlled and very quick and it was down to the simple practice of breathing! Amy taught me some invaluable breathing techniques and positions that I even practiced during the last stages of labour! The reason her classes work are because they suit all pregnant ladies; if you need to learn how to move more, or if you need to learn how to slow down then you'll find Amy's class a peaceful place to zone out and meet like minded people, offering an inbuilt support network at a time you need it most. Thank you Amy!
Emma and Baby Rex, born October 2018
Pregnancy Yoga with Amy was a great opportunity to have protected time to bond with bump, and work on breathing and gentle muscle strengthening ready for labour. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and opportunity to meet other local mummies. I would thoroughly recommend Amy's classes to anyone!
Harriet and Baby Nancy, born October 2018
I began attending Amy's classes as soon as I possibly could, at 14 weeks pregnant. For me, it was very much about taking the time out of my busy life of working and being a mum to my toddler to really focus on my pregnancy. It often felt like that hour each week was the only time I gave dedicated thought to the little baby growing inside me.
As a relative newbie to yoga, Amy guided me through the different poses, offering gentle advice to get the most out of each session. She taught different breathing techniques as well as pointing out good positions for labour towards the latter end of my pregnancy. The savasana (relaxation) at the end of each session was also a perfect opportunity to shut out the world and deeply relax, something that feels rare these days.
Amy is a super teacher and I really valued not only the physical aspects of the classes but also the discussions that came from her extensive reading on pregnancy, labour and birth.
I would thoroughly recommend Amy's pregnancy yoga classes to anyone and am now hoping she will start doing post-natal classes too!
Katy and Baby Eva, born January 2019
I didn't think I was a yoga person but after attending Amy's classes I have fallen in love with yoga! Amy makes such an effort to ensure all mums to be are welcomed and is able to tailor all poses to individual needs and ability. I would always leave class feeling positive and relaxed. As well as the physical benefits I very much benefited from positive mental well being. It made me feel confident and excited to welcome my baby into the world and was brilliant to have dedicated time to focus on myself and my baby. Amy goes above and beyond, she doesn't just teach yoga, she provides opportunities for weekend classes, a platform for mums to communicate with each other and social get togethers. I would highly recommend Amy's classes to all mums to be!