What makes LushTums classes special?
Our lovely, expert LushTums classes provide nurturing, active, safe and supportive classes, offering a space for women during a time of great change - whether that's through pregnancy, in preparing for birth or during life as a mother. We teach fantastic tried and tested yoga practices that are useful and easy 'life tools' that you can use 'off the mat' - these really help improve your physical, mental and emotional health. Giving you an opportunity to relax and calm the mind, enables you to 'fill up' and feel nourished and supported. This means everyone leaves class feeling reconnected to themselves, grounded and ready to cope with life's challenges and stresses with much more resilience, calm and perspective.
Because we really need this! As women, as pregnant ladies, as mothers, we need time out for ourselves. We need head space. We need to process the fact we are 'pregnant' or where ever we are at with 'life's challenges and stresses' and all that brings. We need to relax. We need to do this for our mental health and emotion balance. We need to connect with others. We need to feel part of a community. We all need more support, even if our lives are full and loving, an extra layer of support goes a long way - and latest research and evidence clearly shows us that this is not only important for us, as women, but by extension, this helps us better support our families, greatly benefitting our babies and children and that this positively influences our child rearing practices, leading directly to social improvements, happier future generations and a more peaceful society at large. The power to change the world and make it a better place rests in our hands, as parents to be and parents, so lets get together and make that positive change happen over the next generation.
Our Pregnancy Yoga classes are welcoming and friendly - everyone is welcome, including complete beginners and expert yoginis! Most people are brand new to yoga when they join us for pregnancy classes but quickly find they take to it really easily and feel great for coming along.
Classes help you prepare for brith and meet other mums-to-be! We always include Birth Breathing techniques to help you during labour; offer a range of physical movements and poses to help relieve common pregnancy ailments; offer practices to strengthen the body or increase flexibility; and ways to calm the mind; plus a fantastic guided relaxation with mediations at the end. It really is an all round and comprehensive approach, bringing the best in nourishing yoga together with the latest in scientific evidence.
We incorporate antenatal education in our classes and all classes are tailored to meet your needs, so every class will be a little bit different to suit you as pregnancy progresses. Classes are suitable from 15 weeks (if you are new to yoga, or you can begin earlier if you are familiar with yoga) to full term. Everyone is welcome!
JOIN US TO:
- Relax, reduces stress, anxiety or help with depression.
- Take time out for YOU to calm your mind and balances your emotions.
- Strengthen your body and stay fit during your pregnancy - being healthy helps you and your baby.
- Practicing yoga gives your immune system a boost and relieves many common pregnancy ailments, such as back ache, heart-burn, insomnia and SPD.
- Learn key coping strategies for birth including how to breathe and move and relax during labour and birth.
- Practice essential movements to help babies into optimal positions to help encourage smoother births.
- Connect with your babies and take time out to enjoy being pregnant!
- Share your experiences in a welcoming and supportive space and be heard, with all the ups and downs our journeys take us on.
- Meet other lovely mamas-to-be in your local area, build your network of support and friendship by connecting in with others in your community.
Birth Preparation (complete Antenatal Education)
Our Preparing For Birth antenatal education course is a complete birth preparation course - which we have been running for over ten years and all our content is Yoga Alliance Professionals and FEDANT approved (the UK's awarding body for antenatal education in the UK).
Ideal for pregnant women and their birth partners looking for an all encompassing birth education programme - it has fully researched and created in conjunction with expert, experienced midwives.
Uniquely, this course combines the best in yoga and meditative practices perfect for helping during birth - including specific breathing techniques, positions and movements, and mindfulness and relaxation techniques - along with detailed scientific information about the actual processes of birth and local in midwifery protocols and guidelines.
Essentially, we cover EVERYTHING you need to know to prepare for birth, including:
- How do I know labour has started?
- The stages of labour
- What is a contraction? Why is my body doing this? Techniques to cope
- The role of hormones
- Importance of the positive feedback loop
- Using the breath, yoga positions and mindfulness
- Clear explanations of possible medical interventions, and why these sometimes have a much needed place
- How to make decisions and give meaningful informed consent in the moment - and the importance of this
- Pain relief options, natural and medical
- Essential birth partner tips - what to do, when
- The early days with your newborn, what to expect
This course is designed to help both you and your birth partner understand what your body is doing when birthing, and how you can help the process along. It is fundamental to have a clear understanding of this so you can work with your body and be able to navigate any challenges that may come up along the way. It's also important for your birth partner to understand all of this to enable them to fully support, encourage and hold a safe, protective space for a birthing mother.
Postnatal Yoga – Bring Baby Too! (or come hands free!)
A wonderful way to bond with your baby, regain your strength, connect with others and feel great, one day at a time. These classes are specially designed to allow you to safely practice yoga with your baby by your side, or joining in. Or if you have some child care, come along and enjoy some well-deserved you time, child-free.
Classes are suitable from 6 weeks after a vaginal birth, or 8 weeks after a c-section, until your baby is on the move. As with any exercise after birth, it is always a good idea to get the all clear from your doctor before you start classes. Ask them to check whether you have Diastasis Recti (separated tummy muscles).
These classes run as a course over 6 weeks during term time. We take you through a progressive approach to help you build core strength and revitalise yourself class by class. Each term you will feel stronger and be able to do more. If you had a baby a year ago or more and never incorporated a dedicated postnatal training, you may not have fully strengthened your deepest core. This could mean you suffer with an achy lower back, particular after any other exercise or you have a little wee when you laugh, cough or sneeze... if this sounds like you, feel free to book in and come along to class soon too.
Once you have been practicing for 6-9 months, you can then progress on to our Women's Yoga or Mother's Yoga classes to continue to explore yoga, have some you time and get fitter, stronger and leaner as you sculpt your body into shape and health.
Women's or Mother's Yoga - time out for you
This creative and varied class, draws on all aspects of yoga, is suitable for all ages and levels of experience and fitness - all women are welcome. The content is tailored to meet your individual needs and you will leave feeling calm and complete – ready to face the world again! Many of our post-natal mums progress onto this class to deepen and continue their practice, just chat to your teacher if you think you might be ready - and many women come along to prepare for conception or to heal ailments, such as back aches or depression.
Join us to:
- Relax, recharge and enjoy some time out
- Strengthen your body, pelvic floor and your core
- Relieve achy shoulders and tired backs
- Fight fatigue, energise and rejuvenate
- Clear your head, reduce stress, anxiety and depression
- Promote and nourish a healthier immune system
- Alleviate digestive issues of all kinds
- Improve your sleep
- Meet other fantastic women in your area and connect into your community
Going beyond regular children sensory or play activities, WiggleBums also helps parents & carers connect with themselves more fully in their role and in turn enables better attachment and bonding.
WiggleBums classes are carefully and creatively crafted fun & exploratory yoga, play and sensoryfor children aged 1 year to pre-schooler AND their grown ups! You'll also find classes available in nurseries and primary schools with children up to aged 12.
Going beyond regular play activities, WiggleBums encourages development and helps parents and carers connect with themselves in their roles as care-givers; enabling children to grow and their parents and carers to understand the immense power and impact our thoughts, words and behaviour have on our children. Understanding that how we think, speak and act influences our children both now and for their future is central to these fun and imaginative yoga classes for kids. Our classes help foster feelings of security, confidence and happiness throughout early life, with tremendous benefits for our children as they become teens and adults. Think of this time as critical for laying the foundations for our children’s futures.
All this is beautiful woven into the fabric of the class using yoga, story-telling, movement, music, song, interaction, inspiration and free-flow creative exploration. Following a familiar format each week, each class explores a new 'story' and new 'resource' that delights the children, and each term a new song. Children and parents are encouraged to share this experience today and love their time at class so much that often the themes and play continue for both at home!
These classes offer a supportive and nourishing space as much for parents as for little ones to enable everyone to grow to their full potential with deeper relationships and connections with each other. Book your course now!
Doula Services / Massage Therapists / Baby Massage / General Yoga Classes
A doula is a support person who helps a birthing couple practically and emotionally as they prepare for birth and at the birth itself and/or during the postnatal period. Several of our LushTums teachers are also fully trained doulas (and we know many as well), so If you are thinking of hiring a doula or finding out more about this, please let us know.
Some of our teachers are also experts in NLP, Pregnancy Massage, Baby Massage, Cranial Sacral therapy and some teach regular yoga too ... check to your teachers profiles to find out more!
- Our own upgraded version of Hypno-Birthing called Mindful Birth
- Preparing For Baby
- Baby Massage