Pregnancy yoga &
birth preparation classes

Specialist classes offering a complete mind-body approach to pregnancy yoga that incorporates the best of active birth and hypnosis for birth so that you feel calm and confident in pregnancy as you prepare for birth and mothering.

Every class is designed to support discussion, antenatal education as well as practice yoga positions, movement and breathing techniques (incorporating hypnosis for birth) that are beneficial in pregnancy, can be used in birth and which facilitate and easy postnatal recovery. Classes are not drop in and require commitment so that women form strong friendships that will serve them long into their mothering years – this helps to create a safe atmosphere for sharing experiences and drawing on each other's wisdom and knowledge. We often have visiting birth professionals, such as independent midwives and doulas, as well as returning birth stories – from home births to c-sections – from women and their babies who have attended the class.

Jessica provides continuity of care with postnatal yoga classes for mum & baby, which have a similar format. Priority goes to women who have attended these classes during their pregnancy, so that the safety and support of the antenatal classes continues into the early weeks and months with a new baby.

Pregnancy Yoga & Birth Preparation Classes, South Bristol – Southville & BEdminster

Mondays 7.30pm to 9pm, Flow Yoga Bristol,
16 Whitehouse St, BS3 4AY. Cost £12 first class,  then four-week block bookings £48. From 38 weeks (or 36 with twins) £12 weekly. Booking: essential.

Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9pm, The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, BS3 1QG. Cost: £12 per class. First class one-off payment of £12. Subsequent classes paid monthly (calculated according to the number of Tuesdays in a month). From 38 weeks (or 36 with twins) drop-in £12 weekly. Booking: essential. 

Space permitting, it is possible to switch between classes to fit with your schedule. You can make up a missed session at a different class within the same week.

Who is it for? The classes are suitable for first-time mothers, as well as those who already have children. It is for those who practice yoga, and for those who have never done yoga before. You can start anytime from 14 weeks and
continue until you give birth.

Your sessions empower us, enable us to speak freely and teach us to draw strength from each other in a way I’ve never known before.
— Jess
The thing that helped me most, especially with my second baby, was breathing and yoga. I focused on the breath for four hours and it got me through each contraction. The whole thing about yoga is that is gives you the awareness of your body and helps you to listen to it and work with it, which I
did in a very uninhibited way!
— Obstetrician, St Michael's Hospital
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Pregnancy Yoga • Active Birth • Hypnobirthing • Breathing • Relaxation • Friendship

• discussion and exploration of different aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenting including the physiology of birth, hot topics in maternity care, experiences of pregnancy, addressing hopes and fears, strengthening inner resources and more.

• time to meet other expectant mums and build lasting friendships.

• the opportunity to listen to and ask questions about experiences of birth and early mothering from those women who return to classes to share their stories.

• focus on relaxing into your pregnancy and creating a space to simply be with baby.

• essential hypnobirthing techniques, including how the mind works, the mind-body connection in labour, breathing, birth affirmations, visualisation and relaxation.

• flowing yoga postures integrated with active birth positions and specialist exercises to help you feel strong in pregnancy and fit for birth, and which will help to support postnatal recovery.

• simple and accessible meditation techniques that will help you stay centred in pregnancy, birth and beyond.

I wanted to say a huge, huge thank you as the yoga had a huge role in the birth. The breathing techniques were integral – not only did they provide great pain relief, but kept me and the baby so calm all the way through.
— Emma
Considering how nervous and worried I was, the birth was the biggest achievement of my life. The strength I found, I gathered from yoga, you and the people I met there.
— Sue
Thanks for providing a wonderful service to the community as I really looked forward to your Pregnancy Yoga classes while I was expecting. They were a great time to connect to my body and relax when work and life often stressed me out! Thanks for supporting all of us mamas!
— Brooke