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From time-to-time Natalie runs special classes and workshops, so check this page regularly for updates. Natalie is also available to hire for your event and even corporate yoga classes. Please contact Natalie for more information.

Yoga for Women & Circle Workshop

Sunday 8th March 2020 - 2pm to 5pm

This workshop will be a practical and informative introduction to menstrual cycle awareness using rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asanas), gestures (mudra), breath (pranayama) and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that help to promote healthy menstruation, optimise fertility (if required) and exploring natural fertility management for conception as well as contraception.

For women who do not have a menstrual cycle we will explore the lunar dimension of cyclical awareness.

This workshop will provide you with the safe and sacred space you need to learn how yoga can best support you throughout all stages of your life – maintaining your health, vitality and well-being, whatever your age!

What you can expect from this workshop:
- Time to centre, ground and relax.
- Meditation
- Overview of fertility and menstrual challenges including menstrual pain relief. Including relevant anatomy as well as subtle anatomy (energy pathways).
- Menstrual Cycle Awareness as a spiritual practice exploring natural fertility management as contraception.
-       Honouring the moons inside and out
- Yoga Nidra
- Plant-based snacks and refreshments
- Shakti Circle (Sharing circle) for support.

We will also enjoy a short break with some plant based refreshments before moving on to the sharing element of the workshop. A shakti circle is a place where women can speak freely and openly and share their own wisdom. You may speak openly about anything – something on your mind, something you’re going through, something you’ve overcame or just how your day or week has been! Of course, speaking is optional and you are welcome to pass and just sit and listen to the other women.

Who’s it for:
- Women of any age, any stage of life whether you are a teen, had children, never had children, have passed menopause, are pregnant or just had a baby. This workshop is for you.

- The movement aspect of this workshop is very gentle, however, you should inform the teacher of any health issues or concerns.

Date: Sunday 8th March 2020
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Where: Balance Fitt, 1 Maypole Yard, Dunstable LU6 1XF
Cost: £30, payable in advance.

To pay please click on the photo.

Mats and all other equipment provided, but please bring a pillow and blanket for your comfort.

If you have any questions, please just ask.

Preparation for Birth & Beyond

3 Week Course - Starting February 2020

Pregnancy, birth and parenthood are one of the most special and important times in your life. This three-part course lead by Sam (midwife) and Natalie (pregnancy yoga teacher, birth coach and doula) will take care of you and your precious cargo and provide practical support and guidance during this wonderful time - from pregnancy, through to birth and beyond.

This course follows guidance from the Department of Health brought together by an expert group of parenting organisations, antenatal educationalists, researchers, practitioners and service leaders for an approach to antenatal care that reflects today's contexts. We will also provide you with a wealth of knowledge and support based on our own experiences as mothers as well as the experience and knowledge we have gained from our careers as midwife, birth coach and pregnancy yoga teacher.

Who’s it for:
This course is for women from 30 weeks pregnant and their birth partner. The birth partner doesn't have to be the spouse, but can be another birth support person.

3 week course held across the below dates and days:
Sunday 9th February 2020 - 12:15 to 15:15
Saturday 15th and 22nd February 2020 - 11:45 to 14:45

Balance Fitt, 1 Maypole Yard, Dunstable LU6 1XF

£225 per couple. £50 non-refundable deposit required to secure the booking with remaining balance due 4 weeks prior to the start date.

What's included:
9 hours of structured support and classes (further details below)
Tea, coffee, refreshments
Information hand-outs, relaxation scripts etc.
Groups are kept small so you receive lots of care and attention.

Course Content:

This course will cover many topics under the following headings:

Empowering Pregnancy & Birth
We believe that every women can have a positive and empowered birth experience and we will provide you with the tools and information to understand the birth process as well as unbiased information about pain-management options. We will also include self-help methods, such as relaxations, visualisations and breathing techniques.There is also lots of information for the birth partner to find out how s/he can support you best through your labour and birth.

Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth
The yoga, breathing and relaxation element of the course will include how to use yoga to encourage a straightforward labour and birth, relaxations, visualisations, breathing techniques and birth ball practice. The birth partners can join in with the yoga element or they will have the option to break away and join in informal discussion with Sam the midwife about any concerns or worries they may have as birth partner.

Our Growing Baby
We will help with understanding your baby's development, help with making decisions that may affect your baby's health and development, the opportunity to discuss worries and concerns, information about where to go and how to find out more.

Changes for Me and Us
This will include knowledge about how you may change alongside your baby, how to use your personal strengths and what to expect from eachother as parents (if in a couple). We will focus on mental health, how to support good mental health during pregnancy, birth and beyond, managing day-to-day with sleep disturbances and establishing a maternal and paternal bond with your baby.

Infant Feeding
You will receive unbiased information about breast, bottle and combination feeding.

Please note: Course content may be subject to adjustments and change.

About Sam:
Sam Madison is a registered and practicing midwife in the local area. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience as midwife as well as being a mum herself.

About Natalie:
Natalie Herbert is passionate about yoga for women, including pregnancy yoga and post-natal yoga. She completed Doula training with Nurturing Birth UK in 2007 and combines her knowledge of women’s bodies and passion for yoga to empower women throughout all stages of their lives. She is also mum to three children.

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