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Home Birth Support Group
Meeting on the first Sunday every month 10.30am – 12.30pm
For Couples, Doulas, Midwives – payment by donation (£3-£5) to cover costs, more information here
Living Mindfully Alumni sitting group
with Stuart Frost
Sundays 6-7.30pm (not 7 or 14 January)
Evening sessions for the alumni of the 4 SIT mindfulness courses we have run at the Stables, and for anyone who has a regular mindfulness practice. The aim of the session is to support you to continue, or re-ignite, your mindfulness practice.
We will spend plenty of time sitting, some time doing mindful communication, and some time in conversation. We will look at ways of maintaining a nourishing ‘formal’ practice and a lively connection with your ‘informal practice’, which is effectively your whole life!
Suggested donation £5
Mondays Beginners Level 1: 19 February – 26 March £48 Book here
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 22 February – 22 March £40 Book here
We might try yoga for many reasons: to cure a bad back, to manage our stress, to heal a broken heart, to inspire our running, or simply because we’ve heard it’s good for us. Yoga can fulfil all these promises and more, because its fundamental premise is that we all possess the potential for a happy, harmonious and healthy life. Yoga is an intelligent, multi-dimensional body-based practice which improves our strength and flexibility, our digestion and circulation, and our endocrine and immune systems. It has a direct impact on our breathing and nervous system, stimulating the relaxation response, and its focus on mindful attention to our inner landscape of thoughts and emotions leads to psychological wellbeing.
Our beginners courses will get you started in a flow style of yoga. You’ll gain confidence in basic postures, sun salutations, breath work, deep relaxation and mindfulness. Suitable for all, regardless of age, fitness and flexibility. Come and try!
If you are new to yoga we recommend a beginners course, or come and try one of our regular ‘All Levels’ classes.
Sunday 28th January 2pm – 5pm £35 FULLY BOOKED, please email us to go on the waiting list, you may well get a place
Deep rest for body and mind – a complete antidote to stress. Come and treat yourself to a blissful afternoon of restoratives and mindfulness. You’ll use bolsters, blankets and other props to support yourself in restful postures, opening the body gently, slowly and safely. Nurturing breathing, mindfulness and calming music will help you slow down and nourish your soul. You’ll emerge from the practice with a deep sense of stillness and physical spaciousness. Suitable for everyone!
With Sophie Carr and Chloe McKay.
*BRAND NEW ANTENATAL COURSE FOR COUPLES!*
Sophie and Alison are launching a totally fabulous and completely unique birthing course for couples planning a natural birth at home or in hospital.
We are looking for just SIX couples to join us in January who believe birth can be an empowering experience, that women’s bodies are made for this, that a straightforward birth without intervention is good for mum and baby.
We know this won’t be for everyone, and we are continuing to talk about and support the full range of options, possibilities and necessities in our weekly classes and quarterly birth preparation workshops. But we truly and deeply believe that for couples who really want an undisturbed birth, this is completely possible and we can help you learn skills to get what you want.
Over 5 sessions* we will share our unique approach which will include mindfulness, breathing, hypnobirthing and deep relaxation. We will hold space for you to fully explore what you want from your birth experience and how to make sure it happens in reality. We’ll help you let go of fears and anxieties so you feel excited, positive and confident about the birth. We’ll show you how navigate the system, ask questions, assess benefits v risks of the various interventions that may be proposed and most importantly show you and your partner how to create and hold the sacred space where you can birth your baby your way.
Contact us now to find out more and secure your place. You and your partner both need to be fully committed to a natural birth so there’s a short application form to complete and we’ll have an informal chat too to make sure it’s completely right for you.
*Dates: Wednesday evenings: 31st Jan, 7th, 21st and 28th Feb 7.30pm – 9.30pm; Saturday 3rd March 2pm – 5pm – all at Stables Yoga.
*Investment: £250, interest free payment plans available.
Emma Leaf’s Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath
23 February 7-8.30pm £12
Join us for this very special Candlelit Yoga Nidra & Sound Bath. Emma Leaf is our Yoga Nidra teacher. She will be leading regular Friday evening sessions to nourish your whole body, mind and heart. Emma will play healing sounds during these sessions with crystal singing bowls, shamanic healing instruments, chimes and a beautiful transformative gong!
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a wonderful deep relaxation which complements the efforts you make in your regular asana practice. It reduces daily stress by turning attention inward for your own healing awareness and cultivating a deep meditative state to help you find quietude and stillness.
We will start with light seated stretches to prepare the body, followed by ancient mantra to sense into our intention. We then lie down in Savasana (corpse pose) with soft blankets, bolsters and as many pillows as you wish to deeply rest your body while you are guided through a journey of great inner discovery.
Yoga nidra has many benefits:
- Immediate physical benefits, such as reduced stress and better sleep
- It can lower blood pressure, release muscle tension, slow your heart rate and regulate your breathing.
- It can bring an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity
- It has the potential to heal psychological and emotional wounds
- It rejuvenates, recharges, and restores your sense of wellbeing
All mats, blankets and props are provided and you are most welcome to bring your own.
Book online here
Sunday 11th March 2018 9.30am – 4pm Book here
£65 per couple
The class is suitable for couples who want to birth their babies naturally, whether in hospital, at a midwife-led birth centre, or at home.
With Sophie Carr, yoga teacher and doula.
‘It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you.’
Stay in control of your birth. Birthing women know what is right for them. They instinctively know who they want with them, where they want to birth, and how. If this is respected, birth is empowering and pleasurable. But the power of birth is often unconsciously surrendered to others which can lead to complicated birth experiences. We learn how to stay in control, while letting our body do its job of birthing.
The characteristics of a natural birth. Hormones play an essential role in childbirth, stimulating the uterus to contract and natural painkillers to be released. In order for the efficient and sustained production of these hormones, a woman needs space to move, darkness and privacy. To birth naturally, she needs to be undisturbed, instinctive, and feel safe and protected. Given the right conditions only one in ten births will be
complicated. We discuss ways of achieving the environment essential for a normal birth in hospital, at a midwife-led birth unit, and at home. We concentrate on the need to trust the process of birth (whether short or very long) and avoid unnecessary interventions.
Active birth. We discuss the benefits of an upright, active birth. We look at positions for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd stages of labour, how to support the birthing mother, and note how our own conditioning can inhibit our trust in our bodies. Women’s bodies are designed to give birth, but fear is a major inhibitor of the birthing hormones—so how can we integrate that knowledge so we are not afraid?
Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation. Yoga breathing is the essential tool for childbirth. We look at how useful it is for dealing with the pain of contractions, and how mindfulness reduces feelings of anxiety and fear. We learn how the birth partner can help the mother stay steady and strong during even the lengthiest labour.
Getting the best from the NHS. We have many choices in birth, many more than we think. We discuss your birth preferences and how to have the birth you want while being supported by the NHS. We also discuss other care providers, and the role of doulas.
‘My partner felt for the first time that he had an important role to play and felt very positive after the day. An excellent and informative class – it left us both enthusiastic and inspired.’
‘Empowering! Sophie and Alison have a gift for getting the partners involved. The best preparation, both physically and psychologically, we have had.’
‘The class was really engaging and Howard appreciated the ‘man time’ chat and how involved he felt in the session. We both got a lot out of it and it was very helpful indeed. ‘