Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth
May 3rd and May 17th, 10-2pm
6 Tunks Street Waverton
I'm delighted to announce this very special workshop- a collaboration between myself and Katie Manitsas- writer, yoga teacher, doula and mother of three.
During this workshop, you will:
* Practice safe, effective yoga postures, linking movement with breath, to support your body during pregnancy
* Connect with your baby through visualisations and guided meditation.
* Learn the art of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)
* Practice mindful breathing to induce a calm peaceful state of mind, for now and labour.
* Learn 3 very practical yoga tools to support you during labour and birth.
* Connect with other pregnant women in an intimate setting (no more than 6 participants)
* Have special QnA time with Katie to ask all your burning questions about pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.
* A Seasonal Vegetarian Lunch prepared with Love- valued at $15
* A copy of Katie's Book "The Yoga of Birth"- valued at $25
* Yoga Nidra MP3 to promote sound sleep and deep relaxation- valued at $12
* Access to YogaMama when it launches at a 60% discount- save $80
WHY IS YOGA SO GOOD FOR PREGNANCY AND BIRTH?
Yoga is proven to be a safe and effective exercise during pregnancy. Not only does it have a multifaceted effect on the pregnant mother’s body, including developing strength, maintaining fitness and reducing symptoms of pregnancy such as muscle aches, swelling, sciatica, cramps, and fatigue but it also has a demonstrated effect on her mind and her baby.
"Regular yoga practice in the last 10–12 weeks of pregnancy improves maternal comfort in labor and may facilitate labor progress. The researchers offer several theories for these effects. First, yoga involves synchronization of breathing awareness and muscle relaxation, which decrease tension and the perception of pain. Second, yoga movements, breathing, and chanting may increase circulating endorphins and serotonin, “raising the threshold of mind-body relationship to pain” (p. 112). Third, practicing yoga postures over time alters pain pathways through the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing one’s need to actively respond to unpleasant physical sensations." Research Summaries for Normal Birth by Amy M. Romano, MSN, CNM and Henci Goer, BA
Kate is a spirited, creative yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She has invested 350hours in her training and has over 500 hours of face to face teaching experience. She is a Level 1 Yoga Therapist and believes in the power of one to one and small group teachings. At the other end of the spectrum Kate is currently creating an online yoga program for mums and mums to be, to access yoga anytime anywhere, because finding time to show up to class should not be a barrier to accessing yoga!
Kate is the mother of a vibrant 2.5 year old, named Bodhi and is currently pregnant with her second child due in late June. Kate uses the teachings of yoga as her number one parenting tool and she practices yoga most days, even if it's just a couple of stretches and some pranayama to focus her mind. Late at night, Kate calls upon yoga nidra to support her to access deep restful sleep.
Kate is passionate about working with women, particularly mums and mums-to-be, to support them to find their power and highest potential through yoga teachings and practice.
Katie Manitsas is a writer who wears many hats including those of yoga teacher, activist, doula and vegatarian cook.
Katie was the first certified Advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Australia and has studied extensively with the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda under the guidance of Mother Maya, as well as being a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She completed training as a doula (birthing companion) in 2009.
Katie was the founder of Jivamukti Yoga Sydney (formerly Samadhi Yoga) and is the author of 'The Yoga of Birth', 'Spiritual Survival in the City' and 'Yoga off the Mat'
Katie also trains yoga teachers and specialises in running pre-natal teacher training. She lives in Sydney's Inner West with her family who she is raising with awareness, compassion and sustainable values.
Read more about Katie and her work at www.katiemanitsas.com.au
10-11:15am - Pregnancy Yoga Class with Kate Alexandra. A flowing hatha yoga class to integrate body, mind and breath. You will connect with your baby throughout the class and use mantra, sound and visualisations while moving through strengthening postures and gentle stretches. Class will offer dynamic and gentle options and is safe for all trimesters.
11:15-11:20am Short break for bathroom and to set up restorative props.
11:20- 12pm Restorative Pregnancy Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Kate Alexandra. You will embrace the art of relaxation with these deeply supportive postures that use yoga props to allow your body to completely unwind. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation practice designed to slow down the brainwaves where you experience a conscious sleep-- a wonderful practice if you experience insomnia, anxiety, or general sleeplessness due to pregnancy symptoms or wakeful children!
12:00-12:30pm Lunch Break. A nourishing seasonal vegan meal prepared with love. Indian Dish of Daal and vegetables with Ayurvedic spices, green salad and fresh bread and bliss balls for dessert. Tea and water available all day.
12:30-1:30pm The Yoga of Birth with Katie Manitsas. Katie will share three practical and highly effective techniques for supporting the process of birthing (two breathing techniques and one visualisation) based on her years of experience as a pre-natal yoga teacher and doula-- these techniques work! She will also discuss birthing in general, particularly the aspect of building confidence and overcoming fear.
"There is nothing as powerful as a group of women coming together to support one another and in the primal journey of birthing our babies we can support one another in so many ways. This time together should not be underestimated in it’s power for us to ‘hold a space’ in our minds and hearts for birthing. I’m so looking forward to spending this precious time with you all." - Katie Manitsas
1:30pm-2pm QnA with Katie. In her work a doula (a a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth) Katie has attended many births over the years. Come with all questions about labour, birth and the post-partum recovery period (none too strange, too big or too small)!
Benefits of Yoga In Pregnancy:
“The practice of yoga has many positive effects on pregnant women. Yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encompasses physical stretching, mental centering and breath awareness, making it an ideal preparation for labor and childbirth. Yoga encourages relaxation, internal focus and slowed breathing patterns, goals that are common in many types of childbirth preparation classes. Yoga may help relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as lower back pain, nausea, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. In addition, prenatal yoga classes often offer a supportive environment in which pregnant women can share their experiences, which may help relieve feelings of anxiety or depression.”
What you get, exactly:
120 minutes of personalised small group pregnancy yoga. Valued at $60
90 minutes of access to Katie Manitsas in an intimate group. Valued at $100
Nourishing Seasonal Lunch - $15 retail value
A copy of Katie's book The Yoga of Birth- $25 retail value
A Yoga Nidra Mp3 download- $10 retail value
YogaMama Online Yoga Program (for both pregnancy and new mama-hood) 60% discount- $80 retail value
Access to 2 experienced teachers in an intimate environment with a maximum of 6 participants- priceless!
Nearly $300 in value!
Praise for Kate Alexandra
"Kate is an excellent yoga teacher who accommodates individual needs and has a great sense of humour about it, like when my body won't bend as much as required. She has great technical expertise as well as theoretical knowledge about yoga." - Dale Lowe
"(I love) the small and intimate size of your classes. I felt so connected to everyone in the room, and it didn't feel like a factory yoga class. It felt special. Like I was giving myself a beautiful gift." - Rachel Gross
"It is an absolute honour knowing the beautiful, soulful Kate Alexandra. She is an inspiring, free spirited woman whom I am so grateful to call both a friend and a colleague. She is such an inspiration to me and I couldn't be more proud to see how far she has come in such a short amount of time. I would highly recommend her classes and workshops to all." Aimee Angelique, Yoga Teacher + Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach.
" I LOVE class! I love that it's not just going through the moves but also guided thinking. Physically, I think it goes at a good pace and there are always options to take it up a notch or to tone it down, depending on how I'm feeling on the day." Natasha Akib
Praise for Katie Manitsas
"Hi Katie-- just wanted to let you know that, as I come into my 39th week of pregnancy, I have been reading the chapter on labour in your book The Yoga of Birth and found it very good and helpful - not preachy and very straightforward." - Tamsim
"I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the Pregnancy training this past weekend. It was a truly wonderful course and I really feel I have such a deeper understanding and new found level of courage in not only pregnancy itself, but pregnancy in yoga. I've been carrying such tremendous fears about my life and pregnancy lately but I feel they have been lifted and I am most certainly more hopeful." - Miya
"I really enjoyed the (Embracing the Moon) workshop. Not only was the information really relevant and easily digestible, it was also fun! Hopefully you already know this, but in my very humble opinion, you really are a wonderful presenter, so grounded and approachable. I did not have a maternal influence in life and the conversation you facilitated is of the kind I imagine I would have had with my grandmothers, aunties, mother and female cousins. I have some great knowledge I can build on and share with my own darling daughter." - Reni
Time, Date, Location.
We are holding two workshops: Sunday May 3rd and Sunday May 17th, 10am - 2pm
Location: 6 Tunks Street Waverton (Kate's home studio)
$97 early bird (booked before April 30th) // $129 Full Price