The postnatal years are a critical juncture in a woman’s life during which many of us experience a journey of transformation. By paying attention to our needs and following ancient, traditional, healing practices we can give ourselves the opportunity to correct many health problems and emerge from the postnatal years revitalised and reborn. Without taking this time to re-align, integrate and heal at such an important transitional phase in our lives, many health problems can occur later on in life.
In many traditional cultures, after a woman has had her baby, her nervous system is tremendously taxed and for this reason she is regarded as being as vulnerable as a new born baby. During the first few months she is taught practices to close the body and to start the journey and transition from birth to healing.
In the West, there’s a lot of guidance antenatally on: nutrition, exercise and birth preparation, and community midwives are there to provide medical care for you and your baby up until 28 days after you have given birth.
However, there’s a lack of non-medical practices to help women spiritually and physically move on after birth
Come and sit in a women’s circle and learn a set of yogic practices to enable you to close your body after the birth of your child(ren). This workshop is accessible to ALL women who have given birth and feel they would like to do these practices. It is also open to women who have previously done a set of postnatal practices and would like to revisit them again.
Date: Saturday 22nd February
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Congregational Church Hall, Hatton Gardens, Newark, NG24 1TH
Attendees: Women only (no babies)
Please bring: yoga mat, blanket, cushion and a long pashmina-type scarf or rebozo.
Please eat a light breakfast before coming. A selection of herbal teas will be available during the morning.
Who is this workshop for?
– Women who have recently had a baby
– Women with older children who have never done a set of postnatal yoga practices to help close the body after birth and who intuitively feel that they would benefit from doing so now
What can these practices help with?
The practices focus on deep relaxation and exercises to:
- address exhaustion and fatigue
- help parted tummy muscles
- strengthen the pelvic floor
- realign the pelvis
- reset the endocrine system to support you when you need it the most
- relax deeply
They are a route in to progressively giving you back your mental, physical and spiritual body after your child(ren)’s birth.
Where did these practices come from?
These are primarily a set of floor based practices and breathing exercises taught by Dr Francoise Freedman, founder of the charity Birthlight. Dr Freedman is a medical anthropologist and yoga therapist who has married her experience of studying traditional cultures with the practices of yoga. You will also experience a deep relaxation technique called Yoga Nidra, a practice which in modern times originates from the Satyananda School of Yoga. All practices are taught in a circle and include a time for sharing and affirmations; this is influenced by traditional Amazonian Women’s Circles.
To Book on:
Please fill in an online registration form: https://www.samyecentre.com/postnatal-registration-form/
It will take between 10-15 minutes to complete. The form asks detailed questions about your health prior to pregnancy and about your pregnancy, birth and health postnatally. It also asks questions about any previous pregnancies you may have had. Every pregnancy and birth is different. Providing as much information as you can for each of your pregnancies provides an understanding of your experiences, the effect it had on your body and helps focus attention to areas that need extra attention in class.
If you have any questions when filling in the form, have problems accessing it, or if you would prefer to fill in a paper copy or not to fill in a form at all, please get in touch using the contact details below.
Once we’ve received your form, we will email you instructions for booking on.
You do not need to fill in a form, if you are already doing yoga with Samye Centre. Please text: 07578 177445 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to let Katie know you’d like to book on.