Course, Tuesdays 12.30–1.30pm
Pregnancy Yoga is a beneficial and enjoyable activity, it prepares your body and mind for birth, keeps you moving and is a lovely way to meet other Mums-to-be in the area. Midwives and Doulas recognise the benefits of regular yoga when pregnant and we are always delighted when they come to class themselves.
The pregnancy yoga course is taught by Jess Wallwork, a popular Iyengar teacher with many years of teaching experience. Jess practiced yoga throughout both her pregnancies.
Book early to reserve your place and to confirm it will run: please let your friends know about it too!
Latecomers can book the remainder of a course at £10/week payable in advance.
Drop-ins are possible at £12 or a stamp on your Yogacard with a £2 supplement.
Medical Complications If you have a normal pregnancy you don’t need to contact us in advance, however if there are any medical complications, please email us so we can let Jess know before you come.
What to Wear/Bring Yogawest is a fully equipped yoga centre, so you don’t need to bring anything with you. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in; yoga is a barefoot activity (if you need to wear socks for a medical reason, please wear socks with good grip).
How to Find us Yogawest is at the very end of Denmark Place BS7 8NW, just off the Gloucester Road in Bishopston: walk down beside Bishopston Hardware. NOTE There is no parking and you can’t drive along Denmark Place, so if you are driving, park nearby (free parking in nearby streets). We have bicycle parking on site.
Coming to other classes when pregnant
Current Yogawest students can usually continue attending their regular classes once they become pregnant, but it’s important that the teacher is aware (email us so we can let the teacher know you are coming, or arrive 15 mins before class to have a chat).
You can also join the Tuesday Gentle course which is suitable for existing practitioners and complete beginners.
If you are new to Iyengar yoga, and have no complications, you can come to any class taught by a teacher holding a Junior Intermediate 2 certificate or above. Appropriate teachers are currently: Lydia, Edgar, Janet, Lizzie, Frances, Jess, Katy, Annemarie, Zoe Hope and Diana. If it’s your first time, we ask that you email in advance to let the teacher know you are coming, as they may need to give you some alternative poses in class.
Other Yogawest teachers may not be able to teach you (depending on your experience and health during pregnancy), so again, you will need to email in advance to check, or come 15 mins early to ask.
During weeks 10–13 you may prefer to come to the Restorative class on Friday evenings at 6pm: this is a critical stage of pregnancy and you may be very tired. As pregnancy places are limited in this class, we request that you email us to book your place, confirming you have no medical complications.
Jocasta Croft teaches a popular Baby Massage at Yogawest, courses start regularly.
See our Yogawest baby gallery here