It’s a girl!

And a prenatal teacher was born

I am not a mother. I am a proud Auntie to a tinker of a toddler but I have no first-hand experience of wanting to get pregnant; of the joy, nerves and nausea of those first 12 weeks; of giving up control of your physical body to the ever-expanding bump, and the mobility reduced final weeks; and finally, of the pain, strength, and empowerment of labour and the pure joy and love of holding your baby for the first time.

I would like children one day but the opportunity (and the stork) has yet to present itself. I used to have a mild phobia of childbirth and would watch One Born Every Minute clutching a cushion in disbelief and I actually pulled a whitey during the rather graphic crowning scene in Knocked Up! Why then, you may ask, do I teach mums-to-be prenatal yoga and study textbooks like Birthing from Within for pleasure, interest and ongoing learning?

Because during my time in India I had the opportunity to undertake an 85 hour certified course in prenatal yoga and it shattered my pre-set illusions and misconceptions about childbirth. Our group of goddesses (fellow teachers) bonded with each other as women, discovered different cultural approaches to childbirth, and developed a heart-centred, therapeutic approach to teaching yoga.

From a physiological perspective, it is important to understand the changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy and as she exercises. During my training, we wore ‘bumps’ weighing through the 9 month range so that we could personally experience the demands of asanas such as Warrior 1 and transitioning from floor to standing – something I’d recommend to all Partners of mums-to-be! We also considered what pregnancy means from an emotional and spiritual perspective – what it means to create life and give birth – it’s a rite of passage, a transformational moment in a woman’s life.

As a woman exploring childbirth I connected to myself on a deeper level, and as a yoga teacher I developed a softer, more holistic teaching style which I use across all my yoga classes (pregnancy or not). Yoga is a tool for calming the mind, reducing pain, bringing focus to the present moment and connecting to your true self. It’s an honour to support mums-to-be each week, to share and learn from their experiences, and to provide them with some much needed rest and relaxation as they progress through their own individual journey.

Om Shanti x

Body and Bump Benefits:

  • Group sessions provide mums-to-be with a community of, and connection to other mums-to-be;
  • Uninterrupted relaxation time to connect with your own body and baby;
  • A tailored and safe yoga environment to enable you to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility;
  • Learn to connect with your breath to help to calm the mind and reduce anxiety during pregnancy and labour;
  • Develop a greater awareness of your body’s limits to create balance and trust in your own body;
  • Strengthen your mind and build will power and confidence;
  • Learn techniques to help ease insomnia and sleeping problems;
  • Balance hormones;
  • Reduce fear;
  • Explore birthing positions and breathing practices;
  • Develop mindfulness skills which can reduce the risk of postnatal depression.


Author: renewedyouyoga

Liz is a 785 hour qualified Hatha yoga, nāda yoga (yoga of sound), & pregnancy yoga teacher. Liz was a practising Solicitor in London before the opportunity to travel in 2015 took her to India and S E Asia for 6 months where she explored and deepened her yoga and meditation practice. She initially qualified with Akhanda Yoga in Rishikesh and since October 2017 has been travelling, studying and deepening her spiritual connection again in India, and S E Asia. Liz has been following the Bhakti path - a calling from her heart and the Divine Feminine. Liz is a strong advocate for the healing power of vocal sound yoga and the devotional practice of Kīrtan and chanting. She believes sound allows us all to soften into our true loving self, and from a place of self love and connection, we can all benefit the World.

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