yoga classes for women
I offer specialist yoga classes for women at all stages of life.
As women, we go through many changes which have their origin in the body - from our own experience of the monthly rhythm of the menstrual cycle, to the major transition of menopause. At some stage during this time we may also make the transition to motherhood - or we may decide we do not want children, or find that we cannot have them. We each have our own particular relationship with the life cycles that play out in the intimacy of our bodies.
Yoga is very personal and can be practised at any stage of life. It provides valuable time out from thinking, and so a space in which to integrate change, and it helps increase vitality and reduce stress levels.
I offer the following yoga classes for women in Stroud:
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A weekly women's yoga class on Thursday mornings for the women of Stroud! A specialist 2-hour yoga class for women who want to use a yoga practice to work with and support the wisdom of our changing life cycles - around fertility and menstruation, the changes childbirth and parenting bring if we become mothers, and the major transition of the menopause - and to help move through the other changes life brings or we would like to bring about. A supportive and friendly class, suitable for all women. Please contact me if you are interested.
Doing some yoga while you are pregnant helps you to slow down, bond with your baby, and prepare for the birth. I offer one-to-one sessions and/or sessions with your partner during pregnancy, and one-off birth preparation sessions (these are best done after 34 weeks). 1:1 sesssions are for 1 hour, or 75 minutes.
A 1-hour session costs £45, and 75 minutes costs £50.
No previous yoga experience is necessary. You can contact me to arrange a session at any time during your pregnancy. You can also book a session to help you conceive.
"Your yoga really helped me and guided us." Nancy
These longer sessions focus on using yoga practices to prepare for labour and birth. They help to build confidence, especially for the birth of a first baby, or after a previous difficult birth experience.
They are practical sessions with time devoted to physical, mental and emotional preparedness for mother and birth partner, so that you both feel confident, and have techniques to stay calm and centred. We cover:
• moving and resting in labour
• using visualisation and/or affirmation
• deep relaxation
The sessions are informal and run according to demand.
I charge £50 per couple, or £70 if the session is tailored to one couple only.
Sessions are arranged to suit your availability, usually in the evening or at a weekend.
Postnatal Yoga/Mum & Baby Yoga
To help you recover from the experience of pregnancy and birth. Your baby is very welcome to come along too (up to walking age), with some baby yoga appropriate for the age of your baby. A session always finishes with relaxation - often this is what we most need! If baby is with you too, this also gives you an opportunity to learn to rest in his/her presence. It is a rare treat for babies to be in the presence of relaxed adults, and a skill well worth developing.
No previous yoga experience is necessary. Contact me if you'd like to book a session or to ask for more information.
1:1 sesssions are for 1 hour, or 75 minutes. A 1-hour session costs £45, and 75 minutes costs £50.
Saturday mornings of Yoga for Mums
These sessions are for all mothers, with or without previous yoga experience, to give you some space for yourself, so that you can return home wiith renewed energy and enthusiasm.
Sessions are to help build (or re-build) strength, stamina & energy, promote healing, and help you to feel connected to yourself and other mothers. All mums at all stages of mothering are very welcome. Practices are also safe and appropriate for women in the immediate postnatal period (4 months-2 years after a baby's birth), when we are more vulnerable to injury.
There is a break half way through the morning, for tea and a chat - and, if you are a breastfeeding mother, time to feed your baby if 3 hours is too long to go between feeds.
We finish with a wonderfully healing and restoring relaxation practice, called Yoga Nidra.
"Frankie's post natal yoga studio provides an oasis of tranquility, calm and an uplifting view of trees and stream, a beautiful setting for yoga that is both powerful and relaxing, strengthening and balancing. Frankie is a warm, responsive, dedicated teacher with many years experience, she creates a safe, relaxing, light hearted environment for restoration and nourishment. I always feel more easy in myself after her class. Hugely recommended." Lisa