Yoga for Labour and Birth | IRELAND
27 April 2017 | 0930 – 1530
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
at Yoga Loft Cork, Unit 1, Celtic Park, Monahan Road, Cork, Ireland
Supporting positive birth experiences with practical techniques to promote healthy labour and optimise birthing energies
Practical and theoretical yoga therapeutic range of responses that are helpful to support vitality and well-being during late pregnancy, labour and birth:
Including breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana): supportive sequences of integrated yoga postures that are helpful during late pregnancy and labour, gestures (mudra), heart-based meditations (yoga nidra).
Includes relevant case studies and discussion of common pregnancy and labour challenges and opportunities in relation to appropriate yogic responses.
Individual questions and experiences can be shared with the group: the programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.
1000 Welcome : Yoga nidra to support late pregnancy, labour and birth
1030 Meditation, introductions and motivations
1100 Overview of labour and birth, relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response.
1130 Short break
1145 Practical yoga to support labour and birth, including pranayama (breath), nada yoga (sound), rhythmic asanas to unblock energy (shakti bandhas), pointers for self-study (swadhyaya) - restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimise prana for birth.
1300 -1400 LUNCH
1400 Questions and offerings - issues arising from the morning practice and talks.
1430 Exploring late pregnancy and birth from a yogic perspective: considering the significance of breath, relaxation and relevant appropriate use of supportive bandhas (pelvic locks and seals)
1500 Practical exploration of the energetic dimension of yoga for labour and birth. Clearing energy blocks and promoting a connection with the inner teacher.
1530 More on practical birthing options supported by yoga practice: birthing moves, poses and birthing breaths.
1600 Mantra and yoga nidra to optimise prana flow in the heart/womb meridian
1630 Further questions and evaluations
1640 Closing meditation and shakti circle for support of positive labour and birth
Listening and reading to support this study day
Total yoga nidra tracks for pregnancy and birth, and videos of practices are freely downloadable from www.yonishakti.co and www.yoganidranetwork.org and www.wombyoga.org Extracts from Mother’s Breath available to read here:
STATEMENT of INCLUSION
A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:
"Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.
Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.
I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.
I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome."