Baby Massage

Baby Massage courses at Hove Yoga Studio, Brighton and Hove, BN3

Bodyorigami is happy to be now offering baby massage courses on her schedule at Hove Yoga Studio in Brighton and Hove. The course will be 5 weeks in duration and costs £45.00. You will recieve oils and handouts to take home with you so you can continue to enjoy the benefits at home.

There space available to accommodate groups of up to 5 mothers and babies so why not give us a call!
N.B. it may take your little ones a few sessions to familiarise themselves to the techniques.

Free parking Tea and biscuits included!

Come & experience the benefits of baby massage in this 1hr session.  Touch is a newborn’s first language.  Massaging your baby allows you to express emotional affection through skin contact and also fulfills your baby’s need for physical contact.

In one short session the baby is given as much physical activity as they would if they were handles and carried all day. All the baby’s bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous system and immunity is boosted.  It may also contribute to positive sleep patterns.

To enquire about availability or ask any questions please contact Hannah using the form above or call her on 07810 602074.

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A UNIQUE SPACE

Why not come and experience a yoga class in a unique space?  The space in question is at the end of my very own garden. It is a lovely yoga cabin with capacity for four to five students. In the winter it is warm and cosy. In the summer we open the doors onto the garden so that it is open, airy and filled with the sounds of nature. Since welcoming my first student in June 2010 I have had many ladies and babies come to practice and enjoy their yoga experience.

At present I offer Pregnancy yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Mother and Baby yoga. I also run Baby yoga and Massage courses. Appropriate music is played throughout the classes further enhancing the yoga experience.

Coming to the space with your baby is a wonderful experience for your baby as it gives him/her time for a little stretch too! Of course mummies get a chance for a well-earned stretch as well. After class there is always time for a chat over tea and biscuits.

Ladies who come to practice pregnancy yoga need no previous yoga experience. That is the beauty of the pregnancy yoga. The sequences are specific for the pregnant body. They leave you feeling more spacious, open in your hips & shoulders, allow you to gain more strength and mobility in your spinal column and ultimately relaxed in your body. The small groups make for a more cohesive class.

Flow yoga is appropriate for any level and brings awareness through yoga back into the body, the whole body. You learn how the body is capable of flowing through postures more easily. You will leave the class feeling stretched and alive!

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VINYASA FLOW YOGA

Hannah’s Vinyasa Flow yoga classes offer an opportunity to explore breath with physical movement and allow the body to feel at one with the breath. Classes offer creative sequences which enables the body to ‘come alive’. This creative exploration will in turn promote greater physical and mental vitality as well as strength and stamina.

VINYASA FLOW YOGA

Vinyasa Flow builds strength, endurance, and a strong focus. Vinyasa Flow links the postures practised in a regular Hatha class into a sequence of movements that flow with the breath. A Vinyasa Flow Yoga class may start with Sun Salutations, followed by a standing sequence, balancing poses, and then seated poses. As in all Hatha classes, relaxation ends the class. Vinyasa Flow is recommended for students who have practiced Hatha Yoga before. If you have not practised yoga before or have not been to a class for a while please join my beginner class. Vinyasa Flow builds strength, endurance, and a strong focus.

Hannah teaches Hatha Flow / General Yoga at Hove Yoga Studio in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex. Please see her class schedule for the times of her classes.

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PREGNANCY YOGA

Yoga is the ideal exercise for pregnant women. The poses and breathing techniques can assist during labour, relieve common ailments associated with pregnancy and provide an opportunity to meet other expectant mothers in a relaxed and friendly environment. More importantly you will feel energised. Feel free to stay after your class for tea and a chat if you fancy.

Meet the challenges and transformations of pregnancy and birth with confidence. Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise during pregnancy, a gentle, safe means of keeping toned and supple without strain, of keeping aches and pains at bay and energy flowing, of relaxing mind and body, and preparing for the physical demands of birth – and motherhood itself. Classic postures and movements which integrate the flow of the breath have been adapted to meet the need of the pregnant woman.

Just some benefits of pregnancy yoga,

  • relieves stress and anxiety
  • promotes restful sleep
  • relieves pain during childbirth
  • can relieve common minor ailments during pregnancy e.g. swollen joints, heartburn)

Come and practice with us and experience many more benefits.

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Mother and baby yoga at Hove Yoga Studio

MOTHER AND BABY YOGA

hannah waldman mother and baby yoag teacher hoveMother and Baby yoga is a fun and enjoyable way to get to know your baby as well as aid your post-natal recovery. Postures to help muscle tone, offer support for the back and boost energy levels. Fun rhythmic movements to encourage your baby’s development are integral to the class. Feel free to stay after your class for tea and a chat if you fancy.

Movement combined with touch is probably the best stimulation we can offer babies from birth. In baby yoga classes, this stimulation occurs through the mutual involvement of parent and baby at a pace at which the baby can both absorb and integrate it. When adults practise yoga it brings openness within the body and induces a sense of well being. In babies too yoga brings a state of inner contentment and promotes restful sleep. Classes offer playful stimulation for babies through yoga-based exercises. The class also enables the parent or carer to have time to stretch too.

 

The benefits of baby yoga

Physical

  • one short session, the baby is given as much physical activity as they would receive if they were handled and carried all day. This activity will help the baby sleep more deeply
  • it provides a daily routine of activity through which the parent can engage constructively with their baby from birth
  • all the baby’s bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems

Psychological

  • baby yoga helps the parent and baby to get to know each other, enhancing communication between them
  • yoga helps to heal any birth trauma.
  • through the high quality attention the baby receives from it’s parents , the baby learns to interact with others and play actively
  • the deep relaxation that is part of yoga helps parents cope with the stresses of early parenting

Hannah teaches Mother and Baby yoga at Hove Yoga Studio in Hove, East Sussex.  Please see her class schedule for the times of her classes.

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Basic Yoga Breathing Exercises

Basic Yoga Breathing techniques by Hannah Waldman of Hove Yoga Studio, BN3

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Breath is one of the few bodily functions which can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously. This is one of the reasons why attention to the breath is common in many forms of meditation and relaxation. Many individuals will go through life not knowing how to breathe properly.

In normal or uncontrolled habitual breathing most people do not breathe efficiently, and as result, use only a fraction of their lung capacity. When people are stressed or anxious they breathe from their chests, taking rapid shallow breaths or worse they hold their breaths. Without sufficient oxygen, we become fatigued and lethargic.  Other influential factors that have a negative impact on our breathing are illness, age, alcohol and smoking. A smoker will get out of breath much more quickly than a non-smoker and you can also notice that they have shallow breathing.

It is through relaxation, meditation and yoga practise that time can be spent on controlling the breath and thus enabling us to return to some kind of inner equilibrium. As soon as you begin to breathe in with a more focused awareness, you will soon experience slowness, deepness and rhythm in your breath. Slowness in breath will create calmness, deepness in breath will generate mental clarity and finally rhythm in one’s breath creates internal harmony. Abdominal breathing is the best as it brings air to the lowest and largest part of the lung.

Together with clavicular and abdominal breathing combined with thoracic breathing, which is done with the rib muscles expanding the rib cage, we create what is known as complete yogic breath. For students to learn diaphragmatic breathing it is best to lie on their backs placing their hand on the upper abdomen, where the diaphragm is located. The abdomen should expand outward as they inhale and contract as they exhale. Then they work to expand the ribcage, and finally the upper portion of the lungs. Then they can breathe out in the same manner, letting the abdomen cave in as you exhale. This is the Yogic complete breath.

To get the most out of asana practise it is first important to learn controlled breathing. The simple exercise of raising the arms on an inhale and lowering them on an exhale will help the student find the rhythm between breath and movement. The length of the student’s inhalation and exhalation would determine the speed at which the exercise is performed.

Another exercise to increase student’s breath awareness would be to introduce more dynamic movement like forward bend. The students would stand in tadasana, see (a), and on the exhalation would bend forward, see (b), on upon returning to tadasana would inhale. We would exhale on the way down as the abdominal area would be compressed. When the body is contracted we would exhale and when it is expanded we would inhale.

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Incorporating sound and breath can help students become more aware of their breath and its effects on their mind. Firstly sit in a comfortable position, perhaps in half lotus or simply cross-legged, close your eyes and inhaling deeply to the root of their spine. Once the inhale is complete, open your lips and make an OM sound whilst exhaling slowly. After repeating the process a couple of times you should feel more at ease and a slight vibration from the sound may envelop their being.

Bhastrika, bellows breath, is a powerful breathing technique it brings heat to the body and opens up restrictions in the spine allowing a freer energy flow. After finding a comfortable sitting position you breathe in and as you exhale deeply and sharply the diaphragm muscle will pull the navel in. Breathe rapidly through the nose by forcing the air out with sharp movements of the diaphragm. Breathe is not to be held and just aim for deep, quick movements of the diaphragm muscle. Soon the inhalation takes little effort as it becomes more of a reflex to the exhalation.

Another technique is Nadi Shodhana Alternate Nostril Breathing. This technique will balance the emotional and physical nature. Again sit comfortably and cover your right nostril with their right thumb while inhaling through your left nostril. Close the left nostril with the finger of the right hand and exhale through the right nostril, inhale through the right nostril, then close it. Exhale through the left nostril then inhale through your left nostril, close, exhale through the right nostril, and so on.

The final technique is Ujjayi, drawing breathing, which is achieved by contracting the glottis with the inhalation and exhalation. It is also known as the Ocean Sound as it makes a similar sound to this. The Ujjayi breath is done through the nose, but it is helpful to begin practicing breathing through the mouth. To make the ocean sound, whisper the syllable “h,” feeling the contraction in your throat. Keep this contraction engaged on the inhalation and exhalation. After a couple of breaths try to close the mouth, breathing through the nose while still making the ocean sound in your throat.

I truly believe that if it hadn’t been for my yoga classes I would still be breathing unconsciously and so not getting the most out of the energy I have within myself.

 

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