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Yoga Mums - Ananta Yoga Studio
The Ananta Yoga Studios Wicklow, The Tap, Kilbride, Co Wicklow, Co Wicklow, IE
Phone: +3530868963425

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About Carmel O’Dwyer carmel o dwyer yogamumsYogaMums pre and post natal yoga classes are run by Carmel O’Dwyer. Carmel’s classes have been growing in popularity throughout Wicklow and Wexford and are attended by women from all walks of life including Doctors, Physiotherapists and other Health Care Professionals. Carmel has trained with some of the most renowned experts in the fields of yoga and birth including, Master Del Pe, Angela Farmer, Marie Quail, Marsha Wening, Judith Crowe, Janet Balaskas and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. carmel o dwyerCarmel has been privileged to study with Janet Balaskas, pioneer of yoga for pregnancy in the west and with famous French Obstetrician, Dr Michel Odent. Carmel completed her 3 year yoga teacher training diploma with The Irish Yoga Association in 2001. Since then yoga has been a big part of her life. She continues to upgrade her skills whenever and however she can. Carmel came to realise the fantastic benefits of yoga for pregnancy while pregnant with her third child in 1997 and attending classes with Judith Crowe, a well known teacher and pioneer on the Irish pregnancy yoga scene. The experience gave her great insight into why women have difficult births and how yoga can help. She realised the need for pregnancy yoga on a wider scale and she wanted to do what she could to bring it to more women in her community. This inspired her to undertake training at the Active Birth Centre in London. Carmel loves teaching yoga to pregnant women, helping them improve their general health and preparing them for one of the most important events of their lives. She takes an interest in each individual woman and appreciates the privilege of sharing their special journey into motherhood.

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Prenatal Yoga

Yoga Mums ~ Healthy mums, Healthy Babies, Gentle Birth

Pregnancy Yoga

pregnancy yoga classesA gentle, fun, educational yoga class for a healthier pregnancy and birth.

Designed to promote optimum health for you and your baby and prepare you for birth. Strengthening and stretching areas of your body needed to support your growing baby and facilitate an easier birth. This pregnancy yoga class is suitable for all levels including complete beginners. Class sizes are limited so that much individual attention can be given to each woman.

The classes are very informative. They will help you feel more confident in your body’s ability to carry and birth your baby. You will also learn useful relaxation and breathing techniques for labour. Better health, better sleep, more energy and a chance to meet new friends are just a few of the many benefits you will gain from this class.

Current timetable

Greystones – Mondays 7.30 – 8.45pm – Shoreline Leisure
Wicklow/Arklow – Thursdays 7pm – 8.15 pm – Ananta Yoga Studio
Bray – Tuesdays 6pm – 7.15pm – Seafront Studios
You can join the class any time after your 14th week when a place becomes available. It is never too late to start and you can attend for as long as you like in order to get the benefit of a weekly yoga class throughout your pregnancy. Obviously the more yoga you do the more health benefits you will receive from it. Many women take this class the whole way through their pregnancy.

This class is suitable for everyone including complete beginners to yoga, a detailed medical history is taken and the teacher is trained to work around most special situations*.

Prenatal Yoga

Mum N Baby Post-Natal Yoga .

Suitable for mothers and babies from 6wks to 8 months

mum-n-baby-yoga-classA great way to start back exercising after having a baby. Although the yoga is for the mothers, the class is playful and fun with rhymes and songs for the babies so they also enjoy it. The aim is to gently strengthen and tone areas of the body that have been challenged during the pregnancy and birth process. Helping the uterus to settle back into a healthy position and restore the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, building core strength from the inside out.

It is recommended that you do a course of these postnatal yoga classes before moving on to other forms of body toning exercise such as Gym, Pilates, or other types of Yoga. It is especially recommended before returning to high impact exercise such as running or dancing.

Participants must be min 6weeks post-partum (8 weeks for c-section babies).
Joining this class is a great way to get to know other new mums in your area.

Current timetable

Wicklow/Arklow – Ananta Yoga Studio -Wed mornings 11.30 -12.30
Greystones – Zen Gardens – Fri mornings 10.30 – 11.30

Prenatal Yoga

Active Birth Antenatal Workshop

One day birth preparation workshop taught by a prenatal yoga teacher and a midwife. Suitable for expectant mothers with their birth partner from 28 weeks onwards

Upcoming workshop dates: 19th July FULL, 16th August, 13th September, 11th October, 15th November, 13th December

active-birth-workshopsThe Active Birth Antenatal Workshop is based on the principle that, when properly informed and prepared, the mother and her birth partner can profoundly affect the birth in the best possible way, resulting in a better outcome and a happier and healthier mother and baby. The mother becomes an active birth giver rather than a passive patient, therefore needing less medical intervention and taking less drugs. All modern studies conclude this is the safest way for normal low risk mothers and babies.

This workshop has been developed using information from cutting edge research about birth from the World Health Organisation, the NICE guidelines for best practice, doctors, midwives, psychologists, scientists and most importantly, feedback from new parents. It is designed to give you exactly the kind of information and tools you need to get you through what is probably one of the most important events of your life.

Having taken this workshop you and your partner are more likely to become active participants in the birth. You will make more empowered choices along the way which will benefit you and your baby in the short and the long term.

We highly recommend this course – the partners will come out feeling more confident of their role on and leading up to the big day and mum-to-be will come out thinking ‘I can do this!’
Jeanine & Kieran Murphy, Greystones 1 Aug 2013

There is much in the media recently about the high number of c-section births in Ireland. While these lifesaving interventions are sometimes necessary they do come with risks and side effects which may affect the woman’s reproductive health and interfere with her ability to care for her baby. Such procedures can sometimes lead to anxiety or postnatal depression. Because of such risks the WHO have set safety rates for caesarean births at a maximum of 15%; Ireland is currently more than double that rate at an average of 30%, that’s one in every three births! We do not know the exact reasons for our high figures. We do know that a supportive birth partner can make all the difference in helping the labour along and minimising the need for medical interventions.pregnant woman image from google images
With the maternity hospitals in Ireland so busy and staffing levels so low, midwives are often left to care for several women at the same time. During birth, even with all the best intentions, without understanding what’s going on, the father or birth partner can feel like a helpless bystander. The mother may need him to help and he may want to help but he doesn’t know what he can do in this situation. During this hands on practical workshop the father or birth partner will learn plenty of tools to provide just the right kind of support to help the labour along and keep the mother as comfortable as possible both during and after the birth.
Birth can be unpredictable and things may happen that are completely out of our control, we are lucky in Ireland to have some of the finest Obstetric surgeons in the world should their skills be needed. At the end of the day, regardless of how a birth goes, evidence shows that parents who get involved as active participants are much more satisfied with the outcome than those who do not.

Basic program outline

Topics covered include:

Understanding the birth process so you and your partner know what to expect.
Understanding what happens when you go to hospital.
Examinations and medical procedures – what they are and why they are done.
Your key birthing hormones and how to keep them flowing.
Medical pain relief. Natural pain relief.
Breathing and relaxation techniques for natural pain relief.
Labour and birth positions for most comfort and best outcome.
How to get extra space in your pelvic outlet for an easier healthier birth.
Practical tips on stress reduction in the hospital environment
Partner’s role and ideas for maximising their support
Optimal foetal positioning before and during birth. What you can do to help this.
Looking after your precious ‘down there’ (your perineum) and how to minimise the chance of having a large tear.
How to create a birth plan with realistic expectations
How pregnancy yoga helps for an easier healthier birth
How to navigate the hospital system and have good relationship with caregivers
Massage techniques to reduce pain and help the mother feel more comfortable
Acupressure techniques to help labour progress and ease pain
The importance of the first hour after birth
Breastfeeding and caring for your baby in the early days.
This is a great way for you and your partner to have special time focussed on the new baby. It’s also a nice way to meet other expectant parents and perhaps make some new friends. We take lunch together in the Restaurant on the premises.

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