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Stretch It Yoga
Stretch It Yoga, Baldoyle, Sutton, Dublin 13, Dublin 13, IE
Phone: +353879924094
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Claire has been teaching yoga since 2007. She was born with two completely fused vertebrae in her neck, resulting in poor range of movement, bad posture, and discomfort and tension by the time she was in her early 20’s. A sedentary unhealthy lifestyle wasn’t helping. On the advice of a friend, she began taking a regular yoga class. She was hooked from the very first class. Over the next couple of years she began to develop a regular yoga practice and attended many classes and workshops with many wonderful teachers. Over time, her posture, breathing and range of movement improved dramatically. Yoga gave Claire the tools and the discipline she needed to self-manage her symptoms and taught her to accept herself as she is. Claire began a yoga teacher training diploma in 2005 with YTTC (Yoga Alliance registered). She graduated in 2007 and began teaching immediately. She found she had a great passion for teaching yoga and in 2012 she left her job in TV production, set up Stretch It Yoga and pursued her dream of becoming a full-time yoga teacher. In 2013 she completed the Trust in Birth prenatal yoga teacher training with The Elbowroom, while pregnant herself. Yoga was a huge help to her throughout her pregnancy and birth. When her baby was three months old, she decided to embark on the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) baby massage teacher training course. She practiced on her baby girl every day and found that baby massage relaxed both of them, helped them bond and helped her baby sleep better. She has since gone on to train in Mum and Baby and Toddler Yoga. A Word from Claire…… Yoga is my life passion – both the physical practice and the philosophy behind it. I believe yoga can help everyone feel better no matter what age, weight or level of ability they are at. Its just a matter of finding the right class and developing a regular practice. Yoga is the perfect antidote to our sedentary modern stress inducing lifestyles and works well alongside other sports too, helping the muscles heal and reducing the incidences of injuries. I am committed to helping others experience the healing effects of yoga as I continue to do every day..

School Website

http://stretchityoga.ie/

Hatha Yoga

The word Yoga means to ‘yolk’ or ‘bind’. Hatha Yoga refers to a set of physical exercises known as postures or asanas, designed to unblock energy channels in the body and let energy flow freely. Hatha Yoga is a powerful tool for transformation – both physical and mental. Hatha Yoga is different from other forms of exercise because the movements in the body are connected to the breath and this in turn helps to quieten the fluctuations of the mind. Yoga then becomes like a moving meditation.

I have many years experience teaching many different styles of yoga and my classes reflect the best of what these various styles have to offer. This yoga class is suitable for those with a moderate level of fitness - both beginners and those with more experience. The class has a flowing style but with attention to detail, saftey and alignment. It includes breathing techniques, postures (asanas) and relaxation/meditation exercise to finish.

Some of the benefits of a consistent yoga practise are;

Improved general health well being
Increases strength, stamina & flexibility
Muscle toning, weight loss
Improved breathing
Improves immunity
Eases back pain and sciatica
Alleviates aches and pains
Calms the mind and decreases stress
Can alleviate depression/improve general mood
Improved body awareness
Improved focus, balance and clarity

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy yoga, is a specially tailored form of yoga that is safe and beneficial to practice while pregnant. Practicing pregnancy yoga is one of the best things you can do for you and your baby. It will help you prepare your mind and body for pregnancy and for childbirth.

Any woman can practice prenatal yoga – you don’t have to have practiced yoga before and you don’t have to be having a textbook pregnancy. In fact you don’t even have to be fit – each pose can be modified to offer more or less challenge depending on what you feel up to on any given day. If you are fit or are feeling energized, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself a little more. Consistent practice throughout your pregnancy can help ease most of the usual side effects of pregnancy including the following:

• Back ache
• Rib pain
• Hip pain
• Pelvic pain
• Shortness of breath
• Leg cramps
• General fatigue
• Oedema
• Sciatica

Practicing yoga during pregnancy also brings many other benefits including:

• Increased strength and stamina
• Preparing the body for birth
• Connecting with baby
• Breathing techniques that help in labour
• Community of women who support each other
• Provides time and space for self-nurturing
• Fights insomnia
• Aids digestion
• Balances endocrine system (hormones)
• Allows quicker recovery after birth

Having a baby is one of the biggest physical and mental challenges you will ever face in your life and pregnancy yoga will help prepare your body and mind for that challenge.

Please note it is advisable to wait until week 14 (second trimester) before beginning a pregnancy yoga class.

Baby Massage

Baby massage classes in Dublin 13 & Dublin 7.

* All Stretch It Yoga Baby Massage classes are certified with the International Association of Infant Massage and as such most Irish Health Insurance policies will cover up to €100 of the cost of the course. A discount is available to those with no health insurance cover.

* SPECIAL OFFER – If you sign up for a 5 week baby massage course in Baldoyle you can avail of your first 6 week Mum and Baby yoga course for €50 (Usual price is €80)

Baby Massage is a wonderful way to spend time enjoying your new baby and deepening your bond. Nurturing touch has a significant positive and lasting effect on babies. On this five week course you will learn how to massage your baby from head to toe. You will also learn a separate short tummy routine that can give very effective relief for discomforts like wind, constipation and colic. Baby massage can be very soothing for both baby and parent alike and when practiced regularly can help babies regulate their sleeping patterns. My Baby Massage classes are suitable from 4 weeks old to 6 months.

Baby Massage classes are completely baby-led and you are free to feed, change and sooth your baby as required. All massage strokes are repeated at least once during the course and instruction manuals are provided to help and encourage you to practice the massage techniques at home.

Each class ends with tea/coffee, healthy homemade treats and a chat. Many parents find it is a great way to meet other new parents in their area.

I can also provide private one to one or small group baby massage sessions in your own home anywhere in North Dublin, North Co. Dublin or Meath.

Baby Massage has so many benefits for baby, including;

• Promotes bonding
• Promotes secure attachment
• One to one quality time – undivided attention
• Using the senses
• Nurturing touch
• Stimulates the circulatory, digestive, hormonal, immune and lymphatic system
• Coordination and balance
• Muscular development and tone
• Aids Growth
• Aids Elimination
• Sensory integration
• Mind/body awareness
• Eases symptoms of gas and colic
• Alleviates constipation
• Alleviates gastrointestinal cramps
• Eases muscular tension
• Helps babies who are sensitivity to touch
• Improved sleep patterns
• Increased flexibility
• Increased environmental coping mechanisms
• Reduction of stress levels and stress hormones
• Higher levels of anti stress hormones like Oxytocin and Seretonin

Baby Massage also has benefits for you;
• Helps the bonding process
• Quality time getting to know baby
• Decreases stress
• Increases relaxation hormones
• Stimulates lactation for BF mums
• Meeting other parents – social aspect
• Can help with post-natal depression

Mum and Baby Yoga

Mum and Baby Yoga is tailored to suit the need of women who have recently given birth and their babies. The class is suitable to begin after your six week check up, or after ten weeks if you have had a c-section.

In Mum and Baby Yoga class we focus on postures that work on restoring core and pelvic floor strength, realigning the pelvis, relieving low and upper back aches and tightness and generally increasing strength, stamina and fitness. Also included are breathing and relaxation exercises that help new mums switch off and relieve stress.

Mum and Baby Yoga is a low impact exercisethat helps stregthen and tone the pelvic floor and so it is the perfect way to start exercising postnatally. It is recommended that most women will need 12-16 weeks of low impact pelvic floor stregthening before returning to high impact exercises such as running or aerobics.
Mum and Baby Yoga also helps your abdominal muscles heal in a safe way.

Most poses can be done on your own or can include your baby. There is also a section of the class that is all about engaging baby – gentle fun baby yoga stretches, songs and rhymes that will delight and excite your baby.

Mum and Baby Yoga class is a very social class. As well as exercising you will be coming to a stress-free haven, meeting and chatting with other new Mums who completely understand where you are at – the benefits of this can not be over-estimated.

Mum and Baby Yoga classes are completely baby-led. This means you can feed, change and generally soothe your baby as and when needed. Babies cry and make noise in this class and that is perfectly normal and acceptable, so don’t worry if your baby is a little unsettled, you and your baby are always welcome.

The class is suitable right up until your baby is starting to crawl at speed.

Please feel free to come along 15 minutes early should you so choose, in order to feed your baby before class. You will have 15 minutes after each class to feed and/or chat and relax. The class itself is one hour long.

You will need:

Yoga Mat
Baby blankets
Comfortable clothing

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  • Claire began a yoga teacher training diploma in 2005 with YTTC (Yoga Alliance registered). She graduated in 2007 and began teaching immediately. She found she had a great passion for teaching yoga and in 2012 she left her job in TV production, set up Stretch It Yoga and pursued her dream of becoming a full-time yoga teacher. In 2013 she completed the Trust in Birth prenatal yoga teacher training with The Elbowroom while pregnant. Her waters broke the day she finished her exam! Yoga was a huge help to her throughout her pregnancy and birth. When her baby was three months old, she decided to embark on the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) baby massage teacher training course. She practiced on her baby girl every day and found that baby massage relaxed both of them and helped her baby sleep better. She has since gone on to train in Mum and Baby and Toddler Yoga.
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