Pregnancy yoga

The Portland Hospital offers a range of antenatal and postnatal yoga classes.

What is pregnancy yoga?

Regular exercise during pregnancy helps the baby move into an optimal position for an easier birth. Breathing and relaxation techniques are particularly helpful during labour.

Yoga exercises can also help with improving core strength and can help avoid some common problems which can occur both during and after pregnancy. These can include nausea, backache, postural imbalances, low-energy levels, difficulty sleeping and poor circulation.

All classes are small, with a maximum of eight people, therefore providing excellent attention to each participant.

Mum and baby yoga with little babies (babies from six weeks to crawling)

This class is designed for mums to learn how to practice yoga with their baby. Building confidence for mums in handling their babies and encouraging mums and babies to bond.

The carefully modified yoga postures, focusing on balancing of the body and breathing, can help mums effective recovery in the early post-natal period. Common post-natal symptoms including back, neck, and shoulder pain can be eased as a result.

Babies are stimulated through touching, moving, holding and talking to aid individual development. By improving muscle strength, co-ordination and balance this can help when baby sleeps.

Mums can comfort their babies, feed or change them at any time in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

No previous yoga experience necessary. £25 per class | £125 - 6 classes

Mum and baby yoga with older babies

This class gives the opportunity for mum to do more advanced yoga along with their babies. While mum concentrates on more dynamic postures and breathing, older babies can watch and play.

This will also help mum's transition to general yoga lessons and other forms of exercise.

The first year of baby's life is also an incredibly important period of a women’s life and continuing yoga throughout this can have long-term health benefits for both.

All welcome, with no previous mum/baby yoga experience. £25 per class | £125 - 6 classes

Well women yoga or women’s health yoga (all ages)

The main aim is to maintain quality of life at all stages of life.

This class involves:

  • understanding our body to be able to use it better
  • deepening relaxation throughout the body
  • discovering a good feeling in our body and mind, finding freedom within
  • mastering breathing

The class is especially beneficial if you're concerned about pre-menstrual tension, menstrual pain or pre-menopause mood swings.

No previous yoga experience necessary. £25 per class | £125 - 6 classes

Pregnant patient having antenatal physiotherapy

Pregnancy yoga - suited to those between 14 and 42 weeks

All exercises are moderate, with the emphasis on being safe for you and your baby. We would recommend a minimum of five classes to enable you to be familiar with the repetitions of the various techniques.

No previous yoga experience necessary. £25 per class | £125 - 6 classes

Our bespoke pregnancy yoga classes are a great form of exercise for mums-to-be. £25 per class | £125 - 6 classes


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Junko Miura-Mainali

Junko is a highly experienced and dedicated Yoga instructor. With 18 years of experience, she has a deep understanding of the unique needs of expectant mothers, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her classes. Fluent in both English and Japanese, Junko conducts her classes in both languages, offering inclusivity and accessibility to our patients.

Her holistic approach creates a safe and nurturing space for expectant mothers to explore gentle movement, breathwork, and relaxation techniques that promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Aside from pregnancy classes, Junko also teaches yoga for women of all ages.

Request a space in one of our classes

To attend a pregnancy yoga class at The Portland Hospital click 'Request a space'

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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