My all-time favourite practice from yoga is Yoga Nidra. Often translated as Yogic Sleep it is a deep, healing form of relaxation that is nourishing during pregnancy. While hypnobirthing tracks often focus on an outcome, Yoga Nidra supports and trains you to focus in THIS present moment.
"One of my favourite parts of my pregnancy was listening to your calming voice and truly relaxing." Clare Long
By listening regularly to Yoga Nidra you will support your body and especially the nervous system during pregnancy. Hypnotic deepners are a feature of this kind of yoga nidra and, while you stay in control at all times, these techniques take you to a deep place of rest to support all the work that your body is doing to grow this baby and to allow you to switch off emotionally and mentally.
"Yoga nidra in your class and then listening to some at home got me through Christmas with family when I was 36 weeks pregnant!" Lisa Merron
Your baby benefits from this too. Babies are attuned to their mothers emotional 'landscape'. Stresses are inevitable during pregnancy and yoga nidra relaxations can help you soothe your nervous system.
There are 20 yoga nidras in the library, with more being added regularly, and a bonus hypnobirthing track. There are also two scripts so that you can have a loved one record a relaxation with their voice if you wish.
There is a video showing different ways that you can physically set yourself up to get the most from relaxations, including a seated option in case of heartburn.
I genuinely believe that Yoga Nidra is what enabled me to have two wonderful births of my daughters and I feel priviledged to be in your ear during this very special journey that you're on.
Give you and your baby a wonderful gift of connection.
I am a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and have been teaching women for 15 years now, specialising in Pregnancy and Mother and Baby Yoga. I have taught nearly 1000 pregnant women in that time.
I sit on the Maternity Voices Forum at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and have contributed to publications such as Mother and Baby Magazine, Juno and Green Parent on the topic of pregnancy and birth.
Before my second child arrived I was a post-doctoral researcher based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. I also make what I teach as evidence-based as possible.
For my full biography, with complete listing of qualifications please visit www.tessayoga.co.uk/about-me