A truly unique and dynamic prenatal yoga style that allows you to prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for the birth of your baby and the birth of the ‘mother within’..

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY

Nadine has created a unique and dynamic prenatal yoga style acknowledged in the internationally acclaimed documentary YogaWoman and in national conferences across many years of success at The Dharma Shala Bondi Yoga School

Alongside her scientifically acclaimed Childbirth Education Program, She Births®, Nadine’s Prenatal Yoga allows women to create a more natural, gentle and joyful birth experience.

A UNIQUE APPROACH

Nadine offers a unique and feminine approach to yoga that honours a woman’s many different phases and stages throughout her life. It is dynamic, nurturing and healing.

A practice that is designed to honour a woman’s body and guide her through varying rites of passage it encourages the individual to connect to her own sense of self and strength. It is the perfect practice for enhancing fertility, preparing for childbirth and recovering post birth.

Nadine teaches general classes to people of all abilities. Alongside the She Births® childbirth education program, She Births® Prenatal Yoga classes allow you to create a more natural, gentle and joyful birth experience.

Nadine is the only Australian yoga teacher to be included in the international award winning film Yoga Woman. Find a weekly class with her at The Dharma Shala Bondi Yoga School.

‘I learnt more in 2 hours from Nadine than I did during my whole yoga teacher training about pregnancy and birth.’ – Simone Lai

THE BALANCE OF BODY & MIND

  • develop deep abdominal strength while maintaining an outer softness to enhance fertility and maintain femininity
  • encourages movement from the hara (the core) so to avoid depletion and facilitate grace
  • open her heart more fully and be able to embrace change with a deep trust in life
  • utilises moving in spirals and circling motions to release collected tension in the hips and other fascial adhesions
  • integrates traditional and linear alignment so as to maintain safety and avoid hyperextension in postures
  • encourages alignment of the pelvis and greater balance of both nervous and endocrine systems with props and breathing techniques
  • creates balance in our vayus (subtle energy systems) and maintains openness through the conception vessel / central channel as well as other subtle nadis
  • provides modifications so you can work with injury and promote self healing in every class or stage of life
  • feel clear in both mind and body so as to be stronger and more empowered in her life.

PRENATAL YOGA RESEARCH

”Regular yoga practice in the last 10–12 weeks of pregnancy improves maternal comfort in labor and may facilitate labor progress. The researchers offer several theories for these effects. First, prenatal yoga involves synchronization of breathing awareness and muscle relaxation, which decrease tension and the perception of pain. Second, yoga movements, breathing, and chanting may increase circulating endorphins and serotonin, “raising the threshold of mind-body relationship to pain” (p. 112). Third, practicing prenatal yoga postures over time alters pain pathways through the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing one’s need to actively respond to unpleasant physical sensations. Prenatal yoga strategies that help women prepare emotionally and physically for labor may help reduce pain and suffering and optimize wellbeing in childbirth by providing coping skills and increasing self-confidence and a sense of mastery. More research is needed to confirm the findings of this study. However, yoga’s many health benefits and the lack of evidence that yoga is harmful in pregnancy or birth provide justification for encouraging interested women to incorporate prenatal yoga into their preparations for childbirth.”  — Amy Romano MSN

“Prenatal Yoga was associated with reduced pain (mean difference (MD) -6.12, 95% CI -11.77 to -0.47), one trial, 66 women), increased satisfaction with pain relief (MD 7.88, 95% CI 1.51 to 14.25, one trial, 66 women), satisfaction with the childbirth experience (MD) 6.34, 95% CI 0.26 to 12.42, one trial, 66 women), and reduced length of labour when compared to usual care (MD -139.91, 95% CI -252.50 to -27.32, one trial, 66 women) and when compared with supine position (MD -191.34, 95% CI -243.72 to -138.96, one trial, 83 women)…. Relaxation and prenatal yoga may have a role with reducing pain, increasing satisfaction with pain relief and reducing the rate of assisted vaginal delivery.”  — by Smith CA, Levett KM, Collins CT, Crowther CA. – Science and Sensibility.

BOODY prenatal yoga blog

Have a read here about why Nadine believes prenatal yoga is important!! 

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“Birth is a deeply spiritual experience for a lot of us. It calls us into deeper connection, compassion and forces an inner growth like no other. 

Nadine Richardson, Founder of She Births®