Pregnancy yoga classes designed for mothers and babies: these are ideal for ante-natal and post-natal students.

A safe and rewarding method

The Iyengar method is unique in using a variety of props so that you and your baby get maximum benefit without any strain. The postures used in our pregnancy yoga classes exercise the spinal column relieving lower back pain and strengthening the pelvic floor, while alleviating tiredness and tension.

The Iyengar approach creates space within the uterus ensuring proper blood circulation and adequate room for your baby to move. Pranayama breathing exercises open the chest, improve the circulation of oxygen to the blood in both mother and baby, and calm the nerves. These pregnancy yoga classes are suitable for post-natal as well as ante-natal students.

Class teacher: Harshini Wikramanayake

Harshini grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and since leaving in her late teens has lived, worked and studied in Toronto, New York and London. She started practising Iyengar yoga in 1997 and began her Teacher Training at Iyengar Yoga London, gaining her Introductory Certificate in 2006 and Level 3 in 2015.

Harshini has studied with the Iyengar family on four occasions in Pune, and continues to attend weekly classes with Senior Teachers. In addition to her yoga teaching vocation, Harshini has trained as an Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner. Harshini has MSc and BSc degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine to complement her MBA and Honours Business Administration degrees.

Pregnancy yoga with Harshini
Sundays
3.30 – 5.00pm

Pregnancy yoga classes are £16 for members or £18 for visitors.

Class prices

Pregnancy Yoga Classes are £16 for members or £18 for visitors.

Need some help?

Pregnancy Yoga Classes FAQ

If you already regularly attend classes, let your teacher know as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test as some poses should be avoided. In most cases we advise that existing students continue to attend classes up until week 9 of their pregnancy, resuming practice again after week 15.

If you are new to yoga, you can join our pregnancy classes after week 16 of your pregnancy.

No, you do not need to have practised yoga before. But if there are any complications in the pregnancy please check with the teacher.

Students with any existing medical condition (knee pain, neck pain, high blood pressure etc) should consult their doctor before enrolling. If you have a health problem, come 5-10 minutes early to talk to the teacher before class. If your baby is in an unusual position, you must inform the teacher.

You should wear comfortable loose clothing that allows teachers to see your body, including your feet and legs. Most students wear leggings or shorts.

Pregnancy yoga classes are designed to help you throughout pregnancy to enjoy a state of wellbeing and to prepare for your birth. Iyengar yoga is very precise and safe. You will learn how to work with supports to get the maximum benefit from each yoga pose.

Most women can practise up to the last week of their pregnancy. As stated in the FAQs above, we advise established students not to come to classes from weeks 9-15 of their pregnancy. We suggest that those new to yoga only come to class after week 16 of their pregnancy.

You can take them later, after you have had your baby.

You can come to pregnancy yoga classes after six weeks if you had a natural birth without complications, or after 10 to 12 weeks if you had a C-section or experienced any complications. When you return to any class, you must inform your teacher that you have had a baby.

pregnancy Iyengar yoga class in action