Moderate exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy and there are many benefits associated with including stretching, strengthening and low impact fitness into your week. These benefits vary but many women report feeling more comfortable in their pregnancy, say they sleep better and some say it helps with aches and pains.
When can I start?
Classes are suitable to attend from 15 weeks pregnant until full term. Always best to check with your LMC before you start any exercise as they know your history and can advise you properly. If you are fit and healthy and currently active you may even be able to start earlier with approval from your LMC please have a chat and arrange this with me. Get in touch.
I am not fit/in shape/haven't exercised in awhile, can I still join your classes?
Yes you can! Classes are designed for all levels of fitness and experience. The programs are designed so you can take things at your own pace and exericises can easily be modified depending on how you are feeling on the day..
How big are the class sizes?
Class sizes are kept small which enables me to keep an eye on your, ensuring you are safe and working within your limits. Please note with current class size restrictions bookings are essential.
Does it matter if I have never done Yoga/Pilates/Total Barre before?
No. All classes are designed for all experience levels. So whether you have tried any of the exercise methods (Pilates, Yoga, Total Barre) or if this will be your first time, it doesn't matter. You have got to start somewhere right?
What should I wear?
Please where comfortable clothing that you can move in. In summer please where cool clothing.
What should I bring?
Please bring a mat and small cushion.
What is Total Barre?
Total Barre is a method of exercise that combines Pilates, Ballet, strength training and low impact cardio and uses the ballet barre for stability. This class includes ladies who are not pregnant but please note that you can still take it at your own pace and exercises can easily be modified and adapted so they are safe and achievable for different fitness levels, experience and stages of pregnancy
Do I need to be a dancer or bring a tutu?
No dance experience required! In fact I am not a dancer. I am a pilates and Total Barre instructor who loves to move to music and can't always keep time, so no worries if you are off beat, going up when we are going down, it doesn't matter! Also, you can leave your tutu at home!
Where are you located?
Classes are taught in two locations in East Auckland. All mat classes are taught at 29 Granger Rd in Howick and the Barre classes are taught at 6/1 Canon Place, Pakuranga.
FAQ's Postnatal Classes
Does it matter if I don't know what I am doing?
Nope. It does not. That is why I am there instructing and guiding you through. Everything is throughly explained and demonstrated so no prior experience of any of the exercise methods (Pilates, Yoga, Total Barre) is required
I have not exercised in awhile will I be able to keep up?
You will be able to keep up as you decide the pace and exercises can be adapted to suit your level of ability and fitness.
What age child can I bring?
Mummy and Baby Yoga/Massage is suitable for babies from approx 8 weeks until they are on the move.
For Mums and Little Ones (Pilates) you are welcome to bring any age child or children with you, heck you can even bring your whole crew if you have more than 1.
When can I start attending Postnatal classes?
It is suitable to attend the postnatal classes once you have been cleared for exercise from your LMC.
What happens if I my little one is unsettled?
Please don't worry about what mood your child is in or if that their schedule is perfectly timed for classes. You can stop at any stage to settle, feed, and change your little one. This is a welcoming, friendly environment of other mums with little ones.
What do I need wear/bring?
Please were comfortable stretchy clothing, and bring a yoga mat (or large towel will also do). With Mummy and Baby Yoga/Massage please also dress baby in comfortable stretchy clothing that can be massaged over the top of in winter.
What do I need bring?
Also bring anything you need for baby! The room is wheel chair accessible so bring in your pram, capsule or whatever other contraption you require.