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Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Yoga can help women get through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort. It also helps the birth and post-delivery stages.

Yoga is also beneficial because you’ll learn how to breathe deeply and consciously relax, which will be helpful as you face the physical demands of labour, birth, and new motherhood.

The Pelvic Floor: The pelvic floor is a hammock of muscles that form a bowl attached to the pelvis. This muscle supports the vital reproductive and digestion organs, as well as the baby during pregnancy and plays a vital role in sexual intercourse for both men and women.

During pregnancy it is especially important to exercise your pelvic floor muscle as it has to support a greatly increased load at this time. Although pregnancy is not the only factor for a weakened pelvic floor, aging and inactivity can play a role; it can weaken from pregnancy and childbirth. Although not the cause, a weak pelvic floor can be the start of some health problems. That is why it is very important to work with these muscles, especially after childbirth. Like any other muscle in the body, the pelvic floor can be re-strengthened.A strong pelvic floor muscle can enable a woman to carry a baby more comfortably during pregnancy and will help both the mother and baby during labor and delivery.

The Posture: As the baby and your tummy grows, so does the center of gravity. One of the things that allow humans to walk upright is the balance between the lower back muscles and our four abdominal muscles. However, when our abdominals are weak, this can cause our lower back muscles to over compensate and over work, causing pain and strain in the lumbar region. When the belly moves more forward with growth, this stretches the abdominals beyond their original shape, weakening them and this causing lower back pain during pregnancy when it may have ever been experienced before, especially in the third trimester. Although pregnancy is not the time to do major core work, it is recommended to gently work all four abdominals to keep them a little strong.

Yoga can also help alleviate the pressure the lower back is under during the shift in gravity. By stretching the upper leg muscles and the lower back, tension will start to release. Partnered with the smart abdominal work, your body will feel less pain as it goes through the journey of pregnancy.

 

The Hips: Prenatal yoga can help bring back flexibility and comfort to the groups of muscles and bone structures in the front and back of the hips. Hormones released during pregnancy soften and relax joints and cartilage between bones in our pelvis to prepare it for child birth. However, getting the muscles ready is good to facilitate an easier birth for mother and baby.

In front, we have our hip flexors, which work to flex, or bend, the hips. This brings our knee and thigh up and in line with our hip joint and toward our chest. Lunges are a great example of the work of the hip flexors. It is imperative to keep these flexible so we can easily open our legs with out too much strain for delivery, as well as bend the knees close to the chest to assist with birth. Yoga can also stretch the ligaments in the pelvis, hip and leg areas, all making the positions and pushing in labor easier.

Research suggests that prenatal yoga can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. Studies have suggested that practicing yoga while pregnant can also improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.

It can also decrease nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath, it is a facilitation of a support group of women on the same journey and increasing confidence in your beautiful, changing body.

Pregnancy Yoga With Gemma Crowley

Monday 17th July – 6.15pm

 The River Room, River Holistic Centre, Main Street, Raheny, Dublin 5.

For further information please contact Gemma using the link below.

To book onto this course please follow link below.

http://www.yogatherapydublin.ie/pre-natal-yoga/

Source: www.mindbodygreen.com

July Newsletter

Hello July

The sun is definitely shining in River Holistic………..July is all about getting your chill on here at the Centre.  With the schools now closed for the summer you may be wondering what can you do for yourself once the little ones have gone off to camp during the mornings or when they have headed off to dreamland in the evening.

Well we may have the perfect classes and treatments for you.  Lets face it, the summer months can be a bit draining for all of us mams and dads, between working with taking time off, trying to keep the kids occupied and well not quite having your own space, let us help you with that.

We have the honour of welcoming some amazing new teachers to the River Room, their classes which include pregnancy yoga, pilates, yoga for sports, kundalini yoga, hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga.
Sure if you have no idea idea about which style may suit you, they have drop in spaces available throughout the summer for you to try before you buy.
Below you will find out more details of who these teachers are and what their classes can add to your life.
So until we meet again, I hope you’re happy, I wish you well and just keep swimming.
Claire

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Manifest the birth you Deserve

Manifest The Birth You Deserve

For my whole life, I have been practicing “The Law of Attraction”. Some might call this “The Secret” but when I am around it is no secret. I have spread this amazing information around and it has changed family and friend’s life for the better. It gave me and them some control over their outside life. Most people think that our family, relationships, home, career, happiness is something that we are given and we can’t change – (Sorry! We can’t change our family, but we can manifest how our relationship with them is!). The tools I learnt over the years have shaped my life as I know it and have shaped my future – which excited me! So it was a no-brainer that I would look at this more in depth when it comes to my passion – Midwifery and Birth.

A quick outline of the Law of Attraction and how it works:

The thoughts we put out into the universe shape our outside world.

  • Like attracts like.
  • Positivity brings positivity.
  • Thoughts become things.

That all sounds very nice and fluffy but how do we actually put it in to action?

The first step is to ASK:

When we ask the universe for a very clear thing, whether that might be the dream job, the dream man, or money in your bank account the law of attraction says ‘Ask and you shall receive’ and gives you exactly that that you put all your focus on. But here is the catch, in our everyday life we don’t ask for what we want, we usually talk and think about that which we don’t want. For example, ‘Oh god, I am so scared to give birth, I am going to be in a state, I am not going to be able for this, I need the epidural as soon as I get my first contraction’. And the universe says ‘Ask and you shall receive’.

We need to change our language but in particular our thoughts when it comes to birth. Focusing more on thoughts and phrases for example.

My body knows how to birth my baby

‘I am a strong and confident woman, my body knows exactly what to do’

‘I feel completely in control of my amazing birth’

 

The second step is to BELIEVE:

The real magic from manifesting comes from this part. Belief! We need to believe with every cell in our amazing body that these affirmations and thoughts are true. When you say your affirmations at first you will think that you are going crazy. The more you say them and the more you feel the belief building in your energy that is when the power of the manifestation works.

Visualise yourself with all your mind and body having the most wonderful birth, something that you would of never imagined. Imagine yourself full of confidence during your labour and fully in control and what that feels like. My favourite visualisation to do is to visualise how you feel when it is all over and you have your wonderful healthy baby in your arms, and your supportive birthing partner with you. Fully immerse yourself in this blissful feeling of how well you did, and how amazing you are. Even go as far as visualising details of your baby like, their smells, and tiny fingers and toes!

The final step – the easiest one, is to RECEIVE:

Personally, my favourite!

What an amazing feeling when you receive your manifestations. It helps to look up videos on the Law of Attraction from amazing successful people like Oprah Winfrey that has used this tool with amazing benefit.

Allow yourself to receive all of the abundance and happiness you deserve!

You can do this!!

Lots of Love,

S

X

For more tips like this, and much more:

Pregnancy Yoga with Sarah

Classes commencing 11th July 2017 @ 18.30

The River Room , River Holistic Centre,

Raheny, Dublin 5.

Sarah.reiki.yoga@gmail.com

Pregnancy Yoga with Sarah – Facebook.

 

Meet Gemma from Yoga Therapy Dublin

Meet Gemma from Yoga Therapy Dublin

 

My own experience

I took my first yoga class at 18 years old during my leaving Cert year, and I will never forget how light I felt going home. I was hooked! I took classes casually for a few years but at 21 I suffered chronic whiplash from a car crash and took yoga more seriously as it was the only thing I was able to do and it gave me such release, physically and emotionally in my recovery. Now at 33 and having had a baby, I have experienced yoga in many different forms and have a different appreciation of it. I have used it as rehabilitation, to reduce anxiety, to meditate and to nurture my body through pregnancy and motherhood.

Teaching

I have an advanced ashtanga practice myself, something which I am looking forward to getting back to soon. I keep my classes on the smaller side as I wish to give a more individualised instruction approach to my teaching. I focus strongly on correct alignment and giving students the appropriate instruction for their needs. My classes in general are challenging but not beyond people’s level of ability. I focus strongly on the present which brings a strong meditative quality to my classes and enables my students to practice mindfulness.

As requested I have scheduled a class dedicated to athletes to sequence asanas targeting hips, legs and core. However this class is of course suitable for everyone.

My pregnancy yoga class is dedicated to those amazing woman undertaking this powerful journey. This class will not just ease away those aches and pains, but will prepare your body for delivery. This class will also nurture you emotionally to prepare you for the type of delivery you will have and empower you to make informed choices. You will meet other Mums in the area which can be a great support not just now, but post partum.

My post natal yoga is to again nurture the body after delivery. In particular this class will focus on rehabilitating the pelvic floor. The body is an amazing thing and has been through so much. During pregnancy and delivery, the weight of your growing baby has put a lot of pressure on the pelvic floor as well as some organs. Hormones have further relaxed ligaments and muscles in this area. Not strengthening this area post natally can lead to serious problems now and down the road. This class will give you the opportunity to heal with the added bonus of being able to bring along your baby so no need to worry about feeding, changing etc., anything goes here 😉

 

You can book on www.yogatherapydublin.ie/timetable

 

Namaste <3

Gemma

 

Exercise and Postnatal Depression

Would-be moms, take note: Exercise reduces postnatal depression in new mommies

Exercises like stretching, breathing, aerobics, pilates and yoga can reduce risk of postnatal depression among new mothers, says a new study.

Exercise is beneficial for pregnant women and, as it turns out, for new mothers as well. Practising stretching, breathing, aerobic activities, pilates and yoga during and post-pregnancy reduces the risk of postnatal depression, suggests a study. According to researchers, women who exercised displayed fewer signs of depression following the birth of a child.

They tracked the mental health of almost 1,000 mothers, who were offered exercise interventions during and after pregnancy. Researcher Celia Alvarez-Bueno, from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, said that the negative consequences of postpartum depression not only affect the mother but also the child, who can suffer poor emotional and cognitive development.

Symptoms of postpartum depression can include anxiety attacks, insecurity, irritability, fatigue, guilt, fear of harming the baby and a reluctance to breastfeed. The symptoms start within four weeks of delivery and are considered severe when they last for more than two weeks, according to the researchers.

 

Alvarez-Bueno stated that it is important to test the most effective strategies to prevent this disorder or mitigate the consequences. The team analysed data from 12 trials of exercise interventions during or after pregnancy between 1990 and 2016. The studies included a total of 932 women and all examined them for their severity of postpartum depression. The exercises used in the various studies included stretching and breathing, walking programs, aerobic activity, pilates and yoga.

Compared to women who did not exercise, the researchers found those who did had fewer depression symptom during the postpartum period. The findings indicated that exercise after pregnancy also reduced depression among the women who did not had diagnosable symptoms. The research is published in the journal Birth.

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The Essence of Home-Feng Shui Workshop

The Essence of Home

The Essence of Home

THE ESSENCE OF HOME –

Feng shui, space clearing and essential oils to cleanse and uplift the energy of your home.
1st July 2017


The essence of feng shui is in creating a sense of connection to your living space, giving it a greater sense of “home”, a space of nurturing, enveloping and supportive energy.

Alongside the principles of feng shui, we also use space clearing, creating sacred space and the use of essential oils in the environment to cleanse, uplift and enliven our homes and workplaces.

In this workshop we will explore the essential alchemy of feng shui

First creating space. Through clearing out what is no longer supporting your true self, then cleansing and blessing the energy of your home, you create the space to draw in your pure potential.

Building on the foundations of feng shui, the alchemy of clutter clearing and the essential elements of space clearing, we explore the importance of creating space, opening a portal for what you wish to draw in.

Experience the use of sound, blessing herbs and essential oils to cleanse, bless and enrich your environment – your outer skin.

Explore the importance of the “gap”, that sacred space between outbreath and in-breath, taking time to set your intention. This is the key, the central core of feng shui.

We will explore the use of essential oils in space clearing and to enhance the feng shui of your space. One essential oil which is wonderful to invigorate this energy in your home is Eucalyptus which “brings us a degree of expansion and considerable peace…. brings us back to sound values, is lively and original” …“very useful for recentering a scattered person”…and “helps us to reveal the best of ourselves” … “disperses negative feelings and gives us room to breathe” changes an atmosphere of “suffocation into one of expansive renewal”

In this workshop we will be delving a little more deeply, with 9 essential oils and their healing energy which can clear space and enrich and balance our energy and that of each area of our lives.

Allow yourself this time to pause, take stock and clear out fully. In order to embrace your space and ignite the spark of pure potential.

Embrace the Space for Pure potential – Exploring the essence of feng shui, creating the space for your life to unfold.
When: 1st July 2017 10am to 5pm
Where:- River Holistic centre, Raheny
Your investment: €90
Booking essential – contact edel@fengshuidesign.ie for further information

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Pregnancy Yoga With Sarah

My Classes always start with a 5-8 minute Pranayama exercise focusing on connecting with their bodies, their babies.

  • Three part breath
  • Straw breath
  • Alternative Nostril Breath
  • Square Breath
  • Cooling Breath etc.

Asana

I would usually finish the Pranayama section while still cross legged and move onto some cross legged over arm stretches, neck rolls, wrist rolls etc.I focus a lot on getting to know the pelvis and explaining the mechanism of labour and how different positions can assist getting an optimal birthing position.I focus on hip circles, pelvic tilts, pelvic alignment etc.

Seeing as the pelvic floor and jaw have such a huge connection a lot of my classes we do a lot of breathwork during our asanas to promote jaw relaxation and relaxing the pelvic floor for birth.

I focus on getting to know the pelvic floor and pelvic floor exercises – particularly with breathwork. E.G Cat/Cow – Inhaling and contracting the pelvic floor while arching back, exhaling – letting pelvic floor relax while coming to flat back position.

I like to also focus on breathing through challenging positions E.G Lunge/Deep Squat, and focusing on breath for average length of a contraction and then resting for 2 minutes in child’s pose. This works very well as when it comes to time of birth when surges are coming they can relate back.

I do a lot of focusing on a Drishti Point during a pose that requires balance e.g Tree pose. The feedback from women is that this was the most beneficial practice to have for labour.

I do a lot of educating women about different positions to labour in with Electronic Monitoring, with an Epidural or any other intervention.

It is inevitable that some women will have these interventions and I completely support their choices and I always like them to feel prepared for what can be optimum for them.

E.G with an epidural lying Left Lateral with a Peanut Ball.

  • Many women have reported back they felt in control of their labour even with these interventions.
  • I provide everyone with a booklet to go home with. This contains a brief summary of labour and the hormones involved. How we can affect our hormones and decrease adrenaline, different positions that they can bring to the hospital with them. Different acupressure points for pain relief, and some birth and pregnancy affirmations to focus on.

The Best Part –  Relaxation

I do a 15 minute guided meditation at the end in a lying down position – usually on their left lateral supported with pillows, blankets, bolsters.

I sometimes focus on baby and connecting with baby and sending love and light, sometimes I just focus on mum and filling her with energy and strength, I do a lot of healing and fear releasing meditations and sometimes I just do a good old Yoga Nidra.

Every woman leaves on a high and has a great night sleep!

When: 6:30 – 7:30pm Tuesday 11th July – 15th August
Investment:
6 Weeks €80
Drop in €17 Unwaged €10

Contact

Sarah Richardson

0851699679

Sarah.reiki.yoga@gmail.com

Pregnancy Yoga with Sarah – Facebook.

June Newsletter

Hello June

 

How excited are we at River Holistic………..June has most certainly arrived in all it’s glory. It feels like a re-birth for our amazing clinic. We are going to open the doors to our new space, The River Room, which means the arrival of new therapists and lots of new classes to choose from. Don’t fret, we still have all of our existing amazing therapists onsite to help make this your holistic home.

If you are in the holiday frame of mind, why not relax and unwind with Dee’s full holistic facial special offer. If you are looking for some headspace, we have kundalini yoga and sound yoga starting in June. Have you got a health concern you have been ignoring, why not book in with Emma to see how acupuncture can help you. I can go on, we have homeopathy, holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy. We have therapies to suit your every need, why not just give us a call and we can can help you out.

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Do you struggle to sit still in meditations?

Firstly three important questions

Q.1 Do you struggle to sit still in meditations?

Q.2 Would you like to experience meditation that involves dancing, shaking and moving the body?

Q.3 Would you like to try and experience a variety of meditations?

If YES come join me on the 6th of July 2017 at 6.15pm for a six week workshop of OSHO active meditations.

OSHO active meditations were specifically and scientifically designed for the modern man and woman who find it difficult to be in silence. These meditations are set to music and have a series of stages that will bring about an  individual transformative experience. The meditations are 1 hour in duration.

Wk.1  6th of July 2017 OSHO Kundalini. This evening meditation consists of shaking, dancing, witnessing and silence

Wk.2. 13th of July 2017 OSHO Nadabrahma. This is a humming meditation were one gives and receives energy from existences followed by silence

Wk.3.  20th of July 2017 OSHO Chakra sounds. This meditation activates all the chakras in the body through the use of sound followed by silence

Wk.4.  27th of July 2017 OSHO Mahamudra this meditation is gentle, the whole body surrenders to its organic movement through Laithan, followed by giving and receiving to the Earth to replenish the energy

Wk.5.  3rd of August 2017 OSHO No Dimensions. This is s beautiful Sufi dance meditation followed by whirling and silence

Wk.6.  10th of August 2017 OSHO Devavani. This is a gentle meditation that brings you into a childlike state followed by gentle nonsense words called Laithan of the tongue followed by Latham of the body and silence.

My Name is Ana Gale and I work as Massage Therapist / Reiki teacher and OSHO meditation facilitator within the River Holistic Centre in Raheny. It is with great excitement and passion for me to share with you the OSHO active meditations.

Venue: The River Room

Duration: 6 weeks ( Thursday evenings from the 6th of July 2017)

Cost: 80 euro (drop in are most welcome at 15 euro)

Time: 6.30pm -7.30pm

Contact: Ana gale 0860716674 or River Holistic Centre 018310887

Yoga and Sacred Sound

Yoga and Sacred Sound

This class will be a unique fusion of gentle yoga and sacred sound to support you in raising your vibrational energy, whilst nurturing and enabling your unique healing process.  When we work with chanting mantras, singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs the resonance absorbs inwards supporting our cells to reprogram and remember their innate vibration.

Through use of sacred sound and movement we begin to shed the dense heavier energy of daily life, thus rising our vibrational energy, allowing us to effortlessly attract higher frequency people and experiences into our lives.

This combination of sacred practices have the potential to support you in making transformational change, in a gentle sustainable way.

Each class is unique but will include a combination of yogic movement and sacred sound- chanting of sacred mantras with harmonium (kirtan), sound baths with singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs.  Classes will finish with a deep relaxation to support your healing process, and encourage your physical, energetic, emotional, thought and subconscious layers to move back into a deeper space of harmony within.

No experience of music or sound is required to participate in this class, just an open heart.

When: Wednesdays from 6 – 7.15pm. Next 4 week term 14th, 21st, 28th of June & 5th of July 2017.

Where: River Holistic Raheny

Cost: €55 per 4 week term or €16 drop in (space dependent)

Bookingshttps://www.innercalmyoga.ie/sacred-sound or info@innercalmyoga.ie or 085 8225450

Places will be limited to 8 people and must be pre-booked / pre-paid