Pregnancy Yoga and Hypnobirthing Retreat
by Well Woman Retreats
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November 2019
Let us nurture and nourish you within the grounds of this luxury, state-of-the-art, purpose-built Wellbeing Centre set in a 3000-acre sanctuary of the beautiful natural landscape, dedicated to transformational work and the art of being. A place where you can truly connect with yourself, your body and your baby.
Pregnancy can be an overwhelming time, whether doing it for the first time or not, every time is different. Join Cristal and Catharine — two experienced teachers within the field of women’s health and wellbeing, and move to ease your changing body. Learn to breathe for relaxation and find a positive mindset with Hypnobirthing to birth without fear and gain the tools you need for self care in those early weeks of becoming a mother.
During the retreat you will experience a variety of practices, such as Pregnancy Yoga, Pre-natal Pilates, Yoga Nidra, and Hypnobirthing, that will leave you feeling physically, mentally and emotionally revitalised, restored and ready to embark on to your next chapter with vitality.
You will stay in boutique cottage accommodation surrounded by stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside and the retreat is fully-catered with delicious, wholesome vegan cuisine. During your free time, you will have given access to the Pool Suite and there are a variety of optional therapies offered such as Pregnancy Massage, Mizan Therapy, and Reflexology to name a few.
What is Pregnancy Yoga?
Pregnancy Yoga allows you to bond with your unborn baby and helps you to understand and manage the physical and emotional changes you are experiencing throughout your unique journey to motherhood. The bespoke practices offered as part of this retreat are designed with the changes you may experience during pregnancy in mind, offering tailored movements to help you build strength and stamina for your labour and ease out pregnancy-related tension. The practices will also help you to develop breathing techniques for the birth of your baby and to bring about a relaxed state of mind with ease. On an emotional level, the practices will prepare your mind and spirit for birth and help you to have an empowering birthing experience. Here is a list of some of the effects you will benefit from by practicing Pregnancy Yoga:
- Increases energy levels
- Decreases anxiety
- Strengthens birthing muscles
- Improves sleep
- Reduces backache
- Improves circulation
- Encourages postnatal recovery
At the end of the retreat, you will be given a basic Pregnancy Yoga sequence, which you will have become familiar with during the practices to use at home.
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is an effective birth preparation method that teaches simple yet powerful self-hypnosis, relaxation, visualization and breathing techniques, for a positive birth experience. At the end of the retreat, you will be given access to a Hypnobirthing recording to use up to and during labour and you will be given a Hypnobirthing script for birthing partners to use.
Cristal has practiced Yoga for over 15-years and specialises in teaching Yoga for women including Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga. She has spent time in India studying the traditional approach to Hatha Yoga and her mission is to translate the traditional teachings into accessible practices for everyone in order to achieve their happiness.
As a lifelong learner, she continues to practice with many esteemed teachers within the yoga community. Her aim as a Pregnancy Yoga teacher is to put women at ease with their changing bodies and the transition into motherhood. Having recently become a mother for the first time, Cristal understands the value of having the tools to deal with the physical and emotional changes you can experience during pregnancy and those early days as a new mum. Cristal’s intention is to enable pregnant women to feel empowered on their journey, particularly during labour and birth, by encouraging them to recognise the deep, innate omnipotence they possess as women.
Cristal is also trained to offer Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep —a form of deep relaxation that can have profound results for the management of a variety of behaviours and habits.
Catharine’s journey into health and wellness started more than 15-years ago in her role as a nurse practitioner in women’s health. Around this time after suffering back problems following her third pregnancy, Catharine began attending a Pilates class to strengthen postnatally. After experiencing the benefits first hand this ignited a passion within Catharine and she went on to train to teach Pilates. Catharine has been teaching this amazing system now for 12-years and is also qualified to teach pre and postnatal Pilates.
Catharine has since trained as a Yoga Teacher and has studied with a variety of internationally renowned teachers in India, Bali and New York. Catharine also offers Yoga for Pregnancy, Children and Yoga Nidra.
One of Catharine’s passions is teaching Restorative Yoga because of the much-needed opportunities for stillness and relaxation it offers. She passionately believes that everyone needs time-out from their busy lives to rest and restore. Catharine feels privileged to be able to hold the space for people and facilitate the letting go process that Restorative Yoga delivers.
The natural progression for Catharine working within the field of health and wellbeing for women was to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist focussing solely on treating women and the practice of Hypnobirthing.
Within a state-of-the-art, purpose built Wellbeing Centre set in a 3000 acre sanctuary of beautiful natural landscape in Skipton surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales.
Friday 15th– Sunday 17th November 2019
- Welcome Ceremony
- 2-course evening meal
- Evening studio practice
- Morning studio practice
- 2-course lunch
- Pool suite access
- Afternoon studio practice
- 2-course dinner
- Evening studio practice
- Relaxation practice
- Gift Bag, including samples of local products, your own personal birth affirmations, Hypnobirthing scripts (for birthing partners), access to a Hypnobirthing recording and a Pregnancy Yoga sequence for home practice
Who is the retreat suitable for?
Pregnant women from 14+ weeks
What to bring
Comfortable, loose clothing suitable for Yoga with layers to add for relaxation practices
Refillable water bottle
Swimming costume and towel
All Yoga equipment is provided
There is a nearby railway station which is only 10-minutes from the venue by car. Please contact either Cristal or Catharine for the full venue address and details of how to get there. We are happy to help with travel bookings etc.
EARLY BIRD PRICES
Book before 1stof September to receive a £50 discount on the prices listed below
- Twin room (based on 2-people sharing) £450 per person
- Private room £500 with shared bathroom (private Bathroom £550)
- A non-refundable £200 deposit is required to secure your place and full payment is requested by the 19thof October
- The cost of the retreat is inclusive of all meals, 2 night’s stay in luxury cottage accommodation, use of the Pool Suite, full schedule of practices and ceremonies including Pregnancy Yoga, Pre-natal Pilates, Hypnobirthing and Yoga Nidra, access to a Hypnobirthing recording (for use up to and during labour), a Hypnobirthing script for birthing partners, a Pregnancy Yoga home practice sequence and a gift bag.