PREGNANCY YOGA MACAU
Preparing your mind and body for labor
These sessions are suitable for expecting moms from 15 weeks on - the beginning of the second trimester.
Make sure to check with your doctor before starting any program that involves physical activity during pregnancy.
“Whatever happens, yoga will enable you to approach the experience from a position of inner power.” – Janet Balaskas
WHY DO YOGA WHEN PREGNANT?
Prenatal or pregnancy yoga sessions support your body to stay active in a safe way during pregnancy, it is both beneficial for you and for your baby. You will learn breathing exercises to navigate contractions and mindful meditation techniques for mental centering, both tools are very helpful in labor. We will also be monitoring if your baby turns head down between week 28 to 32 and practice gentle poses to make more room to keep baby there or help them to turn for optimal fetal positioning and smooth the way to a fast and easy birth. A regular yoga practice will also help you to increase self-awareness and understand your pregnant changing body.
And because your husband/partner is also an important element in your pregnancy journey, I also offer childbirth preparation private sessions for couples, where I provide useful information to your partner on how to help you when the contractions start. He will learn more about the stages of labor and support you with confidence, using comfort measures, massage, and acupressure point techniques to help labor progress with greater calmness.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Practice suitable postures for your pregnant body
Great way to relax and stay fit during pregnancy
Calm anxiety and gain confidence that helps you throughout pregnancy and delivery
Learn tools like meditation and visualisation to help you cope with physical and emotional changes
Learn the best body postures during pregnancy to promote baby's optimal positioning for birth
Practice some focused breathing techniques
Good opportunity to connect with like-minded expecting moms
Enjoy deep guided relaxation with props at the end of each class
Learn useful childbirth education information from an experienced yoga instructor
Prenatal Yoga sessions are open to everyone, previous yoga experience is not necessary. For inquiries please contact me.
Before deciding which prenatal class to enroll in, I want to give you this big piece of advice: the session you join MUST be taught by a qualified and experienced prenatal yoga instructor. If what you are doing feels uncomfortable, do not continue and talk to your instructor immediately.
Margarida Luz, E-RYT200, RPYT
English | Portuguese | Cantonese
My yoga teaching journey started more than 7 years ago. Early in 2019, I've decided to take a specialisation in pregnancy and postnatal yoga, with great attention in childbirth education. For the past three years, I guided more than 40 parents in Macau with Prenatal Yoga and childbirth preparation, and Postnatal Yoga for birth recovery and reconnection. My main goal is to keep women well informed, physically active and emotionally balanced.
My Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) Credentials
- Mindful Birth Australia’s Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Teacher Training with Michelle Papa and Dr. Jean Byrne
- Prenatal Yoga Center NYC Teaching the Postnatal Student Teacher Training with Deb Flashenberg
Learn more about Yoga applications in pregnancy, follow @yogapregnancymacau on Instagram
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“In every session, Margarida showed us the importance of all the poses and exercises that might help during the delivery and postpartum. I need to mention her great job as a yoga instructor, helping us to understand our body changes and adjusting the yoga practice to each one of us even during the group session.
Thank you Margarida.”
— Ana Carneiro —