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HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method

What is HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method?

The HypnoBirthing philosophy is based on the belief that a healthy woman carrying a healthy baby and having a healthy pregnancy, who is properly prepared, is able to have a comfortable and gentle birthing. Through a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, special breathing techniques, visualization, affirmations, and education, HypnoBirthing returns to a woman the art of birthing in a way that allows her to summon her natural birthing instincts and to birth her baby in safety and with ease.

The advantages of HypnoBirthing®:

  • Eliminates the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome before, during and after birthing

  • Reduces, often eliminates, the need for chemical anesthesia, episiotomy and other interventions

  • Lessens fatigue during labor, leaving the mother fresh, awake, and energized as she brings her baby into the world

  • Shortens the thinning and opening phase of labor by hours and allows the birthing mother to utilize the natural pulsations of her body to breathe her baby down to the crowning stage, rather than pushing for a long, exhausting period (reduces risk of pelvic floor damage)

  • The birthing companion is an integral part of the birthing, not an onlooker

  • Babies are better adjusted and happier, resulting in better eating and sleeping routines

  • Brings mother, baby and birthing companion together in a wonderful bonding experience

  • Special breathing almost entirely eliminates postnatal discomfort and 'baby blues'

  • Mothers don't run the risk of hyperventilating from shallow breathing

  • Birthing is returned to the safe, beautiful, peaceful experience 

How HypnoBirthing® classes are taught?

  • The course consists of 5 live sessions, each 2,5 hour long

  • The classes are spread week apart to allow for integrating new techniques in every day life, and to be able to deepen the practice while preparing for labor

  • The course is meant for a mother to-be and her birthing companion(s), and the price of the course covers both (all) 
     

When can you start the course?

  • As early in your pregnancy as you wish. The tools which you learn will benefit your entire pregnancy, not only your labor. If you do decide to go for an early start, of the course we can also plan for a recap class closer to your 'due month' 

  • Not later than 5 weeks before your due month to allow for 5 sessions, one every week

 

Why should you do a HypnoBirthing course?

"Because it works, it's that simple. The course combines so many tools and tricks, that it is very hard to find a person that would step out of the course without finding at least few that would stick. My role is to present to you the opportunities, and find the ways to incorporate what you like most in your daily routine. This way when you find yourself on that special day, you know exactly what to do, feel more at ease, in charge, and totally ready to meet your baby.

 

There is no magic or big secrets revealed, it is about bringing out what is already in you, but sometimes we simply need that bit of help to start seeing it ourselves."

 

 

 

 

Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth (following Birthlight)

About Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth classes

Each woman and each pregnancy are unique. With yoga, we aim at helping each woman to celebrate and enjoy that special time in her life. Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth classes incorporate all the benefits of movement, breathing and deep relaxation, that are needed for everyone, but that are especially required when you are nurturing a new life in your body. Following the Birthlight teachings, the classes promote a holistic approach to birth, integrating body, mind and emotions.

Depending on where you are in your 'Yogic trimesters' of pregnancy, private classes would focus on different elements. 

First trimester: from conception to about 14/16 weeks.

Focus areas during the practice:

  • relaxation,

  • breathing techniques,

  • teachings that support implantation,

  • self-nurture,

  • the formation and function of the placenta,  

  • physical and emotional support for adaptation to change.

  • Yoga asanas would focus on alleviating heartburn, fatigue and lower back pain.

Note: During that time it is not advised to go to group yoga prenatal classes, due to risk of miscarriage at the early stage of pregnancy. However, it is possible to arrange for one on one classes, where woman’s needs of that delicate period can be taken fully on board.

 

Second trimester, weeks 14/16 – 33. 

Focus areas during the practice:

  • strengthening muscles that support the growing baby, ‘belt and braces’ (under and above the growing uterus), as well as on

  • energizing,

  • expanding breath capacity,

  • lengthening exhalation,

  • building connection with the baby,

  • responding to postural changes,

  • bringing awareness of pelvic floor muscles that will become birthing muscles.

Third trimester, weeks 33 – 40/42

Focus areas during the practice:

  • releasing and learning how to let go,

  • managing possible minor ailments,

  • preparing for birth (that includes birthing breath, as well as birthing positions, and techniques that are handy for labor),

  • preparing for motherhood (teaching include physical and emotional preparation for the change that is about to happen).

About Birthlight

Birthlight is a UK based charitable trust that is dedicated to promoting a sensitive approach to pregnancy, birth and babies. Traditional techniques from Ayurveda have been incorporated and adapted into Birthlight, together with modern Yoga that has evolved between India, America and Europe. Years of practice and research underlie the integrated set of exercises presented in this course. And since there is more and more scientific research related to maternity and the development of fetuses and infants available, also Birthlight teachings keep on evolving with it.

How Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth classes are taught?

  • You can book a single session or a set of classes (5 or 10)

  • Single sessions can be booked online. For multiple classes, please send an email via a button on the right or via a Contact form

  • The length of each class is 90 minutes, unless discussed differently  

  • Preferred location of each class is at Customer's place (within Amsterdam) - this way we can see how to use home space for incorporating yoga practice in their daily activities. We can also discuss alternative locations. Please send a request if needed

 

Why do I teach prenatal yoga?

"Practice during my pregnancy not only gave me strength during the nine months, prepared me for the day I met my little girl but it also kept me grounded, helped me accept anything coming my way and it was fun! I am very happy I get a chance to share this experience with others as well :)"

 

 

 

Ashtanga Yoga

About Ashtanga Yoga, The Primary Series

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic practice, a beautiful combination of breath and movement, which with time becomes almost as a walking meditation. It is complete, healing, and absolutely addictive. When practiced daily, it provides a mirror into ourselves, which may make us feel strong and powerful, or humble at a time.

 

The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga is also known as Yoga Chikitsa, being Yoga Therapy. It is therapy for everyone, not only for those who would like to address a specific condition, but also for those in good health as it helps to maintain and revitalize the system at all levels.

Therapeutic benefits of asanas (a handful picked up from 'Yoga Mala', by Sri Pattabhi Jois):

  • improving digestion

  • reducing anxiety and fatigue  

  • improving posture and sense of balance

  • relieving headache, insomnia and back pain

  • stretching the entire body (hamstrings, calves, hips, legs, knees, ankles, groins, shoulders, chest, spine...)

  • stimulating liver and kidneys

  • calming the brain and helping relieve stress and mild depression

  • strengthening and energizing the entire body

  • helping to relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort

  • opening the chest to improve breathing

  • stimulating abdominal organs

  • therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, infertility, osteoporosis, sciatica, flat feet and sinusitis

For whom is Ashtanga practice?

It is a practice for everyone. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, thanks to whom we know Ashtanga yoga as it is per today, used to say: “Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice yoga.”

How  Ashtanga Yoga classes are taught?

  • You can book a single session or a set of classes (5 or 10)

  • Single sessions can be booked online. For multiple classes, please send an email via a button on the right or via a Contact form

  • The length of each class is 90 minutes, unless discussed differently  

  • Preferred location of each class is at Customer's place (within Amsterdam) - this way we can see how to use home space for incorporating yoga practice in their routine. We can also discuss alternative locations. Please send a request if needed

 

What is it that will make you fall in love with Ashtanga yoga?

"When you start practicing you first get hooked because you can quickly see how much progress you are able to make. Then you notice you are able to do things you thought they were completely out of reach. You get to try new things almost every day. Stepping on the mat becomes like looking into a mirror, you assess how you feel, if you are up for a challenge today or maybe better to take it easy. Soon it becomes the part of your day which you never want to skip, as you either need a check-in moment with yourself, or because you are up for some mental game between you and your mind ;) Before you know it, you wake up, roll out your mat, and follow your breath.."