Aquanatal Yoga is swimming for pregnant women using yoga informed exercises and special techniques. The NHS (2017) states that one of the best exercises for pregnant women is swimming, and we agree! Our Aquanatal classes in Manchester offer an enjoyable way of keeping fit and healthy whilst pregnant. This is the perfect class to meet other mummies-to-be.
Our Aquanatal classes are a gentle yet effective form of exercise for pregnant women allowing them to stretch without straining and overheating. It is also a chance for a deep relaxation. Water provides a soothing yet stimulating environment to prepare for birth. Aquanatal classes offer pregnant women more than just fitness: water facilitates relaxation and helps cultivate positive emotions.
“Becky’s aqua natal classes were a fun way to keep fit throughout my pregnancy and a great way to meet other mums. The hypnobirthing course we did with Becky made a huge difference to my labour and recovery, giving us the confidence and calmness to have a positive birth experience. I’m still using the techniques now as a new mum and swear by it! Thank you” – Suzanne Godfrey
When you’re swimming with Our First Steps you can be sure you’re in the safest of hands. Our instructor, Becky, is trained by Birthlight which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. Becky is also one of the founders and owners of Dolphin Academy, Oldham’s top private swim school. We are the only Birthlight certified provider in the Northeast and Northwest of England.
Birthlight is informed by cutting edge medical and scientific research but its hallmark is simplicity and accessibility to all pregnant women, whatever their state of fitness, their condition or their cultural background. Birthlight gets its name from giving women practical resources for ‘birthing lightly’, making space in themselves and using the breath to ‘exhale push’ their babies without undue strain. You can find out more about Birthlight on their website.
“I started Aqua Natal with Becky when I was 20 weeks pregnant upon recommendation from a friend. I was made to feel welcome from the start and I loved I could still exercise without feeling uncomfortable and I had the best nights sleep after class. I would definitely do the classes again next time! I then started taking Noah swimming when he was 8 weeks old, both my husband and I wanted to build his confidence in the water from a young age. I love baby swim classes and will be continuing with them when I go back to work. Becky is really supportive and brilliant with all the babies. We’ve just been on our first holiday to Menorca and spent so much time in the pool using the skills we’ve learnt in class. We’ve also formed some friendships along the way which has been really lovely as a new mum“ – Sarah Luker