Aqua Natal Yoga

Aqua Natal Yoga prepares women for their pregnancy and birth in the element of water.

How many are in the group: Maximum 10 women in the group.  For healthy and safety reasons.  Also so we can have fun.

What will we be doing?: exploring and aligning the body with gentle yoga postures in the weightless warm pool.

When can I start?:This is a group for pregnant women who are 14 weeks and above until their due date.

About Aqua natal

Water is a great medium to exercise due to low impact and possibilities of creating various levels of resistance to suit individuals’ abilities and needs. It offers the potential for safely extending stretches in ways that are not possible for many people on land.

The properties of water are fully used when bodies are immersed up to the shoulders and neck: immersion is a foundation of birthlight aqua yoga and singles it out from other forms of exercise in water.

While pool floor and pool wall are partially used for resistance, even tentative swimmers are encouraged to find their body balance in water with the use of floating aids in order to gain greater freedom of movement.

Birthlight has developed progressive Aqua Yoga sequences to suit both tentative beginners and strong swimmers. Rather than transposing standing yoga in shallow pools, classic poses are adapted into fluid floating stretches with rotations allowing 3 D movements. All Aqua Yoga stretches are done with the flow of the breath: breathing more fully in water stimulates all the body systems with minimal strain.

It is not necessary to immerse face and head to practice Aqua Yoga but those who are happy to have their faces in water can access a further range of practices.
Yoga-based adapted elements of all the strokes are accessible to tentative swimmers and help confident swimmers to enjoy their strokes more fully.

Relaxation is a main practice and outcome in yoga. Water, provided that it is warm enough, expands the benefits of yoga relaxation with all the documented health benefits that it brings. Birthlight has developed a variety of Aqua Yoga floating relaxations using buoyancy aids, individually, in pairs or in groups.
In the same way as Birthlight circles on land, Aqua Yoga group practices in a circle create synergetic effects for those taking part.

Françoise Freedman the founder of Birthlight has developed Aqua Yoga out of her twin passion for yoga and swimming. Her experience of the therapeutic benefits of Aqua Yoga has led her to develop further practices in Aqua Yoga Therapy.

Article on Aqua Yoga written by Françoise Freedman

Benefits of aquanatal yoga

Research shows that being in water can help relieve pain and stress.

* Increase hormonal levels of oxytocin/ endorphins

* Help gain space

* Reduce blood pressure

* Assist breathing and relaxation

* Help the baby align in a opitmal fetal position

* Help to prepare mother for birth

* Help manage the symptoms PGP or SPD

 When is the next block of classes: (please note changes to dates)

Bookings now being taken.

(Maximum 10 members)

Limited to 8 women only (book early to save disappointment)

4-weekly blocks £80

Thursdays 7-8pm


30 November – 21 December 2017

4 January 2018

1 February 2018

1 March 2018

3 May 2018

7 June 2018

5 July 2018


Sylvestrian Leisure Centre

Aqua Yoga Enrolment Form  Please download and fill in.  Send to me by email

Arlene is a Birthlight trained Aquanatal Therapist Level 2