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This blog is for sharing interesting information about yoga, pregnancy, birth, parenting and anything else I think you might be interested in!


I will also post related local events here.

By Tessa of, Jul 22 2016 04:01PM

As some of you will know, I love going to bellydancing lessons and it's all thanks to Helen and her bellydancing academy. From watching the other women in class and at the shows, and reflecting on my own experience, bellydancing seems to be fantastic for body confidence and getting in touch with your feminine side. It seems to me that yoga and bellydancing complement each other perfectly so we got together so I could ask her some questions about exactly these things...

Helen has been a professional bellydance instructor, mentor and performer and blogger since 2005 when she founded the Santa Maria Bellydance Academy. Since then she has helped hundreds of women feel confident about themselves by bringing bellydance into their weekly routine. For information on how to join classes at her school, go to Why not get started right away in the comfort of your own home? For your free online beginner class with Helen plus regular tips and tutorials click here.

Tessa has been teaching yoga for 15 years and specialises in Pregnancy Yoga, Mother & Baby Yoga and Yoga for Women - basically yoga for every stage of a woman's life! She also hosts the Caversham Red Tent - a women's social circle where we talk about all the things you really want to know about. She is also starting a new Dancing for Birth class in September for pregnant women to stay active while expecting, receive practical antenatal education and most of all have fun! Visit to find out more. For regular class updates and free resources, click here.

By Tessa of, Sep 9 2014 02:19PM

To celebrate the start of the Well Woman Yoga class on Thursday 18th September, I am giving the winner four FREE classes of your choice (Well woman, Pregnancy or Postnatal).

To win all you need to do is visit the Facebook page ( Then Like the page (if you haven't already) and Share this post with your friends. **You need to write in the comments box that you have shared the post to be in with a chance of winning**. Those who attend the class are in with an equal chance of winning since I will get my daughter to pick the winner at random!

GOOD LUCK and I hope to see you all at a class soon. Click here for details of what makes Well Woman Yoga special!

By Tessa of, Jun 17 2014 11:56AM

Do your yoga classes make recommendations for you during menstruation, or nourish you during pregnancy or postnatally, or take account of you breastfeeding or your being perimenopausal? No? Does this never come up in the classes? Do you have to push yourself through strong practices at certain times of the month or when your energy is lower?

If you've said yes to any of the above, I recommend you read Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli or search out someone who has trained with her (either for pregnancy, postnatal or well woman yoga). Her book provides the history of how yoga has been held by a male lineage in many traditions, and describes how many practices are essentially masculine in nature despite the larger proportion of women teaching and attending yoga classes. There are also some lovely practices and stories in the book. Worth every penny!

Also, see her website for details of retreats and workshops.

By Tessa of, May 20 2014 10:05AM

From our first breath to our last, our breathing continues automatically. So why, when a woman is nearing the birth of her baby does she need to learn how to breathe? Usually our breath is unconsciously controlled by the lower centres of the brain stem, but we are able to use the cerebral cortex, the site of cognitive function, to overrule these lower centres. One of the main reasons for learning breathing techniques is that conscious breathing can alter our experience of pain. Changes in the rate and depth of respiration produce changes in the quanitity and kind of peptieds released from the brain stem. This is called the 'peptide-respiratory' link by Candace Pert, a researcher. When endorphins are released, our sense of pain is diminished.

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