Yoga for Women
YogaBellies® is a genre of hatha yoga which has evolved and grown over the past decade, around the yoga practice needs of women. Cheryl MacDonald, founder of YogaBellies®, created Luna and CorePlay, to offer yin and yang style yoga for women at every life stage.
These online classes are perfect for beginners, more advanced yogis and even the yoga curious.
Want to deepen your feminine yoga practice?
YogaBellies EMPOWER™ is our unique yoga teacher training and personal empowerment programme.
It's for all women at every stage of life.
You don't need to be a yoga teacher already to join!
NUTURE® by yogabellies
NURTURE® by YogaBellies was created to support mothers immediately post-nataly, which is traditionally a time when we were supported by ‘the village’ - a community of women around us, such as grandmothers, aunts, friends and neighbours. In today’s society, women tend to be left home alone with their baby while their partner goes out to work.
Without this community and support, we are suffering: More and more women have postnatal depression and suffer feelings of guilt, self-loathing and disappointment that they cannot fulfill their role like other mothers. The myth that women are supposed to raise a baby single-handed is one we wish to dispel. That’s what Nurture classes are all about.
YogaBellies® for Pregnancy & Birth
Our prenatal sessions incorporate traditional yoga asanas (postures); self-hypnosis and deep relaxation; soothing comfort techniques for birthing and unique YogaBellies® touch therapies for mum and baby. These classes are open to all women and 86% of our students have never set foot in a yoga class before. We have a whole host of studio therapies that have been custom made for pregnant women.
YogaBellies® for Mum & Baby
At YogaBellies for Mum and Baby, we don’t “put baby in the corner” while you practice yoga. Our exclusive post natal classes incorporate baby yoga postures for your little one too so that they can practice with mum! As every aspect of your life will include baby now, we help you integrate baby into your yoga practice, while feeling the benefits of yoga for you too. You will also learn breath awareness and relaxation techniques, which help to increase energy levels and allow you to relax while with baby - yes it is possible!
YogaBellies® for Mum & Toddler
YogaBellies for Mummy & Toddler takes off where YogaBellies for Mum & Baby finishes up and incorporates a hatha yoga class for mums and their mobile babies (from 18-36 months.) All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome along with their little people.
PS: Did you know Fearne Cotton is a fan of our Mum and Toddler classes?
YogaBellies® for little angels
These classes incorporate elements of yoga, massage, movement and music and continue the mum and baby bonding process while encouraging baby to express their new found creativity and freedom of expression.
These are generally taught as group classes and last around 45-60 minutes. The class includes yoga postures and dry massage strokes as well as stories, music, singing songs, rhymes and heuristic play. These elements together help baby’s vital development.
These classes encourage parents to just go with the flow instead of trying to keep baby still, allow them to roam the room and explore – the room becomes your yoga mat.
This programme has grown as our YogaBellies teachers children have grown, with our babies now at nursery and school, and encompasses all the things that this age group love in a super duper yoga class…
YogaBelliesKidz sessions are written in line with the UK National Curriculum for Excellence and can see children journey through space, dive deep in the depths of the ocean, meet the Romans, meet exotic jungle animals and much much more!
These sessions are active and interactive with a typical class involving movement, music, mime and relaxation, instilling an early interest in personal health and wellbeing and teaching children to proactively deal with stressful situations in a positive way. YogaBelliesKidz sessions are typically 40 to 60 minutes long.