The mission of Yoga for Two is to provide exceptional prenatal and postnatal yoga, fertility yoga and interactive partner birth workshops as well as childbirth education opportunities for woman and their families in the childbearing years. In addition, we now have baby massage workshop series and offer pregnancy & postnatal massage consultation/sessions at your home.
Prenatal yoga helps you centre yourself through postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and conscious relaxation (yoga nidra). Your teacher will provide a wealth of information about the physiology and the experience of being pregnant. The pregnancy yoga classes also provide a safe and supportive space to connect with other pregnant women.
Yoga for Fertility
Yoga for fertility is a safe gentle practise inspired by Hatha yoga with a focus on deep relaxation, guided visualisation and breathing to trigger the relaxation response. Fertility yoga classes at ‘Yoga for Two’ include gentle and dynamic movements that will stretch and strengthen your body, and are safe to practise at any time during your treatment. The deep relaxation practises that are used in the fertility yoga class may help reduce stress levels.
The link between infertility and stress are complex and not fully understood but cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, can interfere with ovulation. Lowering stress levels and having a positive mood and outlook can increase the odds that fertility treatments will work.
Massaging your baby can be a relaxing, bonding time for you and your little one. Infant massage helps foster a healthy self esteem and increases bonding between parents and their babies. The baby massage workshop at ‘Yoga for Two’ is also a nice way for mums to meet and connect with other mums in the area.
Mums and Bubs
Our postnatal classes help smooth the transition into mother hood, help you connect with your baby through massage and help you reclaim your post pregnancy body.
Interactive Birth Workshop
Our partner workshops help couples prepare for the birth of their babies using yoga postures, the breath, visualisations and relaxation techniques. We provide additional educational resources to empower both pregnant women and their families.
Pregnancy and Postnatal massage
‘Yoga for Two’ offers both pregnancy and postnatal massage. While a woman is pregnant her body undergoes numerous changes physically as well as physiologically and spiritually. The physical changes can cause stress and discomfort to the mother. Pregnancy massage is a wonderful way to help alleviate many of these discomforts as well as promote a sense of wellbeing.
The postnatal massage may help relieve tight and restrictive muscles from the hard work and intensity of birthing your baby. Postnatal massage soon after the birth of your baby can aid recovery by increasing your circulation and cleansing toxins like lactic acid from your muscles. Postnatal massage aims to soothe both body and mind and to help with your birth recovery both physically and emotionally.
"The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept,
to doubt, and open to all the possibilities."
Richard Baker from introduction to Zen mind,
Beginner’s Mind by Shunryo Suzuki
Midwife ♦ Yoga Teacher ♦ Massage Therapist
Jenny McFarland has been working as a midwife for 18 years. She has a Bachelor of Health Science in nursing and studied Midwifery at Ipswich hospital in 1992.
She has been practising yoga since her first pregnancy 16 years ago and has completed her yoga teacher training with ‘My Health Yoga’ in Brisbane.
Jen has worked as both a child birth educator and as a child health nurse in Canberra, Cairns and Brisbane and has worked as a volunteer in a shelter for homeless pregnant girls in Vietnam. She has a Diploma in remedial massage and a certificate in pregnancy massage.
Jen feels that her understanding of yoga would be far less if she had not had the good fortune to meet her wonderful teachers Bonny and Carrie-Anne, who were always inspirational and totally believed in the many benefits that were available through the practice of yoga.
The word yoga derives from the Sanskrit yuj, which means ‘to join’, ‘yoke’ or ‘coming together’. The practice of yoga is a union of the soul, the mind, the emotions and the physical body. So taking a prenatal yoga class is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby when you are pregnant. When yoga is practiced regularly, we develop an understanding of our own nature, our physical bodies become more subtle and strong and balance can be established in all parts of our being. Taking a regular prenatal yoga class will help alleviate some common pregnancy discomforts including;
- Nausea and vomiting
- Leg cramps
- Hip pain
- Varicose veins
- Shortness of breath
- Sciatic pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
The class will help to improve your sense of wellbeing and will help prepare you for the hard work of labour.