5 Weeks Course
Mindfulness & Pregnancy Course
starting on May 15th, wednesdays at 10 o'clock
Mindfulness During Pregnancy
Practicing mindfulness is a way to make room for all of your experiences. Mindfulness is opening to the present moment and to the way things really are. You observe your feelings, thoughts and emotions with a friendly attitude and without judging yourself or your experience. You can practice mindfulness through meditation, but also during your daily activities. By allowing yourself to be just as you are you can create space in your mind and heart to feel connected with yourself and your baby.
Being mindful is a way of seeing clearly what you need and being able to take care of yourself. When we don't pay attention to our experiences we can easily continue all of our activities on auto pilot. In that way we might push our boundaries. Through mindfulness meditation you learn to listen to yourself and your needs.
The Course in short
This course offers traditional mindfulness and self compassion practices combined with teachings about pregnancy and birth. During the sessions we practice meditation by being mindful of the breath, the body, thoughts and feelings. Topics related to pregnancy and childbirth will be addressed, like how to take good care of yourself, how to deal with change, emotions and dealing with pain during the proces of giving birth. By calming the mind and being fully present in the moment, you're able to connect with yourself and your baby.
Mindfulness during pregnancy can:
• Relieve feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
• Help cope better with pain and anxiety in labor.
• Help to enjoy and live in the moment.
• Worry less and being able to relax more.
The course includes:
• 5 sessions of 1 hr 45 minutes
• Meditations and teachings
• Guided audio files for practicing at home
• Course handouts
Suitable for complete beginners, and at any stage of your pregnancy.
Tessa is a trained and qualified mindfulness teacher (MBSR Category 1), and a mom of a little girl. She had been practicing and teaching mindfulness for a while already when she got pregnant. No matter how mindful she felt, being pregnant, giving birth and becoming a mom were all experiences with so many unexpected sides to it that it felt as if she was starting all over again. And that is what mindfulness is about in a sense, letting go of expectations and starting fresh in any and every moment. Looking at reality as it is, instead of how we want it to be. “Meditation and mindfulness can help to acknowledge that you feel scared, worried or exhausted at times. It can help to cultivate compassion and accept that not everything can be perfect all the time. Having a baby comes with great insights and teachings about life. Mindfulness is a wonderful way to support the impressive transitions that you go through and to help to really enjoy the 'little’ moments.”
The course consists of 5 lessons of 1:45 hour each on the following dates: Wednesday 10 o'clock on May 15th, 22nd, 29th & June 5th, 12th; at our Aalsmeerweg location. The cost for the whole course is €150 per person and space is limited so please book in advance. Contact us if you have any questions.