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Sensory Processing Yoga

Sensory Processing Yoga

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses and an individual may exhibit clumsiness, poor motor skills and behaviour difficulties as a result of their sensory systems becoming over responsive to sensory input or under responsive so they want to seek out more.

The yoga of pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

Pregnancy Yoga DVD

This Pregnancy Yoga DVD has yoga classes and training videos which will help you enjoy the changes in your body and prepare physically, emotionally, and spiritually for childbirth.

The Yoga of Pregnancy DVD

The Yoga of Pregnancy DVD:

Connect with your unborn child through your mind, body and breath.

Turn your focus inward, connect with your growing child, and make your pregnancy the most wonderful and memorable time of your life …

Pregnancy is such a unique and wonderful time of life, and the yoga classes and training videos in this program will help you enjoy the changes in your body and prepare physically, emotionally, and spiritually for your new life ahead.

Whether you’re new to yoga or even if you’ve practiced for years, you’ll learn new practices and insights to help you find a purposeful connection with your own body and your child.

Focusing on creating a conscious union with the growing baby in utero, this DVD introduces a practice of meditations, yoga, and affirmations that reflect the developmental and physiological changes taking place both inside and outside the womb. The DVD enhances the experience of pregnancy and prepares mothers physically, emotionally, and spiritually for child birth and motherhood. Beginners to yoga as well as regular practitioners will learn unique approaches and proper techniques that initiate a healthful, purposeful connection with the mother’s own body and with their unborn child.

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The Yoga of Pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

The Yoga of Pregnancy DVD


Prenatal Yoga Training Course

I have just given a prenatal yoga training course to a lovely group of yoga teachers at the wonderful Yoga Garden at Storrington in West Sussex.

My teachings draw on my book and DVD of The Yoga of Pregnancy :

Focusing on creating a conscious union with the growing baby in utero, this detailed guide introduces a practice of weekly meditations, yoga, and affirmations that reflect the developmental and physiological changes taking place both inside and outside the womb. The book enhances the experience of pregnancy and prepares mothers physically, emotionally, and spiritually for child birth and motherhood. Beginners to yoga as well as regular practitioners will learn unique approaches and proper techniques that initiate a healthful, purposeful connection with the mother’s own body and with their unborn child

The course was a two day workshop covering

  • Prenatal Safety
  • First Trimester
  • Second Trimester
  • Third Trimester
  • Postpartum

The aim of the course is to give yoga teachers confidence to safely teach yoga to pregnant women and to explore the ‘Yoga of Pregnancy’ in its broadest sense and help their students  to
Connect with their unborn child through their mind, body and breath.

Namaste x

prenatal yoga training course

prenatal yoga training course






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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Course

I am holding a two day Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training workshop at the beautiful Yoga Garden in Storrington, Sussex on the 5th & 6th July.

Please contact Nina at the Yoga Garden if you want to join me :-)

Mel Campbell x

Author of The Yoga of Pregnancy book and DVD


Sensory Processing Yoga

As I near completion of my advanced practitioners post certification in Sensory Integration, I see my rekindled love for Occupational Therapy complimenting my love for Yoga and my two paths merging into one; Sensory Processing Yoga.

For the past two years I have been working with children with sensory processing difficulties. 

Defined by the spdfoundation.net :

Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or “sensory integration.”

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses and an individual may exhibit clumsiness, poor motor skills and behaviour difficulties as a result of their sensory systems becoming over responsive to sensory input or under responsive so they want to seek out more.

The sensory systems involved are typically vestibular (movement), proprioception (body awareness) and tactile (touch) resulting in an individual having difficulties such as poor balance, coordination, and/or be over or under sensitive to movements, have difficulties knowing where their body is in space and have poor discrimination to touch. Due to their heightened sensitivity to sensations or as a result of their motor based difficulties an individual with SPD is more often than not in a constant state of alert..fight/flight or freeze.

Yoga helps to bring them back into their bodies and learn to breathe, regulating their arousal levels and helping their central nervous systems relax. Through practicing yoga, the asanas have so many wonderful benefits which help support the vestibular, (movement) proprioceptive (body awareness) and tactile (touch) sensory systems that can support an individual get back into their body and feed into their functional skills (that’s my Occupational Therapy hat!). I know me one of the main reasons I practice yoga is that is puts me in the right frame of mind to face the world, puts me back into my body and gives me the permission to be – is just seems to make sense.

For example, how can we teach someone to write (Occupational Therapy world again) if they have no idea what up/down/under/over feels like in their body (that’s proprioception -body awareness!!)?

Practicing Sun Salutations incorporates these movement, as we move through the poses we go up, down, forward, backs which support the vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems and by using the breath through this sequence we help to calm the nervous system and regulate ourselves to help us get ready for the world.

Here is a modified version of the Sun Salutations (suitable for the first and second trimester if you are pregnant):


5 Best Yoga Pregnancy Poses

If you don’t have much time, these are the 5 best yoga pregnancy poses I would recommend you do!

A Breath for Labour

Malasana

Malasana - Squat or Garland Pose. This pose helps to open up the hips and is a great pose to practise Kegel exercise and pelvic awareness exercises as well as the birthing breath and breath for labour. Ensure your hips and knees are at 90degrees and you are supported using cushions or rolled blankets.
(It is advised not to practice deep or unsupported squats after week 34 of pregnancy or once the baby’s head is engaged).
Birthing Breath for Labour

Baddha Konasana – Cobblers Pose

Baddha Konasana – Bring the soles of your feet together and support your thighs and knees with cushions or rolled blankets. During pregnancy your body produces relaxin, a hormone which naturally relaxes and stretches your connective tissues in readiness for labour, therefore to ensure there is less strain and over stretching whilst in this pose, bring your feet away from your perineum to make a larger diamond shape.
Again, you can use this pose to practise your pelvic floor and breathing exercises.
 
5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Warrior II

Warrior II – Feeling strong and courageous are essential elements as you begin to contemplate the birth of your baby and prepare for labour. In this pose be that fearless goddess your are and cultivate feelings of strength, vigour, power, bravery and resolution. Feel the support of mother earth beneath you, supporting you and  lets the fire of a warrior breathe through you, feeling it ignite your whole being.
5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Cat Sequence 1

5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Cat Sequence 2

Cat /Cow - As your pregnancy progresses you may undoubtedly experience lower back pain, due to blossoming belly, shift in your centre of gravity and change in hormones.  To get into Cow Pose, inhale as you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze upwards toward the ceiling. Widen your shoulder blades and draw your shoulders away from your ears. To help relieve any discomfort the Cat and Cow pose can help lubricate the spine and ease tension. You can always add a pelvis rotation to get into the swing of spiralling the hips, you never know you may return to this during labour!
5 best yoga pregnancy poses

Balasana – child’s pose

Child Pose – Resting, ahhing, breathing, ahhing, Time to contemplate and be quiet. To often we try to fit so much into an already congested schedule and being pregnant is not different. Time creeps up on you and before you know it you are writing your birth plan and packing an over night bag.
In the first trimester it is vital you don’t over do, since the fotus is laying down its foundations and your is making its own adjustments. In the second trimester your may be feeling re-energised so ready to take a rest in the third trimester despite feeling pulled to ‘nest.’ Child pose gives you the permission to be quiet to breathe and simply enjoy being with your baby, as you continue to practise of The Yoga of Pregnancy, breathing, mediation and asana.
You could add a sixth pose which is the Birthing Breath which I have covered in a previous blog (& it’s on page 63 of my book ‘The Yoga of Pregnancy’).
The yoga of pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

The Yoga of Pregnancy DVD by Mel Campbell

yoga and pregnancy from www.yogawithmelcampbell.com

The Yoga of Pregnancy Book by Mel Campbell


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