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Ingrid's yoga for pregnancy classes, which I attended until I was into my 43rd week, were amazing. Each week, they provided me with time to pause amidst a busy life to really focus on the incredible thing that was happening inside me, and to prepare me both physically and mentally for giving birth. Ingrid is both gentle and calm, and inspirational too, and helped make my pregnancy the wonderful experience that it was. I also attended a number of reflexology sessions with Ingrid to encourage my son to make an appearance. Most importantly, Ingrid helped me to continue to believe that my son would come when he was ready, a belief that was being shaken by the doctors and midwives and their insistence that I should be induced. She, like I, firmly believed that it was my body, my baby and my birth, and it was wonderful having Ingrid to support me in the way she did.
- Liza (lawyer)
If I could have picked my birth out of a catalogue I would have chosen the one I got: Contractions started at about 5pm and Lucy was born, naturally and with no pain relief or stitches, just before midnight. The midwife wasn't even in the room until just before her head was delivered! I am absolutely certain that I would never have managed that without Ingrid's inspiring classes. Physically I am sure the yoga (and the raspberry leaf tea, and the perineal massage - both of which she introduced me to) helped enormously, but what Ingrid gave me was much more than that. At no point during the birth was I afraid, and throughout I had complete confidence in my body's ability to labour and give birth naturally and calmly. Ingrid, with her calm nature, and her complete openness about birth gave me that confidence and I will always be grateful to her. Getting to her classes (from week 14 to week 41!) was an hour's journey by bus and tube each way for me and I will be doing it again for number 2!
I haven't had an opportunity to thank you for all of your advice, guidance and care throughout all three of my pregnancies. You helped to make my pregnancies thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling and you gave me so much confidence that I could have a happy birth at home and feel in control. Each of your classes were an opportunity to stop and concentrate on the utter magic of the growing baby. This was so important for my second two as it is so impossible to find time for the 'bump' when there are other kids running around! For each of the births I could almost hear your voice going through the breathing exercises (I still think you should make a relaxation CD!) so thank you so much. I feel very lucky to have found you.
I cannot praise the classes enough. I recommend them to everyone who is pregnant and those with babies. I believe that the yoga classes I have taken prepared me mentally and physically for the wonder of giving birth and motherhood. A totally empowering experience, thank you. Keep up the good work you are an inspirational teacher who imparts knowledge in the most tender and positive manner, thank you.
- Marie Louise
Although I only had a few classes with you before you went on maternity leave I wanted to thank you for your words of wisdom on pregnancy and birth. As a first time mum I have my fears and worries but you always made me feel so calm and I am looking forward to a beautiful birth myself!
Dear Ingrid, I remember you often and just how much goodness you brought not only to my but to lives of whole my family while I was pregnant and coming to your classes. Our little boys have brought us nothing but happiness and a sense of wonder over life and its beauty. I truly believe that part of this happiness we owe to you as you taught me how to stay balanced and calm when needed. So in a way you are and always will be a part of our family!
I feel the yoga was invaluable to both births and very relaxing and reassuring during the pregnancy. It gave me the confidence to give birth at home, the ability to go into myself and feel at ease and obviously good instruction as to the best positions. But crucially the breaths that we had learned came instinctively and when the midwife was held up in traffic and Benjamin was on his way out, I managed to stay calm and hold him in (not push) for at least 20mins. Thank goodness!!!! I think my husband was getting ready to deliver! I feel that both births were amazing experiences - I feel so lucky and also so whole as a woman being able to deliver her children as I wished and as nature intended. That can never be taken away.
“The senior registrar said that she had never seen such a thing in her 25 years of service at the hospital. Thank you so much Ingrid - because of you this yoga move has now gone down in history at Kings as a way to turn the baby!”
‘It may be a cliché to say but meeting Ingrid has changed my life. Her perceptive powers are extraordinary and she has a calmness that stays with you long after you have left her room. She gets to the heart of the matter. 5 years ago it looked very unlikely that I was going to ever be a mother but here I am typing this while my 3 beautiful children sleep upstairs. I think her insightful help and kind support are the reasons why I was able to conceive naturally, have wonderful pregnancies full of a lot of joy and have natural births at home. She has guided me through each of my pregnancies but not only that, she has also imparted some wonderful wisdom to me on what it is to be a mother. She inspired me to train as a Baby and Toddler Yoga Teacher with Birthlight (a wonderful organisation which every parent should know about) and this has led to me researching and finding out more about the emotional development of children. I feel indebted to her as I know that I am a better parent because of my conversations with her. Ingrid is a truly inspiring woman. I feel very lucky that I have had the great pleasure in entering into and journeying through motherhood with her. I thank you from my heart for all that you have given me.’
- Hannah (Teacher/Researcher)
I took Ingrid's yoga classes from my 12th week of pregnancy right up to the birth of my 1st child and subsequently Ingrid provided invaluable support and advice with my 2nd pregnancy on having twins. Ingrid gave me the belief, knowledge and confidence to be able to have the most natural birth I could dream of (water birth with no pain relief at all). Ingrid is the most exceptional and inspirational person I know. She has the most wonderfully gentle and supportive way of teaching and it allowed me to believe that I really could give birth the way I wanted to. I would love to get pregnant again just so I can have Ingrid's wonderfully warm support around me!
- Henrietta (mother of 3!)
I have had a much, much quicker recovery than with No 1. No tearing this time, hurrah! And after only 4 days I'm hardly experiencing any discomfort! I am sure a lot of this is due to the yoga and to that whole thing about having the right size baby for your size pelvis. Anyway, thank you so much for all your wonderful support, wisdom and kindness.
Just being in your company makes me feel better as you are such a calming, nurturing person. Sometimes when I find it difficult to fall asleep I recall your voice taking us through the relaxation phase of our yoga sessions. More than any other tutor I've had, I found your sessions the most relaxing/informative.
I can say that the yoga was more than helpful for me. I think practicing it every day made me very relaxed (I was sleeping between contractions in the pool) and lucky me, I did not have any stitches. I just love being a mother.
I began attending Ingrid's pre-natal yoga classes at week 14 of my pregnancy and continued up to week 39. I only managed about one self-practice session a week but in the final month I was doing about 20 minutes of the exercises each day at home. The class was also important in giving me the space to think about the baby and try to connect with her, which was hard to do when working and doing things like decorate the house. It was also the one night a week that I left work on time and got home afterwards to a really good night's sleep.
"I really enjoyed your classes and it definitely helped me focus on my breathing as well as using some 'figure of 8's, hoola hoops and being on all 4's' during labour. I also found the classes extremely informative, relaxing Â and helpful!"