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Yoga for Mamas-to-Be

Every Tuesday 17.30-18.30 and Friday: 12.00-13.00 


The session includes gentle exercises, relaxation and breathing techniques and exercises that encourage the baby to be engaged into the pelvis.

Aims of the session:
  • Promotion of wellbeing and boosting your energy.

    Strengthen your body and feel better.

  • Improving your body’s circulation.

    Physical exercise boosts your blood flow. Exercises should be gentle but regularly practised.

  • Promotion of relaxation and calmness.

    Emphasis is given on free abdominal breathing and breathing techniques in order to communicate with your baby.

  • Relief from backache, constipation, distended abdomen and oedema.

    Exercise helps in pain relief, stimulates the muscles and therefore your intestine.

  • Preventing excessive gain weight.

    Physical exercise helps you in having and maintaining a physiological weight.

  • Improving your sleep.

    Exercise improves the quality of your sleep and reduces stress.

  • Strengthening your muscles, boosting your endurance and cardio.

    Physical exercise in combination with a balanced diet can make you feel stronger and less tired.

  • Improving your posture.

    By exercising the muscles of your back and abdomen, your body has a better posture and is relieved from myosceletical pains.

  • Based on recent studies, physical exercise in pregnancy leads to lower rates of Caesarean Section.


Engagement techniques are exercises that encourage the baby´s head to be engaged in the pelvic floor.

Relaxation and breathing techniques help you connect and communicate with your baby, trust your body and be physically and emotionally prepared for a natural birth.


Recent studies related to physical exercise in pregnancy have shown the following benefits:

  • More gentle labour.
  • Reduced length of the 2nd stage of labour.
  • Reduced rates of Caesarean section.
  • Faster physical recovery after labour.
  • Reduced rates of hypertension in pregnancy.


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The sessions are led by
The sessions are led by yoga instructor Niki Haya (
Every Wednesday and Friday: 10.00-11.00 and Thursday: 17.30-18.30
Every Tuesday 17.30-18.30 and Friday 12.00-13.00
Participation fee
Contact us for more details.

IROIS, Alexioupoleos 1 and Leoforos Vouliagmenis, Argyroupoli, Athens, 164 52

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