Feedback on Alexa’s Classes
Amy, February 2017
Hi Alexa! We welcomed our daughter Evelyn into the world – and I wanted to thank you so much for all your advice during our yoga classes. I used so much of it during labour – all of the breathing exercises, as well as lots of the positions – and it meant I was able to stay at home until I was 7cm which felt like an achievement! Your classes were wonderful during pregnancy, and proved invaluable during labour. Thank you.
Elizabeth, February 2017
I just wanted to say a big thank you for the past few pregnancy yoga sessions that I’ve attended at Evolve with you. I really enjoyed the classes – they were so relaxing and taught me lots of helpful stretches – I always feel MUCH better on a Monday night thanks to you! Thanks again, and hope to see you again in the future – I will also recommend your class to my friends who are expecting.
Dia, January 2017
Dear Alexa, I’ve been wanting to write to you for months!
I gave birth to a baby boy ‘Reef’ end if August 2016. It was an unplanned home birth, and it was a beautiful experience, and I feel I have you (and my wonderful midwife and husband) to thank for that.
I was nervous about the birth because I had a negative experience with my first, Leila. It was a very medicated birth and we felt we lost all control over the way things happened unfortunately. I had a few panic attacks with the second, but attending your class every week helped me so much. Not only to relax, but also to gain confidence and empowerment. Your energy and constant mantras are beautiful successfully convinced me that I can do this positively and all will be OK.
That 3 minutes exercise was super useful! I used the way we learned to breathe during labour and sincerely felt I was in control of the contraction (to a certain extent ofcourse it was still hard work ). And when I gave birth I was in a position that we practiced together and so my body felt comfortable with the way I moved etc..
Although our plan was to go to the midwife lead unit I just felt things were progressing too fast and felt comfortable to stay at home. I was with the ‘birch tree’ team, don’t know if you know them but Paola was great and so positive, and it was all done in 3 1/2 hours, and a 4.3kg little Reef!
Anyway I really just wanted to thank you with all my heart for your contribution in this, it would not have been the same without you. Much love x.
Tilly, December 2016
Baby Anna Clementine arrived on 1st December which was actually her due date. We had decided to keep our options open and hired a birthing pool in case we wanted to stay at home but in my rational mind I thought we might always end up at the midwife led unit at Kings. In the end the decision was made for us!
My labour started at 1am and for the first four hours I sat on my birthing pool and we watched some TV. I was able to use my Hypnobirthing and yoga breathing to feel very relaxed during this time. When things became more active I got in the bath and stayed there for a few hours. Things then became very intense very quickly and between 7am and 8.30am my surges were coming every other minute. I was on all fours hissing and horse lipping which helped me remain really calm. I kept thinking in my mind the line you say in your little poem ‘help me to surrender to the power of birth’ and I just let go. We called the midwife and she could hear me and told me husband to start setting up the pool. When she arrived I was still on all fours and she just sat outside the room and listened to me. At this point I was feeling the urge to push and there was no way I was going to hospital! I got in the pool around 9.30am and by this time the other midwife arrived and they both just sat outside our lounge and I went with my feelings to push. They did listen to baby and me when they needed to but it actually was very intimate with me and my husband. About 90 mins later Anna was born!
I can honestly say I enjoyed labour and felt so calm throughout. I was able to squat and open my hips really widely in the pool because I’d been active throughout my pregnancy. This paid off as Anna was 9lbs 11oz and whilst I did have some tearing I came off well.
It has been amazing meeting other ladies at your classes and you really instilled me with the confidence to be calm and embrace pregnancy and labour with excitement.
Hope to come to your baby massage classes in the New Year. Much love.
Lucy, November 2016
We’re delighted to welcome a little girl into our family. Eve was born on Wednesday night, weighing 7lbs 8.5oz. My partner finally consented to a home birth. I rested in the afternoon, had supper with my parents, watched some tv, had a bath, and she was born. At one point in the bath I thought this was a really beautiful way to give birth – a candle, some yoga birthing music, my husband by my side. The transition from opening to wanting to push was much quicker than expected and my waters broke, I got out of the bath and within 10 mins she popped out. It was so quick unfortunately my husband was on the phone trying to rush the midwife here. And because they weren’t here the paramedics had to be called. So it wasn’t a terribly peaceful end, and not ideal for my husband, but I never felt out of control or anxious. It was amazing to catch her (I was standing up) and to be in our bed afterwards with her. I used the hissing noise on all fours for the opening phase, and the vowels on all fours in the bath when it got more intense. Thank you – I didn’t manage to use my breathing techniques much last time (which was still a lovely, natural birth, but I didn’t feel on top of it) – and these were perfect. I really enjoyed your classes (and in the dark with the lights the room felt so nurturing and womb-like!) You’re a font of knowledge and a great advocate for having (or trying to have) the birth you want. Thank you.
Rachel, May 2016
Alexa, your classes were the absolute stand out thing in my pregnancy that helped prepare me and my husband for birth and now beyond. Thanks to your weekly advice and sharing of your experience we were able to navigate through the tough decisions with confidence.
Only a day after you told us about the transition stage being the hardest- (it being the point at which when I would doubt myself and ask for an epidural and my husband would look at me at see my fear) did it happen to us. And thanks to your sharing of your experience was I able to prepare him, and he able to in turn, keep me breathing through the pain on all fours on the floor.
We couldn’t thank you enough!
Liz, March 2016
Alexa’s pregnancy yoga classes have been truly inspiration for me in this special time. I have felt the benefits on all levels, mind, body and soul. Alexa teaches with passion, knowledge and love for what it truly means to be a woman and a mother, with honesty and openness to help guide you through the journey of pregnancy and into birthing your child, in whatever space that may be – so that you are educated, informed and relaxed.
Sharice, November 2015
Alexa’s pregnancy yoga classes provided so much more than I expected to gain; discussing various experiences of pregnancy and our expectations of giving birth we got lots of advice and guidance as well as a really enjoyable and soothing yoga practice which was varied and dealt with all the aches and pains of pregnancy. I always left the class on a high and I feel it was big factor in my thoroughly enjoying my pregnancy.
Lindsey, September 2015
I’d never done yoga before pregnancy but after my first class at 16 weeks I was hooked. Alexa creates such an enjoyable experience from the lighting and the music in the room to a relaxed atmosphere where you can interact with other ladies in all stages of pregnancy, and start to connect with your baby. The yoga classes are varied, adaptable to how much you want to do and Alexa’s advice and knowledge about all things pregnancy and labour is incredible. I absolutely used her techniques during my labour and her music was the soundtrack to my son’s birth. Tuesday nights were a special part of my pregnancy journey. I highly recommend it.
Caitriona, August 2015
I met a friend a few days before my little boy was born and she mentioned how calm I appeared about the upcoming labour and birth. Looking back, I attribute that calmness to feeling as prepared as possible and part of that preparation was the antenatal yoga I did with Alexa. I used to look forward to my class and being with all the other mums counting down to full term. And I used to love how much better my upper back felt afterwards! Alexa was always kind and interested and each time I went along I felt I was looking after myself and also being looked after.
My son is nearly crawling and I now do yoga with him next to me (for how much longer I don’t know!) At the end of every practice I hold him in my arms and remember when I used to put my hand on my bump at the end of antenatal yoga and I think about what a long way we’ve come. Thank you, Alexa, for some great memories!
Clare, December 2014
I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for all your advice during our classes. I honestly had the easiest, most relaxed labour. I could hear your voice in my head throughout and was so calm, little Jonathan nearly arrived at home, then in the taxi.
My waters broke at 05:45, just before Ben’s alarm went off and after the first full nights sleep in weeks. I was examined at 11:00 to confirm my waters had indeed broken, which they had. I was feeling slight contractions and was 2cm dilated at this time. We arrived home at midday and Ben went shopping for lunch! By 13:00 my surges gently started and I went in to my little relaxed bubble and I had 2 paracetamol. By 15:00 I asked for the tens machine, I now know this as being my transition! At 15:30 we called triage as I felt the urge to push! Ben was told to call a taxi and if we couldn’t get one then an ambulance! We arrived at hospital after me telling myself repeatedly not to push. We were examined at 16:00 and were 10cm dilated plus 1 as we were very much crowning. I was put in a wheelchair, taken to a room and literally thrown on all fours. With 3 pushes little Jonathan James was born at 16:08! You were with me all the way Alexa. Thank you so much. We didn’t even have gas and air. We literally rode the surge and breathed our little boy out. I have no idea how many times I heard in my head in your accent ‘with each surge I am one step closer to meeting my baby’. :). You have no idea how much that helped.
By midnight we were home with a beautiful baby boy. I do hope to see you again to thank you in person.
Sarah, November 2014
I could not thank Alexa enough for the peace and serenity she gave me during my pregnancy and labour. Having started the classes after my 12th week scan, i never stopped till the due date. Alexa is a wonderful teacher, and her classes gave me a lot of tips to remember at home and during labour. It helped a lot as well to relieve back pain. It was such a pleasure to go and enjoy her class every week, even though I was tired from work, I felt so much better and relaxed after! A big thank you Alexa, I already miss your classes!!
Ruth, November 2014
My yoga breathing and the positions you taught me really were a huge help whilst I was in labour, so thank you. I loved coming along to the class each week, it felt like such a special way to bond with my baby and to take time out from a busy work life. The classes were always so relaxed and friendly, I’m not surprised they are so popular.
Lynn, October 2014
I started the pre natal yoga class from around 14 weeks pregnancy with twins. My last class was just a couple of days before giving birth to my twins Carl and Lumi. I loved that every class started with some tips for natural birth and a healthy pregnancy and the exercises were wonderful. This helped me a lot getting ready and prepared for labour. Thanks so much, Alexa!
Vanessa, September 2014
Alexa, a short thank you note to say how much I have enjoyed your yoga classes. As a yoga novice I found the classes very beneficial and relaxing and as a mum novice I learned loads from you. I am excited about meeting my baby and feel sure the yoga has helped in my relaxed mindset. Thanks!
Lucy, August 2014
I really enjoyed your classes and it has been fantastic to be able to pick up yoga again. It was lovely to meet you and also meet a few people in London, it really helped towards helping me feel a little more at home here, and keep fit! Thank you for everything.
Rhian, July 2014
I attended Alexa’s yoga classes from around 20 weeks pregnant. I found them wonderfully relaxing and it was great to be able to do some exercise with the bump! Alexa is a great teacher – very understanding and knowledgeable. I always left the class feeling reinvigorated and very positive about the upcoming birth! I found the techniques taught very helpful during labour. I would definitely recommend this class whether you have done yoga before or not.
Cordelia, April 2014
The only sad thing about having my baby is not being able to attend Alexa’s incredible yoga classes with other pregnant mummies. I attended the classes from about 28 weeks pregnant right up until I gave birth and found I could do most of the techniques and any I found a little tricky Alexa adapted for me and so it was always a comfortable and mindful experience for me and my bump. I formed a lovely friendship group with the girls in the class and ended up holding some of the classes privately at my house with them, which was such a special experience. Alexa is a fantastic teacher and goes above and beyond with help and advice for new mums to be, from positions, which help with digestion and swelling to practical advice in the labour room. I can’t speak highly enough of Alexa and her experience and anyone who is lucky enough to attend her classes are in for a real treat.
Julie-Anne, April 2014
I attended Alexa’s pregnancy yoga class from around 16 weeks right up to my due date. I was astounded by the difference it made to my own sense of physical, mental and emotional well being throughout my pregnancy. The classes were energising yet still gentle enough to be relaxing, making them a wonderful aid to sleeping, especially in the final weeks of pregnancy. Alexa made each participant feel welcome and valued by asking about their well being at the start of each classes, which I personally felt enriched the experience for everyone. I was also practising hypnobirthing techniques which I would recommend is used in conjunction with this class as they seemed to complement each other very well. A great pregnancy yoga class, suitable for all fitness levels.
Charlotte, January 2014
I attended Alexa’s Pregnancy Yoga class from around 17wks to 30wks. Initially I missed the fast pace from my normal Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga routines, however as time went on, I felt the benefit more & more and realised the different excercises helped relax myself & the baby. Once we began our NCT classes I discovered I was really quite well informed on many topics due to the time I spent in Alexa’s classes. The discussions/top tips/group chats proved really useful & informative, and it was reassuring to find out I was already aware of the key positions to aid the baby’s position prior to, and during labour. I now practice a similar routine at home to maintain a healthy body & mind, all based on what I learnt during each class. Thank you Alexa!
Fiona, November 2013
I’m a big fan of yoga – I teach as well, so it means a lot to me. I tried out a few classes around London to find the right one for me and I stopped at Alexa’s. Her teaching really touched me, wonderful energy and warmth. I had no feeling of being on the London treadmill – the production line was left behind for a while. Alexa creates a space for calm consideration, somewhere to let go and share. Her experience as a doula means that all the movements she incorporates to her classes will serve you during birth as well and because she knows what your body and mind will go through her sensitive targets make everything feel really great. I recommended her to my antenatal class and my midwives and friends who were pregnant too and everyone who went loved it too. So treat yourself 😉 Don’t just stop at the nearest yoga class you find – it might be worth seeking out one of these classes… Congratulations and good luck from another new mother!
Sharon, November 2013
I attended Alexa’s antenatal classes for much of my pregnancy and really missed them when we moved out of London towards the end of my pregnancy. I found the classes, which Alexa tailored to the needs of the group, simultaneously relaxing and energising – I always slept well after them and woke up refreshed the next day. They provided a good opportunity to meet other ‘mum’s to be’ & to share experiences.
A very beneficial and enjoyable class.
Melanie, July 2013
I would like to say a big thank you for the pregnancy yoga classes I attended with you. I gave birth to a boy in June and the yoga classes were very beneficial. They helped with my breathing and relaxing during the pregnancy, labour and delivery (and also post pregnancy!). The positions you showed us during the classes were great for stress relief during labour. Also the chats at the beginning of class discussing various questions or topics were very informative and personal.
I can highly, highly recommend Alexa’s pregnancy yoga. It was great to do some gentle exercise throughout my pregnancy and I always left the classes feeling relaxed and refreshed. Thanks again.