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Yoga teacher

Zena, a passionate teacher who discovered yoga over 13 years ago at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London went on to complete her Sivananda Yoga teacher training in 2003. Zena spent a year teaching at the Sivananda Centre in Putney. In 2006 whilst pregnant with her first baby, she qualified with François Freedman at Birthlight for Pregnancy Yoga and later with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli at Sitaram for Postnatal Yoga. In 2008 Zena began teaching pre and postnatal yoga privately as well as at the Mother & Baby Clinic in Chelsea.

At the end of 2009 Zena and her family moved to Oxford and set-up her yoga studio in Islip where she teaches a number of general Hatha Yoga (BWY) classes as well as other classes at various locations across Oxfordshire including Teen Yoga.


Yoga is one of the best ways to exercise during pregnancy. A gentle, safe way of keeping toned and supple without strain, keeping aches and pains at bay, energy flowing, relaxing the mind and body, preparing for the physical demands of childbirth and motherhood.

We recommend beginning classes following the 14th week of your pregnancy and continuing throughout, once or twice a week in order to gain maximum benefit.

During classes Zena will guide you through an integrated mix of breath work, postures and relaxation. Classes involve holding postures passively & mindfully, encouraging softness, deep internal release and developing flexibility & breath. By bringing both the passive and dynamic postures to our practice we become calm and energised, increasing our healing potential, promoting harmony, and improving overall vitality.

At the end of the class is a 15 minute final relaxation (Yoga Nidra) when you get a chance to really let go and deepen your connection with your baby and mother nature. We look at different ways you can rest using cushions and bolsters, (that will really help if you are finding it hard to sleep at night) – all mums to be love this, for some it’s the only chance they get to really relax their body and mind!

Benefits of pregnancy yoga: · Helps keep the body supple without strain · Helps boost energy · Can relieve minor aches and pains (e.g. swollen joints, constipation & heartburn) · Can relieve stress and anxiety · Helps relaxation and restful sleep · Improves posture thus improving lower back pain · Strengthens pelvic floor muscles · Promotes better connection with your baby through breathing exercises · Can be used to relieve pain in labour and childbirth

Women in full time employment are entitled to paid time off work to attend yoga classes. We encourage expectant mothers to exercise their right to this time off work. For further details of the legal obligation of employers to pregnancy, please see: http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/03.htm

Please visit www.satyayoga.co.uk for more information

Zena offers classes at Eau de Vie every Friday morning 10-11.30am. Please see our Yoga Classes page for more information.

Zena Kidd-May offers Yoga Classes - Pregnancy Yoga - and is a self-employed practitioner based at Eau de Vie Oxford

Please make sure that you are able to pay with either cash or cheque, your payment goes directly to the therapist that treats you, Eau de Vie cannot take a card payment for your treatment

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