Aqua Natal and Baby and Toddler Swim Classes
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About Aquatic Harmony
Hello, I am Hayleigh welcome to Aquatic Harmony's website.
How we came about...
Whilst pregnant with my daughter in 2010, I discovered the benefits of both Antenatal Yoga and also the weightless feel of swimming. However, I found that the pool was often crowded and noisy and not an ideal environment in which to just float, relax and bond with my baby.
Whilst qualifying for the STA baby and preschool teaching qualification, I discovered the Birthlight Aqua Yoga programme which offers Pregnant and postnatal woman an opportunity to be part of a class which can assist and prepare them emotionally and physically for birth. Relaxation and breathing techniques combined with adapted yoga movements, offer a great tool for pregnancy and labour, whilst Postnatal Aqua yoga assists in "closing the body”, toning, relaxing and bonding with your baby.
On hearing how Aqua Yoga has helped many woman through their pregnancy, birth and beyond, I was inspired to train as a Birthlight Aqua yoga teacher. To be taught by Francoise Freedman, the founder of Birthlight, was truly inspirational. Her experience of living with indigenous families in the Amazon and with over twenty years of developing and creating practices encompassing yoga techniques, has proven to be so beneficial to pregnancy, birth and those all important first years of life.
The Birthlight approach was exactly what I was looking for in baby and toddler swim classes and so we have carried out the Birthlight baby aquatics training, which is well-known for being a gentle, child-led, progressive technique in baby swim and focuses on baby and parent bonding, safety and water confidence.
Aquatic Harmony has grown over the years and we now teach around ninety ladies per week in our aqua natal classes and over 150 babies per week in our baby swimming lessons, We have six lovely teachers who are all STA baby and pre-school trained, DBS checked, life guard trained and our aqua natal teachers are Birthlight trained and lifeguard trained. Our teachers are all passionate about what they do and we love using our knowledge and wisdom to develop our skills to pass onto our swimmers and aqua natal ladies.
From the Birthlight website...
The Birthlight technique is either accredited or professionally recognised and all teachers have undergone rigorous training and follow a stringent code of practice.
Aqua Yoga is a unique series of exercises developed by Françoise Barbira Freedman over many years.
It combines the therapeutic and buoyant nature of water with the energising and harmonising effect of yoga.
If you have any questions on how Aquatic Harmony can benefit you or your baby, please feel free to contact us
or call 07789 852729
Or find us on the Birthlight website
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Aquatic Harmony Team
Karen is one of our lovely baby swim teachers and has been with us since 2013! Karen attended baby swim with her first daughter Ellie and enjoyed many terms with us. We offered Karen a position with us and she has been with us eversince! Karen attended our aqua natal classes with her second pregnancy and cannot believe how more relaxed her second birth was and puts this down to attending our aqua natal classes. Karens youngest daughter Ava also attends our baby swim classes at the Hilton Hotel, both love being in the water. Karen is a qualified STA Level 2, SAFT, Safe Guarding children, fully DBS checked and Aquatic Harmony trained.
Myki is one of our lovely Birthlight aqua natal teachers covering our Aztec Hotel and Penny porter classes. Myki attended our Aqua natal classes at the Aztec Hotel when she was pregnant with her son Cyrus from around 14 weeks through to 40 weeks and loved it so much she decided to train and join us! Myki is fully Birthlight, STA SAFT and Aquatic Harmony trained.
Our lovely teacher Ceara attended our baby swim classes when her son was just 8 weeks old. Ceara competed in swimming from a young age and is a natural in the water. Ceara joined our team to teach our Hilton Sunday classes and her son still attends classes with our teacher Karen. Ceara is STA level 2, SAFT, Safe guarding children, fully DBS checked and Aquatic Harmony trained.
Emma is one of our lovely baby and toddler swim teachers and covers our Sunday classes at Pennys. Emma has been teaching with us since 2015 and is a level 2 in baby swim, SAFT, Safe Guarding and DBS checked. Emma also teaches older children and adults swimming and if Emma isnt teaching she is studying at University.
The Lovely Emma has been with us for around four years. Emma bought her eldest son to our classes from a very young age and enjoyed baby swimming for many years. Emma joined Aquatic harmony to teach babies and also attended our aqua natal classes whilst she was pregnant with her daughter. Emma then trained to become one of our Aqua natal teachers and teaches our central Bristol classes at the Grand Hotel. Emma is fully qualified in BirthlightNatal Aqua, STA Baby and Pre-school (Level 2), STA SAFT, Safe guarding Children and fully DBS checked.