Due to frequent travel overseas and other commitments uschi is currently not offering any classes in Dunedin.

Pregnancy Yoga in Dunedin

Pre-natal yoga is an opportunity for you to take time out from the demands of daily life, to relax, exercise and most importantly connect with yourself and your baby.

During Pregnancy your body is going through great changes physical, hormonal and mental. Many women report feeling tired, out of sorts and emotionally upset. Pregnancy Yoga at BirthCircle with its integral approach is ideal to help you develop a sense of deep calm, connection and confidence in yourself. 

Our classes are suitable for all pregnant women, fit or unfit, experienced in yoga or total new comers. The classes are catered to the needs of the participants, class size is small (max 12), and teaching style is gentle and supportive.

Take time out for yourself and your baby and 

  • learn how to safely stretch and strengthen your body in preparation for birth and improved well-being during pregnancy
  • practice good posture to alleviate physical discomforts and keep your back healthy
  • tone and stimulate the digestive and endocrine (hormonal) system for healthy body functions
  • use mindfulness practices to create emotional and mental harmony
  • befriend your breath, so it can support you well during labour
  • use regular practice of deep relaxation and visualisation for a positive birth experience and bonding with your baby

Each session is 75 min long and incorporates physical exercise, breath awareness and deep guided relaxation/or mindfulness practices tailored to the needs of the students. The yoga sessions beautifully augment the BirthWorks Antenatal Classes.

Classes are taught by Uschi, a certified yoga & meditation/mindfulness teacher, certified BirthWorks® Childbirth Educator and mother of two now grown up children. Uschi has been teaching pregnancy yoga in Christchurch for many years. Read below some of the testimonials from previous students in Christchurch.


for more info or bookings please contact Uschi at info@birthcircle.org or call m: 0273600238.



“There are surely benefits around learning all the breathing techniques* and exercises valuable for pregnant women, advice on how to find a better position when sitting/squatting/lifting up heavy things etc, there are big benefits around meditation that we do - it's just magical. But for me the most important benefit is meeting Uschi and talking to her, the way she sees pregnancy and childbirth contributed to my confidence and positive way of seeing the future way more than any books, articles or videos I've watched, and any other people I talked to.”
“I really think that your classes helped me through the birth and were a huge reason as to why i didn't use any pain relief.”
"Before I began pregnancy yoga I was afraid of giving birth, it was something that I believed would be the most painful experience I would ever have to face, and that I had to birth at Christchurch Women’s as things would go wrong and that pain relief was essential.  Uschi’s classes not only prepared my body physically, but more importantly opened my mind to the reality that this was a completely natural process, my body was designed to do this and that it was only my mind preventing it from it being one of the most beautiful and empowering experiences of my life. I am now just days away from giving birth and instead of facing this time with fear, I await with excitement and curiosity as to how far can I push myself physically but now more so, mentally. My resolve: To birth with my body and not with my head. “  ... “ I did have an amazing, drugfree and unassisted waterbirth. ”
“I thought I would drop you a line to say that I really enjoyed the yoga yesterday. I have been creating some energy blockage in my hips and pelvis and having bad dreams and last night I had the best night sleep I have had in weeks! No dreams and my hips and back have not been hurting. Big sigh.”
“I loved how the sessions were so relaxing. The breathing* of course helped tremendously during labor. I loved the ending of the session, the journey through the body, that was extremely relaxing. It was nice to meet other pregnant ladies interested in yoga. I wish I lived in Christchurch or closer to yoga classes I would continue on going. They told me in the hospital it was good I had an open mind to all the things that happened to me, and a determination to breast feed. They were impressed I was even able to get my milk supply in with all that happened. I think yoga really teaches that, to let go and experience things and to work through them. I'm very glad I was able to find your class. Thank you for having it."
“Knowing that my yoga instructor had been through the pregnancy and childbirth experience herself gave me a lot of reassurance."


* I want to clarify here that you don't need to learn special breathing techniques to use in labor or during contractions. Your breath will respond instinctively to any given need at the time;  just as it does when you exert yourself in day to day life, e.g. breathing more deeply when carrying a heavy load up some stairs. What you will practice in class is breath awareness, relaxed deep breathing and calming breaths. Over the months you will gain practice in recognising how your emotional and mental state effects the way you breathe and you will be able to use the tools learned in class to ground yourself, relax and become more focused.  When in labor fear might threaten to take over at times you can remind yourself to take a few deep relaxing breaths and settle into a slow soft rhythm of breathing between contractions. This will inhibit the fear and stress response allowing you to soften, relax and recharge.