Charity 'mums and babies' yoga raises £200

August 31 2018
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MUMS have raised more than £200 for a charity which helps women who suffer from perinatal and postnatal depression.

More than 50 mums - and their babies - flocked to the sensory garden in Page Park for a special yoga session.

The money will go to Mothers for Mothers, a local charity which support families affected by depression and anxiety during pregnancy, following birth and up until their child reaches school age.

Maria Viner, CEO of Mothers for Mothers, came along and shared information about the work and services that the charity offers.  

Clair McGill, from Lush Tums Bristol, who led the session, said: "During the school holidays my usual mum and baby yoga courses are suspended so that I can spend time with my own children. I wanted to do a one off session in the park to bring as many mums together as possible and thought it would be a great opportunity for us to raise money for Mothers for Mothers."

Clair, who lives on the border of Downend and Fishponds, said perinatal depression is a subject close to her heart: "Many of the women I come into contact with through my pregnancy and postnatal yoga classes are affected in some way. I too suffered from postnatal depression following the birth of my first child seven years ago. 

"For many women having a baby not only changes your life beyond recognition but also changes you in ways you you were not prepared for. It can be a scary time and the pressure to appear the perfect parent with the perfect baby can leave people feeling alienated."

It was her own experience of postnatal depression which led Clair to becoming a yoga teacher.

"I had practised yoga for many years before becoming a mother but following the birth of my son, yoga took on a new significance for me. I found that the time to myself on the mat really helped give me some head space and muted my endlessly chatting mind. I always came away feeling rested and yet energised. Understanding how breathing can affect your nervous system and moving your body can help rinse cortisol from your muscles and help release endorphins, it is no surprise how wonderful it felt following nights of broken sleep and the endless carrying and lifting."