Online Prenatal Pilates Class with Shapes Studio Founder Paola Langella

Here at Seraphine, we are thrilled to be working with Paola Langella, Founder of online Pilates studio, Shapes. Paola is offering a free taster Prenatal Pilates class exclusively for Seraphine customers!

With winter drawing in & many of us locked down once again, now could be the perfect time to explore online fitness options. Take the free 20 minute class & read on to find out a bit more about Paola & her Pilates philosophy below.

Free Online Prenatal Pilates Class (20 Minutes)

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Meet Pilates Instructor Paola Langella

Paola Langella - Pilates Instructor & Founder of Shapes Studio

1) Tell us a Little About Your Background – How Did You Get into Pilates?

My background is in dance. I studied Ballet for 10 years in Italy before moving to London.

I discovered the healing powers of Pilates after suffering a serious neck injury caused by a fall when my dance partner slipped. As part of my rehabilitation, my doctor suggested I explore the Pilates technique to strengthen the muscles of the neck and shoulder area. After a few sessions I felt much better, and once I understood the whole concept of Pilates (alignment, control, breathing), I was hooked.

I believe Pilates is a miracle for the body and I felt called to share this amazing technique with the world. After becoming a certified instructor in 2014 I taught for well-known studios in London as well as working with osteopaths to help rehabilitate their clients.

For the last two years I have taught clients one-to-one in my private studio in Notting Hill. And last year I launched, an online studio that helps people achieve their best shape physically and mentally, wherever they are in the world.

2) Is it Safe to Practice Pilates During Pregnancy?

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Prenatal Pilates can provide a safe workout for women in all stages of pregnancy. A few of the exercises are modified in order to ensure safe and comfortable movements for both mother and child, with emphasis on strengthening the back, exercising the pelvic floor, and increasing flexibility.

Of course, every body is different, and the repetitions and positions differ according to the individual’s stamina, stage of pregnancy, and bone structure.

Shapes Studio offers a Prenatal Pilates Package for £20 per month, which provides access to the prenatal videos as well as access to the Nutrition and Lifestyle Categories with tips to achieve a balanced lifestyle, managing stress, and improving diet.

3) And What About For Post-Pregnancy?

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After receiving the green light from your doctor to start exercising, Pilates is great for postnatal women as it provides a gentle, but effective workout. As well as stabilising and working all the small muscles of the body, postnatal Pilates focuses on reactivating the pelvic floor using the Pilates breathing and controlled exercises.

Certain positions will be avoided initially, and care needs to be taken to avoid overworking the back. Pilates helps rebuild stamina and can help to alleviate stress. The body will recover quickly if the workouts are consistent.

4) As a Qualified Nutritionist, Do You Have Any Tips For Pregnant Women?

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To prenatal women, I would say that establishing your baby’s gut microbiome starts before birth. A balanced microbiome can help build a strong foundation for your baby’s own gut health.

A few of the best ways to improve gut health are regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and enjoying a balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals, and fermented foods.

A probiotic supplement can also help, though you should consult with your doctor to confirm what type and dosage of probiotic (if any) is best for you.

5) Any Final Words of Wisdom?

Paola Langella - Prenatal Pilates Instructor & Founder of Shapes Studio

I believe consistency is key. If you can find five minutes to spare each day, use them for exercise. If you’re consistent, you will gradually set your standards higher and before you know it, you’ll be exercising for 20-30 minutes daily.

Also, health is not just about diet and exercise. A healthy lifestyle needs to be achieved by both the food we eat and the other ways in which we nourish ourselves, like a good exercise routine, a job we love, fulfilling relationships, a spiritual practice, financial security, exploring new things that stimulate our brain, joy, creativity, home cooking.

It is important, for prenatal women in particular, to have a balanced lifestyle during this amazing journey in order to make healthier food choices for yourself and your baby.

Join Shapes Studio

Paola Langella - Pilates Instructor & Shapes Studio Founder

The most popular user category on Shapes is the full annual membership, which provides access to all the classes – Dynamic, Cardio, Prenatal, and stretching.

I include a complementary 45-minute Health Consultation for all new Shapes members, so we can pinpoint areas you want to work on and help you achieve a flying start.

Olympic Champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill’s Top 3 Tips for a Fit Pregnancy

Coming back to win her third world championship title in Beijing just 15 months after welcoming her first son Reggie, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is an expert when it comes to training through pregnancy & postpartum recovery.

Here at Seraphine, we are delighted to be partnering with the Olympic champion heptathlete & mum of two & her new fitness app @jennispregnancy.

Jessica Ennis-Hill Talks Training Through Pregnancy

Staying active through pregnancy is a fantastic way to prepare your body for the challenges of labour. We caught up with Jessica to find out some of her tops tips.

1) Jennis Pregnancy – a Tailored Pregnancy Workout Program

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The Jennis app was developed by Jessica & her team, based on her experience of training before, during & after pregnancy. The app provides 3 separate programs, tailored for general fitness, fitness during pregnancy & postnatal recovery.

It offers a range of fun workouts that are easy to follow at home, with options tailored for all abilities & fitness levels as well as every stage of pregnancy.

With Jessica guiding you through the sessions, it’s almost like having her as your own personal trainer! We think it’s the perfect fitness companion for women at every stage of their journey into motherhood.

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2) A Supportive Sports Bra

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“One of the most important things while you’re training during pregnancy is having the support of a good sports bra.” – Jessica Ennis-Hill

At Seraphine, all our sports bras are designed to offer the optimal level of support for pregnancy as well as easy nursing access – perfect for after baby arrives.

3) Comfortable Maternity Workout Clothes

“Having clothing that fits you well can make you feel happier when you’re training, so hopefully you feel that you can do a little bit more.” Jessica Ennis-Hill

Like Jess, we believe that when you feel comfortable & confident in your workout clothes, you’re more likely to work harder & come away from your session feeling positive & energised!

We have a fantastic range of maternity activewear, all designed to be comfy, breathable & to grow with your changing body.

Browse the full maternity sportswear collection online today.

Seraphine X Brit Williams Prize Draw: Perfect for Your Active Pregnancy

Staying active during your pregnancy is the perfect way to prepare your body & mind for the challenge of labour.

This week we’ve teamed up with top personal trainer & new mum Brit Williams to offer you the chance to WIN the ultimate prize for an active mama:

Mind Body Bump by Brit Williams & the Seraphine Active Kit

1) The Seraphine Active Kit

2) Brit’s new book – Mind Body Bump


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About the Active Kit

The two-piece active kit includes a sporty racerback tank top & matching maternity workout pants.


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Made in breathable, high-performance stretch fabric, these are the perfect pieces for your active pregnancy & beyond.


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About the Book


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“I wrote Mind, Body, Bump because it was the book I wanted to read during my pregnancy.

So many sources told me what was happening to my body and my baby, but none told me what it meant with regards to my training, nutrition or mental wellbeing.

I want women to feel as empowered as they do enlightened.” – Brit Williams @FitBritCollective


Find out more about the book

Divided by trimester, the book offers a month by month breakdown of what is happening with your body & the kind of workouts that are right for each stage.


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Pregnancy Workouts for Every Trimester with Anna Saccone & the Active Kit

It’s crunch time for those New Year’s Resolutions mamas – can you believe we’re over halfway through January already?

Stick to your fitness goals throughout pregnancy & after with the Seraphine Active Kit.

And check out Vlogger & mama of 4, Anna Saccone’s pregnancy workouts tailored to each trimester!


Meet the Seraphine Active Kit

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The 2-Piece Active Kit is designed to keep you moving throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

Featuring a comfy pair of workout pants & a matching racerback tank top, it is the ultimate gym kit for hard-working mamas.

AND when you buy the active kit, you can get 15% off of any Seraphine Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra to wear with it. Just enter the code: ACTIVE15 at the checkout.


Anna’s First Trimester Workout

Exercising While Pregnant: Is it Safe?

Yes, exercising through your pregnancy is safe, healthy & 100% encouraged.

If you led an active lifestyle before becoming pregnant, you should be fine to carry on with your regular workout routine.


Anna’s Second Trimester Workout

Whether that’s jogging, spinning, pregnancy yoga, aerobics, Pilates, weights, swimming or something else – just be careful and don’t push too hard.

Your aim at this stage should be to maintain your current level rather than trying to reach peak fitness.

Of course, it’s best to talk it through with your doctor before beginning any new pregnancy workout routine.


Anna’s Third Trimester Workout

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Be sure to let your instructor know that you are pregnant before the start of any gym class.

And If you start to feel off at any point, just stop and take a break. Now is not the time to be testing your limits.

Whatever pregnancy workouts you choose for your nine months, make sure you’re having fun and feeling strong.


To see more from Anna, follow her on Instagram @annasaccone

Spiritual Fitness: Kundalini Yoga for Before, During & After Pregnancy

Kundalini yoga is a fantastic way to keep fit, fight stress and boost your mood.

It can help to keep you centred during early pregnancy & can even help to ease postnatal depression. Read on to find out more about this ancient practice.


What is Kundalini Yoga?

Originating from ancient Tibetan practices, this kind of yoga combines asana (postures), breath, meditation, mantras (chanting) and mudras (hand positions). It works directly on the nervous system and the glands to encourage positive brain chemistry.

Regular practice develops fitness, spirituality, positivity and creativity.


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Kundalini Yoga During Early Pregnancy

In normal circumstances, women can practice this form of yoga up until the 120th day of pregnancy (end of the 4th month). After this, it is generally recommended to switch to a specific pregnancy-centric yoga class.



How can it help combat postnatal depression?

Kundalini yoga expert Harmanjot Kaur claims that regular practice can help to rebalance the hormonal system after pregnancy, boosting oxytocin and dopamine. It also helps to bring the body back into shape and helps new mums to create stronger bonds with baby.

Kundalini practitioners believe that for the first 40 days after a baby is born, the aura of the mother and newborn remain closely intertwined. Harmanjot explains that this kind of yoga works on that magnetic pathway to increase connection and communication.


If you’re interested in finding out more, check out Harmanjot’s website.

You can also purchase her new DVDs Kundalini Yoga for Happiness and Health.

Pregnancy Exercises & Safe Training Tips with Physiotherapist Ailish Toomey

Ailish is a top physiotherapist & running guru with Six Physio in Fitzrovia. She is an expert in the ways of safe training and pregnancy exercises, AND has specialist knowledge when it comes to pre & post-natal exercise!

To celebrate the launch of our brand new ACTIVE KIT – 4 sporty essentials for active mamas – we caught up with her to ask a few questions about how to exercise safely through pregnancy and beyond.



1) Tell us a little about your background! What made you choose physiotherapy & why do you love it?

I’ve always been quite sporty and interested in how the body works. I love my job as I get to help people feel better and what’s not to love about that!


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2) Us preggos are often advised to take it easy & put our feet up through pregnancy. Which is great for a little while, but soon gets boring for those of us used to an active lifestyle. What’s your advice?

The general rule is to maintain the fitness that you have pre-pregnancy for as long as you can but not to try and get fitter. However, during the first trimester a lot of women feel particularly tired and nauseous so it’s important to respect this and not push yourself just for the sake of it. It is also very important to respect any niggles as these can escalate quicker when you are pregnant as a result of the different hormones in your body.



3) Do you have any special tips for us mamas who like to run? Is there anything we should be thinking about taking extra care of?

Your pelvis goes through changes as pregnancy progresses and this needs to be assisted by certain muscles, in particular the glutes (bum) muscles. I would suggest that you start a glutes strengthening programme to do alongside a running routine. It is also very important to keep on top of your pelvic floor exercises. You have the extra weight of the baby for the pelvic floor to support so they need to be good and strong.

Oh and as the baby gets bigger, it is quite common to need to stop off on your runs to use the loo so make sure you know where they are!


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4) What other forms of pregnancy exercises would you recommend for mums-to-be?

Swimming is fantastic as you can keep it up throughout the entire pregnancy. Lying on your tummy is something that pregnant ladies often miss so swimming is a nice way of getting your fix!

Pilates is another great way to keep strong and supple in the right areas. Working on arm strength and upper/mid back mobility will help for when the baby arrives for all the lifting and sustained postures while feeding.


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5) What about after baby is born? Do you have advice for mamas wanting to get back in shape post-pregnancy?

Generally there is a six week rule: take it easy for the first six weeks. Walking is fine to do and is encouraged as it’s nice to get out and about with the pram. With running, I wouldn’t suggest it until after 10 weeks. Again however, glutes glutes glutes, it’s important to ensure the glutes are nice and strong to support the pelvis as it changes shape again.

The rules are slightly different post C-section and more care will be needed with regards to getting back into exercise – your midwife should take you through this.


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6) Would you recommend massage through pregnancy? (Please say yes!)

Haha, yes, pregnancy massage is a great idea and I think is such a nice treat. The body goes through a lot when pregnant so why not give it a break. I would seek out someone with specific pregnancy massage experience. Some places even have beds with space for the bumps so you can lie on your tummy!!


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7) Now enough about us… We hear that as well as being a keen marathon runner, you are also a triathlete! How do you do it? What’s your secret to staying motivated?

Yes, I love running, and encouraging people to run. Running, if done correctly, can be done until a great age with no ill effects. We’re hearing more and more about 90 year olds still running marathons which I think is just fantastic!!

When it comes to motivation, it always helps to join a club and make friends with people who exercise. It becomes social then and a lot less daunting.


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If you are interested in finding out more, or booking a session, you can find Ailish & the Six Physio team at their new Fitzrovia office.


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