BCT Member Courses

These courses are provided by BCT members for BCT members. They are aimed at helping you discover and develop new skills and interests.

The teachers of the courses are certified instructors in their professional field. All BCT Member Courses start with one free class to give participants the possibility to test the course. While the trial sessions are open to non-BCT members, the BCT Member Courses are exclusively for BCT members.

To become a member and benefit from all our activities and services JOIN US here.

For further information about upcoming BCT Member Courses, check the events page in Small Talk magazine or see below.

These workshops are held at Imagine in Wezembeek-Oppem.

If you are a BCT member and would like to offer a course to other members, please read and fill in the BCT Member Course Guidelines and Form. (It is an editable PDF you can simply fill in and send to the address stated in the guidelines. You will need to be a member and be logged in to the website to open the PDF.)

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BCT Member Courses

PILATES

Imagine

Fridays, 1 – 2 pm

Pay-per-session course, starting 12 January with a FREE trial session for first-timers

Run by Pilates Instructor Marie Mackay, this is a popular, effective, fun and baby-friendly course (immobile babies are welcome) for all those that want to get back into – and maintain - shape quickly after having a baby. The benefits of Pilates classes are many. Designed specifically to target those problem areas that mothers face after pregnancy, these classes are conceived to firm-up + strengthen the body's core muscles in order to create a trimmer and sleeker silhouette. By creating a "girdle" around the middle you will have greater strength in the back + stomach muscles and will even increase arm strength to help cope with all the bending and lifting required with a new baby. Pilates will also help to improve posture, it can do wonders for overall conditioning as well as de-stressing and helping for relaxation.

Cost per session: EUR 15

Places limited so bookings essential. Please contact directly Marie.mackay.pilates@gmail.com, GSM: 0473 311911

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Postnatal ‘MUMMY-AND-ME’ YOGA 

Elzenhof Community Centre, Kroonlaan/Avenue de la Couronne 12, 1050 Ixelles

11.30 - 12.30 pm on Wednesdays starting 10 January (first session = free trial)   

For whom is the class? For all mums from 5 or 6 weeks post partum (and +/- 8 weeks after a caesarean) Mums bring their little ones along and may participate up until their little ones start crawling.

No yoga experience necessary.

What’s the difference between this class and the postnatal yoga class WITHOUT babies? Both classes are great opportunities to meet other mums.

In the postnatal class WITH babies we do baby massage, baby yoga and only very light exercise for ourselves and the focus is on mum and baby bonding and fun together with our little ones and other mums.

This class is a simple way to connect both emotionally and physically with your baby and get back into exercise.  This is a unique class because babies are involved in every activity, where they are constantly learning, not just passively spectating during your yoga session.

In the postnatal class WITHOUT babies, the focus lies on us as mums, feeling comfortable in our bodies again, relaxing, having a moment to ourselves, regaining energy, strengthening our pelvic floors, backs and shoulders and getting back to exercise and in shape.

When can I start?

Recommended from 6+ weeks post partum (8+ weeks after a caesarean) depending on when your doctor gives you the okay to do exercise. Mums may bring their babies along until they can crawl.

What can I expect?

Postnatal yoga will give you an opportunity to nourish and care for your body through focused stretches and mindful breathing exercises, which is especially important after carrying a baby for nine months and then giving birth!

It stretches and strengthens your muscles. The gentle movements and mindful breathing that are integral to yoga boost abdominal strength and activate the pelvic floor muscles, which aids recovery from giving birth. Classic poses will help open up the shoulders and chest you rely on for all of the rocking and cradling you do in the first few months with your baby. It helps you and your new baby bond. Yoga is a healthy, playful activity you can enjoy together.

And for the babies?

  •   · Yoga helps develop motor and sensory skills. The simple stretches and poses can help your baby gain self and environmental awareness. Experts believe that early activity can help your little one develop voluntary movements, which can build a strong foundation for sports, dance and exercise later on in adulthood.
  •   · Yoga further aids in digestion. Apanasana, or knees-to-chest pose, has been shown to alleviate constipation, gas pains and colic (which is often caused by gas).
  •   · Finally it promotes better sleep.

This course has been running successfully for BCT members since September 2017. It is run by internationally certified yoga teacher Johanna Roodt, who has been a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher for adults and children since 2013 and a pre- and postnatal yoga teacher since May 2017.

Cost: 55 euros for 5 sessions or 12 euros per session

Booking is essential.  Please email Johanna directly yogafamilybelgium@gmail.com

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NEW class: Family Yoga = Mum, Dad and Baby Yoga!

Elzenhof Community Centre, Kroonlaan/Avenue de la Couronne 12, 1050 Ixelles

1-2 pm every Saturday, starting on 13 January (first session = free trial)   

We have been thinking, and why should postnatal yoga only be for mums and babies?  We will therefore start running yoga classes for mums, dads and babies (from 5 weeks after birth until they start crawling)!

What will happen at the class? It's a great bonding experience with your partner and baby and a great way to meet other young families! For the first part of the class, parents will massage their little ones and do exercises with them to help with blood circulation, digestion and motor skill development.

After that the parents will do a few yoga exercises incorporating the babies as much as possible. These exercises will be fun and light exercise for the whole family!

So, dads, feel free to come with your little ones and give the mums an hour off! Mums feel free to come with your little ones and give the dads an hour off :D Lastly, mums and dads feel free to come together and bring your little ones along! No yoga experience necessary.

Cost per session: 12 Euros per class if only one parent comes along (11 Euros if you buy a 5-class-card) or 16 Euros for both parents (15 Euros if you buy a 5-class-card). Babies come free of charge.

Join in at any point, but email us in advance at yogafamilybelgium@gmail.com

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POSTNATAL YOGA : Mums W I T H O U T babies

Elzenhof Community Centre, Kroonlaan/Avenue de la Couronne 12, 1050 Ixelles

2.15 pm - 3.15 pm on Saturdays, starting 13 January (first session = free trial)

Another chance for mums to do postnatal yoga but WITHOUT babies - to do something just for themselves!

For whom is the class? For all mums from 5 or 6 weeks post partum (and +/- 8 weeks after a caesarean) depending on when your doctor gives you the okay to do exercise.

Mums may participate up until their little one is 1.5 years old.

No yoga experience necessary.

What’s the difference between this class and the postnatal yoga class WITH babies?

Both classes are great opportunities to meet other mums. In this class, the postnatal class WITHOUT babies, the focus lies on us as mums, feeling comfortable in our bodies again, relaxing, having a moment to ourselves, regaining energy, strengthening our pelvic floors, backs and shoulders and getting back to exercise and in shape.

In the postnatal class WITH babies we do baby massage, baby yoga and only very light exercise for ourselves and the focus is on mum and baby bonding and fun together with our little ones and other mums.

This course has been running successfully for BCT members since November 2017. It is run by internationally certified yoga teacher, Johanna Roodt, who has been a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher for adults and children since 2013 and a pre- and postnatal yoga teacher since May 2017.

Cost: 55 euros for 5 sessions or 12 euros per session

Booking is essential.  Please email Johanna directly yogafamilybelgium@gmail.com

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PRENATAL YOGA: from 14 weeks of pregnancy until 40+ weeks

Elzenhof Community Centre, Kroonlaan/Avenue de la Couronne 12, 1050 Ixelles

3.30 pm - 4.30 pm on Saturdays, starting 13 January (first session = free trial)

Come and meet other mums-to-be, ask questions, connect with your little one, keep fit and healthy, breathe, relax and prepare for the birth!

No yoga experience necessary.

What can I expect?

  •   · Relaxation, breathing techniques, stretching, connecting with the baby and birth preparation for mums-to-be.
  •   · Prenatal yoga further helps with the little pains of pregnancy (e.g. pelvic floor, rips, hips, lower back, sciatic nerve, cramps…).
  •   · It also connects mums-to-be with other mums-to-be all in a safe, friendly, homely environment.

This course is run by internationally certified yoga teacher, Johanna Roodt, who has been a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher for adults and children since 2013 and a pre- and postnatal yoga teacher since May 2017.

Cost per session: 12 Euros per class (11 Euros per class if you buy a 5-class-card)

Join at any point, but email us in advance. Please email Johanna directly yogafamilybelgium@gmail.com.

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NEW! Yoga for mums and dads (kids stay at home) 

Elzenhof Community Centre, Kroonlaan/Avenue de la Couronne 12, 1050 Ixelles

4.45 pm - 5.45 pm on Saturdays, starting 13 January (first session = free trial)

Who is the class for and what happens? All parents of kids of any age (0 months – 18+ years of age) welcome! You might come because you have back or shoulder pains or because you want to get back to exercise slowly or because you need a moment for yourself to relax, recharge your batteries and breathe etc. This class will be enjoyable for any parent who is looking to stretch, strengthen their muscles, relax, exercise and have fun with other parents.

Everyone welcome, no matter how old your kids are!

No yoga experience necessary. We will do exercises that are both great for men and women.

The level of difficulty of the exercises will be adjusted to each week’s participants.

Come and see for yourself how great yoga feels!

Cost per session: 12 Euros per class if only one parent comes along (11 Euros if you buy a 5-class-card) or 16 Euros for both parents (15 Euros if you buy a 5-class-card).

Join at any point, but email us in advance. Please email Johanna directly yogafamilybelgium@gmail.com.

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