I have been practising yoga since 2010 and I have been hooked ever since my first class.At the end of 2015 I became pregnant with my daughter, right in the middle of my yoga teacher training! I absolutely loved my yoga practice and I must admit that I found the physical changes and limitations of pregnancy quite challenging, added to a full time job and the requirements of the teacher training course syllabus. It wasn't until I was 7 months pregnant and on a retreat in France that I finally admitted to myself that I was going to have to let go of the old me and embrace the new me which meant starting specific pregnancy yoga classes on my return - I immediately kicked myself for not joining sooner! I pretty much decided there and then that as soon as I could, I would start to teach mums to be so that I could pass on the wonderful experience that I had in those classes and to give them time to really embody the techniques that are so useful for labour, birth and motherhood.
In 2017 I undertook Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training at Whitespace Studio with the incredibly knowledgeable and talented Dawn Wright, who is a student of Uma Dinsmore Tulli who really is the main voice in pregnancy and women's yoga. The course was really thorough and based on up to date research as well as years of experience and a live teaching exam. I love to read about all things pregnancy related and am always looking for ways to add to my knowledge and understanding.
After the birth of my daughter in 2017 I felt that there had been so much that I did not know about the birth. I had taken the approach that my body would know what to do on the day and would be able to just get on with it as long as I listened to the medical professionals around me. To some extent that is true, your body is definitely designed for the job, but I was left with the feeling that if I had known more about what was happening I would have been able to get out of the way of my body and let it get on with it. I began to read everything I could on birth and knew that next time it could and would be different. Cue 2019 and pregnant with my son I took a hypnobirthing course with my husband (more for his benefit than mine!) and I began to prepare for the big day. The birth was fantastic - hard work, yes, but fantastic nonetheless. The contrast between my two birth stories is something that I often hear, I was unprepared first time around but the knowledge i had by the second time made all the difference. Preparation really is key.
With this first hand knowledge of how different your birth experiences can be I trained with Katharine Graves in August 2020, at a time when due to the fast changing COVID rules hypnobirthing is more important than ever to empower and prepare women for birth.
Hypnobirthing not only explains the science of birth, breaking down the mysteries and stigmas that have been built up by modern media and the horror stories that we are taught from a young age, but also teaches us exactly how to relax and let our body get on with it, putting our over-thinking analytical brains to one side, and letting our deeper, limbic brain take over, following our primal instincts.
Teaching yoga and hypnobirthing really does feel like I have found the perfect fit for one another and for me. It is a job that I am passionate about and excited to share this passion and help as many women as I can on their journeys through motherhood.
Post Natal Yoga
Sally Parkes Advanced Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training - November 2020
Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing Teacher Training - August 2020
Mother & Baby Yoga
Sally Parkes Teacher Training - June 2019
Align Your Baby
Online Course with The Hypnobirthing Midwife - January 2018
Whitespace Yoga Studio, Stony Stratford - October 2017
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Whitespace Yoga Studio, Stony Stratford - June 2016
Associate Level 1 Member of Yoga Alliance UK