I am a mum of two and established Prana Mama Yoga in 2012 to offer Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga in the Inverurie area. As classes grew and the friends and families of my students became interested too – Yoga for You, Postnatal with Baby Yoga, and bi-monthly Yoga events were introduced also.
I began practising Ashtanga Yoga over 12 years ago while working in the corporate world of PR and communications. It was a perfect practice to maximise time – strong and physical with the added benefits of leaving class with a clear head and a relaxed state of being.
When pregnant with my second child and unable to get to a Yoga class, I completed a Diploma in Pre and Postnatal Yoga with Jane MacKarness. This was more to learn how to support myself during pregnancy than to pave the way to teach.
In 2014 I went onto achieve a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification with the Classical Yoga School, Scotland. The training was under-pinned by the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition and covered yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting and philosophy.
Then in 2016 I trained with Rainbow Kids Yoga to become a certified Family and Kids Yoga teacher and last year I qualified as a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator.
Yoga is so much more than just a physical practice for me. With a focus on breath work and meditation and keeping the principles and wisdom of Yoga in mind, this ancient yet relevant practice permeates every aspect of my life.
I’m a first-time mum who lives in Inverurie with my husband and our 9 month old son, James.
I work as a Marketer as well as a volunteer for MISS (Miscarriage Information Support Service) and NCT (National Childbirth Trust) and I'm so excited to also be joining Prana Mama Yoga to share information, blog posts, experiences and mostly to offer support within the Prana Mamas FB Community!
As someone who loves organisation and preparation, I’ll constantly have various lists on the go at once and some pretty stationery close to hand, although since becoming a mum, my streak of always arriving to everything early has most certainly ended! But I like to think the spontaneity that comes with parenthood has added a certain edge to my image! (Or that could just be the unwashed hair, panda eyes and baby sick clothes!)
I enjoy a daily coffee fix, reading, being outdoors, trying my hand at new recipes and I’ve recently taken up running.
I attended prenatal yoga classes with Lis all the way through my pregnancy to help me relax and prepare for birth. The classes played such a positive part in my pregnancy and I would recommend them to anyone who is expecting
The Prana Mamas FB group for Pregnancy and New Motherhood is a supportive, friendly and useful community which brings like-minded mums together to share experiences, learn from one another, and we’re working to offer loads of useful information, self-care tips and yoga of course!