Pregnancy and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training

The Social Cost of Breastfeeding: Overcoming prejudice is the key to increasing breastfeeding rates

breastfeeding post partum Jul 30, 2020

A woman is sitting at a café with her newborn baby who is increasingly distressed and hungry. She begins to breastfeed and is promptly asked to leave the premises by the manager due to a complaint from another patron. A mother breastfeeds her infant at a high tea in a London Hotel and is asked to “cover up.” Mothers in the US, UK and Australia have experienced explicit breastfeeding prejudice such as this, a flagrant negation of their legal right to breastfeed in public (Grant, 2016).

Examples such as these highlight the complicated nature of breastfeeding prejudice, wherein mothers receive mixed messages about breastfeeding: that it is very important, yet also offensive to many people (Schmeid, 2019).

Health professionals and the WHO recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, yet breastfeeding initiation and duration fail to come close to this desired public health outcome. The problem here is not with mothers, but with the prejudice...

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Toddlers and Teens: Three Parenting Tips

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2020

 My eldest is a few weeks away from becoming a teenager. The changes are already occurring, he is nearly as tall as me and becoming more independent by the day.


This is my first time parenting a teenager and these are new and sometimes treacherous waters to navigate. It feels like the stakes are higher, the mistakes he might make could be bigger and with serious consequences. I remind him regularly I have never parented a high schooler and I am still learning!


Trust has become primary. With the freedom he enjoys now using public transport and owning a mobile phone I have to trust in him to make decisions. Will he cross the road at the right place? Will he use his phone inappropriately? Is he where he says he is? Faced with a tricky situation will he make a good decision?


We have spent the last 13 years upskilling him. How to stay safe, how to be happy, how to deal with difficult situations, the importance of listening to your gut and knowing how to reach...

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About Our Research

Uncategorized Dec 19, 2019


The work presented in this Module is partly inspired by the Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education Pilot study conducted by Jean Byrne PhD and researchers at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia in Perth Australia. The results of this unique study resulted in these academic publications:

Effectiveness of a Mindfulness‐Based Childbirth Education Pilot Study on Maternal Self‐Efficacy and Fear of Childbirth


Participant experiences of mindfulness-based childbirth education: a qualitative study


Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education: Incorporating Adult and Experiential Learning With Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Childbirth Education


About Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education

The intervention – Mindfulness-Based Child Birth Education (MBCE) – was a novel combination of mindfulness meditation and antenatal education that aims to integratea skills-based antenatal education program with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction...

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Five Reasons for Women to Practice Yoga

Uncategorized Dec 19, 2019

There are so many reasons that yoga is a wonderful practice. When taught correctly yoga is for everybody, men, women, young, old, well or sick. Yoga has something to offer across the lifecyle and can help us enjoy the journey of life with all its ups and downs. Women especially seem to love yoga! While I think yoga is equally for men, here are some ideas why women might find it so helpful:

Five reasons for women of all ages to practice yoga

1) Become embodied! Find the connection between your body and your breath your mind and your heart. Learn to love your body, enjoy the skin you are in and become less critical of how you look and focus on how you feel. Research posits a relationship between practicing yoga as an embodied, spiritual practice and improved body satisfaction.

2) Less pain! Women worldwide (and men) experience chronic and persistent pain in increasing numbers – it is a modern day health crisis. Research shows that yoga can be a wonderful for ...

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Yoga and Miscarriage

There is a lot written about yoga for pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, mums and bubs yoga and yoga for fertility however not many authors venture into how to teach and how to practice during miscarriage and pregnancy loss.


Recently a yoga student emailed me to say hi as I had wondered how she was going. She mentioned she recently had a miscarriage, and I know it is not her first. As a female yoga teacher I often hear women’s stories of miscarriage and pregnancy loss. The sad reality is that many women will experience a miscarriage at some point, and if they don’t, someone very close to them will. There is a lot written about yoga for pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, mums and bubs yoga and yoga for fertility (a lot of the fertility writings are fallacious). However not many authors venture into how to teach and how to practice during miscarriage. This article will hopefully give a bit of insight into the how and what of miscarriage, then some practical...

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Eight ideas to help you get comfortable in labour

Eight ideas to help you get comfortable in labour


In the many years I’ve been teaching prenatal yoga and childbirth preparation workshops discussions around fear arise from time to time. It may be fear of the unknown, inability to cope with contractions, losing control, or worries about something happening to the baby. Women find it difficult to reveal their fears as it goes against the narrative of the radiant, happy, pregnant mother. One way to ease an expectant mother’s concerns would be to provide information and tools around comfort in birth.


Here are a few practical suggestions that may be considered during pregnancy and birth:



Breathing practices can help de-stress and help us re-centre when we feel unsteady. When the body is in fight or flight mode, it goes through several changes which may affect labour: heart rate increases, body/muscles tense, mind becomes unsteady. However, breathing exercises provide a relatively...

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