YA Chartered Senior Yoga Teacher. Fully insured.
Up to 2004BK (before kids), I had a busy corporate life in television, but now I’m an even busier mum of three and a business owner, so I fully understand how life can be a juggle!
Yoga has helped me personally on so many levels and is now a cornerstone of my life.
In 2007 I completed my foundation 450hr training with some of Sydney’s most senior teachers and have kept training and learning ever since. I’ve been lucky enough to study with the likes of Donna Farhi and Judith Lasater and recently with Jambo Turong (Forrest Yoga guardian) and Burrell Education (global leaders in Women’s Health training) here in England.
In 2012 I undertook a year long pre and post natal post graduate diploma with the International Yoga Teachers Association and my real passion for women’s health was ignited.
I wanted to share the benefits of this ancient science with other busy women in a relevant way, so as a specialist pre and post natal Yoga teacher, I created YogaMums in 2013. As my own women’s wellbeing journey progressed, I amalgamated into Linda Stephens Wellbeing in 2018.
Now I love teaching women of any age how to work optimally with their bodies and how to still those busy minds!
Part of my obsession with pelvic floor function (and dysfunction) comes from healing myself: In 2011 I went into labour at 24wks with my third child and after medical intervention, was put on strict bedrest for four months to save the pregnancy. Because of atrophied muscles, my pubic bone split at 31 weeks when I tried to get up suddenly. Devastastingly, I had full Pubic Symphasis Diastasis
I used every one of the yoga tools I now teach to birth naturally with that condition, despite dealing with a highly pressurised medical situation. Initially unable to walk post birth because of the PS diastasis, I was diligent with research and rehabilitation, following the work of American biomechanics expert Katy Bowman and over time managed to heal myself completely without surgery.
I was even regularly jumping on the trampoline with my kids before peri menopause kicked in
Through my extensive research and ongoing training and teaching, I’ve found that much of the pelvic floor dysfunction and birthing problems I’m coming across have to do with tension around the pelvis and postural misalignment.
Through my own experiences of birth trauma and the impact of peri-post menopausal hormonal changes on the muscles of the pelvis, I’ve more recently deep dived into how mid life women can positively influence their pelvic floor health using ancient yoga tools, nutrition and lifestyle adaptions.
Now my focus is on educating women about the natural alignment and function of the pelvis (the centre of one’s gravity), how to optimise pelvic floor function and how to move well without pain.
I take a keen interest in all aspects of functional well-being so that I can help my students as holistically as possible.
Wether you’re preparing for birth, recovering after birth, heading towards or out of menopause, I’d love to be part of your yoga and wellbeing journey