Caroline Bagga: Founder and Principal Yoga Teacher

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher -Caroline Bagga

I started doing yoga…
in 1999 when I was 20, while working for an accountancy firm in London which offered free lunchtime yoga classes. I soon became hooked and in 2008 I trained to become a teacher. Over the years, as my life has changed, what I have taken from yoga has also changed. When I was single I was able to devote myself to a full 1.5 hour daily Ashtanga practice, but now as a busy mum, wife and business owner, I try to sneak in stretches, breathing and meditation when I can. But amid the chaos, yoga will always be there for me as a grounding practice which brings me back into myself.

I love teaching prenatal yoga…
and I’m on mission to empower all pregnant women to have a healthy and active pregnancy and an empowering birth. I have experienced first-hand the benefits of Pregnancy Yoga and it gives me enormous joy to receive emails from our clients telling us what a difference we have made to their lives too.

I have three gorgeous girls, Samaira age 5, Alysha age 2 and Indira age 6 months.
Each of their births was different – the first a ‘post-dates’ hospital induction followed by an ‘emergency’ caesarean; and then two beautiful home water births in 2014 and 2016 – you can read about these over on our blog. While the first birth was less than ideal, it was the trigger for me to educate myself on the physical and mental aspects of birth which allowed me to take control and create my ideal birth experience the second time around.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
hanging out with my girls at home, baking cookies, jumping on the trampoline or playing hide and seek. I’m also passionate about supporting and educating other local business women and run the popular Hills District Business Mums networking group.

My favourite quote is…
“She believed she could and so she did.”

Danni Hallam

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher -Danni Hallam

I started doing yoga when…
I was in my early 20s, although it was more for physical exercise. When I practiced more often I found that I really enjoyed the meditation / mindfulness side. Years went by and I came back to my practice in my late 30s. Knowing and feeling the benefits it brought to my life and having small children I decided to go and do a Children’s yoga teacher training course. This then led me into working with children of all ages, teaching them yoga and life-skills which I’ve loved doing for the past seven years. During this time I also studied and completed my Adults teacher training and since have been inspiring people of all ages with the benefits of both the physical and mental aspects of yoga.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
it is something that I fully believe in. Teaching is such a rewarding job as I feel of service to my students.  Guiding a student to find their own inner peace, whether it be through asana/postures, breath work or meditation is something that I personally find truly joyful.  I like to teach in a way that the student can feel their own light within, and from that for me to see them grow and it’s kind of like helping them to look at themselves and life through an awakened lens, that was always there, but they just needed someone to guide them to that place.  I also love teaching because in actual fact, I feel I am also learning and growing everyday myself.

I have a happy little family of four, me with my hubby and two kids, a pigeon pair.
We also have a dog, cat, guinea pig and two gold fish. Our family life is full and I feel blessed to have my two children.  I have experienced all aspects of conceiving through two births and understand the journey of falling pregnant naturally and also going through the IVF program.  I have experienced the highs and lows of birth also, which is what has inspired me to teach prenatal yoga and share my experiences with you.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
spending time with my family and children, preferably in the beautiful outdoors. I’m a people person, so I love a catch up, nice food, good company and laughter. I am also known to enjoy a tad of disco dancing, however as I am getting older this usually happens in my lounge room.

My favourite quote is…
“You are the sky, everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron

Irena Nikolova

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher - Irena Nikolova

I started doing yoga…
as a form of stress relief from a corporate career more than 10 years ago. Continued daily practice gave me a sense of inner calm and mindful awareness, which I was able to use to manage stress and anxiety and to continuously bring my life back into balance. My passion for yoga led me to graduate from a yoga teacher training in 2012 in New York and later from a Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga teacher training in 2014 in Sydney and I’ve been teaching both since.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
I enjoy helping women take on their profoundly uplifting, empowering, and awakening journey into motherhood through yoga. For me prenatal yoga is all about balance: we can balance our flexibility with our strength; balance our activities with our relaxation. It teaches us how to truly relax, focus and surrender instead of alternating between extremes of rigidity and collapse.

I have an almost two year old little girl and I enjoyed practicing and teaching prenatal yoga throughout my pregnancy with her.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
planning my next trip to a new destination! 🙂

My favourite quote is…
by an unknown author and reminds us that everything starts from within ourselves:
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.

Jo Grooms

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher - Jo Grooms

I started doing yoga when…
I was pregnant in 1999. I realised that the yoga journey supported me to have a nurturing pregnancy and birth experience with the aid of inner self and breath. I completed the Diploma of Health (Yoga) through Nature Care College when I was pregnant with my third child in 2003.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
I am constantly reminded of the benefits that yoga has for a future mum. We live in a world of constant movement, thought and uncertainty. This is a time for Acceptance, Courage, Strength, and Stamina. I am passionate about supporting pregnant women to come to a place of space for nurture, calm and to witness their inner awareness.

I have three children, now in their teens.
Jo sees the benefits of teaching them breathing techniques that have aided them to cope with the stress of school, exams and even aiding sporting activities.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
spending time with my husband and children. I’m on a Primary School P&C Committee, a Manager for a Rugby team, a Coach for a Netball team and a Parent Year Rep that co-ordinates fundraisers and events within the school.

 My favourite quote is…
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships” T.K.V. Desikachar

Kaye Oakley

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher - Kaye Oakley

I started doing yoga…
in the mid 90s because I wanted to meditate but was completely rubbish at it, and thought that yoga might help.  Around that time I had a back injury which wasn’t responding to what the doctors told me to do – and it turned out yoga was just what I needed!  It’s been a long love affair ever since.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
it’s an opportunity to support/nurture women during a really special transition in their lives, and also a chance to give them tools that I hope can help them in their roles as mothers.  Mothers are the ultimate givers in the world, and so it’s a wonderful thing to have a chance to give to mothers, and hopefully help them to learn how to give to themselves as well, and not just everyone around them all the time.

Motherhood has not been part of my path, but I am an enthusiastic and very hands on Aunty (and my car has the vomit stains to prove it).

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
obsessing about science fiction, listening to classical music, going to the opera, meditating, reading voraciously, being co-opted to look after my sister’s kids, or dreaming of outer space.

My favourite yoga quote…
changes roughly every few weeks.  But at the moment it is the last recorded words of the Buddha – “Be a lamp unto yourself. Be your own confidence.  Hold to the truth within, as to the only truth.”

Keren Sharon

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher - Keren Sharon

I started practicing yoga when…
I was 12 years old with my dad at home. We had a book and just tried Asanas (postures) I remember loads of laughing together! I became a yogaholic when I first arrived in Australia, age 25, attended a class at a community hall, and was hooked! I have practiced a wide variety of yoga styles through the years. Yoga practice continued through my pregnancies, labours and resumed soon after birth. Yogaholic indeed… In 2015 I completed a pre and postnatal yoga teacher’s training for maternity health professionals with Birthlight, and there is so much more to learn!

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
it involves two of my biggest life’s passions: maternity and yoga. As a mum, I found yoga the most effective way to nurture and replenish myself and deal with life’s challenges, and pregnancy can offer some of these at times. I love how yoga is infinite, and every session, every pregnant woman I meet on the journey is so enriching!

I have four children, including a set of twins.
All were born by normal vaginal births, and still very different experiences: my first was at a birth centre that was truly amazing, the second at a hospital some medical intervention that left me feeling depleted, and the third, the twins, were born at hospital again, this was a medical induction and yet in many ways, the wonderful birth experience that I longed for. These experiences led me to decide to fulfill a life-long calling and become a Midwife, and so I left a completely unrelated career in the corporate world and went back to uni to study Midwifery.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
at work: supporting postnatal women and their babies in the first few days after birth, as a hospital midwife. Or at home – in the kitchen as I love to prepare healthy yummy food. I love being outdoors, bushwalking and kayaking.

My favorite quote is…
Mind alters Matter. Matter alters Mind

Lisa Booth

I started doing yoga…
in my early 20’s but really discovered my passion for it when I was pregnant with my first daughter. For me connecting the breath with movement to provide a holistic experience is what I really love about yoga. I love that yoga has taught me to take my practise off the mat and into everyday life teaching me to be more mindful and aware as mother, wife and woman.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
I have a passion for empowering women to have a birth experience that they truly want and to help cope with the demands of motherhood and everyday life. I have also experienced the lows of pregnancy and feel so passionate about giving women a safe space to relax and reconnect with themselves.

I have two gorgeous girls aged 7 and 5 who are following in Mummy’s footsteps with their excitement and enjoyment of yoga. I practised both prenatal and post natal yoga with both their pregnancies and after birth and believe that we all benefited from it. We practise both meditation and yoga at home regularly together and I love seeing them grow spiritually as well as physically.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
in the gym, walking or running, doing Physical Culture and spending quality time with my amazing husband and gorgeous girls usually in nature.

My favourite quote is…
I have many I love a good inspirational quote but currently I love ‘Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.’

Rua Hvitulv

I started doing yoga…
in 2007 at 25, when a yoga teacher became my housemate in Naples. I was lucky enough for her to be one of the people for whom yoga began with the Yamas and Niyamas, and not with Asana. Over the years my practice had ebbs and flows, until I went to India and teachers I could’ve only hoped to become encouraged me to pursue their path – a teacher’s path – too. From Rishikesh on to travelling in 14 countries over 4 continents, I taught classes in many studios, I organised workshops and hosted retreats relentlessly over 2 years, while continuing to educate myself on the many facets, and styles, of yoga, and training in the meantime also as a stretch therapist. Upon returning to Sydney I discovered kids yoga which has been offering me a great perspective into how to use yoga as a tool for transformation of our youngest.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
I love exploring how to help women acquire health and better ourselves in all stages of our lives, no matter how easy or challenging. And since I’m also a kids yoga teacher – why not start a yogic path from when you’re in the belly?

I am not a mother but a daughter, an auntie, a friend of mothers.
I can and love to share, to facilitate yoga with mothers, or mothers-to-be, from a different but still valuable perspective. In fact here it is: I see myself as a facilitator, not a teacher. It’s an important hue. I’m helping you allow your body to be the best teacher of yourself that it can be.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
rock climbing, exploring natural places, enjoying being alone, enjoying being with friends, reading a lot, studying movement and anatomy, thinking of ways of reducing our environmental footprint, drawing nerdy comics…

My favourite quote at the moment is…
It’s actually Cherie Seeto’s: “I’m not saying deny fear. I’m saying, try to replace your apprehension with curiosity.” And also one from Kit Laughlin: “The mind is always in the past or in the future. The body only has the now.” Well, it’s a powerful now to be in, pregnancy.

Sharron Williams

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher - Sharron-Williams

I started doing yoga when…
I broke my wrist at an aerobics class early one morning and after a while decided I would go back to yoga. What a revelation!!  I didn’t realise how much I missed it.  I have a personal practice every day – anywhere from 10-45 mins depending on time and then meditation.  My favourite thing is to teach – to give back and let other people experience the wonder of yoga.  I have diplomas in yoga teaching, advanced yoga, pre- and postnatal yoga and I am a qualified Yoga therapist.  I am also a Massage Therapist, Reiki and Spiritual Healer.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
it is a privilege to be able to help ease the path ahead for mums and mums-to-be, to help them move with ease during their pregnancy and experience a calmer and hopefully, easier birth.

I have two grown children (boys) who now have families of their own.
Neither birth was particularly easy but my yoga eased the way and it was definitely the breath which helped.  One family lives in Queensland and the other in Victoria – so I don’t get to see them too often but they do keep in touch.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
reading (usually yogic texts), at the gym or yoga class, gardening or catching up with friends. I also enjoy attending workshops (yogic of course) travelling and just “being me”.

My favourite quote is…
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”  Aistotle.

Shilpa Jain

I started doing yoga…
in 1999 when I was 20, while working for an accountancy firm in London which offered free lunchtime yoga classes. I soon became hooked and in 2008 I trained to become a teacher. Over the years, as my life has changed, what I have taken from yoga has also changed. When I was single I was able to devote myself to a full 1.5 hour daily Ashtanga practice, but now as a busy mum, wife and business owner, I try to sneak in stretches, breathing and meditation when I can. But amid the chaos, yoga will always be there for me as a grounding practice which brings me back into myself.

I love teaching prenatal yoga…
and I’m on mission to empower all pregnant women to have a healthy and active pregnancy and an empowering birth. I have experienced first-hand the benefits of Pregnancy Yoga and it gives me enormous joy to receive emails from our clients telling us what a difference we have made to their lives too.

I have three gorgeous girls, Samaira age 5, Alysha age 2 and Indira age 6 months.
Each of their births was different – the first a ‘post-dates’ hospital induction followed by an ‘emergency’ caesarean; and then two beautiful home water births in 2014 and 2016 – you can read about these over on our blog. While the first birth was less than ideal, it was the trigger for me to educate myself on the physical and mental aspects of birth which allowed me to take control and create my ideal birth experience the second time around.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
hanging out with my girls at home, baking cookies, jumping on the trampoline or playing hide and seek. I’m also passionate about supporting and educating other local business women and run the popular Hills District Business Mums networking group.

My favourite quote is…
“She believed she could and so she did.”

Teresa Ferrin

MNY Pregnancy Yoga Teacher - Teresa Ferrin

I started doing yoga…
15 years ago as a break from my demanding office job. It allowed me to embrace the positivity and beauty of the world and allowed me to take some time out for myself. I feel so blessed to teach yoga, it is my passion to share the benefits of connecting with the body, mind and breath. Teaching prenatal yoga supports a vibrant pregnancy, a healthy birth and brings ease and empowerment to the transition to motherhood.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
I love to make a difference in people’s lives and I see the incredible benefits that prenatal yoga has to offer. The feedback from mums after birth saying how yoga help them better prepare for labour and delivery of their precious baby is very rewarding.

I have two beautiful daughters, Marisa 27 and Stephanie 25 who are both married so I look forward to one day doing these pre-natal classes with them and becoming a ‘Nonna’.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
out walking on a sunny afternoon, taking a swim, spending time with my amazing husband or in the kitchen cooking something yummy (with my Italian background, it is all about the delicious food!)

My favourite quote is…
‘Expecting a baby is just the beginning of expecting some of life’s most precious moments’.

Vincci Louey

I started doing yoga…
When I was 18 to reduce chronic back pain and gradually evolved from a physical healing process onto finding a sense of calm from a demanding job. Yoga has guided me in discovering my spirituality, mental and emotional strength. My love of yoga led to leaving my 9 – 5 career and pursuing studies to become a yoga teacher.

I love teaching prenatal yoga because…
since the birth of my daughter I was inspired to become a Prenatal yoga teacher as I was fortunate enough to experience the benefits during my pregnancy that gave me the strength and tools for a calm and positive birthing experience. As the saying goes – knowledge is power and I want to empower mums in this wonderful experience dispelling any fears and misconceptions around pregnancy and birthing. The journey of motherhood is so special and it is a privilege to be able to provide a nurturing and safe environment for mums to have some ‘me time’ to honour their body and baby.

I have an 18 month old girl Emilia with my amazing husband and every day we learn so much from her and are in awe of her excitement for life. She is my inspiration to become a Prenatal yoga teacher and feel so blessed to have her in our lives along with her ‘sibling’ – our cat Freckles.

When I’m not on the mat you’ll find me…
running after my baby girl or cooking up a new recipe in the kitchen. Cooking has always been my other passion and I find it so therapeutic and mindfulness process. I also love being outdoors whether it’s going for a walk by the beach or camping with my family.

My favourite quote is…
I have several that I love but ​the ​Dalai Lama has always inspired me with one of his quotes:  ‘If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.’

 

 

 

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