I am Glasgow born, but grew up in South Africa where I met and fell head over heels in love with my wonderful husband Gerrie. I have a National Diploma in Performing Arts Technology and worked for several years in theatre and events as a stage manager, technical crew and make up artist. We came to Scotland in 2001 to travel and ended up staying when we found out, to our surprise, that we were expecting our first child. Our beautiful boy, Adam was born in February 2004. I worked, full time as an event manager in Glasgow up until 2008 when my path in life changed very suddenly leading me to train as a doula and to work in child care. I am now the proud mother of two wonderful sons: Adam who is 16 and Noah who is 9.
For Adams’ birth I had hoped for a natural water birth and the midwife was about to start filling the birthing pool but examined me first and found that Adam was coming feet first (and he still has not stopped running)! So after a good six hours of steadily progressive labour and at six cm dilated Adam was born by emergency caesarian.
in 2010, wee Noah swam his way gently and happily into our lives after an exhilarating, empowering natural water birth. The midwives commented on our “text book birth” and that my breathing had been” incredibly controlled”, I remember replying through my hormone induced euphoria “must be all the yoga I practiced!”
I first began to practice yoga when I was 21 (feels like a lifetime ago). I taught myself from a rather large book by a ridiculously bendy women whose name now escapes me. Over the years i continued to practice on and off for and when Adam was small we played at yoga together. Being a full time, working mum struggled to find the time to keep up my practice but I made a concerted effort when I was pregnant second time round and I definitely felt the tremendous benefits for my pregnant body, my growing belly, my connection to my baby and especially through labour and birth.
Having undertaken the wonderfully enlightening doula preparation in 2008 I am passionate about promoting birth preparation and informed choices around birth. I encourage positive thinking around natural, normal births and about restoring women’s’ lost faith in their astonishing, astounding, amazing birthing bodies!
Having experienced such opposing birth experiences, I know first hand the outcomes both positive and negative and the challenges that mum and baby may have to overcome.
After almost 9 years as a YogaBellies teacher I still feel honoured and excited to be working with women at all stages of their lives offering support, nurturing and providing tools not just for labour or mothering but for life!
Why I joined YogaBellies:
On the wonderful day when I met YogaBellies founder, Cheryl MacDonald I was searching for something that would allow me to work with women, particularly through pregnancy. I had gained so much wonderful knowledge as a doula in training but was not quite ready to put myself out there a doula, my boys were too young and it was proving tricky. I wanted more time with my children, I had missed so many years of Adam growing up, working and juggling everything, it was too hard.
Cheryl saw something in me that I did not know I possessed and strongly encouraged me to join YogaBellies and train to work as a yoga teacher for women. My hearts said YES! I quit my job as a nursery nurse and threw myself into training. I have never felt happier or more fulfilled. It really is a tremendous feeling when you know you are exactly where you are meant to be!
Other qualifications that I have:
In 2018 I completed my Experienced YogaBellies Teacher qualification (300 hours)
I am a passionate Birth ROCKS Mentor
I am a doula and I offer birth and post natal support for new families within my community:) I have a qualification through my local council with the NCT as a east feeding peer supporter
I am currently completing YogaBellies for Fertility training
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My thoughts on Why Nurture by YogaBelies is vital:
Family Partner Yoga with Noah & Audrey :
YogaBellies LIVE ONLINE Classes with Audrey & Elizabeth
YogaBellies for Pregnancy: Tuesday & Thursday 7:00- 8:15 pm with Audrey
Nurture by YogaBellies: Tuesday 10 -11.15am with Audrey
Luna by YogaBellies: Tuesday 8.00 - 9.15 am with Audrey & Thursday 8:30 – 9:45 pm with Elizabeth
YogaBellies for Mum & Baby : Thursday 10.30-11.30 with Audrey
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