What is Mamma yoga?
Mamma Yoga emerged from my desire to spread good birth experiences. And fortunately I’m not alone. “Giving birth is also about making the world a better
place. We need more good birth experiences in the modern world today,” says Anna Verwaal, an internationally recognized Dutch with an impressive resume. www.fromwombtoworld.com
Anna Verwaal has been one of my major sources of inspiration for a long time, which is another reason why this quote touches my heart deeply. The desire to share this mission along with Anna made me change my own course. I went from a hectic life as a full-time school teacher and part-time yoga instructor, to an exciting new chapter as an independent yoga instructor and doula (Read more about the ‘doula as birth assistant under ‘What is a doula’, or follow the link below).
I have 10 years of experience teaching yoga and I have taught many forms of yoga, from classical hatha yoga to dynamic vinyasa inspired yoga. However in my work today, I focus on pre- and postnatal yoga – yoga forms I’m also trained in and I focus on movements and breath and all of that can make me more connected to myself and to my body.
I have experienced two lovely pregnancies and births, and know what it’s like to be a first time mom and parent; the layers it embraces such as joy, happiness, uncertainty and tears. Every pregnancy and every birth has been a unique experience, as both children have their own unique personality. I am grateful and excited that every day I grow as a parent and as a mother as our children gain a foothold and independence in this World.
I practiced prenatal yoga during both my pregnancies, and I sensed time and time again how the gentle exercises were like balm for the soul, for my body and for the unborn child in my womb. Prenatal yoga gave me great comfort and nourishment. A sense of well-being that didn’t only exist during the yoga class, but also at night and in the following days, which left me with great physical and mental energy throughout my pregnancy.
This opportunity for well-being and energy is what I would like to pass on and that’s why I’m now exclusively dedicated to teaching pre- and postnatal yoga to new, strong and kick ass moms.
It may sound trivial, but I simply wish that as many pregnant women as possible get to experience the comfort, peace, joy, strength, cohesion and potential during their pregnancy.
In my teaching I give great importance to creating a safe environment, with space to be edgy, happy and curious. This is a space where we laugh, strengthen the body and the breath, cherish ourselves and disconnect from the outside world to connect in.
I feel lucky – I cannot think of a better job or a greater gift than being allowed to journey with you during your pregnancy. From the moment you walk in the door to the first prenatal yoga class, to the day when you return to the yoga mat with your baby in your arms.