Greet, a Belgian 33 year old, discovered yoga in 2001 when working and living in New York, she felt like coming home into her body.
Today she is living in New Caledonia with her French partner and their 2 kids. She's teaching 4 Pre and Postnatal classes a week.
During her first pregnancy, living in a place far away from her family and close friends, she missed an entourage, people to share things with during this incredibly important time in a woman's life. So during her second pregnancy, she completed the Classical Yoga Prenatal Course and started teaching 1,5 years after her baby girl was born. Doing the Prenatal Course during her pregnancy allowed her to experience how beneficial prenatal yoga can be when pregnant and which postures or breathing techniques relieve which discomforts. She felt she had learned many things and wanted to share them with others.
Many people in New Caledonia are expats and don't have their families nearby, most of the time they need to make new friends upon arrival. During the Prenatal Yoga classes, women bond while doing something wholesome for their babies, for their own bodies and the bond between them and their soon-to-be-born-children. As a bonus, they create friendships.
Greet recently added weekly Postnatal classes, as a follow-up after the babies are born.
When she sees moms who met during her classes with their babies walking along the beach together in the mornings, when the daddies are off to work, her heart just melts and she knows she's in the right place, at the right time, doing something meaningful on a small scale. She is excited to continue & develop her wonderful business in the future.
(email: email@example.com or facebook: yogaprenatalnoumea)
Linda Antignani, Mother’s Embrace Studio, Shelton, Connecticut
Linda fell in love with yoga in 2002; since then she has immersed herself in the study and practice of yoga, and has focused on teaching pre and postnatal yoga full time since graduating from Classical Yoga’s Pre and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training in 2005.
She has gone from strength to strength, establishing Mother’s Embrace, the premier prenatal yoga center in Shelton, Connecticut, USA.
In order to meet the ever-growing demand for pre and postnatal yoga, Mother’s Embrace has recently moved into its 3rd studio in 5 years; for more information on the range of classes and pre and postnatal services she offers go to www.mothersembraceyoga.com Linda is married with 3 children, 2 stepchildren and 1 step-grandchild; she lives in Stratford, Connecticut.
Linda has taught 100’s of prenatal students for 1000’s of hours, as well as continuing her professional development with some of the best-known teachers in the US today, and I am delighted to have her as tutor for all US students.
Mothers Embrace is a perfect name for Linda’s studio, as she truly embraces all her students during their pregnancies and beyond, providing expert teaching combined with a real community for mothers, to be, new mums, and those who are hoping to conceive.
In August 2012, a Citation of Accomplishment was bestowed on her studio by the State of Connecticut General Assembly, so richly deserved.
In October 2012 the Connecticut Post featured her work, http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/Reach-of-yoga-is-extending-to-many-different-3953692.php?cmpid=emailarticle&cmpid=emailarticle
Linda is a wonderful example of how hard work, dedication and love can create a yoga studio that helps so many.
I have been a practicing Midwife since 2003 and qualified as a pre and postnatal yoga teacher in early 2012. During my years as a Midwife, I have cared for and delivered thousands of babies, and my love and passion for yoga has grown.
Having practiced yoga for over 10 years the connection between Midwifery and yoga became a big focus in my life. I realised I could help women not only with my Midwifery skills and knowledge but also with my passion for yoga, so I enrolled on the Classical Yoga Diploma teacher training; it was a fantastic course.
I love teaching pranyama in my classes. I love to see the difference in the women once we have finished, how calm and in-tune they become with their body and with their baby. Being able to connect with the breath during labour and birth is so beneficial and I teacher every student this throughout their pregnancy.
I have been very fortunate in securing funding from my local council who now provide a lovely room for my prenatal classes. In the New Year I will be starting a postnatal yoga class, which is very exciting.
I am married with two beautiful children and I was very fortunate to have a fantastic prenatal yoga teacher throughout my pregnancies.