Meet the Team

Purely Pregnant was founded on the vision of creating a specialist service in the areas of pregnancy and childbirth based on principles of holistic health and yoga.

Emma

Emma is the owner of Purely Pregnant. She teaches HypnoBirthing, Pregnancy, Post-Natal, and Mum and Baby Yoga. She regularly teaches Post Natal Yoga for The Bluebell Trust as part of their 12-week programme to support new mums. Emma trained in Pregnancy Yoga in 2009 with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli at Yoga Campus in London. She later completed the Well Woman course with Uma to support women from puberty through to menopause. Since then, she has completed the HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator course with Samantha Rose, a key member of the UK faculty of The HypnoBirthing Institute.

A number of years ago, Emma attended the birth of a private client in London and was in awe of the mum’s confident and calm approach to labour. The experience planted a seed: that labour and birth can be a calm and positive journey. It was a revelation that continues to inspire Emma’s own path. Since then, she has birthed her own son, using the breath to remain calm throughout.

Emma’s teaching style is all-encompassing and open. She is dedicated to sharing little seeds of wisdom that can help women thrive in pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Helen

In addition to practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 11, Helen studied pregnancy yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli during her first pregnancy, six years ago. This, combined with her Doula training, enabled Helen to have a swift, smooth and empowering birth experience.

Helen is passionate about preparing women to have the most positive birth experience possible, through looking after the body, working with the breath and sharing her ‘hands-on’ experience of pregnancy and birth.

Helen is a mum to two beautiful boys.

 

 Charlie

Charlie has been practicing yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2010. After the birth of her first daughter she wanted to be able to offer the practice of pregnancy yoga to women expecting a baby and to share practices with them that can help take the fear out of labour and birth. As a result, Charlie completed her pregnancy yoga teacher training with Ali Woozley and Laura Gilmore at Bristol City Yoga in 2016, and has been teaching for Purely Pregnant since the beginning of 2017.

Charlie’s classes offer movement to ease the body, breath awareness to calm the mind, breathing practices for birth and the opportunity to relax and restore. She offers modifications and adjustments where needed, so that each woman can experience the practices being taught and participate at their own level. Charlie aims to provide a space where mums to be can meet the physical needs of their changing body during pregnancy, as well as connect to their developing baby and prepare for birth.

Rebecca

Rebecca has been practicing yoga since she was a teenager and started in the Iyengar tradition. She has since trained to teach in the Gitananda tradition and was pregnant whilst she trained. She understands the potential strength available to pregnant woman and their need for deep rest and adaptations to yoga poses. She incorporates traditional limbering practices to help prepare the body to feel more at ease in postures and uses gentle sequences of movement with breath.

Rebecca’s Pregnancy yoga training was with Bristol City Yoga and she has a special interest in how deep relaxation and breath awareness can replenish women through pregnancy, in labour and after birth.

Rebecca also provides a weekly session for mums to practice yoga, welcoming babies to the yoga environment. 

Vivien

A qualified pregnancy yoga teacher and Active Birth Associate since 1999, Vivien has studied extensively with many of the well-known pioneers of the current “natural birth” movements. Her early studies with Janet Balaskas at the Active Birth Centre in London have been supported and developed by further training with the British Wheel of Yoga, The Krishnamacharya Mandiram in Chennai and Birth International. In 2014 she also qualified as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner.

This background supports her belief that a few basic skills can help all women have a more calm and comfortable birth experience. She is passionate for all women to be able to experience birth without fear and unnecessary pain and uses plain, practical teaching to help them achieve this.

Her approach encompasses the Yoga, Hypnobirthing and Active Birth approach while always respecting the fact that birth is unpredictable and may need some medical support. She believes that women are best supported when they are well prepared to handle their labour and birth with an open mind and the tools to cope with many situations.