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 is the Owner of Purely Pregnant and has taught yoga for the past 11 years. She has specialised in pregnancy yoga since 2009. Emma trained with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and has had personal experience as a pregnancy student under the renowned Janet Balaskas in London.
Emma teaches an active form of pregnancy yoga which is designed to both improve energy levels and restore the body. Emma adapts the practice of Hatha yoga to meet the specific needs of her pregnant students, this focuses on strengthening the pelvic floor region and opening the parts of the body that often feel tight in pregnancy– all guided by the wisdom of the breath.
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.
In addition to practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching for 10, Helen studied pregnancy yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli during her first pregnancy, 6 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.
Charlie has been practicing yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2010. Charlie feels honoured to be able to offer pregnant women the practice of yoga. Her classes are taught with modifications and adjustments where needed, so that each student 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, but also connect to their developing baby and prepare for labour and birth.
Rebecca Furniss McGuire
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.
Lucy has been practicing yoga for about 24 years, did her training in Bristol and has been teaching yoga for nearly 3 years. Alongside teaching Pregnancy Yoga, Lucy also teaches Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga.
Lucy feels privileged to teach Pregnancy Yoga and hopes to help mums to ease aches and pains in their changing bodies, take time out to connect to their babies in a relaxed and nurturing environment and help them prepare for birth and one of the biggest transformations life offers.