Hatha yoga prenatal course suitable for women over 14 weeks pregnant.
Beginners are welcome.
what to expect
Yoga (1 hour) warm up, asana to strengthen and release body, savasana, pranayama, meditation.
May also include music, silence, movement flow, mantra, philosophy, story telling, yoga nidra and laughter.
Sharing circle (30 mins) pregnancy related topics for discussion with a cup of herbal tea.
Gabrielle Micallef, is a wife and mother of two healthy and beautiful boys, Joshua aged 3 and David 5.
Professionally she works part-time as a Psychologist in a private practice setting and has always been passionate about helping people and feels very privileged to share in people’s lives and stories.
As a mother, Gabrielle is acutely aware of the need for self care and personally practices mindfulness based skills and yoga to help her as she navigates the ups and downs of life.
Gabrielle has what she describes “come back from the depths of insanity twice following the births of both my boys”. She suffered from Postnatal Psychosis- a rare but serious mental health condition that can affect 1-2 in 1000 mums typically in the first 12 weeks. It causes significant changes in mood, thoughts and behaviors, including paranoia, hallucinations and delusional thinking.
Gabrielle survived and has now fully recovered and considers herself thriving and stronger than ever. She became a volunteer Community Champion for PANDA-the specialist not for profit organisation that provides vital information and support for women and their families in the antenatal and postnatal period. Her experiences have made her passionate to raise awareness about perinatal mental health and to use her story of pain and recovery to reduce the stigma around mental health and provide a message of hope.
She continues to share her story on many platforms to increase perinatal mental health awareness, raise funds for PANDA, educate the public and health professionals about the human experience behind perinatal mental health and advocate for improved specialist supports and services for parents and their families.
Amanda Loxton, breastfeeding counsellor, ABA.
Breastfeeding counsellor, ABA.
Amanda has had over 20 years experience in supporting women through her voluntary work with ABA as a breastfeeding counsellor. Her warmth, humour and knowledge gives confidence for women to find their own grounding as a new mother.
Dr Verena is a highly qualified and dedicated Doctor in Nutritional Sciences and Neuro-Training Kinesiologist based in the Illawarra.
Dr Verena Rascke-Cheema
Rebecca has qualifications in naturopathy, herbal medicine, birth and postnatal doula support. She is also certified in reiki and yoga teaching.
Melissa from I Am Aromatics
Melissa is a trained and certified aromatherapist and massage therapist based in Northern Illawarra. Part of her mission is to encourage and educate people in using essential oils safely so they can be the best version of themselves, healing holistically.
I am aromatics