London Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Faculty
About your course teachers…
Course leader – Sally Parkes, BSc, EYT, SYT, RPYT
Sally Parkes (BSc) has over twenty years of teaching experience in the fitness industry and has an Honours Degree in Exercise Physiology. She trained as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher in 2004 with Paul Dallaghan, before continuing her studies in Mysore, India. After studying extensively with guru Uma Dinsmore-Tuli however, she heard her calling to teach Pregnancy Yoga and, since becoming a mother, now specialises in delivering pre-natal and post-natal yoga teacher trainings around the world.
Sally’s training is unique in that she shares her extensive knowledge in anatomy and physiology, whilst weaving all elements of the yoga tradition in order to empower the mother to be to bring her baby safely and lovingly into the world.
Now a mother of two daughters, Sally also pens many articles for major publications and is the author of the bestselling book The Guide to Yoga Anatomy. Certified as an Experienced and Senior Yoga Teacher, Sally is known for her humour, warmth and inclusive presentations, and delivered training in the UK, Asia, and the Middle East.
Maria Buaki-Sogo – Midwife, PhD Researcher at Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher
Maria Buaki-Sogo is a practicing nurse and Consultant Midwife.
Maria moved to the UK in 2010 from Spain, where she trained as a Registered Nurse and worked for three years as an A&E resus nurse. On arrival in the UK, Maria worked at Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust, gaining significant experience as a theatre nurse across a variety of specialties, from trauma-emergency cases to elective procedures.
Her midwifery experience includes various roles within a maternity setting, including low risk and high-risk pregnancy care, emergency obstetric care and the post-operative management of women who have undergone caesarean sections. She is also responsible for rotational midwifery (providing antenatal care, intrapartum care, and postnatal care), community midwifery care, caseload midwifery care for vulnerable women, homebirth midwifery services and research nursing and midwifery.
Maria is also a former Lead Nurse for North Thames Genomic Medicine, where she led the nursing workforce in the North Thames Region to explore and re-design clinical pathways of care to implement routine genetic testing in the National Health Service (NHS) via national transformational projects reporting back to NHSE/I (National Health Service England and Improvement).
It is Maria’s passion for research that has led her to pursue a career as clinical academic and gained a scholarship at Anglia Ruskin to complete a PhD following achievement of an MSc in Research in Midwifery Studies in 2018, as she believes research is of great importance in developing clinical practice, standards, and advances in care. Maria also taught Applied Physiology at London Southbank University until September 2023.
Zoe Dale – Midwife, Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher
Zoe is a midwife, Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA), and pregnancy yoga teacher. She has been a midwife for 27 years and is currently a core midwife on a Midwifery-Led Unit in East Yorkshire, supporting women in their birth choices.
Zoe is also qualified in aromatherapy (during pregnancy, birth and postnatally), is a hypnobirthing practitioner, aqua natal teacher and gym coach.
Zoe is passionate about caring for women both physically and emotionally and she completed the pregnancy & postnatal yoga teacher training with Sally and has since set up successful pregnancy yoga classes which she absolutely loves teaching, enjoying the connection of bringing women and birthing people together at such a special time during their lives.
Heather Deaville – EYT, RPYT, Assisting Teacher Trainer and Parent & Baby Yoga Tutor
Anna Brook - EYT, RPYT, Hypno-birther and Yoga Nidra Teacher
'If there was ever a voice that was made for guided meditation then it has to be Anna Brook' - Om Yoga Magazine
Anna says "I value all types of yoga as I feel we respond to different influences at different times, and have been powerfully drawn to the benefits of yoga and meditation since my late teens. My 200 Hour Teacher Training with 'Tribe' in India was a life changing experience and confirmed for me that this was the right path, and I've since completed an 85 Hour Hatha Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Sally Parkes, Yoga Nidra Foundation Course with Uma Dinsmore Tuli and trained in Unity Partner Yoga™ with Sevanti at Unity Studio, Brighton. I have also completed my training as a Hypno-Birthing practitioner which I love to share as there is a similar emphasis on training ourselves to come into deep states of relaxation, stay in the present moment in birth, surrendering to the experience and moving away from fear."
On our Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training, Anna teaches subjects including: An introduction on Hypno-Birthing, Pregnancy Partner Yoga and Yoga Nidra for Pregnancy.
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