Advanced Postnatal 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.

Luisa Lyons – Midwife BSc(Hons), IBCLC, Lactation Support Specialist, Midwife Degree Tutor, PYT & APYT

Luisa started her midwifery training in 1997 aged 18. She has worked in the NHS ever since, and for the last ten years has worked as a specialist midwife in infant feeding. She qualified as a lactation consultant whilst pregnant with her first son, in 2006. She is now an associate tutor on the Midwifery BSc(Hons) Course at the University of East Anglia.
In 2017 she became a specialist midwife in restrictive lingual frenulum (tongue tie) and has performed almost 1700 divisions in the NHS and trained other midwives and nurses to perform this procedure. She does a small amount of private practice lactation consultant work alongside her NHS role.
In January and February 2021 she was working alongside her critical care nursing colleagues by assisting on the intensive care unit 18hrs a week to help with the pandemic. She is now working back in her NHS tongue-tie specialist midwife role & in her IBCLC private practice.
Luisa has practiced yoga for over a decade & trained with Sally Parkes in 2017 to become pregnancy & postnatal yoga teacher.

Kathryn Allison – Pregnancy & Postnatal YTT Course Assistant

Kat has been in the fitness industry for 20 years; originally being a jack of all trades instructor before specialising  in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Falls Prevention & GP Referral.

Kat has gone on to complete Sally’s courses in Restorative Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training. Kat now teaches  Strength-based yoga, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga.

Kat is also a Massage Therapist, training at the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM); specialising in Sports Massage and is completing her Personal Training Qualification and will be starting her Level 5 Sports Therapist Qualification this year.


Nina Goldberger – MSc, BA(Hons), E-RYT200, Wellbeing Coach, PYT & APYT, Doula in Training – Pregnancy & Postnatal YTT Course Assistant

Nina is an E-RYT & Self-Love Wellbeing Coach based in Edinburgh, with 500 hours+ of Yoga, Yin & Restorative, Anatomy, Adjustment, Philosophy, Chanting & Ashram experience and Catmom. She has completed the 85Hr PYTT and 25Hr APYTT with Sally Parkes yoga.

Nina also completed the 100Hrs Advanced Teacher Training with Sally & Chris in Spain 2019.

She offers regular classes in Vinyasa & Yin and deeply restful & nourishing Wellbeing & Restorative focused sessions and Mindfulness. 

Nina assists on the PYTT and reviews APYTT assignments.

NB: Sally Parkes is course leader for all Sally Parkes Yoga Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Trainings and whilst guest teachers such as those listed above may not be present on all trainings, Sally may invite other tutors who are local to the area she is teaching in to come and speak with the groups. All tutors are carefully selected and are experienced and qualified to teach their particular area of expertise.

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