Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Faculty
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.
Anna Brook – 200Hrs RYT, 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
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 an array of subjects including: An introduction on HynoBirthing, Pregnancy Partner Yoga, Yoga Nidra for Pregnancy.
Heather Deaville – 200hrs RYT, RPYT, Assisting Teacher Trainer and Mother & Baby Yoga Tutor
Heather Deaville is a highly experienced pre and post-natal yoga teacher specialising in Mother and Baby Yoga. She is passionate about helping more people enjoy yoga and it was her own experience of pregnancy and mum & baby yoga which inspired her to train as a yoga teacher (RYT 200) several years ago, before going on to train in Pre and Postnatal Yoga with Sally Parkes. Having taught throughout her second pregnancy, Heather has a great understanding of what women really need during both the prenatal and post-natal periods, as well as the practical expertise to run successful classes. Heather now spends her time supporting women through this incredible period of change within her regular classes which she runs in Saltdean, East Sussex, where she lives.
Tamsin Paola – 200Hrs RYT, RPYT, Assisting Teacher Trainer
Tamsin Paola has over eighteen years experience of yoga practice and trainined to teach with Sally Parkes, completining her 200 hour Preganacy Yoga Teacher Training before becoming a valued part of Sally’s teaching team. Also a mother of three little girls, Tamsin loves sharing yoga with others and particularly enjoys helping people create space in their busy lives to find balance and reconnect.
Tamsin is passionate about women’s health during pregnancy and beyond and runs Hatha, Pregnancy and Mum & Baby Yoga classes in Fleet, UK, as well as regularly assisting Sally on her 85 hour Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training.
Jess Smart – Midwife and Pregnancy Educator & Advisor
Jess Smart teaches our pregnancy and birth modules. She is a qualified midwife with experience working both within the NHS and independently. She is also trained in a variety of tools for birth and beyond, including; Hypnobirth, Baby Massage, Aromatherapy for Childbirth, Rebozo, Sling Consultancy and Placenta Encapsulation. Jess is a fully qualified teacher and currently teaches Health and Psychology – Access to Healthcare at Collyer’s College. She is also currently doing a degree in Psychology. Jess has two children of her own and was also a surrogate this year, all born at home. She is a pregnancy advisor for Surrogacy UK.
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.
Kellie Kean – BSN, RNC, NNP, RPYT Pregnancy YTT Course Assistant
Kellie is a qualified Neonatal & Infant Feeding Nurse and practising for the last 14 years. She is extremely passionate about the early bond created between parents, babies & siblings and has a particular interest in infant feeding.
Kellie also teaches Baby Massage, Tummy Time, Baby & Toddler Yoga, Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga & Relaxation, as well as offering Infant feeding support and numerous workshops.
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 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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