Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

About your 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.

02-YA-SCHOOL-RPYSSally’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.

Dee Bell – Midwife and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

With a life-long passion for natural birth and care that is woman-focused, Dee’s philosophy is that with improved, reliable and more holistic and client-led care, a woman’s experience of pregnancy and birth is more likely to be a positive one. Her approach is to encourage the mother to be fully informed and in control and if at whatever stage of her journey into motherhood, and ensure’s that her service is geared entirely on focusing on the mother and her family, ensuring as much as possible ownership of her pregnancy and postnatal period as possible.

On our pregnancy yoga teacher training Dee teaches an array of subjects including: Stages of pregnancy including changes in the hormonal system, Anatomy of the pelvic floor, the stages of labour including third stage, post-natal well-being.

Anna Brook – RYT 200hrs RPYT 85hrs, 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 – RYT 200hrs RYT 85hrs, Assisting Teacher Trainer and Mother and 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 – RYT 200hrs RYT 85hrs, 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 and 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.

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.