Hi I’m Mina, a yoga teacher specialising in pregnancy and postnatal yoga, founder of Womama Yoga and Mum to two gorgeous little humans.
I first discovered yoga in 2000 when I was training as a professional dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. As a dancer, waiting backstage before a performance, I needed to keep my body warm, strong and supple and my mind focused. Yoga was the perfect solution, especially in those small dressing rooms.
When I had to take a break due to injury, yoga continued to be a way for me to move and connect safely with my body. And a number of years later, it gently aided my recovery from a serious car accident.
After my dance career ended I began a new chapter working in marketing. It was a very different environment and while I enjoyed my role, I experienced periods of stress and anxiety. Once again I was drawn back to yoga.
I started to immerse myself in local classes and discovered the benefits of hot yoga. The grounding it gave me was amazing, but when I then became pregnant for the first time, I had to stop.
Slowing down and finding a more gentle practice through pregnancy yoga was revolutionary for me.
Once I was exposed to the benefits of pregnancy yoga, not only for my physical and mental state through labour, but also the birth, I knew I had to share what I’d learned with as many mums-to-be as possible. What better way to do this, I thought, than as a teacher.
In 2018 I completed my specialist pregnancy yoga teacher training with Sally Parkes Yoga. Soon after which, I became pregnant for the second time, welcoming our daughter into the world the following summer.
It wasn’t until the pandemic hit in 2020, and my youngest was almost a year old, that I had the opportunity to take my dream and make it a reality. I left my job to focus on attaining additional yoga qualifications and launched Womama Yoga soon after.
In times of need yoga has always been there for me. My mission is to empower as many people as possible through yoga. I would be honoured if you would allow me to support you in your pregnancy and/or postnatal journey, sharing with you the positive effects that yoga can have on your body, mind and wellbeing.
I hope to see you on the mat soon.