Natasha Calia (RN, BTEC Level 5, MICHT, Dip BWY, Dip BSY Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga, Dip Baby & Toddler Yoga Birthlight, REP)

I worked as a paediatric nurse for 10 years, progressing from a staff nurse in a local children’s ward to a junior sister at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. I also trained as a UNICEF breastfeeding councillor and have completed several BSc post graduate modules at Kings and Christchurch in child health assessment, paediatric cardiac nursing, paediatric intensive care nursing and public health.

When I first set up BabySpace I often brought my own baby to class – and together we discovered just how wonderful baby yoga is. He is nine years old now and we still incorporate yoga into our daily lives and explore and learn together. Over the past 10 years it has been a great pleasure to teach antenatal yoga to over 350 expectant mums and well over 700 mums (and a few dads) plus their babies, toddlers and preschool children.

Originally yoga trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, I have completed postgraduate diploma modules in prenatal, antenatal, and postnatal yoga with the British School of Yoga and Baby Yoga and SMART toddler yoga with Birthlight.

My personal experience of pregnancy and childbirth has been diverse, from a caesarean section to a water birth at home (in that order and everything in between!). I recognise that each pregnancy, birth, child and mother is unique and firmly believe that yoga and massage can enhance health and wellbeing for all.

As well as my yoga training I have 13 different therapeutic massage diplomas, an osteopathic articulation diploma, certification in medical acupuncture, kinesiology, Reiki and I am a womb health practitioner. I am training in Craino Sacral Therapy with Upledger.

I have always been fascinated with the way that we move, feel, and experience our lives through our bodies and how our thoughts and emotions affect our wellbeing. Whether in class or in a treatment, I aim to create a relaxed, honest environment in which we can release, reframe, heal and share.