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Maria Monakhova

Maria Monakhova has been teaching yoga for 4 years and completed her 300 hours teacher training qualification in September 2015. She teaches at NYM YOGA on a full-time basis, does private individual and small group lessons as well as leads yoga retreats. She studied pregnancy yoga at Andrei Lappa’s school of Universal Yoga in summer of 2015. “I am a mother to two children, 3 and 5 years old. Both prenatal terms have been incredibly exciting and happy times for me, but equally challenging, confusing and frustrating at times. No amount of reading about it can really prepare you for this journey or rather test. I was very lucky to have been practicing yoga for a few years prior to my pregnancy and it quite unexpectedly provided me with mental strength and physical stamina to go through it with confidence, joy and grace. This was in stark contrast to experiences that some of my pregnant friends were going through at the time, and I have found myself sharing small tips and bits of advice online, by phone or in person, which then led to me showing how breathing exercise or a few asanas could alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, boost energy and confidence or improve sleep. And it sort of snowballed from there to Pommama. I am looking forward to seeing you on the yoga mat! love&peace”


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Cheryl Theodorou Abela

Cheryl has been teaching vinyasa yoga for a number of years. She qualified in 2012 after training with Conrad Paul at Yoga Professionals. She went on to complete her prenatal and postnatal yoga training in 2017 with Yoga London. She was eager to study this area after her own two pregnancies. She is drawn to the powerful healing and strengthening that yoga can offer mothers-to-be during their pregnancy as well as providing a space where they can learn breathing and mindful techniques to help and empower them to have the birth of their choice.


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Lydia Lim

Lydia Lim has been practicing yoga since 2005, being first introduced to it in her early teens in South East Asia. She completed her Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training qualification in June 2017, along with the 200hr Yoga Teacher qualification in November 2016 - both accredited by Yoga Alliance at YogaLondon. She teaches a mixture of private, corporate and community based classes in Central London. She has developed a passion for Pregnancy Yoga owing to a strong belief in the holistic path of self-care and nurturing of the body and mind, especially during motherhood. Using a medley of pranayama, asana, pelvic floor and deep relaxation exercises, she aims to impart the benefits of prenatal yoga and universal truths of kindness and compassion towards supporting an easeful pregnancy and post-natal recovery. To learn more about Lydia visit her website http://www.lydialimyoga.com


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Simone Matus

Simone Matus has been a Vinyasa, Pregnancy & Postnatal yoga teacher since 2014. She was lucky enough to have started her yoga journey over 6 years ago with an amazing teacher who encouraged her to explore and go deeper in her practice and eventually become a yoga teacher. Her teacher also happened to be pregnant at the time and was a constant inspiration as well as major influencer for Simone, who realised that pregnancy, birth and beyond are where her passions lie. Simone's teaching path has always focused within this realm and she has recently qualified as a Birth Doula too. Simone holds the belief that every pregnancy is unique and with encouraging and non-judgmental guidance all pregnant women can keep moving within their bodies as they grown and connect with their babies. Simone offers a physical practice that links breath with movement, and is rooted in the belief that it is the spaces between these that bring us the greatest opening and opportunities to release and let go so that we may come back to ourselves and our bodies more grounded and connected than before. Simone holds a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher qualification as well as a Pregnancy & Postnatal certification, both accredited through Yoga Alliance.


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Liz Daffen

Liz graduated from her 200 hr teacher training with Yoga London and swiftly signed up to the pre and post-natal teacher training in the same year to ensure she was equipped to help pregnant students in classes. One of the main things that Liz took away from this course was how lonely being pregnant could be in a big city if close friends and family are not nearby. Liz can help you to feel more comfortable and at ease in your body as it progresses throughout each stage of pregnancy through the practice of yoga. Liz enjoys sharing the wonder of yoga and helping others to find their connection with their breath and their body.


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Nadezhda Bocheva

Nadia started her yoga journey during her last year in high school when she felt in love with the practise from the very first class. Nadia studied with Yoga London (Yoga Alliance accredited) both for her 200h Vinyasa Flow in 2013 and Pre and Postnatal training in 2017. She is also trained in Meditation and Children Yoga. Nadia has been lucky to be sharing the joy of yoga on full time basis locally and internationally since 2014. She is teaching mixture of private and studios classes, has worked with companies like NBC Universal, Warm Up, Akin Gump, and also taught in Westminster and East London Universities. Nadia is holding monthly mini Yoga retreats at the Yoga Nest as an antidote for busy Londoners and international yoga retreats attracting people from all over the world. Nadia is passionate about pregnancy yoga as she can help women in this special time of their lives supporting pregnant ladies through yoga and leaving them with techniques they can use during labour. Nadia's style is Vinyasa Flow, with strong focus on body awareness and alignment. She teaches with love and inspiration, which make her classes an amazing experience.


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Yasmina Cherquaoui

Yasmina started her yoga journey in 2002 whilst trying to find balance in a stress filled corporate world and found that her mat became a sacred haven. It has not only helped with scoliosis but also provided inner calm and techniques to help with anxiety. With a view to sharing the benefits of yoga with others, she undertook a teacher training with the Himalayan Yoga Institute and has since qualified in Prenatal, Postnatal and Mother & Baby Yoga. Yasmina is an enthusiastic and caring teacher, she aims to be an effective bridge between an ancient practice and modern day life, resulting in a profound peace and harmonisation of the body, mind and breath. She believes that in addition to all the physical benefits and useful tools for labour that yoga offers, perhaps most importantly it allows mum and baby a special time to connect whilst disconnecting from the external stresses and pressures of life.


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Lynley Middlemiss

Lynley started her yoga journey in 2011 and decided to train in pre and post natal yoga when she was having fertility issues. Upon having her oldest daughter she found her mat was an excellent way to keep strong not only physically but mentally and emotionally also. Lynley ensures her classes are relaxed and free of any judgement including with parenting. Being a mum can at times be hard and Lynley believes in supporting all mums through this journey and giving them skills with breathing and movement to help them.