My YogaBellies Journey
by Alison Frame CYT, YogaBellies Teacher and Franchisee in Lanarkshire, Scotland. She was also Teacher of the Month in April 2015 and is a finalist in our YogaBellies Teacher of the Year award.
If someone had told me a few years ago that I would be teaching YogaBellies in Lanarkshire I would never have believed them! At that time I was pregnant with my second daughter, working in the city centre as a Chartered Accountant in an investment bank. I was very busy and struggling to maintain a work life balance, but I was so excited about welcoming my new daughter into our family. Therefore it was a huge shock to suffer post natal depression after Leia’s birth but it set me on a life changing journey.
Exercise had become an essential part of my routine and helped lift my mood. I had attending gym yoga classes and absolutely loved the postures, the flow and relaxation, and I had also been trying meditation to help me sleep. As the time was approaching for me to return to work I sat down with my husband one Sunday night and Dragons Den came on. As I watched Cheryl, Mike and Sophie talk about YogaBellies I felt like everything was falling into place…. surely this was too good to be true?
After visiting the YogaBellies website and talking to Cheryl I knew it wasn’t. This was my opportunity to have a more flexible career, enjoy a better work life balance and integrate yoga into my life and work. By providing these classes to women throughout what is a wonderful and special time in their lives, I could also help provide a support network for them during what can all too often be a scary and lonely time too.
And the rest, as they say, is history. I completed my YogaBellies training in 2013, loving every second and learning so much, and started teaching YogaBellies for Pregnancy in Hamilton in January 2015. Since then I have added YogaBellies for Mum & Baby and Baby Massage, and YogaBelles for Women. I absolutely love teaching my classes, meeting the mums to be and mums and babies. Watching these ladies on their journeys, forming bonds and friendships is beautiful, and I feel very lucky to be a small part of that.