Why YogaBellies was founded…
“I had just got married and had qualified as a yoga teacher. I was looking into having babies and knew I wanted to practice yoga during pregnancy. I was actually scared of giving birth, so I looked into hypnobirthing as well. The pregnancy yoga classes I went to were just awful. There were 50 of us rammed into a cold church hall and I’m pretty confident the teacher had never done yoga in her life! There was no atmosphere, nobody spoke to each other and it was truly painful. I looked into hypnobirthing too and although I loved the concepts, it just seemed very cheesy and not something that I could fully buy into.
I took my meditation; self hypnosis and training in sooo many other holistic therapies and I created YogaBellies and the Birth ROCKS Method. It was exactly what I was looking for – for ME – at that time in my life! I wanted a yoga class that wasn’t silent or intimidating. I wanted to learn how to practice yoga safely during my period, during pregnancy, with my baby. I wanted to do all of this and relax at the end of my working day!
I wanted to meet likeminded women going through the same things as me – easy going women, who like a laugh, aren’t holier than though, are trying to juggle all that life throws at them, but still retain their sanity and find a little bit of time to look after themselves. I wanted to be motivated to MOVE, to eat right, to get some sleep, to socialize, to look after my family, see my friends and show myself a little bit of love!”
Cheryl MacDonald, YogaBellies Founder and Creator of the Birth ROCKS Method