Why YogaBellies was founded…

“I started YogaBellies for women who wanted to improve their lives. Women’s mental and physical well-being fluctuates throughout life, and a healthy yoga practice and a supportive community can make these transitions so much easier. That’s what YogaBellies is all about. Being supportive, inclusive and welcoming. It’s for women who want to practice yoga, to experience the many benefits and have fun, with their babies or with their female friends. At YogaBellies we keep it real. You don’t need to be able to do the splits to join our classes :)

I started to teach classes specifically for women, so that they too could enjoy yoga in a comfortable, no-pressure environment. Our yoga practices are created around the key stages in a woman’s life, and they’re created by women for women. Our clients love our classes, because we are our clients.”

Cheryl MacDonald BA Hons E-RPYT, YogaBellies Founder

What is YogaBellies?

YogaBellies offer yoga classes and ethical products for women at every stage of their lives, including pregnancy and post-partum with baby. Our yoga is not just for pregnant ladies, it’s for all women and we have clients as young as 14 and old as 100! We offer yoga for women from menstruation to post menopausal.

YogaBellies® is above all ethical, inclusive and something special for women. We aim to make our products and classes an accessible luxury for all women. Our yoga sessions incorporate authentic yogic and holistic techniques, translated into an environment that’s not intimidating and enjoyable for all. YogaBellies classes are unique in that everyone is always welcome, no matter your shape, size or level of yoga practice.

Our classes incorporate traditional yoga asanas (postures); self-hypnosis and deep relaxation; unique YogaBellies touch therapies and often beautiful songs and games, if baby comes too. We believe in embracing our children and family into our lives, which is why our mama classes also provide positive life building experiences for infants and children.

YogaBellies teachers love and live their work. We are able to tailor a complete holistic programme for your specific needs and we know and care for all of our clients personally. When you come to YogaBellies, you become part of a beautiful community of women supporting women, across the globe.


What Does The Name 'YogaBellies' Mean?

The name YogaBellies always gives way to much hilarity with people grabbing their ‘yoga bellies’ and laughing :) We love the name ‘YogaBellies’ but its roots actually have a much deeper meaning. The female ‘belly’ was once revered as a symbol of abundance and fertility which we still see today in ancient goddess statues and symbols. These images were part of the body of the Great Mother Goddess who gave life, and she nourished, protected and loved us – without reservation. These bellies celebrated woman’s unique capacity not only to take in nature’s bounty – but to revel in it. The ‘belly’ and therefore the ‘womb’ is what makes us women and by calling our collective YogaBellies, we believe that we are showing our love of all things feminine and that which makes us women.

YogaBellies style of yoga embraces what it is to be a woman and the feminine aspects of our mind and body with love and acceptance through every stage of life – through the life phases of maiden (menstruation), mother (pregnancy and post-partum) and crone (menopause.) The belly is home to our body centered wisdom – our gut knowing, our female instinct for self-preservation. At YogaBellies, you don’t need to have a flat tummy to enjoy our style of yoga, we encourage women to embrace their natural curves and to love everything about themselves that is strong, feminine, sensitive and aware. All women are welcome at YogaBellies regardless of age, size or shape: we are a community of women supporting women.

The YogaBellies Mission

To Make Yoga An Accessible Luxury That All Women Can Enjoy

To provide beautiful, ethical and inclusive yoga for women.

To guide women through the key life stages with empathy, honesty and love.

To encourage women to embrace their femininity and to recognise the strength in this.

To reignite a worldwide community of women supporting women.

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YogaBellies Teacher Training Standards Mean that You and Your Child are in Safe Hands

+ Specialist Yoga Teacher Training: Every Certified YogaBellies Teacher undertakes rigorous world-wide accredited training in their chosen path. Our teachers are specialist in their yoga teaching field. We only offer specialist classes and our teachers are experts in women, children’s and aqua yoga.
+ On-going Teacher Training and Development: Every YogaBellies teacher undertakes regular professional development training and is kept up to date with the latest news and developments in their chosen field.
+ A Community of Women Supporting Women: We are in constant contact with our teachers meaning that we can assure you that our teachers continue to meet the professional and safety standards that we are known for.
+ You and Your Child are Safe with YogaBellies: Our clients can be reassured that they are in safe hands at this most important time in their lives.

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YogaBellies Teachers Meet Our Rigorous Training Standards



A Certified YogaBellies Teacher must work safely with women and children, being respectful of their life stage and special considerations, and is encouraged and coached on how to do so by
YogaBellies on an on-going basis. (Ahimsa – Non-violence)


Practical Skills

A Certified YogaBellies Teacher must possess practical skills appropriate to the style of Yoga/Antenatal Education/Massage she teaches and is continually advised and guided on their path as a teacher. (Satya – Truthfulness)



A Certified YogaBellies Teacher must possess the factual knowledge and the self-knowledge necessary to provide YogaBellies classes and therapies effectively and safely. YogaBellies keep in constant contact with their teachers and provide the most up to date therapeutic knowledge and developments in the women’s health, perinatal and paediatric fields. (Satya – Truthfulness)



All of the above must be grounded in the Certified YogaBellies Teacher’s dedicated practice in their yoga or therapy areas. YogaBellies ensure that our teachers maintain a regular practice in their chosen path through self-practice and self-development. (Svadhyaya – Self-study/knowledge)

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