I’m Mairi and I’ve moved back to my homeland of Scotland to set up in business as a yoga practitioner with a special purpose. Based in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland, I teach yoga to aid pregnant women and also take classes that will benefit mothers-and-babies, as well as core yoga focussing on tummy and back problems. But first, let me tell you a little about myself.
I worked for some years as a lecturer in Podiatry (a foot specialist), then decided to combine two of my greatest loves – teaching and yoga. I first felt drawn to yoga after moving to London, where the hectic environment led me to seek out the classes.
It took me a few sessions to get used to the pace of yoga: I am someone who doesn’t like to sit around too much and I like to keep busy. As I progressed through the course, I stopped checking the clock and just enjoyed the calmness that yoga brings both physically and mentally. I continued my practice whilst living in London, trying different types of yoga from gentle static poses, flowing sequences and hot Bikram yoga.
In 2006, I first started teaching in the fitness world, obtaining a certificate in Exercise to Music from YMCA. Later I went to Thailand and completed an intensive yoga practitioner course. As well as being interested in fitness, I also have a passion for food and nutrition. I completed a course again from YMCA in exercise nutrition . I believe that health should be managed with a holistic approach, so a short course in nutrition and weight management gave me a further understanding of food and its benefits.
In 2010 I decided to go to India to study Yoga. I felt that as India is the home of Yoga then that’s where I should go. So off I went to learn Sivananda Yoga, completing a 200hr Yoga Alliance qualification. I had an amazing experience and performed my final exam on Christmas day, definitely a Christmas I won’t forget!.
2001 BSc (Hons) Podiatry – Glasgow, Scotland
2006 Exercise to Music certificate – London
2007 Intensive Yoga practitioner course – Thailand
2007 Thai Massage certificate – Thailand
2009 Exercise & Nutrition course – Glasgow, Scotland
2010 Sivananda Yoga 200hr Yoga Alliance – India
2013 Pregnancy Yoga Certificate – London
2013 Mother & Baby Yoga Certificate – London
2015 Yoga in Schools Course – London
2017 Ignite the creative child with Yoga – Enchanted Wonders – London
2017 Youth Mindfulness Programme – Glasgow, Scotland
Pregnancy Yoga Classes
I later completed my studies in pregnancy yoga within Yogacampus with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli while expecting my first child and finished my mother and baby yoga training when my daughter was only a few months old. I felt massively drawn to this area of yoga and loved learning about the changes to a woman’s body and techniques to help women prepare both mentally and physically for this change.
Pregnancy Yoga is ideal for a changing body. Each week your body can feel different, physically as well as emotionally. The postures are fairly tame compared to conventional yoga classes but that’s a good thing as your body is working hard to house your little one. As well as performing exercises which are safe and effective for pregnancy, classes massively focus on breathing.
There are several different breath techniques used for each part of labour. Full yogic & Ujayi breath are used in between contractions to re-energise and relax. Golden thread breath is performed during a contraction, aiding you through the strong sensations of a contraction which builds in intensity then fades, taking you closer to meeting your little one. Coffee pot breath or stage 2 breath helps breath the baby out, working with your body’s natural urge to birth your child.
Yoga for mums and babies
I had major issues with my pelvis during two pregnancies. However, it was after my second child that I suffered extreme mobility issues and was unable to walk unaided for several months. I used my yoga training and knowledge to aid my recovery. Although I am still not completely pain-free, I believe my yoga practice has greatly improved my recovery time.
Mother & Baby Yoga is the best type of class you can do when you have a new born. I am obviously biased but I think it is the perfect combination of initial light exercise for you after birth, gentle massage & mobility exercises for your little one and well deserved relaxation, oh and a cuppa tea & some snacks.
Youth Mindfulness for children
Mindfulness & Yoga go hand in hand. Every Yoga course I completed had breathing and mindfulness at the heart of it. Whilst in India I read several books on the consciousness of Yoga, awareness of now and the power of now.
I wish I had known about Mindfulness as a child or that it was available in school. Giving kids the tools to deal with difficult emotions makes so much sense! Whether it be general life, changing/difficult home life, coping with the stress of exams or the transition between primary or secondary, kids need support to help them become more resilient.
Life is not always easy, especially when perfection and happiness is deemed to be the norm in a social media dominated world. Mindfulness teaches kids that all emotions are ok, it is alright to feel sad/angry/unhappy. These are normal emotions and it is not a problem to experience them.
Yoga in schools
Yoga is not just about the physical postures like tree, although it is one of my favourite balancing poses!
Studio: – My home, Blairgowrie, Perth, Scotland
Phone: 07594 358294