Clare Newman – Program Director and Facilitator
My journey into birthing began after the completion of my initial yoga certification program in 2005. After assisting in a prenatal yoga class, I was overwhelmed with a sense of raw beauty while witnessing the connection between mother and baby. I knew during an inspirational breathing and guided meditation at the end of class I wanted to be a part of this extraordinary and blessed gift with expectant mothers in preparation for my own journey into motherhood…….one day.
I wanted my students to be confident in my ability to teach yoga asana but needed the knowledge to help create a calming and nurturing environment for expectant mothers, as I didn’t have any children of my own. I enrolled in a program with the Global Birthing Institute in 2006 to prepare for another journey as a Doula. I volunteered at the Terra Association and assisted in helping teens prepare for labour, delivery and motherhood.
For years I continued to teach several weekly pre-natal yoga classes in Edmonton and surrounding cities as well, and with much gratitude, assisted as a Doula for many local couples. Retirement as a Doula called early when I discovered I was pregnant with my son and made the decision to focus my teachings on yoga.
After the birth of my son in 2008, I returned to teaching yoga and became passionate about uniting mother and baby though use of traditional yoga practices such as pranayama (breath), meditation and mantras (healing sounds) while incorporating mindful techniques I learned as a Doula. I created Mamata Yoga in 2010 after I discovered I was pregnant with my daughter and decided to create a pre-natal yoga teacher training program to help create a solid unification of current yoga instructors and professional who are interested in assisting women throughout pregnancy.
Clare, a mother of three, has been a practitioner of yoga for over 17 years with experience in Hatha, Bikram, Anusara, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Kid's yoga and Pre & Post Natal yoga. She studied Iyengar yoga intensively for over 4 years, attending the teacher training program at the Yoga Studio College of Alberta in 2005 (Certified).
Clare holds certification through the Yoga Association of Alberta (YAA), Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with the Yoga Alliance.
Clare has assisted and lead 200 hour Teacher Training courses with Yoga Alliance since 2007 and is honored to be the Program Director and co-facilitator for the 200 Yoga Teacher Training at Vikara Yoga Academy (launching in January 2016).
Sandy Brown – Program Facilitator
I had dreamt of becoming a yoga teacher since starting my own practice in the late 90s; but my introverted nature and shyness kept me from pursuing that dream until 2008 when I found myself on the other side of a traumatic birthing experience. It was at that point I knew my future would involve educating myself and other women about the benefits of yoga and how it is a tool for overall well-being, birthing, recovery and life as a modern woman and mother.
In my first pregnancy I had attended weekly prenatal yoga classes, I felt certain -after squatting a few squats and chanting a few OMs- I was totally prepared and capable of having my baby the way a great yogini would. I was shattered and unprepared when my birth did not go at all according to plan… not even close. The sharp edge of reality left me in a dark, deep pit of emptiness with feelings of inadequacy and failure.
I knew in my heart that other women must have had similar experiences, perhaps fear of judgement kept them silent. And so I set out to educate myself and discover truths about pregnancy and birthing. I sought to heal myself and procure tools to parent my beautiful child and perhaps find a sense of preparedness to one day expand my family further. And although my initial intention was completely self-serving what I unearthed was a greater need to share my experiences and discoveries with others.And so the journey began… and so it continues today.
My passion is yoga and my intention is teaching modern applications of ancient yogic philosophies to women, so that she may discover her rhythm, unleash her primal self, harness her potential and focus her energy into loving inspiration for the next generation of her children to seek and express their own unique authenticity.
I am thrilled to be apart of Mamata Yoga and to have this amazing opportunity to share my passion in support of creating an extensive group of empowered yoga teachers.
Sandy a mother of two beautiful rascals is a health and natural beauty enthusiast. In her spare time she can be found honing her asanas in her home studio, concocting delectable beauty products, reading and hanging out with friends! She enjoys spending time with her family, painting and playing musical instruments. She dances like no one is watching and sings like no one is listening and wants you to do the same!
Sandy currently holds registration through the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200) and Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), she is currently working towards her 500-hour Yoga certification and her Natural Health Consulting certification.
Heidi Mason – Anatomy Teacher Trainer
Heidi Mason is a Registered Physical Therapist, RYT200, RPYT, Mom and Women’s Health enthusiast if there is such a thing! Whether to prevent injury and promote health, or to rehabilitate and recover from injury and illness, Heidi, in her role as a Physical Therapist, supports and guides clients in connecting with their bodies; tapping into its innate wisdom and unlocking full healing potential.
In her role as a Yoga Teacher she finds herself doing much of the same, supporting and guiding her students to connect with their bodies in the moment, uniting mind, body and spirit.
As her experience in both roles deepens she is continually inspired by the parallels and compliments of ancient yogic philosophies and the science of her profession.
And with her two seemingly separate and yet ever similar worlds blending together she has been presented with the exciting opportunity to teach the Anatomy and Physiology of pregnancy, labour and delivery, and post partum recovery to RPYT students.
While Women’s Health is an ever expanding speciality in her profession; educating, preparing, supporting and rehabilitating pre and post-natal women on their journey to motherhood seems to be all too often overlooked by the healthcare community as an asset.
With her experience as a Mom, Physical Therapist and Yoga Teacher, Heidi looks forward to sharing insights on “holding it all together” in pregnancy, mobilizing and connecting with the pelvic girdle in preparation for labour and delivery, restablishing safe use and strength of the abdominals and among other topics, how to connect with the elusive pelvic floor and why its sooo important in preventing future incontinence. She believes RPYTs have a unique opportunity and are in the ideal position to shed the light of awareness on these topics.
As a Mom she can attest to the benefits of applying this information prenatally, during labour and delivery and postpartum.
Heidi is grateful to be a part of the Mamata Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training Program and looks forward to meeting you all!!
Jules McLean – Ayurvedic Doula/Teacher Trainer)
Jules fell deeply in love with holistic healing as medicine in 2007. She is a passionate Yogi, Ayurvedic Doula & Massage Therapist with a focus towards women's health and pregnancy. She uniquely combines ancient wisdom with the demands of modern motherhood to create a practical and endlessly beneficial system of holistic health for natal care and beyond. She assists in teacher trainings, leads workshops and hosts Ayurvedic retreats.