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About Mamata Yoga

The Sanskrit word Mamata means “mother’s love” or “affection” in English, which is beautifully symbolic of all our teacher training programs as we build a community of love and support.

The intention behind our courses is to unite and create a dynamic group of professional yoga teachers, mothers, nurses, doulas and midwives who are passionate about creating a mindful connection between mother and baby during the process of pregnancy as well as labour and delivery.

Prenatal yoga classes are currently among the most popular specified classes offered at studios or privately. Expectant mothers are seeking out qualified yoga instructors to ensure safe and effective yoga asana to soothe physical and emotional changes as well, specialized techniques such as pranayama and meditation for a more focused and calming birthing experience.

About Clare Newman

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 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, served with much gratitude 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 through the use of traditional yoga practices such as pranayama (breath), meditation and mantras (healing sounds) while incorporating mindfulness 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 prenatal yoga teacher training program to help create a solid unification of current yoga instructors and professionals who are interested in assisting women throughout pregnancy.

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Clare, a mother of three, has been a practitioner of yoga for over 18 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 is an 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 honoured to be the Program Director and co-facilitator for the 200 Yoga Teacher Training at Vikara Yoga Academy.

I absolutely adored Clare from the moment I met her. She has powerful, loving energy and is passionate about educating and empowering women through such a vital time in their lives. I was lucky enough to complete my 85-hour YTT while I was pregnant and without a doubt Clare not only prepared me to teach pre and postnatal yoga, she prepared me to be in my pregnant body and to birth in a way that I felt more knowledgeable, empowered and informed about. The education I received from this course was second to none - in fact, when I did my birthing classes I could not believe how much I already knew purely from the education I had received over 3 weekends in Mamata Yoga training. And then having Clare share herself and her heart each and every day in our classes made her teachings so much more relevant and real which was just icing on the cake. Clare is so, so intelligent, hilarious, caring beyond belief, has a wealth of experience to teach from, and is willing to put her heart on a platter for her students. This to me is the perfect role-modelling for becoming a teacher of our pre and postnatal population. There needs to be more of this love, this honesty, this education, and this energy for women in this phase of their lives and Clare exemplifies this throughout her training while providing a truly wonderful education, and provides outstanding resources. The required assignments, readings and her extra, optional recommendations of books, documentaries and practices for women's health were extremely relevant and wonderfully complimented the course.

I went to this training to further my own education and connect more deeply into my own practice but I left the training as a truly passionate advocate for women's health, choices, and unique journeys through what is most likely the most significant life-changing time they will ever experience. I honestly couldn't be more grateful for this training, for Clare and for the lifelong education I have received from Mamata Yoga.

So much love for this journey, and so much gratitude for this training.

Kira LawrenceLethbridge, Alberta, Canada

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