Suzanne Swan (Childbirth Educator, Senior Yoga teacher & Founder)
Suzanne Swan is the principal teacher and founder of yogababy. She has a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology, is a Senior Yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, an Advanced Educator with Childbirth and Parenting Educators of Australia (CAPEA) and is a Registered Calmbirth® Practitioner. She has been studying and practicing yoga for over 30 years.
Suzanne has been teaching Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga since 1999. She is certified as a Yoga for Pregnancy teacher and Active Birth Educator by Jane Campbell-Kaye and Janet Balaskas of the Active Birth Centre, London (2001).
Using the awareness gained through the practice of breathing and relaxation, she birthed her two children using Active Birth skills. Since their births, she has studied with many renowned international and local teachers in the areas of birth, yoga and healing developing her own inspiring body-mind centred childbirth classes. She is dedicated to providing the best possible childbirth education programme available to couples today.
As well as teaching weekly Active Birth Yoga, & Pregnancy Yoga classes, Suzanne offers monthly Active Birth Workshops for couples and Antenatal & Fertility Private Sessions by appointment. She also conducts specialised PreNatal/PostNatal Yoga teacher training courses and leads Active Birth Teacher trainings for health professionals, physiotherapists, childbirth educators and midwives.
Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, UQ, 1984-1988
Postgraduate Diploma of Transpersonal Psychology and Therapy, WA, 1989 - 1991
Postgraduate Diploma of Yoga for Pregnancy and Active Birth, QLD 1999-2001
Advanced Childbirth EducatorNational Association of Childbirth Educators Member, AUS, since 2001
Senior Yoga teacher, Yoga Australia, since 2003
Registered Calmbirth Practitioner, since 2010
Suzanne has a passion for birth and believes in the transformational power of yoga. Her yoga practice for the last thirty years has been dedicated to understanding how meditation and different breathing and yoga techniques enhance hormonal balance and women's health. She has been inspired by Yogini's such as Janet Balaskas, Geeta Iyengar, Swami Gurupremananda Sarawati, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Ateeka and Tamara James.
Lauren (Loz) has always believed that yoga encourages you to see that everything you need is within and as women there is a deep cycle that we are internally connected to. "Yoga was a wonderful way for me connect with my baby & the changes occurring in my body during pregnancy also to prepare me for the birthing experience. It allowed me to be in the present moment & believe this is why my daughter has such a calm spirit. As a yoga teacher I have the unique opportunity to truly support pregnant women. Watching mothers deepen their bond with their babies in a relaxing environment of the Mums & Bubs yoga is divine." Loz attended Pregnancy Yoga, Active Birth Yoga & Mums & Bubs yoga classes during her first pregnancy 2015 - 2016. Loz teaches Pregnancy Yoga & Mums & Bubs Yoga in Brisbane & Gold Coast.
Level One Yoga Teacher Training (350hrs) through My Health Yoga in 2012
Kids Yoga Teacher Training through Angel Yoga 4 Kids in 2013
IYTA diploma of Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training (150hrs) 2014
Teaching yogababy Pregnancy yoga & Mums & bubs yoga 2016
Yogababy PreNatal/PostNatal Yoga TT (100 hrs) 2017
Yogababy Active Birth Yoga educator (50 hrs) 2017
Natalie has a decade of yoga practice and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2016. She completed her Pre/Postnatal teacher training with Yoga London & Birth Light Baby Yoga in 2016/17. “I love teaching yoga to people from all walks of life, but have a particular affinity for working with women navigating life-changing experiences like pregnancy and motherhood, body image issues, and hormonal challenges.”
She recently moved back to Brisbane after 14 years in the UK and teaches yoga full-time in Brisbane. Natalie teaches Pregnancy Yoga at Auchenflower
Nicole brings a therapeutic approach to pre and postnatal yoga with her training in yoga therapy. She understands that the body goes through many changes throughout pregnancy and then after the baby is born.
"As a Mum of a toddler it can be difficult to work with the physical changes motherhood brings and any aches and pains that come with it." Nicole’s focus is to get your body back in a progressive and safe way and at the same time share special memories with your baby. Being a mum herself, Nicole can relate to the joys and demands of having a baby, thus making her passion for healing and nurturing both mom and baby a primary focus in her life.
Nicole has over 700hrs of training in meditation, yoga nidra, yoga therapy, and pre/postnatal yoga. Nicole teaches yogababy Mums & Bubs yoga and is yogababy’s administrative assistant.
Rehana has been practicing yoga for 15 years. The focus on breath and alignment of body, mind and spirit captivated her, and sparked her passion for a consistent practise. After completing her first yoga qualification in Toronto, Canada in 2012, Rehana moved to Brisbane and started teaching yoga classes throughout various studios. She has taught hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga however has a particular interest in teaching pregnancy yoga. She completed her PreNatal Yoga TT with yogababy in 2017.
Rehana has been teaching pregnancy yoga classes since 2013. In preparation for her own pregnancy journey, she attended Yogababy’s fertility workshop in 2015; and preNatal teacher training in 2017. She also practised preNatal and active birth classes at Yogababy while pregnant.
Rehana believes that pranayama and asana are essential to promote wellbeing, and particularly important for women throughout pregnancy and motherhood. Rehana teaches Pregnancy yoga at West End.
Anna started her Yoga and Pilates journey throughout her career as a professional dancer, and as one chapter closed her teaching chapter opened. Anna completed her Pilates teaching training in 2017 and completed her 200hr Yoga teaching Training in 2018. Anna's passion for women’s health grew shortly after the birth of her beautiful daughter Mila which led her to complete her Pre/Postnatal Yoga and Active Birth training under the direction of Yogababy's very own Suzanne Swan. Anna is passionate about alignment and flow, and the connection of body, mind and breath.
Anna has a family of four with two young children, as well as teaching Yoga and Pilates. Anna teaches Pregnancy Yoga at West End.
Marissa loves supporting women to enjoy a fulfilling experience of pregnancy, birth and parenthood. She experienced first-hand the bonding and connection that prenatal yoga can create and she is sure that it was due to this practice during her pregnancies that she was able to enjoy the positive births of her two children.
Marissa holds 350 hours of Yoga Teaching accreditation including Pregnancy & Post-Natal Yoga & Active Birth Training with Yogababy’s Suzanne Swan and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Lizzie Lasater.
In addition to teaching Prenatal Yoga, she is also a Pregnancy Massage specialist passionate about helping women to prepare their bodies for birth and to advocate for their birth choices. To learn more about Marissa’s pregnancy and postpartum service, please visit her website www.nurtureherwellbeing.com.