I have been attending births as a doula for 24 years. In 1994, I was lured to the world of yoga following the birth of my first son. Soon afterward, My doula partner, Kathryn Beet and I, joined forces to create the renowned Yogaspace pre/postnatal program. In 2001, I became sole director of the program and have kept it growing both within and beyond Yogaspace ever since. The Centre was born as the program grew and the needs of our community expanded.
The Centre offers a variety of classes, workshops and gatherings, both in-person and online, to support new and growing families.
Having attended over 700 births, I know that a strong yoga practice provides women with an incredibly powerful support system as they prepare for birth and motherhood. Over the years, I have strived to bring the wisdom of birth and the teachings of yoga to our prenatal yoga classes, our birth preparation classes, our mentorships for young doulas and our mother’s groups. I have also been strongly influenced by the following individuals and teachings; The Art of Mentoring and the Eight Shield’s Institute (Jon Young), Claire Zammit and The Feminine Power courses she leads, all the women and men I have worked with over the years and the wonderful people who serve our families in genuinely positive and progressive ways; doulas, midwives, nurses, OBGYNs, Family Doctors, Osteopaths, Doctors of Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapists, The Synergy Sports Clinic…I could go on and on…
Our online offerings are the newest addition to our services and a part of a larger vision that includes reaching areas beyond the Toronto core that may not have access to classes and support with our approach. They go hand in hand with my latest project of creating a retreat space just east of Peterborough on our farm land where we can gather and celebrate the incredible journey of parenting. I look forward to meeting you and serving you in the best way I can.
A photo taken in front of our old house on Mansfield in 2003 where the Centre first began.