Prenatal, Postnatal and Baby Yoga
Mama2shape Pregnancy Yoga, Baby and Mum Postnatal Yoga, and YogaShapes Baby Yoga classes are taught by Kat Frost. Kat has practised yoga since she was in her early teens and has been teaching yoga for ten years, completing her initial Teacher Training course in 2006 and setting up Yoga2shape in 2008.
Kat was inspired to become a qualified Pregnancy Yoga teacher in order to ensure that pregnant students joining her classes were practising safe and effective yoga, and it was then a natural progression for Kat to train to teach Postnatal, Mum and Baby and Family yoga. After teaching Pregnancy and Postnatal yoga and Pilates classes alongside her regular classes for 6 years, Kat set up Mama2shape in 2017 following the birth of her first child as a specialised provider of education and support for prenatal and postnatal women, covering birth preparation, antenatal education, hypno-birthing, pregnancy yoga, postnatal mum and baby yoga and emotional support for women.
Kat holds the following relevant qualifications
- ISHTA System Yoga Teacher Training, Rachel Zinman, Byron Bay, Australia, 2006
- ISHTA System Advanced Adjustments, Rachel Zinman, Byron Bay, Australia, 2007
- Teaching Yoga to Children, Yoga Campus, London, UK, 2008
- Teaching Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga Campus, London, UK, 2008
- Pilates, FutureFit Training, Southampton, UK, 2010
- Teaching Postnatal, Baby and Family Yoga, Yoga Campus, London, UK, 2011
- Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, 2016
Kat has a clear and sensitive teaching style and ensures that all members of the class are getting the most out of their yoga class. As a highly experienced yoga teacher, she is able to adjust class content to meet the specific needs of students.
Mama2shape Baby Massage is taught by mum of two Katie Samways, who has a passion for helping new parents to have fun with their babies.
Katie massaged her own children as babies and found it helped her bond and spend quality time with them. Baby groups gave her a reason to leave the house and she met some great new friends along the way. She hopes that the baby massage classes that she teaches can do the same for you.
Katie completed her infant massage instructor training with Hands on Babies, whose courses are accredited by the Complementary Therapists Association, International Institute for Complementary Therapists (CThA), Independent Professional Therapists (IPTI) and the Royal College of Midwives.
Jelena was trained by the Academy of Infant Massage and Yoga To Baby and Beyond to become a qualified Infant Massage Instructor. Their course is accredited by the IPTI, RCM, IICT and the CPD Standards Office.
She strongly believes in the value of the early relationship between parents/carers and their babies. She feels that baby massage is perfect to promote the bonding between them, through teaching loving touch and positive emotions and communication.
Jelena heard about and experienced baby massage for the first time when her youngest child was six weeks old and her local health visitor was running weekly classes to teach first time parents how to massage their baby/babies. Her son didn’t like it there at all but enjoyed it when she massaged him at home, so she attended each session just to learn the strokes, communicate with other parents and to have a reason to get out of the house (what can be very hard, especially after being up all night).
Much later, when Jelena had her second son and he had problems with trapped wind, she started to search for help and was referred back to baby massage. Only then, she realised that it is good not only for relationship between parent and baby but also helps with colic, improves sleep, calming etc.
Now that both of her boys are older and she is ready to become somebody else, not just a mother, she has made the decision that she wants to run her own classes and share her knowledge with others.. Jelena says ‘Baby massage is definitely not just for babies, it is all about doing it with your baby!’
She is a qualified Midwife as well as a Maternity Nurse and Paediatric First Aid Trainer. Having personally delivered over 70 babies herself and helped with hundreds more she has a great ‘tool box’ of helpful hints, tips and advice on preparing for a positive birthing experience.Qualifications and Experience –
Midwifery BSC Degree – University College London Hospital UCLH 2000- 2013
Midwife at Lewisham Hospital London. 2013- 2015
Maternity Nurse – London UK, Andermatt, Switzerland, Nairobi, Kenya. 2014- Present
Employers – Tigerlily Childcare and Tigerlily First Aid Training 2004 – 2016
BTEC Childhood Studies 2000