Interview: Sarah Jones from Lushtums
Today I'm sharing an interview with my dear friend Sarah Jones who brought Lushtums to Abergavenny last year. I've done a couple of the postnatal sessions so I can speak from experience when I say that her class is awesome and exactly what every mama needs! Read on to find out more about Sarah and the classes she offers.
Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! My name is Sarah. I'm a Mama of 2 amazing little girls. A yoga teacher, birth educator and secondary school teacher.
How did you first become interested in yoga and how long have you been practicing for?
I took my first yoga class with my mother 21 years ago. I was 13 and I LOVED it. I have practiced on and off ever since but my daily practice became much more of a necessity in my life over the last 2 years. I think being a Mama of 2 drives me to have some ME time on the mat.
What inspired you to become a Lushtums yoga teacher and what do you enjoy most about it?
I was living in Brighton during both my pregnancies and was lucky enough to practice Lushtums Preganacy yoga on my 2nd baby. I fell in love with the practice, the blend of science and yoga meant I understood what was happening to my body whereas I didn't have a clue on my first! Knowledge is empowerment, especially when it comes to childbirth. I had a completely different birth experience on my 2nd and this was down to Lushtums. When we decided to move back home to Wales I knew without doubt, I wanted to bring this school of yoga with me to help others and build a community of support specifically for women.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I wouldn't say I'm a stereotypical yoga teacher for sure! First and foremost, I'm a Mama who has been where my ladies are at so I can absolutely relate to them when they turn up with horrendous heartburn or morning sickness or off the back of a sleepless night. My classes are not too serious and we like to have some fun and always a giggle in class. I guess what I am serious about though is my ladies feeling strong and empowered in their choices, their pregnancies and Motherhood. Yoga is all about tuning back in to you and your intuition and learning how to trust that in Motherhood.
What classes do you offer?
At the moment I teach 2 Pregnancy Yoga classes, Baby and Me Yoga and Mama’s Yoga.
Your pregnancy yoga class is full of women at different stages of pregnancy and with different abilities - how do you teach a class that fulfils all of their needs?
I never plan my classes beforehand. We always open class with a lovely Hello Circle where each lady lets me know how she is this week, physically and emotionally. I use this info to put together my class plan so each week is different and is totally tailored to the changing needs of my ladies.
What would a mama expect to gain if she comes to your mum & baby class and what is the benefit to the baby?
Aw, Baby and Me Yoga is the most gorgeous class. Mama's come and get some lovely bonding time with baby whilst getting herself a really deep and nourishing yoga practice.
My postnatal classes are really focused on supporting Mama to heal from birth, physically and emotionally as well as helping her restore her core, back and pelvic floor. All our routines and movements have been modified so that they gently build Mama back up from the inside out. This is such an important step to take before jumping back into exercise of a higher intensity. Attending postnatal yoga will help zip you back up and protect against incontinence and prolapse later in life. You will also meet some of the loveliest Mama's in class so it's a great way to get out, make friends and feel good!
You offer a Mother’s Yoga class. What benefit does yoga have for postnatal mamas?
Ah, we really need this! As women, as pregnant ladies, as mothers, we need time out for ourselves. We need head space. We need to process the fact we are 'pregnant' or ‘mothers’ or where ever we are at with 'life's challenges and stresses' and all they bring. We need to relax. We need to do this for our mental health and emotional balance. We need to connect with others and we need to feel part of a community. My Mama's Yoga class really builds on that. It's a great little class where you come along without babies or children for 75mins of pure YOU time. We practice by candle and fairylight and the yoga is suitable for anyone who's ever given birth from 6 weeks to 6 years!
What advice would you offer to anyone who is interested in your classes but has never done yoga?
Most of my ladies arrive on their mats as complete beginners to yoga so there is absolutely nothing to worry about. If you're interested in trying out a class, you should clear your mind of any doubt and book that mat. Yoga is an amazing practice to have in your life, whatever stage you're at. I literally couldn't imagine my life without yoga now.
Thanks for your time! Is there anything you’d like to add?
I also run Preparing for Birth classes as one off 4 hour workshops. These are for pregnant ladies and their birth partners and we literally cover EVERYTHING you need to know about labour, birth and beyond. Workshops run every 8 weeks so please get in touch and if you'd like to find out more!
The next step for LushTums Abergavenny is going to be introducing Wigglebums Yoga for little movers up to pre-schoolers. Keep your eye out for classes starting!