My name is Nina, I am the founder of mamashanti.  I’m a  devoted mother, Yoga Australia senior registered yoga instructor, independent childbirth educator, doula {professional birth attendant}, and passionate advocate for reclaiming women’s trust in their innate wisdom to birth and raise their children consciously. For me, teaching yoga is deeply informed by my own experience of pregnancy and birth and by my work as a doula. I consciously bring the insights gained from these experiences and apply directly to teaching. All of my classes and workshops are designed to delight, inform and inspire you to embrace the glorious journey of birth and motherhood.

I was introduced to yoga at the tender age of 15, with over 30 years of practice behind me, I bring a personal and very real quality to my teaching. Raising a child, living in Melbourne, juggling career and motherhood have taught me profound lessons in acceptance, compassion, generosity and most of all – letting go.

Over fifteen years ago, in response to the very real need for women to consciously prepare for birth, I established the modality of Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth.  I bring a genuine understanding of the complexity of change that comes with pregnancy, this I approach with humour, compassion and joy. I am truly passionate about sharing my own intentional practice of with the hundreds of women and their partners who continue to come through my doors.

Twelve years ago, I happily skipped away from my career as a landscape architect to heed the call to accompany women during their birthing years. I now live in the Central Highlands of Victoria with my gorgeous partner, darling son, very odd little pooch and a growing collection of farm animals. I share my practice as One-Day Retreats and Private Sessions from lovely studios in the heart of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges wellness region.

  In 2015, I began sharing insights with a wonderful group of women, the first to complete Mamashanti’s Yoga for The Birthing Years Teacher Training. This Yoga Australia Registered Training Course will be offered on an annual basis to grow these teachings into the birthing community. I am honoured to be a member of the teaching faculty for Certified Awakened Woman :: Conscious Pregnancy Teacher Training and recognised as the only Australia Birth Worker to have completed Practitioner Training with internationally acclaimed psoas whisperer – Liz Koch, founder of Core Awareness.

Welcome to mamashanti, may the path before you be paved with joy. May your heart be opened by the boundless gifts of parenthood and as Kahlil Gibran so eloquently said, I sincerely hope each morning you “wake at dawn with winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving” xxn