Janine first started practising yoga 12 years ago when she was pregnant with her son, Jude. Following her own pregnancy she became passionate about the benefits that yoga can bring to pregnant women to help ease the transition into motherhood and beyond. She found that her yoga practice had a transformative effect on all aspects of her life, and soon found herself looking at the world through bright new eyes. Janine is a yoga elder for the Independent Yoga Network and has been teaching full time for the last 10 years.
Janine has most recently designed and delivered the successful Kids’ Yoga and Mindfulness teacher training with Chelsea Canovas, which has received accreditation from the Independent Yoga Network. Janine has been co-teaching with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli on pregnancy yoga teacher trainings, post natal, and womb yoga sessions since 2011. She has also trained in general yoga teaching through the British Wheel of Yoga and studied with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli on the Yogacampus Integrated Mother and Baby Yoga teacher training (London, 2007), Yoga Nidra teacher training (Stroud, 2012), Pregnancy Yoga teacher training (Manchester, 2010) and the Pregnancy BWY module with Wendy Teasdill (2007). Other trainings include Nurturing Birth doula training, Natal Hypnotherapy for birth professionals, Breast feeding peer support (UNICEF and La Leche training) and Baby Massage (IAIM).
Janine is a passionate advocate of yoga within the community. She has worked in traditionally hard to reach areas and sourced funding from local councils, community projects and Sure Start centres. She has also commissioned and worked on a variety of NHS funded projects, including working with young mums through the family nurse partnership and consulted on NICE guidelines on obesity in pregnancy. Janine is co-author and research partner in a major study conducted at Manchester University exploring the management of maternal anxiety during pregnancy through the practice of yoga. The findings, recently published, show that yoga lowers stress and anxiety in pregnancy, evidence which has opened doors for the NHS to commission more services
Janine’s commitment to yoga as a way of life means that she is always learning and growing: she has recently completed a diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy training at The Christie Hospital, specialising in pain management, stress and anxiety. Her interests, training and experience now means that Janine is offering a range of yoga for all stages of life. Janine loves the spontaneity and awakenings that yoga provides and loves nothing more than playing and teaching outside in nature. This has led to involvement in the organisation of Santosa Yoga festival and the Independent Yoga Network festival, plus many impromptu family yoga sessions with her own children and a growing band of like minded broods. As a mother of two, bhakta, yoga teacher and practitioner, hypnotherapist and birth doula, Janine brings passion and nurturing care to all aspects of her life.