Hannah aka Yoga Girl London

5 January 2019

I stumbled across Hannah aka Yoga Girl London on instagram. One of her posts caught my attention and my heart. It was about the difficulty that followed the birth of her daughter, how she dealt with it and how is now helping others to do the same. 

In Hannah's words;  'Being a mother can be tough. My daughter was born in the summer of 2017, and her birth and start to life were very traumatic. I don’t think you can ever be prepared for having a child in intensive care, and I was hit with postnatal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The breathing techniques, meditation and physical practice of yoga gave me an outlet to cope and feel strong again in both my mind and body. And today my daughter is a beautiful soldier who loves nothing better than to sit beside me while I practice.' 

Yoga has helped many people like Hannah through difficult times. It's more than just exercise it's a way to connect with what's happening now, not worrying about the future or the past, but instead approaching life's little bumps in a calmer manner.  

Hannah has specialised in pre and postnatal yoga and is on a mission to help others. She is renowned on instagram for her amazing videos, she has a book coming out and is a yoga teacher, all this and a full time fabulous mummy! We caught up before Christmas for a little chatter on life and yoga...

How did you come to yoga and do you remember how you felt after your first class?

I had been going to classes here and there for years but it wasn’t until we were trying for a baby and I fell pregnant that I fell in love with yoga. I had a high stress job at the time and I realised that it was exactly what I needed in my life. I found classes quite daunting so I ended up starting a daily self-practice at home and getting a one-on-one pregnancy teacher to help me understand how to modify for pregnancy. I’ve pretty much kept that daily practice up for four and a half years now and my mat continues to be my happy place to reconnect and de-stress.



Why did you decide to specialise in pre and post natal yoga? 

I have always been into fitness and used to be a complete gym bunny. After I had my first baby (Jack) I jumped straight back into exercise but ended up injuring myself in one of those postnatal kettle bell classes. It made me realise that I didn’t understand the changes in my postnatal body and what I should and shouldn’t do. There’s loads of information out there but it’s often contradicting and confusing. It motivated me to educate myself so I could help other women through both pregnancy and postpartum. That’s also when I had the idea to write a book to help mothers regain their strength post baby.



What is the book or books have you most given as a gift or have just influenced your life? 

I love the Four Agreements. So simple yet so thought provoking. Without sounding cliche, it really changed my outlook on life.



I hear you have a new book coming out, what can readers expect with your first book? 

Strength Through Yoga is a postnatal guide that ensures a safe and effective journey to restoring strength, and to support you in both body and mind. It is a 16-week programme that is evidence based, co-written by a physiotherapist (@finolaphysio) and has been reviewed by medical professionals.

The book includes six weeks of physiotherapy based exercises followed by ten weeks of yoga inspired circuits designed to increase full body strength and flexibility in just 25-30 minutes, 3 times a week. Additionally we have included information and advice on the core and other essential muscles, mindfulness and mediation techniques, and common postpartum issues - shedding some light on issues which can be hard to talk about and giving you information on what you can do to help. If you take one thing away from this book, know that you are not alone and help is out there.


What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Money doesn’t equal success and happiness is everything.




For Hannah's classes and more details on her yoga, book and events check out: www.yogagirllondon.com

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