Aisling Milne has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. In 2010, she began her studies to become a yoga teacher with a 200hr programme in The Yoga Room, she is now a 500hr trained yoga teacher. Through her 200hr teacher training she met a teacher named Jodie Rufty, from Yoga Works who she was deeply inspired by.
After some research in to YogaWorks she applied to take their 300hr teacher training programme. She left her full time job as an anaesthetic nurse in Dublin and moved to New York. She studied there for two and a half years with some amazing teachers and completed the 300-hour teacher training in Yoga Works in 2012. The mentorship program allowed her to follow the lives of other yoga teachers and experience various teaching styles. While in New York she broadened her studies to encompass kids yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for those with eating disorders and yoga for older adults. Her time in New York was a period of intense education, enthralling practice and utter exhilaration.
She returned home to Dublin in late 2013, went back to nursing and taught yoga on the side. In August 2016, she decided to teach yoga full time. Although she left her nursing job behind, she took so much experience with her. Thanks to her training as a nurse, she can bring an extra dimension to her yoga classes. She has an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and pays particular attention to alignment and protection from injury. For this reason, she believes yoga can be suitable for everyone.
Aisling M instructs the following:
Mum & Baby Yoga
Mum and baby yoga is a great way to bond with your baby while getting back in shape. A typical mother and baby yoga class focuses on re-building core strength. Many of the yoga poses involve the core area which helps to tone these muscles and restore strength after pregnancy. We also focus a lot on relieving tension in areas such as the neck, shoulders and back as many new moms find feeding and lifting baby can lead to tiredness in these areas.
In the class we also practice breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. This helps to replenish lost energy.
It is suitable to start Mum and baby yoga after your postpartum check-up until your baby is actively crawling. Bring a toy and a blanket for baby.
Babies are involved in some of the yoga postures and beside mom on a blanket for others. They usually respond very well to the simple baby moves.
It’s a relaxed environment and all babies are welcome just as they are. It’s also a great way to meet other new moms in a sociable environment. It also fine if baby wants to sleep through the entire class. Feeding and changing during the class is common as is crying! However many babies pick up on the relaxed energy in the class and become quite calm.
Mum and Baby yoga is suitable from 6 weeks post partum (once mums has been cleared by doctor to exercise) and from 12 weeks if you had a caesarean section.
Your insurance provider may contribute towards your pre/ postnatal yoga expenses. Check your policy for more details. Receipts can be issued for classes.