KGHypnobirthing Childbirth Educator
Journey of Young Women Certificate, Mentoring Young Girls
Well Woman Yoga Therapy Certificate
IAIM Baby Massage Instructor
Hypnobirthing Mongan Method
275 Yoga Alliance Teacher Training including Prenatal Yoga
Natural Healthcare College, Diploma Teaching Children Yoga
Thai Yoga Massage Certificate
750 Yoga Alliance hours
BA(hons) Fine Art - Painting
I am insured by DSC Insurance and CRB certified
I am passionate about well being. My journey in this work began over 20 years ago through yoga. Becoming connected to the body in this way was such a life changing experience that I continued to dive deeper into it. I spent a few years working in the city in art related fields, but couldn't help feeling that there was a more sustainable and harmonious way to be with oneself and the planet. So I decided to find out and set off for India, the motherland of yoga, then to Nepal, Thailand and New Zealand.
I spent 3 years living very simply, practising and studying yoga, philosophy in Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism and Tantra. I went on a number of silent meditation retreats, fasts and cleanses. I met people from many different cultures and found a connection with children I did not know I had. I lived off grid for a while on a Permaculture project and worked as a Park Ranger in New Zealand's National Park. I learnt so much.
Coming back to the UK I decided to formalise my yoga knowledge so I could share it with others and became qualified to teach yoga to adults and children. I began teaching yoga in 2009 in schools and private studios across London to many different ages and abilities. I then expanded my qualifications in related well being courses specialising in care for mums and babies. I began teaching Pregnancy Yoga, Baby Massage and Hypnobirthing with a view to empower women and give the best start to baby's life.
I have been honoured to teach many mums and parents who have reported positive birth experiences as a result. My daughter was born in 2011 and my son in 2012 using hypnobirthing and I practiced pregnancy yoga throughout my pregnancies. My children still love the massage we did when they were babies. Its such a wonderful way to keep connecting with them physically and emotionally.
I have been committed to my professional development. I trained on Uma Dinsmore Tuli's Well Woman Yoga Therapy course as I have become increasingly interested in womens health. I took a refresher hypnobirthing course, training with KGH and began teaching more intensely in 2017.
It has also been a privilege to collaborate with other well being practitioners including Deep Ecology teacher Inna Alex. I have taught adult yoga through Cornwall Adult Education and 5 day immersive retreats on Dartmoor.
As a dedicated practitioner and in service to my community I am constantly updating my skills and knowledge in my specialities.
I look forward to working with you.
Heidi Smith, Yoga and Hypnobirthing Teacher