Welcome to yoga mama
Yoga Mama is a yoga studio in Putney, south-west London, run by internationally qualified yoga teacher Cherie Lathey that provides Ashtanga, hatha, restorative, fertility, prenatal, postnatal mum and baby yoga classes, workshops and retreats; as well as remedial, general and prenatal mat-based Pilates classes and core fitness boot camps.
Located in the Putneymead Medical Centre, yoga mama - in conjunction with the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy - offers a wide range of yoga and Pilates classes for students of all levels; as well as other health and well-being services.
Now offering pregancy yoga teacher training accredited by Yoga Alliance UK.
Cherie Lathey: director of yoga mama
Cherie has more than 24 years' experience as a body worker and has been practising yoga since 1994. As well as being a senior yoga teacher, she is an advanced personal trainer.
She has travelled far and wide to practice yoga, from India to the Bahamas. She gained her yoga teaching qualification in 1995 at Its Yoga in San Francisco. She has studied yoga with many great teachers, including Nancy Gilgoff and David Swenson. Cherie continues to attend workshops to further her knowledge and travels annually to the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, to practice under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois. She has hosted her own teacher Nancy Gilgoff in her Putney studio, and has assisted her in her London/Wiltshire workshops.
Cherie runs workshops, retreats and education programmes. She was one of the founders of The PinkPower walk and helped raise over a million pound for the breast cancer charities, Breakthrough and The Caron Keating Foundation.
Having gained her yoga prenatal teaching qualification through the Life Centre in London, Cherie has since gone on to be the creator of the first Prenatal Yoga app for iPhone andiPad.
Cherie has been a contributor to OM Yoga and Lifestyle Magazine, Elephant journal and Yoga Abode. She also runs her own blog site Yoga Mama London in which she shares her own thoughts on yoga and those of others.
She is a committed Ashtanga yogi and has a daily yoga practice. She has a practical East-meets-West approach to yoga and a light-hearted view on life. Cherie is the director of Yoga Mama Ltd and the co-director The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy.
Below you will find a brief biography of the members of the yoga mama team.
Allison qualified as a Midwife and Nurse from University College Cork, Ireland. Allison has vast experience in antenatal care, delivery suites and postnatal care in both private and public settings. Allison currently works for a leading London NHS hospital and a founder of Mother Ally.
Allison is a proud mother of two boys.
Allison is passionate about empowering women and their partners throughout pregnancy. Allison provides evidence based knowledge that will prepare people for childbirth and set a foundation of skills that will equip you for parenthood.
Professionally Allison is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. As part of professional duty Allison has a Supervisor of Midwives who ensures safety and skills are kept up to date. Allison is an active member of the Royal College of Midwives and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
Allison is one of the teachers on yoga mama's pregnancy yoga teacher training course.
Diane initially came to yoga thirteen years ago as a way of relieving the stress of working in the corporate world in London. In 2005, she embarked on a Yoga Teacher Training Programme with the Simon Low Yoga Academy, which she graduated from in October 2006. She is a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Accredited Teacher and Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (200 Level). In addition to her foundation Hatha training, she has studied in-depth with Françoise Barbira Freedman PhD of the Birthlight Foundation, obtaining diplomas in Pre/Post Natal, Baby and Fertility Yoga.
One of her key areas of interest is therapeutic yoga and women’s health. She studied Well-Woman Yoga Therapy with Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, both of whom looked at the different ways yoga can support the body to facilitate relaxation, health, vitality and a deep sense of rest and inner calm.
She has taught in both London and Hong Kong and observes that Yoga is the best tool you can have to keep your sense of grounding, centre and inner stillness in fast moving, externally focused cities. In the teaching of yoga, she looks to create a balanced practice between dynamic and restorative poses, focusing on breath, alignment and releasing tension from the mind and body.
Diane believes that we teach what we need to learn. She looks at ways that yoga can help manage our stress and transfer what we learn about ourselves on our yoga mats to our daily existence. Her style is honest and open and encourages us to find the humility and humour in ourselves that can help us along the difficult path of life.
Diane is one of the teachers on yoga mama's pregnancy yoga teacher training course.
Andrea is a Women's Health physiotherapist and prenatal yoga instructor.
She gained her prenatal yoga qualifications from both Sitaram Yoga and Birthlight and has integrated both philosophies to develop her own style. She also holds a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and a postgraduate certificate Physiotherapy in Women's Health.
Andrea has worked at three major London teaching hospitals in the field of Women's Health. Her special interests include ante and postnatal back pain, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction including bladder and bowel incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. She also teaches regular antenatal physiotherapy advice sessions and encourages participation in prenatal yoga whenever possible!
Andrea is one of the teachers on yoga mama's pregnancy yoga teacher training course.
Marygrace Anderson is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She specializes in supporting expectant parents with before and after delivery care.
Having a baby is a blessing and being prepared for the changes prior to the arrival can help ease you into the new lifestyle. She helps individuals and couples during pregnancy with hypnobirthing, confidence, relaxation, stress reduction, and postnatal with sleep, weight loss, going back to work, and several other issues.
Marygrace teaches a combination of highly effective techniques which you can use though out the journey.
Marygrace is one of the teachers on yoga mama's pregnancy yoga teacher training course.
Born in Hungary, Hajni graduated as a primary school teacher before moving to London. In 2005 she moved to Italy, where she began her massage studies while still working as a teacher in Milan. In 2007 Hajni returned to London and completed an ITEC qualification in massage and became a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
Since then Hajni has continued her studies, gaining qualifications in Indian Head Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy and Baby Massage and Ayurvedic Massage for Women's Health. She is also a qualified Reflexologist. She combines the elements of reflexology and other massage techniques into her pre and postnatal massages, to give the best possible support to women whose bodies are undergoing changes during and after pregnancy.
Hajni also has experience of treating sports-related injuries as part of her sports massage treatments.
Katie graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Southampton in 2001. She worked extensively for the NHS throughout London, gaining a great deal of experience in the management and rehabilitation of very acute and complex injuries.
In 2006, after having practised Pilates herself for many years, Katie qualified as an APPI Pilates Instructor and set up her own business based in a racquet sports club, seeing first-hand the benefits of Pilates for sportsmen and women and also the general population. Katie has been treating pre and post natal clients for many years but recently undertook some further training with Polestar Pilates in this specialist area.
Katie is passionate about the rehabilitation benefits Pilates can provide to clients from a variety of backgrounds and the versatility of treatment and exercises means that complete beginners to elite athletes can incorporate it into their programme with great results.
Laura Tilson M.Ost DPO works from three specialist clinics for mums and babies in London. She was trained at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, and worked in its busy children's clinic for two years. As part of the training she also worked in the neonatal intensive care wards in three London hospitals. Laura uses a treatment technique commonly called cranial osteopathy. It is extremely gentle and because of this it can be an effective way of treating babies, children and pregnant women.
Laura enjoys her pre and postnatal work because it helps so many women during such a challenging time. Osteopathic treatment is an effective way to manage postural changes and joint pain during pregnancy. After the birth a postnatal check up for mother and baby by an osteopath can be an important part of the recovery process particularly after a long or complicated birth. Laura can recommend specific rehabilitation exercises, which can also prevent joint injuries associated with the day-to-day care of a new baby. She can advise on the best breastfeeding positions and safe ways to lift and carry the baby as it grows to avoid causing problems with the mother's joints.
Laura graduated from the BSO with a Master's Degree in Osteopathy. During this time she researched the role of osteopathy for terminally ill patients, and her dissertation was awarded one of the top grades. She presented her findings at the Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Conference in 2010.
Leah Hearle graduated from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine and is also a certified and licensed Medical Acupuncturist. In addition to working at The Putney Clinic, she also assists in lecturing at the Irish College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Leah takes a holistic approach and considers it essential to identify the cause of a problem to both find a solution and reduce the possibility of reoccurrence. Her treatments are specific to the individual patient and are appropriate for people of all ages. As a practitioner, Leah works to facilitate the body's inherent capabilities for healing and remove any obstacles that prevent an optimum state of health and well-being.
Intervention that achieves successful rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions may often require a combined approach utilizing a variety of techniques that include, stretching, soft tissue, gentle joint manipulation, dry needling or cranial osteopathy.
Leah may include an exercise rehabilitation programme or strapping and taping techniques (including K tape) to supplement treatment. Leah is also trained in hydrotherapy, which can be beneficial for acute/chronic injuries or post-surgical recovery.
She trained in sports first aid and works with a rugby team and the INA England Netball team as there tour Osteopath, dealing with acute sports injuries as well as rehabilitation and preventative treatment.
In addition to her work at The Putney Clinic Leah also works part-time at the Chelsea Outpatients Centre (Lister Hospital) and so you can attend Osteopathy sessions with her at either location.
Leah is always developing her knowledge and expertise and is currently completing an MSc in Sports Medicine at Barts Hospital, London.
Aude trained at the British School of Osteopathy where she gained a sound structural osteopathic approach as well as a very solid and sound clinical diagnosis and reasoning alongside effective treatment skills and patient management approach.
Aude's approach to treatment is through thorough understanding of the nature of the patient's problem in order to give the body the best chance at improving its function thus limiting the possibility of reoccurrence. She tailors her treatments to each individual patient and finds it essential to give patients control over their problem.
In order to restore best function, the treatment approach combines soft tissue techniques, joint articulation, gentle manipulation, stretching and Cranial osteopathy.
Aude is also very keen to provide each patient with recommendations and reassurance so that their function improves as quickly as possible.
Aude is also currently training at the Osteopathic Centre for Children to further enhance her approach treatment to babies, children and pregnant women.
In addition to working at The Putney Clinic, she also works at a GP’s surgery, at an osteopathic clinic in Isleworth and at the British School of Osteopathy as an associate.
If you would prefer speaking in another language, Aude will be happy to welcome French-speaking patients as well.
Fleur qualified from the University of West London with a BSc in Nutritional Medicine six years ago. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and Nutritional Therapy Council Certified, her clinical practice meets national occupational standards. She is also a First Line Therapy practitioner, which means she is qualified to use Bioimpedence Analysis to assess important biomarkers of health such as lean muscle to fat ratio and cellular health. She is currently studying Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of London and this will lead to a Master of Science.
Fleur is also a sports nutritionist, her sports nutrition programme is called the RISE programme based on the five key secrets to achieving optimal physical performance; recovery, immunity, strength and energy. She offers 3 tiers of support to athletes; the first is the regulation of body systems such as blood sugar balance to adrenal health to musculo-skeletal support, the second is performance nutrition and the third natural supplements to aid performance and recovery.
She provides Nutritional Therapy from a clinical psychoneuroimmunological perspective. She views her treatment as part preventative and part regenerative medicine. Her approach is based on new developments in the fields of pscychology, neurology, endocrinology and immunology and the interaction between these systems, underpinned by nutritional medicine.
Cathy Sage trained with leading experts in the field of breastfeeding. She has over eight years experience and has helped hundreds of mothers to feed their babies.
In addition to her feeding visits, Cathy works weekly as an infant feeding supporter at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and is a qualified NCT teacher. She has provided breast and bottle feeding workshops for over 800 women, and has experienced the highs and lows of breastfeeding her own two children.
She believes in providing impartial, practical advice that is tailored to you and your baby. You are unique, and Cathy will work with you to find solutions that work for you and your family. Cathy will support you whether you wish to exclusively breastfeed, mixed feed, or bottle-feed.
Enid studied dance from an early age, training as a professional contemporary dancer at the prestigious London School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating, she performed as a contemporary dance artist for 10 years in the UK and Europe, principally in Belgium, working with different choreographers. During this time, she explored other forms of bodywork techniques, focusing on Iyengar Yoga, Shitasu and the Stevanovitch method of tai chi chuan.
In 2001, Enid moved to southern France to study tai chi chuan full-time at the International Training Centre with the founder, Vlady Stevanovitch. During her time there, she set up regular classes in Cavaillon, Nîimes and Lyon, occasionally visiting England to teach weekend workshops.
Enid's interest in health and well-being through movement has been ongoing and in 2009 she obtained a Masters Degree, becoming a registered Dance Movement Therapist. However, she remains committed to developing her tai chi chuan by annually following intensive courses given by respected teachers of the 'Art of Chi' method.
Stephen has been in involved in sports at a very high level throughout his life and most recently was competing internationally in both Ballroom and Latin dance disciplines within the World Dance Sport Federation.
Although trained as a sports therapist back in 1996, Stephen found himself in senior management and Director roles within premium luxury companies of the retail and service sector in London, New York, Paris and Germany. This is where Stephen learned how important his default movement patterns, posture and core/lumbar relationship were for managing the physical and emotional stresses of life in the 21st century.
Trained in both Studio and Mat Pilates with The Polestar Pilates Company, Stephen continues to evolve with the latest techniques and theories within the field of functional movement. You will experience a unique and wonderful approach to Body Mind Excellence as Stephen has also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and is a Master NLP Practitioner.
Stephen is exceptionally fit, so he can help you to identify your weak areas and work with you to improve your poise, fitness, strength and flexibility in these fun and dynamic, core-focused sessions.
Pregnancy yoga teacher training
Open to yoga teachers and health professionals. Learn how to teach pregnant women safe and appropriate yoga for all trimesters. Yoga Alliance UK accredited. More details here
To apply, please send an email to email@example.com.
OM Yoga Show 2013
Read more: Yoga Mama at the Yoga Show 2013
Nancy Gilgoff London workshops 2013
We were fortunate to play host to Nancy Gilgoff's only workshops in London this year. View the Flickr gallery.
“Yoga with Cherie is a tonic that every overtired, working mother is probably in dire need of! I know that when I met her back in 2007, I certainly felt like I’d finally found the teacher for me.”
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NCT Talks at The Putney Clinic
If you would like to attend this talk, please call reception at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting November NCT talk.
- Tuesday 3 December: "Nutrition: What should mums eat while breast feeding?" with Fleur Borrelli
The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, Putney's leading multi-disciplinary service, is located on the second floor of one of London's largest NHS and Private Medical treatment facilities.
- Buses: 14, 39, 74 ,85, 93, 220, 265, 270, 337, 414, 424, 430 485.
- Underground: nearest station East Putney (District line)
- Overground: nearest station Putney
- Parking: Pay and display parking is available in the nearby streets