Linda Mcdermott

I have been practicing yoga for more than 20 years , and have been teaching since 1999.

I trained in the teaching tradition of TKV Desikachar, and his father, Sri Krishnamacharya. My tutor was Pamela Tyson, and I continue to study with Mike Young in Hereford.

I specialise in Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga, and completed my training with Vivien Tallis – an Active Birth teacher in Bristol, in 2010.

I run regular workshops where aspects of Yoga Philosophy, Asana, Pranayama and Meditation are explored in depth.

I am nearing completion of a two year training course in Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy run by Sadhana Mala, the training branch of Association of Yoga Studies - I offer Ayurvedic Consultations to anyone hoping to improve their physical, mental and emotional health through positive changes to diet and lifestyle.

Every two months or so Staci Doula and I run Birth Preparation one-day workshops for pregnant women and their birth partners.

I have a background in craft work and music making with families and am a Reflexologist, trained with the British School of Reflexology, 1993.

I worked for 8 years in a Mental Health Centre in London where I ran self-help groups, taught Yoga and offered Reflexology to help balance body and mind.


laura karadog

I'm a passionate and experienced yoga teacher with 17 years of personal practice and 11 years of teaching experience. I originally studied in the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions with Richard Adamo, completing my 500hr British Wheel of Yoga certification in 2007. My style of teaching has since evolved to also include inspiration from other schools of yoga, including anusara, kundalini, yin and restorative methods. I recently completed a Yin Yoga course with Norman Blair in London and I continue to study with my main teacher, Sama Fabian.

After giving birth to my beautiful daughter, Sisial, in 2012, and gaining firsthand knowledge of the power of yoga during pregnancy and birth, I undertook Pregnancy Yoga training under the guidance of Wendy Teasdill and I love sharing this empowering practice with other mums to be. I'm also certified by Yoga Bugs to teach Yoga to children (2005).

Before teaching yoga I travelled extensively and studied and worked in the fields of politics and International Relations, youth work and education. All of these experiences have contributed to my perception of the world and of course to my yoga teaching. I firmly believe that "Before peace betwen the nations, we have to find peace inside that small nation which is our own being." (BKS Iyengar)

Stepping onto my mat feels like settling into a conversation with an old friend - sometimes flowing, light and fun, at other times challenging and uncomfortable. Growth happens in each case. I love it and I look forward to sharing my love for the practice with you!               Love, Laura x

Ps - I've recently given birth to my second child, Erwan Teifi, so he'll be co-teaching some classes with me at Nurture very soon!


staci sylvan

I offer a full Birth doula package where I can give you support to plan a fab normal birth , be there for you in the time coming up to your labour and be with you during your labour no matter how long or short. I have several Birth pool kits you can borrow, I will then come to visit afterwards to help with breastfeeding and have a debrief.

I also offer a Postnatal doula service normally of 20 hours over 6-10 weeks, before you have your baby we will come up with a plan to help you settle into new parent hood this may include me helping with cooking and cleaning, holding your baby, using slings or support with breastfeeding.


christine davies

Hi, I'm Christine and I run Little Blossom Hypnobirthing classes from our very own Nurture Centre.

As well as being a trained Hypnobirthing practitioner, I am also a fully qualified Occupational Therapist, and trained up in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, as well as many more skilled approaches to managing mood, behaviour and ultimately feeling in control of where you are right now.

I'm proud of how my courses enable the parents I teach to approach birth with not only a sense of calm and control, but also a rather big dose of "let's do this!" empowerment - something I am obsessed with!

I run groups and private sessions, as well as an online programme.


joanna jones

Hi, I’m Joanna and I am a fully qualified Reflexologist, Member of the Association of Reflexologist and CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council). I am passionate about the power of reflexology to help us to heal ourselves. On a personal level, reflexology has been and continues to be a lifeline for me and I want to empower and share with you how it is possible to improve your life and health naturally.

For many years I have worked in education, and fully understand the pressures of attempting to achieve a manageable work life balance and the effects of stress. I am convinced that the impact of stress affects us on all levels – physically, mentally and emotionally. Reflexology is relaxing and nothing beats stress quite as effectively as relaxation.

I am currently training as a Reproductive Reflexologist with Barbara Scott, founder of the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists (ARR) and author of ‘Reflexology for Fertility’. Reproductive Reflexology can be used as a stand-alone treatment to enhance your natural fertility or with all forms of assisted conception including Clomid, IUI, IVF and ICSI. Members of the ARR are specially trained, using structured and prescriptive treatment protocols, to support couples through all phases of their assisted conception programme. Infertility issues affect one in seven couples and yet it is a very personal, private and sometimes isolating journey. My aim is to support couples through their journey.

Take a step out of your busy life, allow yourself the gift of time, in a safe, warm, comfortable space and realise what a difference reflexology can make for you. I can provide treatments through Welsh or English and all treatments are individually planned according to your needs.   Feel free to get in touch and ask question - diolch o galon, Joanna.

Shwmae, Joanna ydw i, ac rydw i'n Adweithegydd cymwysiedig, yn Aelod o Gymdeithas yr Adweithegyddion a'r CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council).  Teimlaf yn angerddol ynglyn a phwer adweitheg i'n galluogi i hunan-wella. Ar nodyn personol, mae adweitheg wedi bod, ac yn dal i fod  yn bwysig iawn i mi ac rydw i am rannu gyda chi sut allwch wella eich bywyd a'ch iechyd yn naturiol.

Bûm yn gweithio yn y maes addysg am sawl blwyddyn, ac felly yn deall yn iawn y pwysau o geisio cydbwyso bywyd a gwaith ynghyd ag effeithiau stress.Rwy'n argyhoeddedig bod pwysau yn effeithio arnom ar sawl lefel. - yn gorfforol, yn feddyliol ac yn emosiynol. Mae adweitheg yn fodd i ymlacio, a does dim byd sy'n lleddfu stress mor effeithiol ag ymlacio.

Ar hyn o bryd rwy'n hyfforddi i fod yn Adweithegydd Atgenhedlol gyda Barbara Scott, Cymdeithas Adweithegyddion Atgenhedlol ac awdur "Reflexology for Fertility". Mae adweitheg atgenhedlol  yn driniaeth effeithiol  ar ben ei hun i hybu beichiogi naturiol neu gall weithio law yn llaw gyda phob math o dulliau cynorthwyol gan gynnwys Clomid, IUI, IVF a ICSI. Mae aelodau o'r Gymdeithas yn cael eu hyforddi'n drwyadl i helpu cyplau drwy bob agwedd o'r cynllun beichiogi cynorthwyol. Mae anhawsterau beichiogi yn effeithio un allan o bob saith cwpwl ac mae'n sefyllfa bersonol, breifat ac unig. Fy nod yw i helpu cyplau yn y sefyllfa yma.

Camwch allan o brysurdeb bywyd, rhowch i'ch hunan y rhodd o amser mewn lle diogel, cynnes, a chyffyrddus ac i sylweddoli'r gwahaniaeth y gall adweitheg wneud i chi. Caiff pob triniaeth ei gwuend yn bersonol yn ol eich anghenion. Mae pob croeso i chi gysylltu a gofyn cwestiwn - diolch o galon, Joanna.


I started my yoga journey 18 years ago, I’d never considered yoga before this time. Then I found Ashtanga yoga, which at the time suited me perfectly.

After years of practising Ashtanga and creating my own personal practice, I started to look further into the other sides of yoga, not just the physical but the mental and spiritual benefits gained by it. At no point had it crossed my mind to teach.

When travelling through Nepal, I kept up with my daily routine of yoga and in doing so I gained interest from fellow travellers, resulting in me teaching them on a daily basis. This opened my mind further into the possibilities and benefits of teaching. One traveller I taught even went on to do his teaching cert, he along with others helped me move forward and try other forms of yoga besides Ashtanga. In doing this my eyes were further opened to how beneficial yoga really was.

In 2013 I completed a weekend workshop with my all-time favourite yogi David Swenson, the next year I enrolled in a 200hrs Sadhana chi teacher training course with David’s brother the renowned Doug Swenson and gained my cert in November of 2014.

When I finally felt ready I started to plan my teaching journey, during this time I fell pregnant with my beautiful daughter and decided I wanted her to join me in my yoga journey. I completed a 85-hour pregnancy teacher training with Sally Parkes and this recently lead me to meet the lovely yoga teachers at the Nurture centre, Linda and Laura.

In the future I plan to widen my yoga training and to use yoga as a therapy as well as a form of exercise and meditation. I look forward to meeting new people on my yoga journey and hope that they will gain as much as I do from practising yoga.

My Older Baby Classes will start Tuesday 25th April. 

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