“You have built a warm, approachable cohort of teaching staff who all have a clear passion for the content.”
– Amy, NSW, Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training graduate, 2020
Our Facilitators & Behind The Scenes Team
Ana Davis (E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, Yoga Australia Registered Level 3 Senior teacher, qualified Doula, Dip. Remedial Massage, B.A. Honours) has long been passionate about exploring the benefits of yoga and meditation for women’s monthly and life cycles.
Ana has been a keen yoga practitioner since 1990, teaching yoga since 1996, and in 2005 founded Bliss Baby Yoga – offering specialised yoga teacher training courses in the areas of Prenatal, Postnatal, Restorative and Women’s Yoga. In 2013, Ana also founded Moving with the Moon which offers workshops and classes on yoga for the menstrual cycle, menopause and fertility.
Ana’s first book “Moving with the Moon: Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle and Beyond” was released in late-2018, and is now available in print-book and E-book formats.
Ana, a mother-of-one, is passionate about sharing the benefits and joys of yoga for every stage of one’s life journey.
Ana is the lead presenter for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course and Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course, and co-facilitator of our Online Yoga for Fertility Teacher Training course. She also offers Online 1:1 Mentoring for yoga teachers and personalised yoga classes.
Nadine O’Mara (E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP, Yoga Australia Lvl 3 Teacher, DONA Certified Doula, B. App. Sc.) is an experienced prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, doula, and our Bliss Baby Yoga Director and Online Course Content Manager, who is passionate about supporting women’s health, especially around birth.
In addition to sharing her knowledge via our Bliss Baby Yoga online courses and content, Nadine also runs her own business, Conscious Birth. Nadine provides doula support and yoga for women and their partners around Bellingen on the NSW Mid-North Coast. She also offers birth education, self care and restorative yoga workshops for mothers, facilitates mother’s circles, family yoga and retreats for women and/or families. She believes that a gentle birth and the creation of a positive family life helps shape a more peaceful planet.
Beth Ivy Buxton
Beth Ivy Buxton is a mother of three, registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and Registered Arts Therapist. She is passionate about helping others to thrive through yoga and movement, knowing first hand how powerful and supportive it can be.
When it comes to her role as Marketing Manager for Bliss Baby Yoga, Beth has a very feminine approach to marketing, which comes from her passion for connecting people and making life better. She often asks herself the question “how can I serve?” and uses this to inform what is created, shared and how she responds to our wonderful students and graduates. Beth loves to connect with students and share content which supports and inspires, seeing the ripple effects from the BBY courses through the amazing work happening here in our community.
Beth has worked in the space of Prenatal and Postnatal wellbeing for almost 20 years. She currently teaches prenatal, postnatal and children’s yoga in 1:1 and in private group settings, along with integrating yoga and movement as an integral part of her Arts/Movement Therapy practice. She’s been a keen practitioner of yoga since 2001 and you can find her at Wildflowers Creative Arts.
Rosie Matheson (E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP) is a passionate women’s health and wellbeing educator. She has trained extensively in Hatha Yoga, and is a also a qualified Doula. Rosie’s many offerings for women include classes, workshops, and teacher training courses in yoga for fertility, healthy menstruation, women’s life cycles, and both the prenatal and postnatal phases of life.
Rosie’s foundational work in women’s yoga was conducted during a three year residency on Koh Phangan, Thailand. There she participated in over 700 hours of Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training courses in addition to attending Yoga Therapy workshops, meditation courses, and a variety of women’s retreats and classes.
Teaching women close to home and across the globe, Rosie regularly leads trainings for students in the USA, Japan, Italy, and Australia. Rosie’s passion is in educating women on the power of their bodies, and the undeniable correlation between celebrating your feminine form and living an empowered and vital life.
Her genius is in presenting these ideas in a way that is accessible, nurturing, and inspiring to women everywhere.
Rosie is a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal & Postnatal and Fertility Yoga Teacher Training courses, online, throughout Australia and internationally, and also offers Online 1:1 Mentoring for yoga teachers and personalised yoga classes.
Kanako Yajima (E-RYT 500, RPYT) has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2006. She has been trained in various styles of yoga including Solomon Yogalates, Ishta System with Rachel Zinman, and Vini Yoga & the Five Element Form with Peter Clifford. She has completed a number of Pre & Postnatal Yoga trainings and has been working with pregnant women and new moms since 2010.
Kanako has also worked internationally in many teacher trainings, retreats and workshops as both interpreter (for Japanese groups) and as a teacher trainer.
Thanks to her experience as a yoga translator/interpreter and her dedication to knowledge and growth, she has been immersed in various teachings including yoga philosophy, anatomy & physiology, pranayama and meditation and her versatile and unique teaching styles reflect that extensive knowledge and experience.
Kanako is grateful everyday for being a mother to her daughter as it has been the most challenging yet beautiful and transformational yoga sadhana in life and she loves sharing the magic of yoga practices with students from that heart-felt space.
Kanako is a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
Star Despres (E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP) is a devoted yogini, practising since she was 19 and teaching since 2006. She is a Senior Byron Yoga Centre qualified Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and has been facilitating Bliss Baby Yoga teacher training courses since 2010. Star’s passions rest in empowering women to reconnect with the divine feminine, no matter what stage of life they are in, and assisting them to find a more nurturing and sacred approach to life. She especially loves to support women through pregnancy, the postnatal period, perimenopause, menopause and times of exhaustion and depletion via the practise of Restorative Yoga and daily self care rituals.
Star is also the founder of Divine Star, an Online sanctuary honouring the feminine and offering private mentoring, retreats, workshops and circles to inspire women to reclaim their power and reconnect to their authentic selves. Her greatest role is as a mama of 2 daughters (17 years apart), and continues to fine tune the balance of work and Mamahood whilst also honouring her own needs.
Star is a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, and also offers Online 1:1 Mentoring for yoga teachers and personalised yoga classes.
Tanya Neate has been exploring the power of yoga to support women’s health, especially women with fertility challenges since 2010. The journey began as a personal quest to discover which yogic practices most support fertility health and her discoveries were so empowering and transformative that she wondered why Fertility Yoga classes were nowhere to be found! A mission to get these practices to the women that needed them was born.
Tanya has undertaken extensive Hatha Yoga teacher training and many specialised trainings in yoga for women’s health, including the Bliss Baby Yoga 100 RPYT Prenatal and Postnatal training. Tanya has undertaken the 4-year yoga therapy teacher training in the tradition of Krishnamacarya to further enhance her yoga therapy skills and has become a qualified and registered counsellor which is another field of support she feels so blessed to be working in.
Tanya is the founder of Moon Tribe Yoga, a mum to two boys, a senior course facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Fertility Yoga Teacher Training courses, and lead facilitator of our Supporting IVF with Fertility Yoga Online Module. She offers group yoga classes for fertility, prenatal and women’s wellness, yoga therapy, and counselling sessions in Melbourne. She also spends her time keeping up with the never-ending study and passion projects that come with this kind of wonderful work. One of Tanya’s favourite jobs is to do the video mentoring calls and chat to yoga teachers all over the globe who complete the Level 1 and Level 2 Fertility Yoga courses.
Emma Louise Roger
Emma Louise Roger (E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP, Post Grad Dip Counselling, Cert IV Ayurveda, IRest Lv 1), has been a dedicated yogini since 1996, she is a mother of two daughters and has a passion for supporting women through Yoga, Ayurveda and counselling.
Emma began teaching Yoga in 2001 and in 2002 taught her first prenatal yoga class. Magically Emma fell pregnant with her first child just 3 weeks later. Since then, Emma has specialised in yoga for women, in particular, teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga, Love Your Body for healthy body image, Women’s Shakti Yoga and Yoga for Trauma. Emma has studied and trained in the U.S., India, Bali and Australia in traditional Hatha Yoga – Swami Satchidananda & Pattahbi Jois of Ashtanga, Yoga Therapy of Krishnamacharya and Tantric Yoga with Uma Inder.
As well as teaching for Bliss Baby since 2010, Emma founded Red Tent Yoga for women in Byron Bay in 2008, where she has taught regular prenatal, postnatal and women’s yoga classes, birth workshops and support groups for women. Red Tent Yoga still continues in the form of local classes and private sessions. From this experience, Emma has a good understanding of how a feminine centred and yoga business can operate. Emma is also a qualified PACFA Holistic Counsellor, and specialises in Perinatal Counselling for pregnancy and mothers, and offers Havening therapy for trauma.
Dr Lauren Tober
Dr Lauren Tober is a mother of two, yoga teacher and clinical psychologist, who has also trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, iRest Yoga Nidra™ and Life Force Yoga. Her passion is in bridging the gap between Western and yogic psychology to help people to heal and to live full and wholehearted lives. She is also the founder of “Capturing Gratitude” and “A Daily Dose of Bliss“.
Lauren is a specialty guest contributor for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course in the area of Perinatal Mental Health. Get to know Lauren at www.laurentober.com.
Lisa Fitzpatrick (E-RYT 200, YACEP) is a physiotherapist, best selling author, mother of two, yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer (specialising in Anatomy & Physiology), and coach who revels in supporting women to find their soul purpose.
Lisa has over 20 years experience working with people to improve health by promoting Mind-Body awareness. She has a specialised interest in women’s health, well-being and spiritual consciousness, and has a talent for making complex anatomical concepts simple and fun. As the founder of Sacred Women’s Business, a coaching and training business, Lisa provides coaching for intelligent and conscious entrepreneurs with a legacy to leave.
Lisa is a presenter on our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal and Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module.
Anna Watts, a beloved guest teacher for Bliss Baby Yoga since it’s beginning in Byron Bay, is a professional Childbirth Educator and Doula Trainer (Celebration of Birth Doula Academy) who has been working with pregnant women/couples for over 28 years.
Her wide experience includes Diploma in Childbirth Education, Diploma in Counselling, Cert IV Training & Assessment, training prenatal yoga teachers, facilitating women’s circles, birth classes, prenatal yoga and supporting many births as a doula. Anna is a mother to two beautiful, adult daughters.
Anna is a specialty guest presenter on our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
Dani is a designer turned yogi. Sharing the gift of Yoga is a dream come true for Dani.
Her own personal journey of healing led her to yoga at a young age. It was through the practice that she discovered an empowered, inspired and true inner-connection to herself, and the world around her.
Yes, yoga changed her life.
Dani went on to undertake her Yogic studies whilst living in beautiful Bali. Where she studied under Mark Breadner to be a holistic Yoga Coach. Dani went on to train in Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and Meditation later.
Dani opened her own yoga studio Nunu Yoga in Sydney in 2019, which now runs as an online yoga studio.
For Dani, the real Yoga happens when you take the practice off the mat and let it permeate your life. Because yoga isn’t about being flexible, it’s about having an open mind, and a generous heart.
Jennifer Allen (E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP) is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, who teaches a variety of classes in Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Yoga Therapy and mat/reformer Pilates. Jennifer has worked as a Senior Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal, Postnatal and Restorative Yoga course facilitator, and teacher trainer for Byron Yoga Centre Yoga Teacher Training courses in Australia and internationally for a number of years. Jennifer also facilitates her own Jayayoga 200 hr and 300 hr YTT courses through her studio in Auckland, New Zealand.
As a mother of two, Jennifer has experienced first-hand the many benefits of a regular yoga practice to support her through the amazing journey of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, and is keen to share her knowledge and experience.
Jennifer is a presenter on our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal and Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module.
Mari Notaras (E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP, Yoga Australia Registered Level 3 Senior teacher, Dip. Remedial Massage, B.Arts) has taught yoga for over 18 years. She was teaching Hatha Yoga when her passion and interest in prenatal yoga flourished during her pregnancy with her first child 14 years ago.
She has since studied extensively in the specialised areas of Prenatal, Postnatal and Restorative Yoga with many experienced teachers from both Australia and Internationally. She completed her Bliss Baby Training in 2011 and was invited by Ana Davis to become a facilitator on the Bliss Baby Yoga Teacher Training courses soon after. Mari is now a senior facilitator for Bliss Baby Yoga and teaches throughout Australia as well as Internationally, and is also a course facilitator for our Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
She is a mother of 2 daughters aged 14 and 12, and strongly believes that yoga is an incredibly powerful tool that helps women find peace, strength, and a strong connection to the feminine energy that resides deep within. She uses the tools of yoga in her teachings to promote and support positive experiences as well as a healthy transition through womanhood and all that it brings!
Kathy (E-RYT 500 and Level 3 Senior Yoga Teacher) is passionate about working with women of all ages! Kathy has been practicing yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2001. Also a Naturopath, Doula and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Kathy opened her own studio – Conception Health in 2009 which focused on womens’ journeys to becoming mothers, this is where she first started teaching Fertility yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Postnatal yoga.
Kathy is constantly fascinated and in awe of the womens’ body and what it does during pregnancy. She has worked with 1000s of women during pregnancy and each women has taught her something about their individual journey!
Maria Kirsten (ERYT-500, YACEP) has been practicing yoga since 1989 and began teaching in 2000. Maria, a mother of two, is an Occupational Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and specialist in Applied Anatomy & Physiology for yoga teachers.
Maria facilitates workshops for teachers throughout Australia and internationally, and is driven by a passion to make yoga safe and accessible for everyone. Her style of teaching is dynamic and fun, making anatomy come to life in movement.
Maria is a special guest presenter on our Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, sharing safe yoga practices for postnatal women.
*Our dear friend and colleague Maria sadly passed away in April 2021. You can learn about Maria’s life and work, and her journey with cancer, via the episodes of the Live Like You Love Yourself podcast that she recorded with Chara Caruthers, and via her website (linked below). She was an inspiration, and made the most of every moment she was given. She is greatly missed, but the legacy of her passion for yoga continues through all of the students and teachers she taught over many years, and all of the incredibly valuable resources she left for us all to continue to learn from – which was her wish. We are eternally grateful for Maria. She is forever in our hearts.