Teacher Feature – Amy Cools

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What’s your name? Amy Cools

Which community do you live in? Niagara Region – I live in Welland Ontario

How do you serve your community? I teach yoga throughout the region – St. Catharines, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls. I do a variety of types of yoga class including prenatal. 

How did your prenatal yoga training help you? Having two children myself, I had some experience with birth, but having this training made me feel comfortable in my knowledge, gave me more information, and helped me to better understand my role as a prenatal yoga instructor. Prenatal yoga is not just about the poses, it is about creating a safe space for women to share similar experiences during a very challenging time in their lives. 

I also gained a better understanding of what Asanas are better suited for the pregnant body. Prenatal yoga is a very special experience that can strengthen your body, allow you to connect with your breath, and help a woman release stress and anxiety prior, during, and after having a baby. Angela and Sarah were amazing facilitators! They both have so much knowledge and experience with pregnant women that I had the utmost confidence in what I was learning.

What makes your classes special to those who attend? I love the connection between breath and body in any practice I teach. During prenatal classes, the breath is so important to connect to as it assists in preparation and during labour. I plan my classes with this in mind. I also have an open heart, and love sharing in people’s experiences, especially in pregnancy, labour and after birth. One asset I do have is that I am an Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and have worked with children from ages 0-6 for the past 10 years. 

Do you have a message for anyone who is considering taking Prenatal yoga training? Angela and Sarah are so welcoming, open and honest. Learning from them has truly been wonderful. Most people believe that teaching prenatal yoga is scary. After gaining the knowledge I have, and having an open heart, it is one of my favourite classes to plan and teach! I love connecting with new Mom’s and helping to facilitate a class that provides a safe space to create bonds with other Mom’s going through a similar experience.

Where do you teach? Days? Times?

I have a new session starting Sunday, November 3rd in Fort Erie through Lost and Found Yoga. This session is 7 weeks and runs from 11:15am – 12:25pm.

I also teach a Hatha class every Sunday at 9:45am – 10:55am in Fort Erie through Lost and Found Yoga.

Website or social media information

Lost and Found Yoga: https://www.lostnfoundyoga.com/preregclass/prenatal-yoga/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Amycoolsyoga-693743027708562/