birthlight tutor - marion o'connor
“My pregnancies were joyful experiences and the births delightfully memorable, thanks to Francoise’s teachings.”
From a career in Japanese finance Marion turned to her lifelong love of Yoga and became a British Wheel of Yoga teacher in the mid-nineties. It was working alongside Dr Robin Monro, the Director of the Yoga Biomedical Trust, after qualifying as a Yoga Therapist, that Marion had the good fortune to meet Dr Francoise Freedman, founder of Birthlight, pioneering the holistic approach to perinatal wellbeing.
After qualifying as a Birthlight teacher and gaining an early grounding as a Birthlight Baby Yoga tutor for the Amnesty International nursery in London, Marion moved to the North West and used her Birthlight training to break new ground by introducing Pregnancy Yoga and Baby Yoga into the first wave of Sure Start Centres, subsequently delivering courses for Children Centre users in Mobile and Toddler Yoga, Postnatal Depression and Birth Partner Yoga workshops.
The PCT heard about the sessions and invited Marion to deliver Birthlight sessions at every Bumps and Babes event for the seven years it ran.
Mothers from local Children’s Centres contributed their unique and touching stories to Marion’s 2006 publication, ‘Yoga Birth in Words’.
Marion continues to deliver private yoga and Birthlight classes through Pool of Life Yoga, which she runs with her yoga partner, Philippa Bellis.
As Children’s Centres slash delivery of external provision of antenatal and baby yoga, Marion hopes her involvement as a doula will enable her to continue to use her experiences to support the more vulnerable mothers though their unique physical, emotional and spiritual journey of pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Marion lives in Liverpool with her 2 children.