Karen Lawrence is mum to seven children. She lives with her family in Billericay, Essex. She believes passionately in the importance of kindness, compassion, nurture and self-care.
Karen Lawrence is mum to seven children. Before qualifying as a yoga instructor, Karen worked as an NHS Midwife and Health Visitor. She loves supporting pregnant and new mums, as well as teaching people in all stages of life how to relax and cope with stress.
Karen Lawrence holds a Yoga Alliance recognised specialist qualification as a Yin and Restorative Yoga Instructor. She has also completed full training recognised by the Federation of Antenatal Educators which qualifies her to teach Pregnancy, Postnatal and Mother and Baby Yoga.
Karen loves to learn! She has completed accredited training in Closing the Bones and Postnatal Recovery Massage. She holds a qualification in Aromatherapy for Birth. She has trained with MAM as a Three Step Rewind practitioner. In the autumn of 2019 she will be training to become a Reflexologist.
Karen is a Registered Midwife and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor), regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Karen has rich personal experience and professional expertise in many aspects of yoga, pregnancy, birth, infant feeding and parenting skills.
Her interests include aromatherapy, hypnobirthing, relaxation, meditation, yin and restorative yoga, baby massage, baby signing, birth debriefs, antenatal, postnatal and baby yoga. She believes in a gentle and holistic approach to yoga, birth, parenting and life in general.
Karen has practised yoga on and off for many years, but in 2016 she began to discover yoga as an important part of her life. Yoga and meditation have helped her cope with some of the challenges of being a midwife, a health visitor, a mother and simply a human being.
Karen often gets stressed and frazzled, but her mission is to do her best to try simply to keep breathing and to grow and learn through it all. Karen believes in the healing power of rest and relaxation for everyone. She is passionate about nurturing new parents, and is very aware that even very experienced parents face new hurdles every day.
Karen knows that life at all stages, pregnancy, birth and parenting are all full of challenges, many of them completely unexpected. Karen’s youngest daughter has Down Syndrome, and Karen has a particular interest in supporting parents of children with disabilities.
When Karen isn’t practising Yoga or being a Mum, she enjoys swimming outdoors, walking, spending time in nature, knitting, crocheting and chilling out with friends.
Karen studied English Literature at University many years ago. She loves reading and poetry, and she often finds inspiration for yoga classes in poems and quotations.