About us… our story
What we offer
LushTums offers Pregnancy Yoga & prepare for birth & baby classes, Antenatal Education courses, Postnatal Yoga for mums & babies and Women’s Health Yoga classes just for women, as well as our children’s yoga classes called WiggleBums (pre-schoolers) and WiggleKids (primary aged children) which happen in venues and also in nurseries and schools.
We are also an established and trusted Teacher Training Academy offering expert courses to help you become a professional in this specialism. In addition to our regular training courses, we also offer a business support programme and mentoring, along with an opportunity to be part of our community of teachers - so you always have support and a place to connect into.
The LushTums Story
LushTums was conceived and grown by Clare Maddalena to help women everywhere enjoy more positive & empowering experiences during pregnancy, birth and life as a new mother - through yoga, movement, mindfulness, relaxation and education classes.
A mum of two herself, Clare has been a yoga teacher since 2004 and then specialised in yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Women since 2007 when she started teaching LushTums classes from her Yoga Mamas studio in Brighton.
From there a community grew, with Clare’s classes giving women the time and space to enjoy their pregnancy, connect with their baby and prepare for birth - as well as make friends with other local mums-to-be. They quickly became well-known across the city for being friendly and accessible for all- soon even the local midwifery team could tell when a woman in labour had been to Clare’s classes! Clare is regularly invited to speak at Midwife Study Conferences and Mental Health seminars around the country.
It was this passion for helping women enjoy their pregnancy and birthing experience (however they unfold!) that led Clare to develop the LushTums Teacher Training Academy.
By using her years of experience and knowledge gained as both a yoga teacher and doula and collaborating with other experts in their fields, Clare decided to train other passionate individuals, so more women could be reached, supported and empowered throughout such a transformative time.
Today LushTums is a thriving community of passionate, highly-trained teachers running classes in towns and cities all over the UK, and abroad, who are all supported and mentored by Clare and her team. And indeed Clare still teaches in Brighton today!
All our content has been co-developed with a team of midwives and accredited by both FEDANT - the UK’s leading body for antenatal education, midwifery and doula services, and Yoga Alliance Professionals.
In 2016 Clare and her sister Patricia developed and launched Wigglebums and WiggleKids, sharing their own creative approach to yoga and mindfulness for children, and are launching more exciting and innovative courses in 2019 to help teens and children and young adults with mental health challenges.
Clare is available for comment and talks - please reach out if you have any questions or wish to collaborate in some way. EMAIL CLARE TODAY.
Listen to Clare’s interview on why do this work - and get inspired!
Here is LushTums founder, Clare Maddalena, sharing her inspirational story about LushTums, her approach and why we and so many others are passionate about all things bump, birth, baby & beyond!
Yoga for mental health
Here is Clare Maddalena talking about yoga, movement and mental health at the NIPS Seminar in Sept 2018 - sharing tools and techniques and science on how yoga can help all of us and children with Mental Health concerns.