My Fertility Journey

I have been studying and practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching for 15 years and specialising in Yoga for Fertility for 10 years. I have an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching and, in addition to my online courses, regularly teach classes, workshops and courses to hundreds of wonderful women every year.

My own fertility journey took 5 years, so this course comes from a deep place of knowing. Of understanding the headspace that so many of us are in when we are trying to successfully conceive. 

I would love to tell you that I was calm and centred throughout my fertility treatment, but I wasn’t. I was holding on so tightly to the wish of having a baby I could barely breathe. My attitude towards doctors was ‘fix it’, ‘cure me’, ‘make it happen’, and after many IVF procedures, miscarriages and horrible clinical experiences I hit rock bottom. 

My job was stressful. I was working full time and long hours. So, I quit my job and decided to go back to College and study yoga full time for a year. I found tools that helped me find peace during a traumatic time. As I started to take control of my breath and posture, I found I was more able to take control of my thoughts and emotions that came from them. I still desperately wanted a baby but I found that a shift had happened, I was able to de-stress and find some calm. 

The practices that I’m about to teach you helped me reframe my thoughts, replacing negativity with a more positive headspace. I found I was happier and more in control of me and my fertility journey. Finally after nearly 5 years of trying our beautiful twin boys arrived having taken their own sweet time getting here…

I learnt so many tools that had helped, and I thought that if these tools helped me then maybe they can help other women just like me. This is where Yoga for Fertility started.

If you feel anxious about your fertility journey I’d love you to join me. 

Trusting Yourself
So much about our fertility journey is trust. There is one thing that really stands out for me when I look at my own fertility journey and the hundreds of women that I’ve helped since. It’s that most of us don’t trust ourselves enough. Instead, we give our power to others to sort us out. This course will help you find tools that empower you to trust in your own innate fertility. Learn more by watching this short video.
Learning Tools that Work
The tools that I’m about to teach you helped my own fertility journey become less stressful. Since 2010 I’ve been helping women find calm on their way to becoming a mother. During this time they have given me feedback, not only about this course, but about their own fertility journey’s. This has enabled me to develop content that really works. Not in a general way, but in a real, immediate and tangible way. Learn more by watching this short video.

With Gratitude
I would like to give my heartfelt love and gratitude to everyone who has helped and supported me. The fertility students who have taken part in my classes, workshops and courses over the years, sharing their wisdom and giving me feedback. Yoga teachers whose work has influenced and inspired me, particularly Judith Lasater, Seane Corn, Donna Farhi, Leslie Kaminoff, Elena Brower, Mark O’Brien, Fabbio Fabri and Monica Moore. Thank you also to my wonderful family for supporting all that I do.
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Testimonials

“Melinda I feel like a new person compared to the person I was a month ago before you course. Thank you for everything.” 

“With the risk of sounding over the top this course has actually been life changing and provided much needed support during an emotional time.  I can’t thank you enough for providing this experience. The breathing techniques have helped me each day and have been invaluable. Thank you Mel.”

“The Yoga for Fertility course with Mel was a safe, welcoming and healing space for me.  It was great to do a gentle, extremely practical and informative class, singularly focussing on what is currently such a big issue in my life. Mel’s approach is wise, empathetic, grounded, warm and above all maternal. I loved her classes and wish the course could have kept going. And I’m hoping some of her baby dust was sprinkled on our yoga mats!” 

“The ‘fertility journey’ is so loaded with hope and sometimes sadness; even with the most supportive partner you can’t help but feel that it’s a solo trip at times. Melinda’s course so astutely and gently raised all of those questions that were jumbled around in my mind and delicately discussed each topic in such a way that it felt like a huge load had been taken off my shoulders. Even though I felt that I was doing as much as I could, this course turned out to be something I didn’t even know I needed. Thank you Melinda!” 

“When I signed up for Mel’s course I was in a very bad place. Having done IVF on and off for 6 years, I was unfortunate to have my perfect baby daughter die as a newborn, from unexpected complications with delivery. Since then, I had been struggling with IVF and was getting more and more depressed and anxious. Just signing up for the course was amazing as I was doing something just to help myself. Mel’s sensible and reassuring advice is really helpful. Having been there herself, she really understands what it is like to struggle with infertility, and had sensible, achievable, practical suggestions for how to transform body and mind to feel better. The tools I learnt from Mel’s course have helped me to cope and have given me strength to continue my journey. I would recommend her course to anyone who has to walk this difficult road to having a baby.” 

“What a joyful, nourishing relief Mel’s Yoga for Fertility course was! The weekly breathing techniques and asana have been a wonderful and much-needed addition to my life. I’d highly recommend Mel’s course to any woman looking for a proactive, empowering way to find calmness and balance from the inside out, rather than simply relying on all the things we get told to do from the outside in.” 

“I recently took part in Melinda’s Yoga for Fertility course. She has a very calming style that immediately made me feel at ease from day one. The sessions significantly altered my thinking around fertility, my thoughts on my journey, my choices to date, and my outlook on falling pregnant in the future. I am noticeably more calm and positive.” 

“Your course came at the perfect time for me and fitted in so well with where I am with my fertility journey. The peace, calm and positivity you shared and enveloped us with was just bliss – and invaluable to learn and utilise every day. Thank you for sharing your own beautiful journey. It made me smile and brought the odd tear but most importantly showed me that there is always possibility hand hope.” 

“I found the yoga for fertility classes very helpful. The breathing techniques and yoga poses were very useful to help me restore calm in what can be a stressful journey! I was comforted to hear the personal stories from Mel. They made me feel less ‘alone’. Going forward a renewed sense of positivity, hope and perspective in pursuing the dream of starting a family.” 

“The poses and pranayamas you shared with us where exactly what I was looking for (in addition to my regular yoga). Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge – I feel so empowered now – and am singing your praises loudly to friends who could benefit from your teachings. Many thanks and much gratitude.” 

“The Yoga for Fertility course was exactly what I was after. Sequences, breathing, mediations and affirmations, a meriad of tools to help me though this journey of having a baby. It’s such a unique niche, I’d recommend this course for anyone out there who is hoping to fall pregnant.” 

“I had been struggling to deal with 2 miscarriages and was feeling frustrated and angry at my body, but I didn’t even really realise it at the time. This course really set me on a journey and gave me lots of techniques and tools to build into everyday life, not just the best yoga postures for fertility, but practices and breathing techniques for balance and relaxation, visualisations, and the power of being kind to yourself. I really enjoyed each class, there was a good balance of physical yoga and discussion and a great mix of topics.” 

“Discovering Melinda’s course could not have come at a better time for me. I was feeling isolated and unsure but being in such a comfortable environment surrounded by others that had such a similar story bought everything into focus. The knowledge gained and techniques learned have been absolutely invaluable to being confident in managing my own stress and anxiety levels through such a difficult time.” 

“Mel has such a calming presence that you can’t help feeling at ease. ! I would recommend this course in a heart-beat to anybody needing guidance and support while on the tumultuous journey that is infertility/IVF.” 

“I loved it Mel. I felt so relaxed and positive after each class.”

“The tools I’ve learnt I’ve taken away and used on a regular basis to help keep me sane while I travel this crazy journey of conception. It was a supportive, positive environment to learn pro active techniques to support myself. Mel is lovely, she creates an open environment to learn and share if you want to and I found out about things I’d never heard of before.” 

“Thank you Mel, this course has brought be back to calmness and given me the tools to keep going” 

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for your life changing course. You were so wonderful and I feel like I have got so much from it.  It has helped me immensely and to be honest I was quite worried about the person this journey was turning me into. Somehow your course has managed to turn that around. I will definitely be recommending your next yoga course to all my friends so keep me posted.  Again I can’t thank you enough.” 

“I believe one of the most important aspects of yoga is the teacher, and Mel is an amazing teacher. She has a very gentle and balanced approach where she talks about various psychological aspects of fertility and also introduces breathing techniques and fertility yoga poses to us during the course. I absolutely loved the fact that she spent the first part of the class talking about the emotional aspects of fertility and how to handle this.” 

“I would highly recommend Mel’s course as it has a great combination of emotional and physical aspects of yoga. For me it felt like what I and every woman who is trying to conceive needs.” 

“I loved the course, it really connected where I needed it – relaxation, breathing, yoga, mantras and a little wisdom and reflection. It was nice to let it out and also discover that I’m not alone. Loved hearing your experiences Mel. Thank you.” 

“I so looked forward to my Sunday morning Yoga for Fertility classes with Mel – it was the highlight of my week. I have never practiced yoga before but she made it both easy and enjoyable. I actually switched off from the busyness of the world and focused on me. The discussions in our classes helped me deal with past losses and feel more confident about looking forward. I would recommend Yoga for Fertility for anyone who wants to feel that they are doing all they can to have their body and their mind prepared for motherhood. Thank you Mel.” 

“Mel’s yoga course has added a big piece to my fertility puzzle. The knowledge Mel shares is both enlightening and practical. Each week I was able to apply the simple strategies to my lifestyle straight away. Mel has tremendous empathy and creates a very supportive learning environment. I must say, I don’t feel to alone or isolated in my struggles any more. Thank you so much for putting together such a good course, one that has truly resonated with me.”

“I loved the welcoming atmosphere and really fantastic practical knowledge that is so easy to follow and take back into my own experience. Thank you Mel.” 

“If there was one word to describe the positive outcomes from attending Melinda’s Yoga for Fertility course, that principal for me would be EMPOWERED. The breathing techniques calm and focus the mind, the gentle yoga moves to awaken the reproductive organs, and the supportive and caring environment created by Melinda make you feel welcome right from the start.  I absolutely recommend the 4 week course for anyone embarking on the yo-yo ride of fertility.  If nothing else you will have the skills to make your journey smoother…”. 

“Sharing felt easy because you (Mel) shared your experiences. I really enjoyed the course, thank you.” 

“What a relief it was to find this course! I had been feeling stressed and anxious as a result of our struggles to conceive. Taking part in this course really normalised everything I was feeling. The gentle yoga and meditation techniques helped me to relax and gave me practices to incorporate into every day life.  Melinda is a warm and knowledgeable teacher. I looked forward to her classes each week.” 

“Mel’s Yoga for Fertility course opened my mind and more importantly my heart to learning simple yet easily overlooked tools and topics in my journey towards motherhood.” 

“Loved the course – really excellent! I feel more confident and positive. I think sharing and hearing experiences will remain with me and remind me that I’m not the only person on this journey.” 

“In the traffic jam chaos and noise of medical opinions, information overload & friends and family opinions, this course was a safe haven.  A private, self care getaway that I was able to whisk myself off to and share in that gentle space with other women, breathe in hope, and take home a lot of useful tools. A safe space where we could begin with loving ourselves and giving ourselves permission to take our bodies and our journey back into our own hands, and allowing ourselves to be the final say of what we want and need.”

“I’m really enjoying learning to be present and focusing on all the positives that I’m grateful for. It really lifts me and my outlook is now, ‘it will happen’ rather than asking ‘when will it happen’.” 

“I really enjoyed the course and am sad that it’s finished! I felt the course encouraged me to focus on relaxing and de-stressing, taking time out of my week to focus on me and at the same time helped me get some stretchiness back! So thank you.” 

“This course has changed my viewpoint and left me feeling more positive, and helped me to get through a difficult time. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course for anyone trying to conceive, these practices and ideas should be shared widely! Keep up the amazing work Melinda!” 

“This course was wonderful. Melinda has great empathy and energy, and through the course I learned that there are so many different things that can have an influence on my fertility, and so many things that I can do to give myself a better chance, beyond just statistics, ovulation dates etc.” 

“I found Mel to be inspiring and knowledgable in her yoga for fertility workshop. Not only was she full of her own humble experiences around the subject of fertility, but also caring and respectful of others on theirs. Her optimism and down-to-earth style of teaching left me feeling positive and hopeful. I would definitely recommend Mel to any woman going through this journey.” 

“The course more than met my expectations! I was expecting yoga but not all the information and related experience that came with it.”

“Yoga for Fertility with Melinda was such an amazing course. My body, mind and soul felt nurtured after each class. Melinda has a wealth of knowledge in this area and I received so much useful information and techniques that I can practice at home.” 

“I feel so blessed to have attended this course and know that it’s making a huge, positive impact on our path to becoming parents. I hope these words express how amazing Melinda is, and what a great help she has been to me and many other women.” 

“I got so much out of the Yoga for Fertility course with Melinda! I particularly enjoyed the breathing techniques I learnt and the Yoga Nidra at the end of each session. I couldn’t recommend it enough! Not only did it help with my state of mind regarding fertility, but for my stress levels generally! I will certainly use the techniques learnt in the future.” 

“Overall the 4 week course left me feeling very supported, as well as more confident in my fertility journey, more aware and well informed.” 

“I have found this course extremely valuable.  It has become one of the pillars in my weekly mission to keeping me focussed and remembering taking care of me is important… I am forever getting side-tracked looking after my husband and son.  I would very much like to carry on with it.”

“Mel’s honesty and warmth generated a safe and inclusive space for me to feel completely at ease. The calm and soothing atmosphere leaves you feeling nourished, replenished, and restored; a space I almost didn’t want to leave!”

“Mel’s gentle guidance and instruction through each different posture, breathing technique, and visualisation really captured a lightness and stillness that we’re often striving to achieve, and yet it felt effortless. Afterwards I felt a lot lighter on my feet… an expansiveness to my breath… more grounded in my thoughts.”

“Mel’s soothing voice and instruction enabled me to experience whatever I was needing on that day or in that moment. Whether that was opening up and stretching physically… letting go mentally… or tuning in emotionally.

“The flow of Melinda’s classes took me into another world… a delightful world. The postures that we moved and fell into felt incredible, and really allowed me space to just… be.

“Ah for the calm and tranquillity of the yoga for fertility classes always!  I loved Melinda’s course – she has a wonderful down to earth tone and approach to a sensitive subject, putting all at ease immediately.  I really liked her discussions first, it made for a great segway then into the restorative postures to help us to relax and unwind, something that is so important to our journey of conceiving and having a positive mindset around this. Thank you Melinda!”  

“I found the fertility course very beneficial, the breathing practices that Mel taught us are great for all those anxious and stressful times we encounter during our fertility adventure. This course made me feel ‘normal’, in that I’m not the only one who thinks or feels like this.  Mel is a wealth of knowledge.”

“Thank you this course. You have made me feel completely comfortable with your gentle nature and vast knowledge in this sometimes tense fertility field.  Since attending the course I have been very conscious of my breathing and have made time each day to just sit and be mindful.  You have also inspired me to relax and cut back on intense exercise, so thank you!”

“I found Melinda’s ‘Yoga for Fertility’ course to be really helpful and inspirational. During her classes Melinda provided me with a wealth of simple day-to-day tips and tools to support me during my fertility journey – including breathing techniques, visualisations, affirmations and restorative practice. It’s a great opportunity to meet others facing similar experiences and learn from someone who has been able to successfully overcome such challenges. I would certainly recommend this workshop to anyone trying to conceive.”

“I really enjoyed your yoga classes.  I LOVE your classes so much!  I have been going to different yoga classes over the years, but I’ve never found a teacher so dedicated, professional and caring in class.  I am so happy I found you!”

“Just wanted you to know my pregnancy is going great 14 weeks on Thursday. All tests came back perfect & we are having a little girl. Yoga & your course was a big factor in managing all the stress of wanting this so much. The moment we let go & trusted we fell. (We didn’t even need ivf for this one). Natural conception at 42. I still have our affirmation on our fridge ”We welcome our time to be parents”. I still use some of the techniques taught to us that month of weekends & they have been sanity savers. Thank you again for all your help. You are a super star”.  

“I did your beautiful course last year, and I’m 5.5 months pregnant, due in September 2016! Bubba came along all by itself when it was good and ready. I still practice the breathing, calming and visualisation techniques I learnt in your course. Thank you.”

“I don’t think I really expressed just how amazed and thrilled we are in my last message. Either you really did work some magic at the workshop that September morning, or the stars randomly aligned for us the some month…but we really couldn’t believe our luck when we got that positive reading after a while of trying…The emotional journey that each individual who attended your workshop was on has stayed with me. I hope there are other success stories!”

“Hi Mel our egg donation was an amazing success and I have a gorgeous, now 10 month old son. He is completely adorable! I often look at him in awe of all we went through to get him and how amazing he is! Will pass your new course info on to a couple of friends who I think could really benefit from your help.”

“I wanted to let you know that after 12 years of trying to have a baby I am 12 weeks pregnant!  Thank you for all your help Melinda – I am certain that taking part in your courses helped us to successfully conceive and I can’t tell you how thrilled we are.”

“Thanks again for everything I learnt during your course. The weeks before my positive transfer I did yoga and meditation every night, even getting my husband to join in with me.  I was recommended a meditation program for IVF cycles called circle and bloom and this was also really helpful.”

“A year ago I enrolled for this course. A few weeks later I got pregnant and now have a gorgeous boy named Simon. Thanks so much for your amazing course and support. Attached a picture of the little miracle you helped bring to this world.”

“I wanted to email you to say I really enjoyed your course. My husband and I started our IVF cycle a couple of months ago and I am happy to say we are nearly 8 weeks pregnant. I used the skills you taught throughout the process and am still using the breathing to de-stress. Thank you for everything.”

“I did your workshop earlier this year. My husband and I hadn’t even started trying (as I was coming for knowledge, experience, and to de- stress). We started trying in June, fell pregnant in August and have just had our 12 week scan today – I’m 12 weeks, 4 days… I just thought it would be nice to let you know, and THANKYOU for your help, and techniques and support!!” 

“I have good news…I’m pregnant! I’ll be 20 weeks this Saturday, due 1st October. After 4 cancelled IVF transfers, a hydrosalpinx on my left tube which resulted in being clipped and another round of surgery for my endometriosis, we were lucky to have a positive IVF transfer. Yay! We couldn’t be happier. Thanks again for everything I learnt during your course. The weeks before my positive transfer I did yoga and meditation every night, even getting my husband to  join in. Thank you again.” 

“I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course. I started it a few weeks after I had a miscarriage so at the time was quite fragile mentally. I found your story very inspiring and it gave me hope that eventually things would work out for me too. After 5 rounds of IVF I conceived naturally a few weeks after finishing the course. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us and running this course. I think it’s really important for people going through fertility issues to take a wholistic approach and not just focus on modern medicine on its own. I appreciate that you encourage all different approaches. Take care and thank you.”

“A year ago I enrolled for your course. A few weeks later I fell pregnant and now have a gorgeous little boy. Thank you so much for your amazing course and support. Attached a picture of the little miracle that you helped bring into the world. All the very best.”

“I am very happy to tell you that I’m pregnant! I am now 34 weeks so I may well have a baby boy by the time your next course starts, which is very exciting. I want to give you a big thank you as I’m sure your course and kind support was a big factor!  Thank you so much and all the very best, keep on doing the wonderful work you are doing.”

“I just wanted to share the good news that I am 8 weeks pregnant! Thanks so much for all your wisdom support and encouragement. It really helped me to get through a tough time. I’m looking forward to coming back to Qi in the new year when I’m past my first trimester and doing some prenatal yoga. Thank you Mel.”

“I wanted to get in touch to let you know that I am sitting here with my gorgeous 4 week old boy in my arms. Your course was great and I continue to recommend it to people.”

“I just thought I’d let you know that I’m due with another boy in 11 weeks! We have actually lost count of how many stimulated cycles we did but we think it was about 7 or 8, and finally this one stuck. Just wanted to share a good news / hope story as I don’t produce many eggs, and this cycle (as with the one in which my first son was conceived) I only produced 2 mature eggs. We were trying so many things to make this happen in terms of diet, lifestyle etc, it’s impossible for me to say whether one particular thing was the thing that got us over the line, or a combination of things, or the stars aligning, but everything finally fell into place.”

“I attended Mel’s workshop and found it helped me more than I could have imagined. I went to the workshop expecting to come away with yoga poses, but what I got out of it has made so much difference. I gained a sense of calm, peace and ownership of my fertility challenges and most importantly breathing techniques to help me find calm. I used some of the breathing techniques during our IVF procedures and I used them during my pregnancy and labour. My labour was amazingly calm and peaceful, even though it was incredibly painful. Mel really understands what you are going through and the workshop helped me to get pregnant after numerous IVF attempts and two miscarriages. Thank you Mel.”

“I’m just writing to let you know I’m pregnant! I have just reached 15 weeks so it’s looking good. The 12 week scan looked great. I did your 4 week yoga for fertility course last year. The last session was on the 8th December and we conceived naturally in early January, on our 4th month of trying. I’m sure the yoga helped. Thank you so much for your advice and support. I will be sending any friends wanting to conceive over your way”.

“I wanted to email you to say I really enjoyed your course.  My husband and I started our IVF cycle a couple of months ago and I am happy to say we are nearly 8 weeks pregnant. I used the skills you taught throughout the process and am still using the breathing to de-stress.”

“I won’t be coming to the next course as I’m pregnant! 9 weeks today. Thanks so much again for such a gorgeous class. I shall certainly recommend it to anyone I meet trying to conceive.”  

“Thanks for keeping me up to date. The good news for me is that I am 7 weeks pregnant! I really enjoyed your course at the end of last year – thank you for all your kindness, wisdom and guidance.”

“Just to let you know the good news: it worked! I’m pregnant! 4 months now. It’s weird to think that it has been 4 months since I took part in your course. Thank you for all your help.”