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About Laura Wood


Supporting women as they move through motherhood.

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About Laura Wood


Supporting women as they move through motherhood.

 

Carrying, birthing, and parenting a baby is an amazing and transformational experience. But it leaves so many of us feeling tired, weak, and/or sore.

What I can tell you is that it doesn’t have to be that way for you. It’s absolutely possible to feel strong, reduce pain, and feel more connected and confident in your body’s ability to birth your baby and recover from the process. And I’d love to guide you on this journey.

My name is Laura Wood, and I’m the founder and principal teacher at
& She Moves, which provides a holistic approach to prenatal and postnatal movement through small-group and one-on-one programs in Toronto’s west end.

It is my goal to help you feel your best as you move through pregnancy and into motherhood, by providing a movement practice that supports both the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy and motherhood.

By drawing on elements of yoga, Pilates and functional movement, my classes are uniquely designed to build strength, improve postural habits, and protect/restore your core. I’ll also help you create a deeper awareness of, and connection to, your body so you feel more energized, empowered, and confident at this transformational time in your life.

MY JOURNEY

Stepping into my new role as a mother after my first son was born,in 2010, was a beautiful experience, but it was also a challenging transition. I discovered new aspects of myself, a strength I didn’t know I possessed, patience I never expected, and love I could never have imagined.

But, at the same time, I felt disconnected from my own body, and depleted by the physical and emotional demands of motherhood. I was suffering from diastasis recti and pelvic floor issues, but didn’t understand it well enough to rehabilitate myself properly through safe and restorative exercises.

I assumed that if I got my ‘pre baby body’ back, I would feel like my old self again, but that of course was not the case. While I may have felt more confident in the way I looked, I still felt overwhelmed and exhausted, and had not addressed my core and pelvic floor issues.

This experience taught me just how transformational motherhood is – and how badly women need support throughout this transition. And this is exactly why I started & She Moves.

As for my professional background and certifications, I completed my 200 hour yoga certification at YogaSpace in 2007 and immediately began to focus on working with prenatal and postnatal clients. From there, I trained and worked as a doula to deepen my knowledge surrounding pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum period.

After the birth of my first son, I began practicing Pilates as a way to rehabilitate myself from the toll pregnancy and the demands that motherhood put on my body. I became certified as a teacher through Body Harmonics in 2011.

I am also certified as a Core Exercise Specialist through Bellies Inc. and am passionate about helping women safely retrain their core and pelvic floor - and fully equipped and able to do so.

It was my own personal experience, as well as the knowledge I gained through my Yoga, Pilates, and Doula education, that inspired me to develop a movement practice that truly prepares women’s bodies for childbirth and postpartum recovery.

I believe that cultivating a deeper sense of connection and confidence is part of the journey, and find that combining the restorative and nurturing aspects of yoga with the strengthening and supportive benefits of Pilates provides the most overall benefit to pre and post-natal women.

When not at the studio, you’ll find me running around with my two boys (Gabriel, 6, and Rowan, 3). As a native east coaster (by way of BC), I'm drawn to nature and spending as much time as a family outdoors. Biking, hiking and building forts at High Park are some of our faves. I'm also a lover of good coffee, good music and good company.

work with me

Find out more about my prenatal and postnatal programs, and how you can work one-on-one with me. If you've got questions please feel free to get in touch if there's anything I can help with. You can also follow me on Instagram or check out my blog to get to know me a little better and for more inspiration and insight. I hope to see you in class soon!