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-About me-
I was intrigued and interested in childbirth because of my blissful pregnancy and joyful childbirth that I experienced. Both my daughter and son were born at the birth centre at Queen Charlottes hospital. I wrote a birth plan to use the birth pool, so the pool was prepared without any fuss and my daughter slipped out into the warm water within 30 minuets after the pool was prepare by one midwife and my husband. When I had my son, I myself called the hospital and the taxi. He also slipped down within 15 minuets after the arrival at the hospital by one midwife and my husband and my daughter who was 2 years 8 months. In my son’s case it started with the breaking of my water at home, and it took about 5 hours from the breaking of water to delivery. In both births, I didn’t have to do any internal examinations and did not need sutures. They were both wonderful births that was completely entrusted to the great power of following the natural flow.

Childbirth is probably the most striking and creative event in a woman’s life. My two births were an unforgettable experience in my life. The feelings, such as the joy of hugging my child, the strength as a mother that I feel from the bottom of my heart, protection for this child no matter what will happen and the relief and comfort I feel wrapped in great love and the exuberant motherhood emanating from me immediately after childbirth are still deeply engraved in my heart. These feelings helped, and are still doing so in raising my children. Also, during the 9 months gestation period, I was able to feel the life growing rapidly in my body regardless of my will and I was able to naturally notice the sense of unity.

I think giving birth and being born are the same as in life. The body, breath, thoughts and the law of universe etc are intricately intertwined, so giving birth cannot be exactly how you want. However, it was thanks to the sincere daily practice of Yoga that I had a wonderful pregnancy and childbirth. (Please see Yoga page for details). Then, I realised that I could do something for other woman by sharing what I found and I began to support women as a Doula and as a Yoga teacher.

When I started doula I though that is it! That is why I didn’t think much about working with Yoga and doula, but now I can say that these two are the strongest combination. Certainly, the act of love with mother as a doula is the road to Yoga. As a doula, I am involved in everything from pregnancy to childbirth and I can bring back what I learnt to Yoga classes in order to share with the mothers and me. I think that this is what I am the one who these two are together.

Dr Michael Odent, an obstetrician who is a pioneer of natural and underwater birth and has faced numerous natural births, also the teacher of Doula. He emphasised that “No preparation is necessary. The important thing is to be confident in your natural ability to give birth during pregnancy and to bring out the true power of giving birth”

Until now, I have been working with hundreds of pregnant women, mothers and babies along with about 250 births. I acknlwedged the power of a woman’s and the sacred energy of the birth of babies thorugh attending of many births. By believing in this power 100%, I am always thinking about what I can do for pregnant women, babies and mums.

A short poem that unravel the mystery of the creation of the universe is at the beginning of Shanti Path of Upanishad. The name of this web “Poorna” is taken from this poem. It is one of my favourite mantras.

poornamada, poornamidam
poornaat poornamudachyate
poornasya poornamaadaaya
poornameevaavashishyate


Woman face major changes in their lives by nurturing a baby in thier womb and giving birth to children. Chidlbrith can be said to be a great opportunity to bring out hidden power and close to know your SELF. Poorna= perfect, Matri = mother/ motherhood that every woman has.

Mummy is described often gentle, warm, forgiving, wrapping, naturing and love. Can I pull out what is sleeping in a woman who cannot quite notice it? I hope that every pregnant woman can give birth with confidence and experience it healthily and happily. I hope the baby will be born in the best possible situation. I really do hope this.


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Junko Miura-Mainali biography

Born in Japan. Lives in the UK since 1988. In the sixth grade, She decided to go to London which was her first dream and made it after graduating from university. After living in London for the first time, she studied history of arts at Southerly’s and New Academy of Art and got the Western art history diploma.

Immediately after that, she decided to work for a London-based TV/Vide production, coordination company that she had never predicted before and entered the world of media. Four years later she became a freelancer and at the same time studied photography and accrued the BTEC higher diploma for photography.

For 10 years she had been active as a coordinator, writer and photographer and worked for fashion magazines (Figaro, Vogue, an-an, Mr High Fashion, Soen, Men’s nono, Smar, Cutie Mc sisters etc), TV and Advertising. Travelling to more than 20 countries including Europe, Scandinavia and Africa and visited Nepal on the last solo trip, she met a true Yogi and experienced a holistic traditional Yoga, that made a turning point in her life. She lived in Nepal for half a year and practiced Yoga in earnest and qualified as an instructor.

Having worked under Dr Robin Monro for the first Yoga Therapy Centre in UK and her wonderful experience of giving birth, she learnt from Dr Francoise Barbilla Friedman and Dr Uma Dinsmore Tuli, the leading Yoga teacher, Dr Michelle Odent, obstetrician for natural birth, Ms Janet Balaskas, funder of the Active Birth movement, then she became a Yoga teacher for women in London since 2004.

She has been teaching Yoga specialised in Women such as Pregnancy, Mum & baby, Post-natal and Well woman Yoga at portland hospital which is the only private obstetrics and gynaecology hospital in London.

She worked as a Doula since 2010. She was the Doula UK’s first Japanese doula. She has helped about 250 women so far from the pregnancy, birth and after birth throughout.

In Nepal, she established a government approved Yoga retreat centre “Sadhana Bhumi Himalaya For Life Research”(www.yogameditationnepal.com) with her Yogi husband and is teaching to people from all over the world to deepen their Yoga practice. With a husband who is always watching over her, a daughter, a son and a two cats who is dearlest to her. She devotes herself to a simple Yoga life in the centre of London.

e-mail:matriyoga@gmail.com
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