Jay is a “Yogamummy” to two “Yogababies”.
Jay qualified as a Hospital Play Specialist in 1994. She then set up a play specialist unit in Sydney, Australia before returning to London. It was here that her work spread into the field of positive touch in the Special Care Baby Unit. In 1997 she became a certified Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage.
During 2002 Jay qualified in both infant yoga trained by Francoise Freedman, through Birthlight, as well as yoga for children with special needs with Sonia Sumar, from Brazil. In 2004 she qualified and received her Birthlight Perinatal Diploma and also undertook the Advanced 1 “Yoga for the Special Child” training. In 2006 she undertook Advanced “Yoga for the Special Child” levels 2 and 3 in Brazil and in 2007 completed the final Advanced Level 4 and qualified as an Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher.
Jay is trained in Makaton Signing to level 6 and the PECS communication system. In May 1999 she attended a Workshop run by the University of Halmstad in Sweden as part of a European Union project to create toys for use by children with special needs. During summer 2000 she received an award, which took her to the USA to undertake a research project on the need of touch in the Neonatal Unit and positive touch for teenage parents.
After giving twelve years to the National Health Service Jay worked in the community for three years as a teacher working with children and families with a variety of profound special needs. She also taught two very successful antenatal and baby yoga classes for Sure Start in two localities within Camden for 6 years, until sadly the Government funding ran out.
Yogababies was set up in 1999 and since its birth has taught thousands of parents techniques for more enjoyable pregnancies, better births and the joys and benefits of massage and yoga for their children. Jay regularly presents lectures and workshops on positive touch, baby cues and communication and yoga for children with special needs around the country and has lectured at many conferences around the world. She is also the Special Needs Baby Yoga Tutor for Birthlight and has designed and runs her own courses. She has also co-written a book on baby yoga with Francoise Freedman.
Jay currently teaches yoga to children with special needs in two special schools, private antenatal yoga classes, private and part-funded baby massage and baby yoga courses in various children’s centres around London. She also regularly teaches “breath and movement for birth” classes with the midwives at two major teaching hospitals in London as well as private birthing sessions for many of her students and their birth partners.