about me

Peita Handel

Yoga was a very grounding touchstone my own pregnancy, helping me ride all the physical and emotional wave this special but challenging time brings. I feel very blessed to share yoga with pregnant women in the mountains, it’s such a truly precious time in a woman’s life.

Sometimes I meet women with their bump sometimes hardly showing, then with big proud bellies wave them farewell as they graduate into the world of motherhood.

My yoga story begins in Canberra where I joined a Posture & Flexibility class while studying at the Australian National University. This was in 1998, when I first discovered the benefits of stretching from inspiring teachers. I was encouraged to become a teacher myself, unaware this wonderful tangent from uni studies would lead to a lifetime relationship with yoga.

When I moved to Sydney I found a curious yoga studio on the North Shore, bringing colour and creativity to my experience of yoga. My teacher Marian, instilled in me a sense of fun and personal flavor to my teaching. This made for unique classes taught by the fire in winter, the outdoor porch in summer and on sweltering days even in the pool.

As a student in 2006, while completing an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching in Sydney, I explored pregnancy yoga mentoring with a passionate teacher in Bondi. This is where I discovered pregnancy yoga was for me, and I’ve been teaching ever since.

Hatha yoga has formed the basis of my ‘style’, but I now tend to collect and add whatever works. I like having a relaxed and light-hearted approach to yoga. For me, it’s that feeling you get when you open your front door and arrive home. Ultimately yoga is about being balanced, where all the parts of yourself are present.


When my husband and I wanted to create a more balanced life, we moved to our home in the Blue Mountains, where I set up Muma Yoga pregnancy yoga for mums-to-be in the Blue Mountains. I began group yoga classes at the wonderful Blue Mountains Women’s Health & Resource Centre in Katoomba, and now teach at my favorite place, the Blackheath Fitness Centre.

Peita xx