UMEUS was founded by Sam McCarthy and Leo Taylor.
The two women came together as a response to their experience of motherhood and what they felt they needed; a place for them as parents to explore the changing nature of life after having children.
Leo’s life as a yoga teacher...formally an editor for women’s fashion magazines...
Sam’s transition from animation production into the psycho-therapeutic world...via having a child.
A producer before retraining as a Person Centred Counsellor, Sam works with the teams in UMEUS to create groups, classes and workshops, and alongside the community to maintain an online support network.
Sam facilitates a UMEmamas group at our partner location in Hove, The Tree of Life, where ...
With a near lifelong interest in the human relationship with food, Sam co-hosts a monthly UMEnourish workshop in Brighton with Nutritional Therapist Suki Sabine.
and UMEchange in Brighton.
I am a Senior Yoga Teacher within the Vajrasati school of yoga, accredited with Yoga Alliance 500-hour Teacher Training, with a decade of teaching experience. I have been practicing yoga since 1996. I have four yoga babies and have practised and taught throughout my own pregnancies.
It was during my first pregnancy that I found a deeper connection with yoga and, inspired by the positive birthing experience helped by adopting yogic philosophy and practises.
I am passionate about yoga in a holistic sense: the relationship between asana, mantra, pranayama and meditation (body, mind, breath and sound) practice on the mat and developing a deeper sense of connection, centre and space beyond.
Yoga, in this sense, informs the way I try to lead my life, parent my children and respond to the world; with open awareness, ease, generosity, acceptance and non- judgement.
Before I taught yoga, I worked as an editor in women’s magazines, and have written articles on conscious parenting and yoga for various magazines and websites such as Red, ELLE and The Guardian
Since 2015 we’ve been lucky to be supported by many loving women and men.
Every interaction has meaning to how UMEUS has developed and we are grateful for each contribution.