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THE ZEN MAMA

Jackie Heffer-Cooke gave up a high-stress TV career following the birth of her first child to help others navigate the trials of parenthood more smoothly with yoga and other complementary therapies.

Working 60-plus hours a week as a TV executive, ZenMuma (zenmuma.co.uk) founder Jackie Heffer-Cooke was close to burnout. Still in her early 30s and promoted from work experience to executive of leading daytime shows Loose Women and The Trisha Show within just six years, she was responsible for an annual budget of millions and a huge team.

But the impressive career success came at a price. “The pressure was so intense that I was hyper-stressed,” she says. “I had chronic insomnia and was often physically sick on a Friday morning before the show went to air at the thought of what I might have to deal with that day.”

New mum

Then came baby Megan and literally everything changed.

The birth of her first baby in 2005 forced her to rethink her stressful media career trajectory and moved her onto another, ultimately equally successful and more meaningful path, that led to the founding of ZenMuma.

Indeed, life after Megan brought with it mindfulness, yoga, personal growth and the discovery of wellbeing – ultimately allowing Heffer-Cooke to share what she had learned to a wider audience through ZenMuma.

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About OM Yoga Magazine

Welcome to the October issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. This month, we’ve got another fantastic yoga read for each and every one of you. Inside, there’s an interview with the wonderful Adell Bridges (OM Meets, page 38) and a profile on the two friends who together created the popular Yoga Life chain of studios in the north-west of England (OMFM, page 54). You’ll also find all the usual array of yoga goodies: from healthy recipes, yummy veggie food and eco-friendly products to meditation, inspiration and easy spiritual wisdom. We want to keep you motivated and enthused on your own unique journey, that’s why everything we do is made accessible for all, from all you beginners right through to you wise old gurus out there. Even our anatomy school — 360º Yoga with the brilliant Dr Kiki Morriss — is plain and simple for all to understand (remember, there’s an interactive version of our anatomy academy on our digital app version too, available to download on any smart device). We’re trying to push our inclusivity message even more, so do check out our regular Body Positivity column as well (on page 44 this month). If you’d like to see any topics or inspiring yoga stories covered that reflect the increasing diversity of yoga then please let us know. And don’t forget, this month also sees the return of our OM Yoga Show in London — Europe’s biggest yoga event. If you haven’t been before, it’s a real showcase for all things yoga under one roof, with thousands of like-minded yogis, free classes and some the world’s top teaching talent. The show takes place at Alexandra Palace on the weekend of 18-20 October, so do stop by and say hello to the team and pick up your copy of OM magazine. Have an amazing month, folks, and keep us posted on all the incredible things that you are doing out there.