Holly is wearingDorset Active Nursing Bra.
3. We heard you were in a different industry before you had kids. What were you working as and what made you create Movement Labs after you had a family?
I hold a PhD in Biochemistry and previously worked in academic research science, studying how different parts of our DNA are turned on and off. When my husband and I moved to Singapore in 2012, I was burned out and already saw that bench research and parenthood wouldn’t be compatible for me. So I launched an online run coaching business (Run With Holly). My science background gave me a unique perspective on teaching and coaching fitness and helped me share science with people in really practical and useful ways.
My fitness interests evolved and changed, and for a few years, I worked online, as well as in commercial gyms and boutique studios. In 2016 I had my first child and quickly realized that the fitness industry here didn’t make much accommodation for parenthood. Time spent traveling to different locations, limited access to facilities (eg: for pumping), and the expectation that I continue to work as though I didn’t have a child left me disillusioned and dreaming of something better.
Opening the Movement Labs studio was a route for me to truly let my lives intertwine. My kids see the work we do, they can join me at the studio as needed, and I can welcome your kids into your session, as well*. This space has let me create a microcosm of the world I want to live in - one where parenting is accepted and embraced as woven into our daily lives, and something that our community supports - rather than something that is hidden and “worked around”. I am proud of what we’ve built together - and seeing parent/child pairs of all ages working out in a welcoming, body-neutral, consent-focused space gives me hope for the future!
*So yes, your children - even your cranky, crying, tantrum-throwing children - are absolutely welcome to all non-yoga sessions.