Don't get thrown off by all of my talk about pregnancy and childbirth! I teach all kind of folks...and guys, you aren't excluded! My teaching style is a devotional blend of alignment-based asana, dynamic flow, and mindful movement. Each class is anchored in life-affirming, intentional inquiries that guide the integration of yoga in life "off the mat". I also specialize in prenatal yoga and using yoga therapeutically to address both physical and mental concerns*, including:
knee injuries and replacements
sports injuries and training recovery
post-traumatic stress disorder
postpartum mood disorders
anyone who needs a little more light and joy!
My experience as childbirth educator, doula, and birthing woman allow me to bring an informed and inspired view of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to prenatal and postnatal yoga classes. They are a wonderful way to connect with other moms, move into your ever-changing body, and embrace the journey of pregnancy and motherhood.
*Please note that, while yoga and meditation can be powerful tools for working with a variety of physical, mental, and emotional concerns, it should not be considered a substitute for working closely with a qualified health professional.
Why Practice Prenatal Yoga?
Yoga practiced during pregnancy has been shown to have numerous benefits for both mother and baby, including: keeping stress levels in check, helping to keep mom and baby healthy during pregnancy, and helping prepare mom for labor and childbirth. Carving time out for self-care can also help pregnant women cultivate an ability to tune in to the needs of their body and their babies. When a woman is pregnant, she is continually giving of herself to another being, a commitment that continues into parenthood. Because of the seemingly unending giving of ourselves, it is critical that we refill our cups regularly by taking time to take care of the body and nourish the spirit. In short, we are better parents when we take care of and nurture ourselves.
Prenatal Yoga is different from just taking a regular yoga class and modifying poses. Prenatal Yoga classes are focused on alleviating pregnancy discomforts, taking care of the pregnant woman's body, mind, and spirit, and preparing for childbirth. In addition, women who are pregnancy can come together in community and share experiences, learn from one another, and find a deep connection with others who are on the transformational path of becoming a mother.