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Teacher Training Pictorial


I’m excited to be teaching a Prenatal Yoga teacher training November 5-8!  If you’re a yoga teacher interested in teaching spectacular prenatal classes, I highly recommend taking a specialized training.  It makes such a difference in the quality of classes you can offer all your pregnant students.

At my last teacher training, we were lucky enough to have Erica Magliaro take pictures for us.  Here are some highlights:

Not all the trainees are parents, and you don’t have to have given birth to be a good prenatal teacher.   I taught prenatal yoga for 8 years before I became a mama!  I taught the training while pregnant!


The teachers got several opportunities to observe me teaching pregnant students, and to actively teach prenatal classes.

Teachers who take this training come from all over the US and Canada.  Some are brand new teachers and some have several years of experience.  Some are professionals in the field of maternity/childbirth, while others are interested to learn more.

Because everyone who takes the training is required to have completed a basic yoga teacher training, we are able to work together, in a sacred circle, and learn from each other.  We’ve got an alter in the center of our circle honoring our families and our yoga traditions.

In the training, we do lots of hands-on experiential learning.  We keep the training small so that everyone gets personal attention.

We learn how to turn up the heat in classes, and we learn how to help pregnant women relax deeply.


Best of all, we try to enjoy learning.   This past group was lots of fun!   If you’re interested in signing up, or learning more about the teacher training, check out my website or email me on the contact page.

Vacation Breaks

With quotes from Angela of

Maternity leave is NOT vacation – maybe it’s just the opposite!  However, it is a time out of ordinary life, and it’s made me think a lot about the ways in which we take (or don’t take) vacation breaks.

We have these set intervals in which we mark time – days, weeks, months, years, etc.  I’ve started thinking about creating little vacations in each one of these time periods as a healthy way to ensure I’m releasing stress on a regular basis.  I’ve asked yogini Angela from to chime in a bit about how to create “vacations” regularly for yourself.

DAILY – Studies show that when you work in short bursts, and have some non-work breaks throughout the day, that you’re actually more productive!   Sitting at your desk for hours at a time is bad for your back, your eyes, your heart, your bladder, AND your productivity! When you’re working or studying, you will be most focused on the first and last tasks in your burst.

So, having many mini study/work sessions in the day will help you retain more information and get more done.

Good 1-10 minute day breaks:

  • Get up! Stretch and dance, and take some big sighs. Don’t surf the web.
  • My favorite mid-day yoga that’s easy to do in an office: shoulder stretches! Examples include: eagle, cow, and yoga mudra.
  • Close your eyes and smile at the stillness and silence!  Or listen to some soothing music.
  • Do you need a bio-break?  It’s amazing how we can lose track of the fact that we need to use the bathroom, or that we need to drink water.

“I couldn’t agree more with this!  Often people think of time for themselves needing to be in large chunks of time, but throughout the day if you insert little spaces of time for yourself you will still benefit immensely!  I know sometimes guilt creeps in, but if you think of it as taking care of yourself it puts it into a new light.  The saying of putting your oxygen mask on first before helping others is really the key here!”  -Angela

WEEKLY – The weekend is something we shouldn’t take for granted – we worked hard and earned some rest!  The weekend is basically the ancient idea of the Sabbath – (at least) one holy day of rest each week, to honor the creative lifeforce.   You can’t keep creating if you don’t take some time to renew!

Good weekend ideas to renew:

  • Get thee to a yoga class at *least* once a week.  Please give yourself the gift of a full yoga experience, from warm-ups right through to savasana.   For most of us, that means going to a class where we don’t have to think about what’s next – the teacher will guide you, and you enjoy the journey.
  • Spend the day outside (on the beach or hiking for example).
  • Spend a day with friends (seeing a movie and going out to dinner).
  • Make an excursion to a place you haven’t gone before – a museum or park that you’ve always meant to go to.
  • Spend a day on the couch or porch reading a book (avoid TV most of the time!).

“I love this because it speaks directly to how we choose to spend our leisure time.  I choose to do yoga during my breaks because it is one of those activities that is packed with all around benefits for your well-being.  It encompasses physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual domains all at one time and as Barrett stated, taking the journey with a teacher is a real gift. I find yoga is perfect for getting myself into a state of flow.

In that same vein, not all activities are created equal.  I love that Barrett said avoid TV most of the time, because it really is low on the activity index for benefits to your well-being.  I challenge people who feel they have time constraints to do a time-diary study to see how much time is spent watching TV.  It’s often one of the biggest chunks of time in peoples’ diaries.  If you can cut that out of your schedule you’d be surprised at how much time opens up to do activities that are really meaningful to you.” -Angela

MONTHLY – Inevitably, you’ll have some days and weeks where you didn’t give yourself a little vacation from the grind.  Every month, I try to look at my calendar and see what’s coming up that I’m really looking forward to.   Almost every month, there is a holiday – for example, we’ve got Labor Day coming up.   I’m trying to use those holidays, or special visits from family and friends, as a way to more consciously build in relaxation.   If you are someone who likes weekend getaways, aim for one a month to recharge you.   Finally, if you’re really a yoga aficionado, there are weekend intensives every month in Boston with top teachers ready to help you dive in!   Try a few of these every year – they will take your yoga practice to the next level!

“This idea of looking toward the future is great.  Having positive things to focus on and plan for keeps you moving forward, and also helps you to put the current moment into perspective.” -Angela

YEARLY – Our last cycle of time is the year.   Take a real vacation every year, for at least a week!   Every winter, I make the commitment to go someplace warm to get the chill and the gray of the winter out of my system.  Also, my partner and I try to plan a vacation every few years that’s a big one – to a special place in the world (Israel, Europe, someday to India), and we try to go for a longer stretch of time.   These things help keep us feeling alive and connected to our sense of adventure.  I try to do a yoga training once a year to keep my skills sharp and my spirit renewed.

Carving out some restful time, in small and large increments throughout your days, weeks, months and years, is so important.  It relaxes you, and also helps you reset back into enjoying the moment.  Most of us don’t do this enough.  It’s counterintuitive to think that we’ll actually get *more* done with more time off.  But it’s true – and you’ll enjoy it all more as well.

“I would love to see Americans shift their values to create a culture where we are not only expected to, but encouraged to take time off from work. According to a 2010 survey, only 38% of Americans said they take all of their vacation days!  We can begin to change this one person at a time, one day at a time, and one moment at a time.  How do you begin to carve this time out.  What would it look like?  What choices would you make?  What activities would you choose to pursue?  I am happy to give you a free phone or email consultation to help you get started!” -Angela

See you on the yoga mat for your daily vacation!!


Creative Juices are Flowing…

Something about major life transitions always gets my creative juices flowing!  Last year when I got married, a student commented to me that marriage suited me.  She said, “Your classes have been really creative.”     And she was right – though I always strive for creative, unique classes, the major life change of committing to someone had opened up a wellspring inside of me.  A creative spark was more evident in my classes for my regular students.  I was deliriously happy too, which is always nice to be around 🙂

Now I’ve given birth.   Major.Life.Transition.   As in, nothing is the same as it was.   The rhythm of my days (and nights!) are different.  The way I eat, sleep, and even take a shower are different (I do them all frantically, as quickly as I can).   But the cool thing that always happens, is happening.   I feel ON FIRE with ideas about teaching.   And I’m not teaching yet (I’m going back this Sunday though!) so it’s like there’s a reserve of FANTASTIC ideas wanting to BURST out of me!!

I think one of the reasons for the creative spark this time is that my body is different, so yoga feels different.  You might expect someone to complain about this – after all, pregnancy is cumbersome.   You weigh more than you ever have, you cannot practice some basic moves, and there’s a fair number of aches and pains that come with the territory no matter how much you take care of yourself.   But I loved all of this about pregnancy, actually!   I didn’t like it for myself personally, but professionally I found it fascinating!  I was feeling ways that my students, both regular and pregnant, might feel sometimes in class.

This may sound morbid, but one of my teachers, Beryl Bender Birch, says, “One day, you will lose all the poses.”   As in, one day, you won’t be here on the Earth anymore.   But also as in, one day, you’ll be too old/injured/infirm/busy/pregnant to do this pose.   I loved my pregnancy when I *couldn’t* do something because it reminded me that everyone is different on the mat.  What I feel is different from my students.   I can watch a student carefully, I can listen to her description of what she’s feeling, and I can use my years of experience with other students to make an educated guess about what’s going on for her.   But I can’t feel exactly what she feels.   The more experiences I have in my own body, the better I can relate to discomforts my students have.

We can also remember that just as each person is different from their neighbor on the next mat over, we change ourselves day by day, month by month, and year by year.   So, what you *could* do previously is not what you’re doing today, and that’s amazing!!  You might be doing more today, you might be doing less.  We are our own best teachers for this reason.

I’ve learned a lot from having a different body in 2011.  Pregnancy has allowed me that window of insight into how we can experience the same posture *so* differently.   It’s opened up yet another wellspring of new and different movement patterns *because* of the restrictions of pregnancy, and the newfound freedom postpartum.

Have I mentioned how awesome it is to be getting all the poses back?  Beryl Bender Birch was right – someday I will lose all the poses.   But thankfully, it’s not today!

Letting it flow,


Looked at images for creative yoga, and loved this twist (you can barely twist at all by the end of pregnancy!)  This is an awesome photo, but too bad it’s an advertisement:

Yoga in the First 2 Weeks Postpartum

I was at my new mom’s group today, and here’s the first thing to know – everyone has such different experiences in pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum!  We all had different experiences in each phase of this childbearing year. So, though I teach postnatal yoga, going through the experience and listening to others reaffirms that we each have to go at our own pace.

Here’s what I’ve learned from my yoga practice in the first two weeks postpartum.  Remember, this is me, and your experience after giving birth will be different:

1)      For some period of time, you will wonder if you’ll ever feel normal again.

When I first stood up after giving birth, I thought my hip was displaced, my hamstring was pulled and all my nerves from the waist down were on high voltage.  After a few minutes, things settled down, but it’s a crazy experience your body has, even if it’s designed to do this!

For the first week after giving birth, I felt like I was twice my age!   I was so creaky and cranky in my muscles and joints.   I stayed in bed a lot, walked a little, and didn’t do a lot of yoga asanas (see what I did in #2 below).   By the second week, I felt like myself, just extra stiff.   I added simple asanas to my yoga routine, like shoulder stretches.    Now entering the third week, I feel totally normal, and my yoga practice is coming back to normal.  Besides intensive core work, I can do the basics of most any pose – inversions, twists, back strengtheners, hip openings etc.

2)      It’s all about moola bandha and uddiyana bandha.

If you’re not an experienced yogini, these might be foreign terms to you.   The bandhas are a bit complex to explain in words (and they’re not easy to teach either), but these two techniques are essential to start practicing postpartum!   Moola bandha is essentially an engagement (or lift) of your  pelvic floor, and uddiyana bandha is essentially engaging you midsection abdominals.   My primary yoga in the first week was feeling these two “locks,” or bandhas.   They are the weak links after going through pregnancy and then giving birth (even if you don’t have a vaginal birth, both are still weakened).

3)      Many people experience a euphoric state for a few weeks, but watch out for the crash!

You may think you’re superwoman the first week or two!  Watch out – you have to rest or else you’ll crash.   We have hormones that get us through the first few weeks, but after that, you need to have some sleep and nutritional reserves built up.

There’s been a few days where I’ve planned too much, and it’s made me AND Yona (and my husband Gadi) cranky.   So I’m getting better at acknowledging limits – 1-2 guests per day visiting, and for a short period of time only.   And for now, as we’re starting to venture out of the house, I’ve realized only 1 outing per day.  It’s been hard to stick to this “rule,” but it pays off.   My midwife says that the number 1 thing we can do to heal after birth is to rest.  It’s so hard to give yourself, but in the long run, it pays off.

4)      Additional non-yoga care has been helpful.

I’ve used a belly band and done some uterine massage to help settle my organs (an extension of uddiyana bandha).   I didn’t use stairs for a whole week after birth to heal my pelvic floor (an extension of moola bandha).  I can go into more detail about these things in a later post if anyone’s interested.

A little splurge could be great too!  I cannot wait to get a pedicure – it’s not going to heal my body, but it will help me feel like my normal self again!   Massage, going out to eat, shopping, going to the beach.   Try to find something to do in the first 2 months that help *you* feel like *you* again!


When I get back to teaching postpartum yoga, I will be so excited to have gone through this experience!   We’ve always focused a lot on the pelvic floor and the abdominals in class (along with sore backs and shoulders).   But having experienced it first-hand now, I can truly say that postnatal yoga makes a huge difference.

I can feel after two weeks that my abdominals are coming together – they’re looking good too!   My pelvic floor is strong and supporting me and my organs (I’m not ready to go jogging yet, but that will come in time).   Though I’m still stiff in the legs and shoulders, I know with regular practice, I’ll loosen up again.

What would I do without yoga?   It’s such a blessing, time after time!    I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I continue on this postpartum journey.



The Story Behind the Name

Here is what we read at Yona Yitzchak’s bris  today:


Thank you all for being here today to witness us becoming a family and welcoming Yona Yitzchak Reinhorn into the Jewish community.  We would like to share with you the meaning and significance of the names Yona and Yitzchak.   We’d also like to say a few words about three treasured relatives in whose honor we named him.

About the name Yona:  In mystical Judaism every word and phrase has a numerical value.  The name Yona has the same value as the phrase Koach gadol, or “great power.”  Also, Yona is the Hebrew word for dove, and dove is the symbol of peace.  Yona, you were born big and strong (with koach gadol), and we wish for you to use your great strength, to wage peace in the world.


Yona’s middle name is Yitzchak, which means “he will laugh.” I’ve always loved the idea of this name – a wish for someone to laugh.  Barrett and I laugh a lot together, both with each other and at each other.  Also, Barrett has always loved the story of Sarah, Yitzchak’s mother in the Torah.  She was well past childbearing age but God told her that she would have a son.   She and Avraham both laughed in response, which is why he was named Yitzchak. Yona, we can’t wait to laugh with you!

Also, Yitzchak’s half brother in the Torah is Yishmael, who by Jewish and Muslim tradition, becomes a forefather of the Muslim people. Through Yona Yitzchak’s blessings of peace and laughter, we wish for him to bridge the gaps of understanding in the world.  Yona, we will help you reach out to others who are different from you, and to practice tikkun olam, which means “to repair the world.”


Yona Yitzchak is named in honor of 3 special relatives, of blessed memory. We love being an aunt and uncle, and we want to honor that special role by naming our son after one aunt and two uncles of ours.

Loy Wayne was my uncle and my mother Carolyn’s brother.  He was always the life of the party, and I can still hear his laugh and see his shining eyes. He was so helpful, and you could count on him. He would be the first to make the 3-hour trip to the airport to pick me up when I visited Kansas, and he would make sure I had a good time while I was there.  Yona, may you be as dependable and fun loving as Loy Wayne.


Yoli was my maternal great Aunt.  Barrett and I visited her on our trip to Israel in 2008.  Yoli was very outgoing and generous, and known for hosting parties.  She survived Auschwitz with my grandmother Ella, and moved to Israel after the war.  She passed away last year, just before our wedding.   Yona, may you have an outgoing and tenacious spirit like Yoli.

Yonel was my paternal great Uncle, and a favorite from my childhood.  He had a generous spirit. I think fondly of the unique and cutting edge presents Yonel gave me. For example, I still display in my office a 50 euro bill that he gave me, from the first year they were issued. Yona, may you be generous and forward thinking like Yonel.


In closing, Yona, we have wished upon you many traits:  generosity, dependability, tenacity, peacefulness, humor, and more.  We love you and can’t wait to see who you become in the world.  And for all of you who have joined us here today: thank you for already being a great influence in Yona’s life, helping him to embody these qualities.

More pictures!

Yona Yitzchak is here!!

My Birth Story

As I’m a prenatal yoga teacher who has worked with thousands of pregnant women over the last decade, naturally students greeted my first pregnancy with great joy and enthusiasm.   Many people have asked for my birth story, so here it is!

For background, I should say that I think birth is important.  The way a birth happens and the way a mom and baby are treated often affects the way new parents feel about starting their parenting journey.  So, my husband Gadi and I wanted to carefully consider our choices, options and alternatives in order to have a safe, healthy and happy pregnancy and birth.

I could spend a whole post talking about why we chose a homebirth, but it will just have to suffice to say, that’s what we decided.   We chose a woman to be with us who has been a midwife for over 20 years and is a mother and grandmother.    We spent hours with her in the course of the pregnancy, getting to know her, and learning from her.  When the day came, I felt comfortable trusting her to guide us through a safe birth.   As an aside, we also developed a relationship with the midwives at a local hospital, who agreed to give us prenatal care on a reduced schedule along with the full care from the homebirth midwife.   It felt good to us that they had a record of our pregnancy in case we or the midwife opted at any point to transfer to the hospital.

So here goes:   I went into labor on my due date!  We never told anyone our due date because we didn’t want people to get fixated on a day, when due time is a whole month!  (See my blog post about due date vs. due time for more information).

On Sunday and Monday (June 26 and 27) I taught prenatal yoga classes.  I was feeling very achy and couldn’t imagine another 2 weeks of pregnancy (the end of the due time window).   I was really hoping that all the achiness I felt was a sign that labor was imminent, but I know how the mind can play tricks on you.   As a result, on Monday I tried to rest the whole day.   I read a book, I didn’t move much except to walk to my class and teach it, and I stayed hydrated.   In retrospect, I think this was my version of nesting!  I’m so glad I did this, because I needed a lot of strength for the coming day.

I woke up early Tuesday morning, wondering if my water was going to break.  I felt wet, and sure enough as I took the 10 steps to the bathroom, my water broke.   It was enough to be sure it was my water, but not a huge gush.   I broke a glass at the same time, so as Gadi and I cleaned up the water, we also had the task of making sure there were no shards of glass on our floor!   My water broke more in the process, and with the frequent gushes, out came every towel in the house to soak up the mess!   The work of cleaning up put me into labor right away, and we called the midwife to let her know.   The contractions were frequent enough and strong enough that she was at our house by 9am.

I found sitting on the birth ball helpful, and surprisingly, hands and knees position not as helpful.   I love to teach hands and knees pose in prenatal yoga, but it made the contractions more intense, which so early in labor, I didn’t need to do.  I progressed quickly and within a few hours I was in the birth pool to handle contractions better.  I threw up while in the tub, which is often a sign of transition, and the second midwife arrived so that we were ready in case things kept moving fast.

In this time, it’s interesting to reflect back on how I handled the labor.   I think it was all physical and mental yoga practice!!  Gadi bailed water on my chest or back every time I had a contraction to keep me warm and focused.  I used the rhythm of that like I use rhythmic movements and breath in yoga practice.  I also used spontaneous mantras.   When I would feel a contraction coming on, I’d say things like, “Yes!  Yes!  Feeling good.  No problem.  Breathing.  Letting go.  Calming down. “   Sometimes I would say all those things in one stream of consciousness, and sometimes just one thing.   I remember as things would get really intense, I’d swear, but I’d always reframe.   So, I’d say, “Oh, fuck! OW!  I mean   Yes!  Keep it coming.  I’m ok.   I’m ok.”  Talking my way through really helped.   In between contractions, I rested completely.  I don’t remember thinking about anything except how to relax and let go.

Though it seemed like labor was going fast, turns out there was a hitch.  By the late afternoon, I was getting to a stretchy 8cm dilated, with a lip of cervix.   The lip wouldn’t go away… for the next 12+ hours.  We’d make progress – the cervix would continue to change, but not enough to be completely dilated and ready to push.

This is where having 2 experienced midwives turned out to be critical.  Anywhere else, I’d be on the clock and being diagnosed with failure to progress.   At a hospital, that could have meant pitocin, narcotics, epidural, Csection, or all of the above.   At home, it meant lots of different positions, resting without pushing even though there was a strong urge, homeopathics, verbal support, constant reminders that the baby was ok.  The baby’s heart beat was checked frequently throughout labor and with every contraction once we got to pushing.  It was always strong and steady, which helped me stay positive – if the baby could do it, I could do it. I was a bit on the clock with these midwives too, because my water had broken, but they never scared me with that.   Instead, they worked hard to keep me moving forward.

By 5am Wednesday morning, the lip was cleared and we were ready to push.  I was tired, but had stayed pretty well hydrated and was trying to keep some calories in with honey, Gatorade and juice.  The pushing was unpleasant, but I knew it would be a strong sensation of stretch.   We took it slow, the midwives supported my perineum with compresses and finally, at 7:27am on Wednesday June 29, out came our baby!   All 9lbs. 2oz.  of him!   I didn’t have any tearing, and as soon as the baby was placed on my chest, I picked him up to see that he was a boy!

His name is Yona Yitzchak Reinhorn.   The meaning behind his name is again, a whole other story/blog post 🙂

What I learned from our labor:

–          Prepare for birth.   Prenatal yoga, good nutrition, regular appointments that lasted 1 hour and included discussion about everything, 8 weeks of childbirth education.  It all contributed to a good birth outcome.

–          Put yourself in hands you trust.  I don’t think I could have had an intervention-free birth with a practitioner I didn’t know.   One of the many benefits of homebirth.

–          Use every available tool you have.  I literally had a whole bag of tricks, and music for hours lined up.   I didn’t use any of them, but I’m so glad I had them.   Gadi would remind me of these options.   In the end, with his help, I just went inside.

–          Don’t let anyone “estimate” your baby’s size.   If the midwives had guessed I was going to have an over 9lb. baby, I would have been scared.    There was nothing to be scared of because I didn’t know, and nothing about him hurt me.

Last little bit:  Gadi was amazing!   You *need* amazing people surrounding you at birth.   It doesn’t have to be your romantic partner, but I was *so* glad for all the preparation he did too!   When I doubted I could go on, he said what I needed to hear.   When I needed help focusing on how to relax, he’d try one of many relaxation scripts we’d developed in the months of pregnancy.   When I knew exactly what I needed (hours of alternating cold washcloths on my face), he patiently sat next to me and did what needed to be done.   We really did birth together!  Love you, G!

That’s it for now.   On to loving up this baby!!

Male Yogi Perspectives

It’s the nature of my job – I spend a lot of time with women.   I specialize in prenatal and postnatal yoga, so I know women’s experience of the childbearing year expertly.

But I teach more regular yoga classes than prenatal/postnatal.  And about a quarter of my students in regular classes are men.    And I really like the men that tend to come to my classes – they’re open, funny, and bring a vibrant energy to their mat.   And, in general, men’s bodies do move differently than women’s bodies – a huge generalization, but nonetheless this has been helpful to me to remember.   I learn a lot from the men in my class and I’ve really enjoyed befriending them.

I interviewed a few of my regular students, who have been practicing consistently for at least 3 years, and found out some interesting things about them and their journey into yoga.

First, all three of the students I interviewed are physically active in other ways.   M cycles, C runs and swims, and B goes to the gym.  Their yoga practice complements the other physical activities, and balances them out so that they don’t feel like they overexert too much in one area of their body.   Interestingly, for two of the three, yoga is now their main form of physical movement – they feel like the  other exercise they do weekly is more to supplement their yoga practice.   And one said that when asked now what his main exercise is, he says, “Yoga.”

Also, the male yogis mentioned that a big part of their yoga practice is mental.   The primary reason B practices yoga is because it makes him “relaxed and calm.”   M wrote: “On longer [cycling] rides, the concentration I have developed in yoga has come in handy.   I focus on movement, breathing, relaxing, shoulders, neck, face…turning the pedals over, one after the other… and smiling.”

Lastly, all the yogis see sticking with yoga for the long run partially because it’s been so helpful with staying uninjured and even healing old injuries.   C says: “It’s pretty clear that yoga helps a lot to manage the injuries, stiffness and aches that gradually accrue over the years.”  Because of his yoga practice over the last 6 years, he’s avoided recurrent back spasms he used to have every few months, and also managed to be pain and medication-free from sciatica, which was a regular ailment of his.

B ended his interview saying that he really couldn’t imagine a time in his life where he won’t be practicing yoga.  In many ways, as I look at their answers, there’s nothing particularly “male” about their responses.   For me, it’s nice to think about the universal gift that yoga offers everyone.

A giant thank you to M, B, and C for taking time to reflect on their practice!

See you on the mat!


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in 2011!

I’m still getting a page up on my website about the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, so until then, I thought I’d blog about it!

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Barrett Lauck Reinhorn

Saturday March 5 – Tuesday March 8, 2011 in Cambridge, MA.

Exact hours each day will be posted in a few months, but the training is the bulk of each day and some evenings.

The training is designed for yogis who have completed a 200-hr. or greater teacher training, and/or are teaching regularly.    The training covers:

–          Important principles of hatha yoga, particularly as they relate in the childbearing year

–          Key information on the physical, mental and emotional journey of pregnancy

–          Therapeutic applications of the asanas for all the common conditions of pregnancy

–          Observation of Barrett teaching class

–          Practice teaching prenatal yoga

–          Important support services you offer beyond the mat for pregnant women

–          Comprehensive manual with plenty of time and space for notes and discussion

–          Podcasts of prenatal sequences to listen to before, during and after the training

–          Required reading before the start of the training

–          Certificate upon completion for 40 hours of training

The training is $750, with an early registration price of $675 if paid in full by February 5, 2011.   Interested trainees must register no later than one week before the training in order to be sent the reading list, to be completed before the training starts (about 2-3 hours worth of reading).

If you know anyone interested, please send them this information.

If you have other questions, please email me.



Fall Yoga Outside!

Don’t mind the pajamas in some of the pics — when I’m on vacation, I stay in pj’s until late in the morning!

My dear friend Emily and I are having some yoga “play” here – one of my favorite things to do with yummy friends 🙂

partner down dog

Partner yoga downward dog – this feels great on Emily’s sacrum when my toes press back and up.


maybe someday i'll touch my head

Now I get to have a little fun!   Maybe someday my foot will touch my head 🙂


warm up wheel

A little warm-up wheel before the grand finale…


partner wheel

Ta-da!  A double wheel pose!   Both yogis should be able to do wheel pose, and bottom yogi has to be strong to lift the top yogi!


Soak up the yoga and the love – do some partner yoga soon!




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