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As a Kripalu-certified instructor, my classes are built
around the following core teachings: the unity of body/mind/spirit,
the sacredness of the moment, the inborn divinity of each
individual, the awakening of Witness Consciousness and the conscious
use of energy. I am also a
student of John Friend's Anusara yoga, integrating its Universal Principles of
Alignment, inner body awareness and celebration of the heart.
Benefits of Prenatal Yoga:
Beyond strengthening and making the body more flexible,
prenatal classes foster calmness and encourages connection with the
baby from the very beginning. With postures, we strengthen the body
as it is transformed by hormone changes and weight shifts.
In addition to joy, anxiety and frustration are also feelings in
pregnancy, especially for first-time moms. In class we use breathing
techniques, visualization, meditation and vocal toning to connect to
the body’s wisdom and to the baby.
The practice provides an access to inner resources to face the
challenge of labor with confidence, calm and courage. An integral
aspect of the practice is the cultivation of conscious relaxation.
-to gather focus, release tension and restore energy
-to relive anxiety, reduce fatigue
-to create self-confidence and support courage
-to break the “fear-tension-pain” syndrome
-to increase intake of oxygen
General Class Structure:
1) Sharing circle where moms talk about how they are
progressing, share tips with other moms, and make requests for class
2) Centering: seated meditation when we begin our breathing
exercises. Also creating an intention in class (a quality of
parenthood the student would like to give as a gift to the baby through
movement and breath)
3) Warm ups: gentle movements to begin integrating breath with
4) Postures: depending on the needs of the class, we’ll work on
relieving or strengthening body areas
5) Cool down: gentle stretches, vocal toning, meditation, Kegel
6) Deep relaxation: lying on side and resting, allowing the benefits
of the practice to settle into the body and connect with the baby
Although prenatal classes are very gentle, expectant moms are urged
to discuss any exercise programs with their doctors.
If moms have had difficulty in the past in conceiving or with
miscarriages, we recommend starting yoga in their second trimester.
In their first trimester they are welcome to experience the
breathing and meditation exercises.
1) No twisting that compresses the belly
2) No belly-down postures
3) Stay hydrated before, during and after class
4) After the 2nd trimester,
refrain from lying flat on the back (compresses
vena cava, restricting oxygen to the baby)
5) Have crackers on-hand to snack on if blood sugar levels
6) Avoid building too much internal heat
7) Resting is always
Delivery Without Drugs?
Featured on "Healthy Baby" Segment with Jacqueline Ortiz
WOAI News, June 2, 2004, 5:15 p.m.
click here for video clip
before due date!) Monica,
Carolyn Mastin, Megan & Jacqueline Ortiz
at The Yoga Place
was featured on
Great Day SA!
October 8, 2003 at 9:45 a.m.
See the video clip (choose speed):
(These are Windows
Media viewable--Video quality sacrificed for speed :)
Monica, Lu Parker,
Tim & Krisi
Benefits of Post-Natal Yoga:
This is a time of healing when hormones come back to their
natural levels and the body is restored. Using the gentle movements
of yoga as well as controlled strengthening and breathing, new moms
can fight fatigue, gain more energy and maintain good health.
Parent & Child Yoga Classes:
Combines story-telling and songs with yoga and dance movements. The
class will provide a balance of exercise and relaxation for parents
and fun body-awareness for the children. Spanish and Sanskrit
languages will also be featured. Ages 1 – 3.
The Younger Side of Yoga
by Jarrod Wise
Featured on KVUE (Austin ABC)
Friday, September 14, 2007
Please email for links to Kids Yoga TV appearance
Mom & Tots Share Yoga Class
by Elizabeth Dannheim
Featured on KEYE (Austin CBS)
Monday, October 8, 2007
(5 p.m. & 10 p.m.)
If the video gets hung up, right-click the
video image and click (do not)/filter screen.
Mommy & Me Yoga Classes:
moms and babies 6-weeks to pre-crawlers, this class is designed to
help new moms stretch and strengthen their bodies while connecting
with their babies and other moms. We will use movement and breath to
open to the changes parenthood brings to bodies and minds. In
addition, we will use breath, song, touch and facial expression to
interact with the babies.
Mommy & Me Yoga
Featured on Great Day SA! (KENS5 - CBS)
Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 9:45 a.m.
click here for video clip:
first part of
second part of
Kristi & Rachael
(see prenatal appearance above),
Lu Parker, Cynthia & Jonothon
Natural Birth Resources:
My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Resource: Birthing
Maternity Wise: Helping Women Make
North American Registry
Doulas of North America (DONA)
Assoc. of Labor Assistants and
Childbirth Educators (ALACE)
Birth Centers Online
San Antonio Birth Center (NEW!)
6450 Babcock Road
San Antonio, Texas
Home Birth Reference Site (UK)
American Pregnancy Assoc.
Birth by Janet Balaskas
from Within by England & Horowitz
Woman's Guide to Eating During Pregnancy by Shulman &
Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm
Yoga for Pregnancy & Labor
Essential After-Birth Reading:
Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins, R.N.,
No-Cry Sleep Solution by
Sleep Book by Dr. William Sears
Places at which I've taught:
San Antonio, TX
Run Gear Run:
San Antonio, TX
Yoga Center of Collinsville
NEISD Community Education:
San Antonio, TX
The Yoga Place:
San Antonio, TX