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Practice Style
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 focus

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 movements

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 exercises

6) Deep relaxation: lying on side and resting, allowing the benefits of the practice to settle into the body and connect with the baby

Risk Considerations
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 drop
6) Avoid building too much internal heat

7) Resting is always encouraged

Prenatal Yoga: Delivery Without Drugs?
Featured on "Healthy Baby" Segment with Jacqueline Ortiz
WOAI News, June 2, 2004, 5:15 p.m.

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Jennifer (1 wk. before due date!) Monica,
Carolyn Mastin, Megan & Jacqueline Ortiz

"Prenatal Yoga"
appeared 10/8/03

Our prenatal program
at The Yoga Place
was featured on
KENS5/CBS Great Day SA! 

October 8, 2003 at 9:45 a.m.

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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.

Parent & Child Yoga

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 videos.

Mom & Tot on KEYE

Mom & Tots Share Yoga Class
by Elizabeth Dannheim
Featured on KEYE (Austin CBS)
Monday, October 8, 2007 (5 p.m. & 10 p.m.)

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Mommy & Me Yoga Classes:
For 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 segment (interview)
second part of segment (postures)

Kristi & Rachael
(see prenatal appearance above), Monica,
Lu Parker, Cynthia & Jonothon


Natural Birth Resources:

My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Resource: Birthing Naturally

Maternity Wise: Helping Women Make Informed Decisions

North American Registry
of Midwives

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
(210) 561-5959

Home Birth Reference Site (UK)

American Pregnancy Assoc.

Book Recommendations:

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

Birthing from Within by England & Horowitz

Every Woman's Guide to Eating During Pregnancy by Shulman & Davis

Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm

Video/DVD Recommendations:

Colette Crawford's
Yoga for Pregnancy & Labor

Siva Rea's Prenatal Yoga

Essential After-Birth Reading:

The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S.

The No-Cry Sleep Solution by
Elizabeth Pantley

The Sleep Book by Dr. William Sears

Places at which I've taught:

Spectrum Clubs:  spectrumclubs.com
San Antonio, TX

Run Gear Run:

San Antonio, TX

Yoga Center of Collinsville

Collinsville, CT

Farmington Dance

Farmington, CT

BodyWorks Studio

Tempe, AZ

NEISD Community Education:  neisd.net/ComEd/comed.html
San Antonio, TX

The Yoga Place:  TheYogaPlaceSA.com
San Antonio, TX

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