Prenatal Services

2015 Winter Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Schedule

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm

@ Arts/West, 132 West State Street, Athens

Mama & Baby Yoga 2015


Yoga is a fun, safe and healthy activity from conception to labor.

prenatal yoga
It is the ideal way to help a mother enjoy pregnancy as well as prepare for birth. This age-old practice keeps you limber, tones your muscles, and improves your balance and circulation, with little, if any, impact on your joints.

Yoga is also beneficial because it fosters healthy breathing habits and the ability to relax. Both will come in handy as you face the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. The breathing technique known as ujjayi requires you to take in air slowly through your nose, filling your lungs, followed by a slow, relaxing exhale.

Learning how to do ujjayi breathing primes you for labor and childbirth by training you to stay calm when you need it most. When you are tense and anxious your body produces adrenalin and may produce less oxytocin, a hormone essential for labor progress. A regular yoga practice will help you work with your body during labor and resist the urge to tense up during the times you need to fully relax and open up.

A weekly yoga practice builds the needed trust in our bodies while providing tools for managing the sensations of birth, motherhood and beyond. Many mothers who maintained a constant yoga practice during pregnancy report that birth was comfortable, easier and even enjoyable.

Natural Birth Education Classes

Birth in its natural state is simple. Hospitals and modern day life can make birth confusing and a bit overwhelming. Holistic Birth classes provide clarity and confidence to parents. Classes cover:

  • Pregnancy related changes to the body
  • Anatomy and functions of the body during birth 
  • Fetology and the symbiotic relationship between the mother and unborn child's bodies
  • Stress management, tools for facing anxieties and releasing limiting thoughts
  • How to connect with your inner voice and your body
  • Building confidence and trust
  • Suggestions for nutrition before, during and after birth
  • Review of standard model of care, midwifery model of care and creating your birth plan.
  • Nursing and postpartum care.
  • Caring for a newborn, sleeping, parenting and more!

Tea, snacks and reading materials are included in the cost of class. Birthing companions are strongly encouraged to attend.

Birth Services

Labor support 

My background of birth education and prenatal yoga along with my desire to nurture others has given me the ability to care for laboring mothers and their companions. As your labor support I provide:

  • A fresh view of your birth, which can eliminate tension and concerns
  • Emotional support and verbal encouragement
  • Suggestions and reminders for position changes and hydration
  • Healing touch
  • Guided relaxation and visual imagery
  • Child care
  • Food prep, running errand and anything else you might need
  • Facts about birth, interventions and medical procedures
  • Most importantly, lots of patience and understanding

***As your doula I do not make any medical decisions for you. Your birth is your responsibility, own it!***

Post Natal Services

Post-natal Yoga

Essential poses focus on regaining strength in both the abdominal muscles and the back while diminishing fatigue and tension in the back, shoulders and chest. A constant practice whether at home, with friends or a class can be the best medicine a new mother needs to regain strength, confidence and joy.

Mama and Baby Yoga

One of my favorites! We sing, laugh, massage and nurture our babies and each other. Class is full of unique poses, for mom and child along with techniques to soothe fussy babies. Whether this is your first child or fifth, there's a place for you. Come share your experience while learning from other mama's going through the same thing. 

Here are a few examples of problems that arise postpartum and solutions:

For mom

Problem: Fatigue
Waking up every few hours to tend to the little one doesn't exactly make for a well-rested person. Although you won't cut out all of your sleepless nights, you can deal with fatigue to make your waking hours more manageable.

Solution: Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose)
When you feel exhausted, your breath becomes more shallow. A restorative pose such asViparita Karani helps open the chest, encourages you to take deeper breaths, and aids relaxation and rejuvenation. Lay with your right hip against the wall and then slowly swing your legs up onto the wall, bring your arms out to the sides, and breathe deeply. Hold for two-five minutes.

For baby

Problem: Upset Stomach/Colic
A baby's tiny digestive system is a fragile thing, and it's no wonder they often experience painful problems. When your baby's tummy is upset, try putting him into a yoga position that will help eliminate gas.

Solution: Knees to Chest
To start, place baby on his back and slowly move his knees up into his belly or chest to release bubbles. Hold for a few seconds, then release the pressure and stroke baby's legs to help him relax. Repeat several times. Next, bring baby's knees back to his belly and circle his thighs in a clockwise direction a number of times. You can also try bicycling baby's legs, alternating bringing one knee in to his belly while lengthening the opposite leg.