I have been practicing yoga consistently since the birth of my first daughter in 2006. After seeing my first and now second daughter practice with me, I received my Kids Yoga certification at It’s Yoga Kids in 2011 to get kids involved in yoga at an early age. I also wanted to deepen my practice and love for Ashtanga and received my certification to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from It’s Yoga. My goal is to introduce yoga at an early age as I believe the benefits are never ending. What better way to practice yoga than with your family! Together with that, I want yoga to be available to all. My adult classes are great for beginners yet aim to challenge even the seasoned practitioner...all in true Ashtanga style!
Rebecca Trissell, ERT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)-200, Registered Pre Natal Yoga Teacher, began practicing yoga in 1998. In 2007 she completed a 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Tree in San Francisco and has been teaching ever since. In 2013 she completed an 85 hour prenatal training at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, making her a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, RPYT. She teaches classes in Power Flow, vinyasa, restorative, prenatal and post natal yoga. She offers a sweet vibration in each of her classes, though chanting, meditation and exploration.
Phoebe Sherman discovered yoga at a time when she needed it most. As a dancer and a perfectionist, yoga spoke to her more free-spirited side. Since then, she has been a little more calm, and a little less antsy. She began a daily practice in Santa Cruz in 2011 at a beautiful studio that combined a hard cardio practice with the divine spiritual. Since then she has molded her own classes with that mentality. She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Yoga to the People in 2013 and began teaching that year. Her classes are high intensity Power Vinyasa, with an emphasis on building strength and alignment. You can expect many planks and chairs. She tries to combine a spiritual aspect into her classes. You can expect to leave very sweaty and very zen.
Nicole has been practicing yoga for the past 12 years. She completed her 200-hr teacher training in 2012 and is continuing her 500-hr training with Kamie Loeser at Northern California Yoga Institute. Nicole also completed training with It’s Yoga, Kids in 2013, and Prenatal Teacher Training with Yoga Garden SF in 2014. Nicole teaches a Hatha Yoga style inspired by Integrative Dynamic Yoga (IDY) and provides classes in Hatha yoga, Hatha flow, and family yoga. In addition, Nicole specializes in teaching Yoga and Fertility with the goal of creating a space for those who are trying to conceive to share and connect with their bodies and each other.
Nicole's approach to yoga as a practitioner and instructor is to "Honor. Serve. Guide. Inspire." She challenges and encourages her students to joyfully greet their edge and reconnect with their minds, bodies, and breath.
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Andrea Byers is a craniosacral therapist who works with Adults, Children, Infants and Families in the pre and perinatal period, through out the Bay Area. She was trained by Michelle Emanuel as a TummyTime™Tutor and is looking forward to bringing these classes to the community on Fridays at 10:15-11:00, Tummy Time Class.
Please feel free to contact her with any questions or read more about her on her website
Mama & baby yoga class (Pre-Walkers) provides an opportunity for you to regain strength and flexibility, to bond with your baby and to make friends with other mamas. The focus of the class is on movements breathing specifically tailored for new mamas. Focusing on the shoulders, back, pelvic floor and the core. The babies benefit from the bonding time with mom, and the stimulating environment of new baby friends! Pre walking babies welcome.
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. For example, studies have suggested that prenatal yoga can:
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction - a condition that slows a baby's growth
Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.
What happens during a typical prenatal yoga class?
A typical prenatal yoga class may involve:
Breathing. You'll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. You may also practice different breathing techniques and making deep sounds, such as humming or grunting. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques may help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
Gentle stretching. You'll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion.
Postures. While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you'll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Props - such as blankets, cushions and belts - may be used to provide support and comfort. You'll also continue to focus on your breathing.
Cool down. At the end of each prenatal yoga class, you'll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You'll be encouraged to sit down and gently stretch different parts of your body.
Relaxation. You may be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.
Vinysasa yoga is a vigorous series of postures linked with movement that will open and cleanse your body, strengthen and lengthen your muscles, and calm, soothe, and open your mind. “All levels” means that if you’ve never practiced or you’re an experienced practitioner, you’ll feel at home, challenged, and at ease. And always remember, no matter where you are on your yogic path, listen to your body and rest when you need to in child’s pose.