Prenatal Partners, Birth Prep Yoga and Massage
What you'll learn
- support a laboring woman with massage and supported postures. The course will help birth companions support mama physically and emotionally in labor and birth.
- For optimum comfort, couples should have two yoga mats or a non-slip surface, two blankets, two firm pillows or cushions, a large towel or scarf, and a chair. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these items. Improvise with what you have on hand.
This Prenatal Partners workshop is designed to educate couples on how to use the tools of yoga in pregnancy and childbirth. You will learn breath awareness practices, partner yoga postures and massage techniques that can help strengthen and relax the body and soothe the mind during the birth process. These approaches will give you the opportunity to connect more deeply to yourself, your partner and your baby. The course will help birth companions support expecting mothers physically and emotionally in labor and birth. No yoga experience is required. This workshop is less about yoga and more about practicing tools to help in labor.
This practice is divided into 13 lectures. I recommend doing the entire 90 minute practice first and at least once. Then repeat any section you find helpful. I also recommend doing the massage often and deep relaxation section every day. Use the video instruction as needed and once you are comfortable with the massage techniques, you can do them on your own.
It is important to have fun and not to take it too seriously. Enjoy each other, laugh a little, and have a good time! Remember laughing is good for mama and baby!
Who this course is for:
- Those who plan to be present at the labor and birth. It is designed for intimate partners, but friends and family may benefit from some of the sections.
Passionate about yoga and the transformative power of motherhood, Jane specializes in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. For two decades she has worked with mamas, not only as a yoga teacher but also as a midwife, doula (labor assistant) and childbirth educator. Informed by years of experience of working in the field of women’s health, she is uniquely suited to instruct yoga for the childbearing year. She weaves this breadth of experience into her classes in a warm and humorous, yet thoughtful way.
Jane is a certified yoga teacher and a registered yoga teacher trainer. She is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a yoga school dedicated to training yoga teachers and birth professionals to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga. Her school attracts students from all over the world. She also teaches the Yoga in Pregnancy component of many yoga teacher trainings including Yoga Tree in San Francisco. By training teachers, it is her mission to help make yoga available to all mothers who wish to practice.
Her teaching has been influenced by many teachers and traditions, including Ashtanga, and Iyengar, She has studied yoga philosophy and chanting extensively with Kate Holcombe of the Healing Yoga Foundation. Among her most inspirational teachers have been the many mamas and couples she has worked with over the years. A lifelong student, Jane continues to explore the many facets of this ancient tradition.
Although yoga provides the framework for her spiritual practice, it is her experience as a mother that has given her true opportunity for spiritual growth. Perhaps her most influential teachers are her own children, who reminder her very day to take her own advice and take a deep breath!
It is with great enthusiasm and joy that she shares her passion with others! For more info about trainings and workshops go to janeaustinyoga.com.