Jane's 60 minute prenatal yoga session offers a range of postures that explores the balance between effort and surrender, stability and softness. As you move through the practice, Jane provides the space to listen to your body, attune to your breath and be present with your baby. The class includes warm up postures, hip openers, standing poses and gentle stretches. Mindful of mamas who might need more support, she demonstrates modified postures throughout the class.This class has been broken down into chapters, students are welcome to do all or just parts of the class.
Jane's refreshing ability to "tell it like it is" to expecting moms gives this prenatal yoga session a lively, humorous and realistic perspective unlike any other. She is a certified prenatal yoga teacher and trainer and brings not only her expertise as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator and of course, a mother, into the practice. Jane's reverence for pregnancy and birth comes shining through as she expertly guides you through this prenatal yoga class. It is great for those new to yoga and for those who are looking for a sweet and supportive yoga experience. This is not a hard "work out" yoga class, but it will be both energizing and relaxing.
Experience the openness and empowerment of prenatal yoga practice with
Jane Austin. Designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike,
this dynamic yoga program can be used daily to build and maintain
strength and flexibility, increase energy, reduce or eliminate pregnancy
discomforts, improve circulation and posture and aid relaxation.
Prenatal yoga increases body, breath and baby awareness, which helps to
prepare both mind and body for labor and birth. Practiced often, it may
help promote a healthy transition from pregnancy to the postpartum
period. This is not a hard "work out" yoga class, but it will be both
energizing and relaxing.
The class opens with a short and sweet breath awareness practice, connecting mama and babe. Be reminded that yoga benefits both mother and child.
This section includes a gentle warm up of the neck shoulders and wrists. A short shoulder strengthening sequence will help prepare you for baby holding. It can be challenging when you first start but you will get stronger with practice. Many mamas have found strengthening postures helpful for motherhood.
This warm up sequence releases tightness and gripping in the hips, buttocks and the back. The postures help tone and prep the pelvic floor for labor and birth. Many of the poses can be used to support mama and babe during the birth process itself.
This section may be helpful at the end of the day to prepare body and mind for bed.
This standing pose sequence is designed to strengthen and energize the body. This section includes classical yoga standing postures, half squat variations and wave squats. Experiment with the breath in the wave squats, inhaling up, exhaling down; or exhaling up, inhaling down. The practice concludes with a gentle back bend.
If you need a pick me up, this section can be done as a stand alone in the morning, to wake up for your day, or in the afternoon as a reboot.
This seated hip and hamstring opening yoga practice can be done any time of the day. The stretches are perfect to help prep achy hips and low back before exercise or bed. Many mamas find that gentle stretching of the outer hips, inner thighs, hamstrings and the groin aid sleep.
Relaxation...at last! This last component of the yoga practice is essential. Find a supported posture that is comfortable, side lying or any resting pose that feels comfortable to you. This relaxation can be done at the end of the day or any time that a rest is needed.
Give yourself an hour...just one hour. I've designed this class to be done in its entirely in 60 minutes but you are welcome to do it in sections as needed and in your own time.
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.