I am a DONA certified postpartum doula and yoga instructor with a specialty in Prenatal, Postpartum and "Mommy and Me" yoga. I have been practicing yoga since childhood and have been teaching Hatha and Vinyasa for fover 20 years .My classes are flowing, engaging and restorative with an emphasis on proper alignment and the yogic principle of seeking both stability and comfort within each pose. I have extensive experience teaching all levels, ages and body types from pregnant and postpartum women (and their infants) to pre-schoolers, teenagers and the injured and elderly.
WHAT IS A DANCING DOULA?
The spiritual, emotional and physical journey of a new mother is a powerful transition period which greatly benefits from the support, wisdom and nurturing of those around her. Motherhood is a constantly changing dance that requires strength and balance. I have chosen the name "Dancing Doula" because of my close connection to dance, birth amd motherhood and a desire to help new mothers find their own path with flexibility, grace, energy and compassion.
BENEFITS OF PRENATAL YOGA
A prenatal yoga class can offer you a quiet respite to slow down, connect with your baby and honor the changes of your pregnancy. Students move mindfully through modified yoga postures, restorative poses, practice breath-work, pelvic-floor exercises and explore a variety of relaxation techniques.
In combination these techniques will help to strengthen and tone the body, alleviate discomforts ad prepare you for your labor and birth.
WHY SHOULD I PRACTICE YOGA WITH MY BABY?
Mommy and Me classes are designed to address the physical issues of new mothers focusing on strengthening core muscles, releasing tight shoulder and back muscles and re-balancing the body and mind after the powerful changes of pregnancy & birth. Busy new mothers can attend classes with their newborns and earn to integrate their babies into an evolving yoga practice while learning bonding techniques and infant massage. A mommy and Me class allows space for a mew mom to nurse, rest, and tend to her newborn in a room full of like-minded women. It is a great way to connect with your baby in a supportive community of mothers and babies.
WHAT IS THE BELLYDANCE / BIRTHDANCE CONNECTION?
Raq Sharqi has its roots in ancient mating, fertility and birthing rituals of the Middle East and North Africa. & has often been performed by and for women. The natural, flowing, spiraling, circular movements of the dance help to release stress, strengthen the lower abdominals, tone the pelvic floor & open the hips in preparation for childbirth.