Yoga

I have been practicing yoga since 2002, and attended my first teacher training with Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in 2006, followed by Advanced Teacher Training there in 2007. In October of 2006, I spent two weeks living at the International Sivananda Yoga Seminar House in Reith bei Kitzbühel, Austria, practicing yoga and attending a continuing education workshop for yoga teachers.

I continued to practice as life took me to Boston and New York City before returning to Memphis in 2010. I have attended workshops with David Williams (Ashtanga Yoga for the Rest of Your Life), Seane Corn (Vinyasa Flow: Personal Evolution Through Movement) and Chris Coniaris (Exploring the Wilderness of Being at Gray Bear), among others. I enjoyed an active yoga practice through my own two pregnancies in Memphis in 2012 and 2014, and I am grateful for the yoga teachers who supported me!

In addition to working as a PCD(DONA) Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor®, I specialize in teaching yoga for the childbearing year. I completed an 85-hour RPYT in-person training with Jessalynn Hakanson (Om Grown Yoga) at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville. I am a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200) and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®).

You can join a prenatal yoga class even if you are new to yoga! Read more about the benefits of prenatal yoga according to the Mayo Clinic:

What are the benefits of prenatal yoga?

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.

Prenatal yoga can:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath

Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.

Contact me at 917-331-9643 or emily@mymamabody.com to find out more about where I’m teaching or to set up a private class.