Welcome

I grew up in Vancouver, BC Canada and have spent most of my adult life adventuring around the world while experiencing different yoga styles and teachers. I recently moved to the Boston area from Germany with my husband and 2 young sons. 2009 marked the beginning of my teaching journey and I completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training through Frog Lotus International under the guidance of Vidya Heisel and Jennifer Yarro. In April 2016, I completed the Om Births Prenatal Yoga teacher training with Bec Conant and dove into the world of perinatal yoga. This training reignited my passion for teaching yoga and my desire to share the physical and emotional benefits of practicing yoga during and after pregnancy, as well as for conception. This led to the creation of Fertile Body Yoga, which offers yoga classes and community for women facing fertility challenges. After completing the Fertility Yoga Teacher Training with Sue Dumais in November 2016, I have now been supporting women on their journeys to becoming mothers for a few years and have seen the profound difference this practice can make. September 2017 marked the completion of  my Advanced Prenatal and Postnatal Teacher Training and I am now a 85 hr RPYT.  In June 2018 I was blessed to study Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson-Lasater and am a Certified Relax and Renew® Trainer.

Reiki has become a nurturing addition to my offerings for classes and private sessions. This calming, healing, and meditative Japanese practice is non-invasive and works on the energetic plane. I am studying under Lourdes Gray of the John Harvey-Gray lineage of the Usui Shiki Ryoho and have completed the Reiki Second Degree training.

Schedule

Find me for regular classes at Down Under School of Yoga, located in Boston.


Saturdays 6:30pm – Fertile Body Yoga – CambridgeSign up here

Wednesdays 7:30pm – Prenatal – NewtonSign up here

Thursday 9:30am Prenatal – BrooklineSign up here

Thursday 11:00 am Baby & Me – BrooklineSign up here

Friday 7:30pm Relax and Renew – CambridgeSign up here


Check out the Workshop Page for upcoming Events!
 

Fertile Body Yoga


Register for a Fertile Body Yoga class

6:30pm on Saturdays at Down Under Yoga Cambridge

Classes run on a monthly workshop series.

Fertile Body Yoga manifested while I was going through my fertility challenges. There was very little support available other than medical treatments. During my IUIs and IVF cycles, there was a lack of acknowledgment that the body itself was a working system and not just a sum of its parts. As a yoga teacher I knew that the body had such a wonderful way of healing itself and that the mind played a significant role in this! I felt great while I was on the yoga mat: relaxed, confident, at ease, less attached, mindful, and content in life and in my body. Taking these feelings off the mat and walking through life gracefully while trying to conceive was the hard part.

This unique yoga class is based on the evidence that our bodies (and reproductive and endocrine systems) benefit greatly by the relaxation response, which is the opposite of our stress response.  While day to day life is becoming more and more stressful and making babies adds to that stress, our bodies are most often in a heightened stress response, triggering our sympathetic nervous systems. This means that our bodies are getting ready to fight or flee by sending oxygenated blood to our limbs and shutting down systems that are not important to survival (ie the reproductive system). What we often forget is that we have the ability within ourselves to balance this stress. The parasympathetic nervous system, often called the rest and digest response, tells our body’s systems that it is is safe and everything is fine, which signals our reproductive system to function optimally. Our bodies are more receptive to conception because they are as fertile as can be. Whether you are trying without intervention or in the middle of treatment, having the body primed and in a state of receiving is key.

Fertile Body Yoga triggers this relaxation response by incorporating both body-led slow flow yoga with restorative postures. The asana practice will also bring oxygenated blood to the reproductive organs, allowing them to function optimally, while also opening the hips, pelvic region and shoulders to relieve stress. Yogic philosophy is woven through the class so that you have tools to take off the mat and into the real world to keep you present, calm and content. Creating a community of women to support each other is another great benefit of our classes.

All women at any stage of their fertility journey are welcome. Many of the women that come to class have experienced pregnancy loss and find this a beneficial practice to heal physically and emotionally when they are ready.

I am also honoured to teach Fertility Yoga at the Domar Center for their Mind/Body groups. Alice Domar is one of the pioneer scientific researchers of the mind/body connection to fertility.

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