About SFPY Collective
The teachers you'll find here are some of San Francisco's finest prenatal and postnatal instructors; many have more than one certification and specialty. Although we work independently of one another, we all support the growth of prenatal and postnatal yoga in San Francisco.
SF Prenatal & Postnatal Teachers
Having taught more than 1000 couples Childbirth Education and Birth Techniques Classes and attended births as a doula for 7 years, Rachel brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, and heart to all of the yoga classes she's taught since 2002. As the creator of "Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond Audio Program", a private practice Hypnotherapist, counselor and Depth Hypnosis Practitioner, Rachel is committed to helping her clients and students be who they were born to be. She is known to many as a gifted teacher who offers a tremendous amount of support to her clients and community. Yoga students who are new to Rachel's classes can contact her to attend, as her guest, one of her regularly scheduled prenatal, postnatal or wall-ropes yoga classes at the Jewish Community Center of SF. More information about Childbirth Classes, Hypnotherapy & Depth Hypnosis, Yoga Workshops, and Weekly Yoga Classes, can be found at rachelyellin.com.
Michelle Corley Wing is an expert educator, and author, with 24 years' experience working with children and families holding multiple Yoga certifications and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. Her globally recognized It’s Yoga Kids® education system enables her to promote healthy movement and mindset habits for happy successful children worldwide. In addition to being inspired by the sparkling development of children, she is a friend, wife, and mother of two teenagers (and a cute Havanese pup) who enjoys hiking, tennis, living room dance parties, travel and family time in her favorite city, San Francisco.
Jane is founder and director of Mama Tree, a prenatal yoga teacher training as well as the director of Yoga Tree's pre and postnatal program.She has guided thousands of mamas through their pregnancy and beyond through her work as a yoga teacher, childbirth educator, midwife and doula. A mother of two, her refreshing ability to "tell it like it is" gives her yoga classes a lively, humorous and honest perspective of not only pregnancy and childbirth but also motherhood. In her yoga classes she creates a space for mamas to not only connect to one another but to connect to themselves and their babies! Jane continues to bring prenatal yoga to pregnant women everywhere with her new Prenatal Yoga DVD and her on line classes. janeaustinyoga.com
Verena Rueckert Postpartum Doula and Integral Yoga teacher. With her background as a pediatric nurse in Germany and her Postpartum Doula practice, she has always been dedicated to helping people on their healing and well being journey. When she discovered how Yoga and meditation helped her to reconnect with that deeper peace, to accept and better control her type 1 diabetes and her arthritis pain, she felt called to share the tools of the Yoga healing power with others. Yoga, and especially the comprehensive aspect of Integral Yoga, has a miraculous way to balance your body and mind to make more energy available and prepares you effectively for birth.
Verena completed 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Integral Yoga Institute SF, the well balanced Integral Yoga Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training at IYI New York with Beth and Lara who are well known in perinatal yoga community.
Soizig Le Boulch
In addition to being a Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Soizig is a Birth Doula, Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner, bodyworker/CMT, self-care educator, & wellness aficionado who loves to tap into and nurture the innate wisdom of the body and support body-mind connection. In The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche writes that through meditation and being fully present in each moment, "Slowly you will become a master of your own bliss, a chemist of your own joy, with all sorts of remedies always at hand to elevate, cheer, illuminate, and inspire your every breath and movement." Soizig is on this journey to become a master of her own bliss and a chemist of her own joy. This is why she practices and teaches Yoga and Breema® ("The Art of Being Present”). Her other well-being offerings (TRE®, Self-Breema®, Stress Management, etc.) and birthwork (Doula, Prenatal Balance, "Mother Roasting," etc.) are further expressions of that journey, with the wish to also elevate, cheer, illuminate, and inspire others. To learn more about Soizig, please see Soizig.com.
Kari is a mother of two, a certified yoga and meditation teacher, massage therapist, infant massage instructor, and birth educator with a passionate and extensive specialization in the childbearing year and healthy family living. A student of yoga since 1989 and a teacher since 2000, Kari teaches classes that are highly regarded for their revitalizing and centering practice, educational content, and warm, nurturing community. She weaves into classes the opportunity to share openly, to discuss aspects of birth preparation and parenting, to practice techniques for deep breathing and relaxation; and to meditate, deepening inner awareness, connection to baby, trust in the body, and appreciation of the sacred. Kari designs prenatal classes to increase comfort and fluidity in the rapidly changing pregnant body, enabling women to feel a greater sense of strength, vitality, grace, calm, confidence, and playfulness. Postnatal classes include songs and poses with baby, along with a focus on yoga poses to help moms feel restored, energized, strong, open and ready for the joys and challenges each day brings. WelcomeOm.com
Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Kari turned to yoga heal a knee injury, but kept coming back for the transformative, inner journey that yoga took her on. As a teacher, Kari draws from the vigorous, flowing tradition of Vinyasa, but also the Hatha and Yin Yoga schools, for the balance that they bring to a practice. In her pre and postnatal classes, she loves passing on the gift of support that yoga was to her, during her own journey to motherhood. She is passionate about yoga being for all bodies and finding ways for everyone to enjoy the benefits of this ancient source of healing and wholeness. Kari trained with Nubia Teixeira’s Bhakti Nova school of Yoga (200 HR RYT and 500 HR RYT) and qualified as a prenatal Yoga teacher with Jane Austin. Kari lives in Marin County, where she teaches yoga, makes art and is mom to two middle school aged sons. facebook.com/yoga.kari.b/
Cecilie is a yoga teacher, mother of two, and family therapist. Cecilie's classes create an opportunity for you to dive into your own inner waters on your mat and deepen your connection to yourself and your baby through breath, body and mindful awareness. Cecilie has completed her 200-hour level yoga teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF) as well as studied pre and post-natal yoga with Jane Austin. cecilieherringtherapy.com
A yoga teacher for over ten years, Elise enjoys sharing yoga with pregnant women and new moms. Her classes offer a fun and safe space for women to feel emotionally and physically supported during pregnancy. Elise finds yoga helps increase stamina, flexibility and overall well being during a time of great change, the childbearing year. Her classes focus on a foundation of careful alignment and yoga poses specifically chosen to reduce discomforts that can occur during pregnancy, especially back ache, sciatica, swelling and wrist pain. Elise also enjoys writing and has authored two books, An A-Z Guide To Healing Foods, A Shopper's Companion and Chakra Tonics, Essential Elixirs for Mind, Body and Spirit. Pregnant women are always welcome in her weekly restorative yoga classes. For more information go to chakratonics.org
Britt creates a healing, inspiring, and supportive environment for pregnant women in her prenatal yoga classes. She brings these qualities to her work as a birth doula, bodyworker, photographer and HypnoBirthing childbirth educator. A yoga teacher since 1997, Britt finds that her most profound yogic and spiritual education comes from witnessing women giving birth. These teachings are woven into her prenatal yoga classes along with elements of Iyengar and Restorative yoga, mindfulness meditation, fluid movement, HypnoBirthing, breath awareness, mantra and sound. Every class includes poses mammas can use during labor and birth, partnered with traditional wisdom and stories that build confidence and understanding of the birthing process, completed by time in deep physiological relaxation, restoring mammas' vital energy, connecting them with their babies and laying the foundation for a relaxed, manageable and mindful birth. Britt also offers private and group classes or workshops in Iyengar, Therapeutic, Gentle Hatha and Restorative yoga. brittfohrman.com
Sharone Mendes Nassi
Sharone Mendes Nassi works closely with expectant Moms throughout their pregnancy to help them find comfort, courage and joy. With an extensive background as a Yoga teacher and a Doula, Prenatal Yoga was the natural evolution to her work in the birthing community. Sharone opened up Carmel Blue in North Beach to help create a studio, a store and a community place for expectant and early parents. After 10 years of teaching prenatal and yoga and leading moms groups at Carmel Blue, Sharone is now offering private sessions in the convenience of your home or a private yoga space, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keegan has been an educator for over 10 years and came upon yoga as a way to relieve the stresses that come along with the ups and downs of life, and as a form of healing for both the body and mind. As a prenatal yoga instructor, she creates a space for women to fully come into their transformative bodies with self-love, enabling a connection with baby through breath and strengthening movement. Keegan incorporates hatha and vinyasa yoga as well as meditation and imagery into her classes, for an experience that will leave you centered and grounded in this great transition of life. Keegan is also a trained doula, bridging her yoga teaching experience, personal life experiences, and prenatal teaching to fully support expectant individuals and families. You can find more about Keegan at: abundantheartyoga.org
Erica feels honored to help guide fellow mamas during this powerful time of transformation. Her classes incorporate tangible tools that can be used not only to prepare for birth, but also to empower and support mamas in mind and body throughout the transition into motherhood and beyond. Her style is uplifting and playful, interweaving movement, breathwork, song, and relaxation. Erica was first introduced to yoga by her own mom when she was just a toddler. She has since gone on to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, with over 150 hours of prenatal and postnatal training with Jane Austin and Barrett Reinhorn. Always curious about the body, she has earned certifications in acupressure, personal training, and anatomy. In these fields, she has studied how best to support women during the childbearing years, and will often incorporate this knowledge into her classes and guidance. Erica is also a professional photographer and a mama! When not on the mat or behind the lens, you can find her about town chasing after her adorable toddler (did she mention that he has huge dimples!?) ericatayloryoga.com