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.
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. www.janeaustinyoga.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/
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
Sarani Beth Fedman
Sarani Beth Fedman is the mother of three and has been teaching yoga for fifteen years. Teaching Pre and Postnatal yoga is a passion. She studied with Beth Donnelly Caban and Jyothi Larsen and enjoys assisting them as support staff in their Teacher Training sessions. She also spent many years teaching young children in the classroom setting and has an advanced degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. A recent transplant to San Francisco, she is delighted to be teaching at the Integral Yoga Institute. In all of these aspects of her life, sharing the strength, wisdom, and joy of yoga is the thread that sustains her. integralyogasf.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
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
Dina's passion for yoga began with her journey into motherhood over 10 years ago. It was with the tools of her pre-natal yoga and hypnobirthing practices that she found so much joy in the empowering experience of homebirth (twice). Deep relaxation and meditation continue to be pillars in Dina's personal practice, and this shows in her teaching style. She enjoys sharing the practice of yoga with everyone, from children to adults, in an honest and playful way, and she loves being a constant student of yoga. In her pre- and post-natal class offerings, Dina hopes to create a space where moms can feel honored and empowered for the magical work they are doing.
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
Darya Mead has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. She came to yoga through dance and has explored and studied Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Bikhram styles but connects most deeply with Iyengar yoga. She has studied with Manouso Manos, here in San Francisco for more than 15 years. She is a writer, producer and mother and loves to teach yoga. Darya is a trained Doula and teaches pre-natal, mom and baby as well as kids yoga at her son's pre-school; The Little Bear School in the Excelsior. Darya also loves teaching seniors and folks in all stages of life. Feel free to email Darya at email@example.com or visit her blog at triporati.com/blog/author/darya_mead/.
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
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
Alexandra is a Paris native, born to share the practice of yoga with everyone from children to grown ups in an honest and playful way. Her personal practice has taken her from therapeutic based Anusara Yoga to a more restorative practice, influenced by Judith Lasater, Yin yoga and Yoga Nidra. After many years of teaching, she realized that her true calling is to empower women at every stage of their lives. She is greatly influenced by Jane Austin and by Gurmukh's teachings on prenatal yoga. She is now convinced that women need a mix of strengthening and restorative practices to accommodate the changing nature of their bodies. Alexandra has skillful and intuitive hands-on assists. Her classes combine aromatherapy, music, and healing touch with buddhist philosophy. “May I empower you to change the world in a peaceful way.” 415.683.8897 or email@example.com
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
Lindsey Weinstein is a Mom, a Certified Child Birth Educator (CBE), and a Registered Pre & Postnatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). Working with pregnant & postpartum women has fast become one of her favorite ways to share yoga's vast benefits and it's profound teachings. Lindsey studied pre & postnatal yoga with Jane Austin of Mama Tree Yoga, in San Francisco and has completed Leslie Howard's Yoga for Pelvic Floor Teacher Training. Having herself been a student of pre & postnatal yoga, Lindsey found the benefits of this particular type & time of practice immeasurable, and is determined to share those benefits with as many pregnant & postpartum women as possible. Lindsey feels passionately about empowering women on their journey to birth and beyond and has a sense that by sharing the teachings of yoga with these women, she is sharing the benefits of yoga with future generations! She recently blended her love of yoga & of working with pregnant families to create BellyFull Birth, blending yoga and child birth education together.
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.
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.