Mama Tree offers a comprehensive training in the art and science of teaching yoga for mamas at all stages of pregnancy, birth and beyond. We had a chance to ask the founder, Jane Austin, some questions about prenatal yoga. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: When is it ideal to start taking prenatal yoga classes?
JA: I encourage pregnant mamas to start taking prenatal yoga classes at any point in their pregnancy. Typically in the first trimester your energy levels can be really down, so I encourage women to come to class when they feel they have enough energy.
Q: Can’t I just go to my regular yoga classes?
JA: Yes, if you have an existing practice and a teacher that you trust to help you modify poses that are not appropriate for you as needed. At some point you will have to modify more instructions than you take, and at this point it is a good time to shift to a prenatal yoga class.
Q: What are the benefits of prenatal yoga?
JA: Prenatal yoga classes are specifically designed to meet the needs of pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy. You will not have to force any shape into a pregnant body in this practice. Prenatal yoga is NOT MODIFIED. It is a practice that is specifically designed to support pregnant mamas.
Q: If I’ve never done yoga before can I take prenatal yoga?
JA: Yes! This practice is wonderful for mamas that have not taken yoga before, as well as experienced yoginis. During the practice variations are given to accommodate all levels.
Join Jane Austin for upcoming Mama Tree Trainings at Yoga Tree’s New Training Facility in Potrero Hill!
About the Author:
For two decades Jane Austin has worked with mamas, not only as a yoga teacher but also as a midwife, doula (labor assistant) and childbirth educator. She weaves her experience as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator, and mother into her work. Jane is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a Yoga Alliance registered school dedicated to training yoga teachers, birth professionals and other health professionals interested in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. Jane’s teacher training program attracts students from all over the world interested in learning how to utilize the practice of yoga to support pre- and postnatal women physically, mentally and emotionally.
It is Jane’s mission to offer women a mindful, supportive and nourishing yoga practice that empowers them not only in pregnancy and childbirth but for all the years of motherhood that follow. It is her vision to bring yoga to all pregnant women.
Although her teaching is influenced by many teachers and traditions (including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara), Jane’s most inspirational teachers remain her own children and the many mamas and couples she has worked with over the years.
To watch a video preview of Jane’s teaching, click here.
“Jane Austin is THE authority on prenatal yoga. If you want a training that will prepare you to confidently teach yoga to pregnant women, this is the training to take”
~Christina Scalera, Carte Blance Wellness & Mama Tree Alumnae