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.
Take a look at our workshops page for a variety of classes offered by many of the teachers on this site.
For general questions or if you are a teacher in San Francisco and want to join this site, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about specific yoga classes, contact the teachers directly.
Susan Arthur CD (DONA), LCCE
Susan Arthur is a certified Integral Yoga instructor who specializes in prenatal, postpartum and restorative yoga. She has been teaching since 1995 in settings ranging from private yoga studios to St. Luke's Hospital's Women & Children's Center. Susan is also a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. She serves as a private doula for families in San Francisco and trains and mentors volunteer birth doulas at San Francisco General Hospital; the city's only Baby Friendly hospital. Susan encourages her clients to trust the innate intelligence of their bodies, offering vital information that will empower them to make informed choices about birthing and parenting their babies. For more information go to www.susan-arthur.com
Rachel is a yoga instructor, art teacher, and costume designer, and co-owner of Thriveability, a neighborhood yoga studio in West Portal. She has been practicing yoga since 2001, and become a yoga instructor to help bring balance, awareness, health and happiness into other's lives. She teachers her prenatal and postnatal classes in a nurturing and skillful manner to help students build strength, reduce tensions in the body, relax the mind and connect more deeply with their babies. Her warm and encouraging presence make her yoga classes refreshing and personal. By gaining more mindfulness and presence she hopes her pre- and postnatal students can better appreciate the little details that make life wonderful. For more information go to www.thriveabilitysf.com
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. For more information go to www.janeaustinyoga.com
Heather Charmatz is a full time birth doula and yoga teacher. Her education and inspiration come from the Heart and Hands midwifery intensive with Elizabeth Davis, Rachel Yellin's hypnocentered childbirth training, Gena Kirby's rebozo training, my amazing doula mentors, nursing pre-requisites, 8 years of teaching experience, and mamas like you. Prenatal class offerings prepare mamas for birth.
Contact Heather at 415.830.7501 or email@example.com. For more information visit sfbirthdoula.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
Robyn has been a yogi for over 10 years. Recognizing that yoga makes her a healthier and happier person, she is committed to creating space and time for others to share the same experience. Her classes are aimed at empowering others to move with intention, attention, and connection to the breath, the body, and (hopefully, eventually) everything. As a new momma, she has experienced first hand the power of prenatal yoga. She is passionate about participating in the lives of women at a stage where they are in such profound transition. For more information go to www.robynengel.com/yoga
Having taught prenatal yoga in San Francisco yoga studios through both of her pregnancies, Alison is aware of the wide-range of physical and emotional states that can come up during the prenatal journey. She offers prenatal yoga classes that encourage: mindful and fluid movement, attention to modifications, a safe forum for women to share the daily changes that they notice, and a preparation for labor and birth through practical postures and breathing. She supports women's choices and needs. Alison offers individual sessions or small group prenatal yoga classes. She also substitutes prenatal yoga classes. There is always room for prenatal yoga sessions enriched with music, singing, or some dance elements, depending on the client's needs and interest. Alison has been teaching Hatha yoga for over 10 years in San Francisco to: toddlers, preschoolers, teens, and adults. She also has talked about babies and water birth with preschoolers. Please check her website for all offerings: www.alisonfaison.com
Sarani Beth Fedman
Sarani Beth Fedmanis 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.
For more information please visit: 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. For more information go to www.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.
For more information, please visit: cecilieherringyoga.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.
Jordan Kersten first fell in love with babies in 1988, when she held her little infant sister for the first time. Her love affair with yoga developed a little later in life in 2004, when she discovered mindfulness meditation and movement as a cure for anxiety and injury. She became certified in vinyasa yoga in 2009, and discovered as she delved further into her teaching career that what interested her most was therapeutic yoga. Combining her love of the therapeutic aspect of yoga with her love of babies just made sense! She became certified as a Pre and Postnatal Teacher by taking Jane Austin's Basic and Advanced Prenatal trainings in October 2012 and then again later in August 2013, and has been deeply fulfilled by teaching new mamas ever since.
Jordan's Prenatal Classes focus on building strength as we prepare for the work of motherhood, and on softening and opening to prepare the body for birth. We also address and work with common discomforts in the body, such as sciatica, acid reflux, shortness of breath, and pubic symphysis pain. In our Mama and Baby or Postnatal class, you get to bring your little one with you to experience a community of new mothers and their babies! Here, we work on rehabilitating the abdomen and the pelvis after pregnancy and birth, and on opening up tight shoulders from all the baby holding you've been doing. Jordan's Prenatal classes are held with DayOneBaby in Presidio Heights. Hope to see you and your growing babe there soon!
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. For more information go to www.WelcomeOm.com
Sivadas Stephen McFarland
Sivadas has recently joined the teaching staff at The Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. He studied Prenatal yoga with Jane Austin and Beth Donnelly Caban. Prior to moving to San Francisco to begin a Master's Program in Chinese Medicine Sivadas taught yoga in NYC for 5 years. His love of teaching Prenatal yoga comes from the admiration he has for women who are embarking on the adventure of becoming mothers. He is also deeply inspired by his own mother who has taught him so much about love.
For more information please visit: integralyogasf.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her blog at www.triporati.com/blog/author/darya_mead/.
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 offering prenatal and postnatal classes and workshops.
You can find more info at www.carmelblue.com
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”
Contact Alexandra at 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!?) To learn more about Erica, go to www.ericatayloryoga.com
Lydia Fong Waggoner
A yoga teacher, a sacred circle leader, a writer, and a homeschooling mama, Lydia Fong Waggoner is passionate about supporting people in the process of gestation. Whether her clients are gestating babies or aspects of themselves, she meets them exactly where they are to offer her full presence and assistance in accessing the layers of wisdom already within them. Through the practice alignment-focused asana, breathwork, visualization, pelvic floor awareness, chanting, and meditation, students integrate tools that assist in navigating conception, gestation, birth, motherhood, and beyond. Mamas luxuriate and feel strengthened within this community of women walking alongside them during this incredibly potent time.
For more information please visit urbancrunchymama.com
Lindsey is a Mom and a yoga teacher. Working with pregnant & postpartum women has fast become her favorite way to share yoga's vast benefits and it's profound teachings. Lindsey completed 500 hours of study and is certified with YogaWorks, and completed 90 hours of pre & postnatal yoga training with Jane Austin, of Mama Tree Yoga, in San Francisco. Having been a student of pre & postnatal yoga herself, she found the benefits of this particular type of practice immeasurable and is determined to share those benefits with as many pregnant women as possible. Lindsey feels passionately about empowering women in 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!
For more information go to lindseyweinsteinyoga.com
Megan Fisher Windeler
Megan's practice and teaching is rooted in the heartfelt belief that Yoga is simply a good thing. She never ceases to be in awe of the trans-formative power and beauty of motherhood. Megan completed the Teacher Training at The Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2005, has studied anatomy with Ellen Heed and studies pre/postnatal yoga with Jane Austin. She is most grateful for her teachers, her son, her students, and the simple power of breathing. She considers herself so lucky to share in many a Mama's journey though pregnancy. For more information go to www.megaredfishyoga.com
Michelle Wing, RYT, IYKC, CMI
Inspired by the powerful transformation of birth and motherhood, Michelle founded It's Yoga Kids (www.itsyogakids.com) in 2005 and dedicated herself to Movement and Mindfulness for all ages. She is the author of Kid Moves (www.Kmoves.com) for Brain and Body Development from birth to 99 years. After 15 years of training, performing and teaching dance, Seane Corn introduced her to yoga in 1991. Later, she collaborated with pediatric experts, completed Ashtanga yoga teacher training at It's Yoga, followed by Prenatal and Postnatal teacher training, and became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Michelle and her husband, Rich, have been married and passionate about living in San Francisco for 25 years with their children, Kate, 14 years old, and Jack, 11 years old.
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.