We’re so proud of what our students say about us, so please let us brag a little about the joy our community brings us!
About Lauren’s Prenatal Classes:
While there are many things that I love about going to your yoga classes and many things that I have learned, I think one of the most important lessons that I have taken away is the importance of taking time during my busy week/day-to-day life to reflect and focus on me. During pregnancy, that meant prenatal yoga was my special, reserved time to just focus on and enjoy my pregnancy (which goes so quickly)! And now, with baby #2, I love having that time set aside each week ONLY for Baby #2. No sharing—just me and baby. It helps me maintain balance.
I also found it important to be a part of a community of women, sharing similar (and not-so-similar) experiences, sharing resources and funny stories, and being excited and sometimes miserable together. While I know lots of women who have been pregnant, I loved having that one group of women to go to every week, who actually, in a way, became a part of my own pregnancy journey. It also helps to have a wonderful instructor who is extremely warm, welcoming, and insightful 🙂 —Janelle Meadows
When I was pregnant, I looked forward to Lauren’s prenatal yoga classes every week! She is an exceptional instructor with a deep understanding of the important role that yoga can play in pregnancy. In her classes, she cultivates a feeling of community which is so important when you have a baby on the way. Also, as a mama of little ones herself, she is in tune with the specific emotional and physical needs of women as they progress through pregnancy. Her warmth and wit actually made practicing yoga when I felt 1,000 weeks pregnant enjoyable and even comfortable. Her alignment expertise also helped me feel safe in my yoga practice toward the end of my pregnancy, when I was unsure of my limits and fearful of injury. She is so knowledgeable when it comes to modifying poses to meet the ever-changing pregnant body! I needed yoga more than ever during my second pregnancy, and thank Lauren so much for helping me maintain my practice! —Liz Harden
Your prenatal yoga class was one of the best things I did during my pregnancy. It was a safe, nurturing space, where we also had a lot of fun. I’m not sure if this will be helpful for a one day workshop, but two things I liked a lot about class were that it was a regular time out of the week that I took for myself, doing something I enjoyed, and that it created an informal community of women who were all going through something similar. The actual yoga was great too! You obviously have a lot of knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and you always created a class that was relaxing, but also challenging in a way that felt good and probably kept me from having more aches and pains. In short, it was wonderful. —Rose Byrnes
Lauren’s prenatal yoga class really helped me to realize both my strengths and weaknesses while pregnant. I found that I could deal with pain much better than I previously thought. This helped me to have the birth I wanted. I also learned to not push myself, something I am prone to do, and to accept the limitations of my new body. The techniques I learned in her class have carried over to my yoga practice today. For example, I found that though I’m quite flexible, and was very flexible during pregnancy, I need to engage my muscles more to keep from hurting myself. Most importantly I met some wonderful women during the process including a friend I meet regularly for playdates. —Gretchen Levine
The thing that comes to mind for me is how you provided such a space of calm and support. I felt no pressure to do anything that I did not want to. It was a space to feel connected to others also going through a major transition and a place where I could focus on my own body and allow myself to settle a little. —Lauren Bradley
1) Community. The first group of moms I started to know. I still bump into some of those mothers around town and at the park, and one of them is one of my best friends now (I sort of knew her before, but seeing her regularly at yoga helped form a stronger connection.) It was also the first thing I did in public as a “pregnant woman” so it felt a little thrilling and a little scary at first (to be public about being pregnant).
2) Advice. I learned a lot from the check-ins before class. I got the name of my chiropractor from class as well as the person I went to for a prenatal massage.
3) It felt good!
As a pregnant, working mother-of-a-toddler, I found your classes offered me a moment of calm amidst the chaos that was always swirling! It was such a treat to step away from all of the responsibilities each week to focus just on myself and my new baby, to be grateful for everything that was going well and to focus on breathing and stretching in order to stave off the discomforts that were creeping in. Your personality is a wonderful and rare blend of upbeat yet low-key and you set a tone for everyone in the class to be positive and supportive. —Jennifer Gallina
Regular prenatal yoga practice throughout pregnancy is an excellent way to help prepare your body for labor. Lauren’s classes also help your mind stay focused and positive and keep the bond between you and baby energized. Her class is a stable yet changing community, as one mama leaves to give birth several others join. It is a joyful and fun experience! —Lara Costa
Lauren and her prenatal yoga class were phenomenal! It was the perfect place for me to go to relax, and connect with my body, my baby, and other pregnant women. Lauren’s instruction was so helpful – she gave numerous options for modifying the movements so that I always felt like I was supporting my body and its capabilities well. I think going to the class helped me to prepare for my birth as being able to breath, relax, and surrender were all essential for me during my birthing time. As soon as I get pregnant again, I’ll be back in that class! —Rose Watson-Ormond, Certified Birth Doula
About our Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training and Workshops
The Whole Mama yoga training was fantastic on all levels. Alexandra and Lauren created an interactive learning space that helped us get comfortable sharing our experiences and practicing teacher pre/postnatal earlier on. They covered a lot, the physical/anatomical aspects of pregnancy, the emotional and tapped into the magical spiritual experience that pregnancy and birthing is. They brought a variety of speakers that really made me feel more prepared to share knowledge and resources with my students. I taught my first prenatal class a few days ago and it went great. —Kathy Peillot, YA-certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher
This program was very thorough. I feel like I was well trained in many different areas, and was given quality knowledge to bring to my prenatal and postnatal teaching. All of our special guests gave us practical tips and they shared lots of practical information! The postnatal reset workshop that we attended was a great addition to help us see a postnatal class in action. I felt like the whole program flowed together very well, and I enjoyed the group discussions and work that we did throughout the training as well. Over the course of the whole training, we were challenged to open our minds to challenging topics and discuss them in a safe setting, which was very powerful. —Laura Rardon, YA-certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher