YOGA, MASSAGE AND MEDITATION
FOR THE CHILDBEARING YEAR AND BEYOND
SERVING THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
K A R I M A R B L E
MA, ERYT, RPYT, CMT, CIIM
Prenatal Yoga Class Schedule
Mondays 6:00 - 7:30pm CPMC (six week series, pre-registration required)
Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 The Mindful Body
Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:20 JCCSF (members free, non-members $15)
Saturdays 9:30 - 11:00 The Mindful Body
Locations (all in San Francisco)
California Pacific Medical Center, 3700 California, 415-600-2229
JCCSF, 3200 California @ Presidio Blvd, 415-292-1200
The Mindful Body, 2876 California @ Broderick, 415-931-2639
Through practicing yoga during both of my pregnancies, and through working with thousands of pregnant women, I have witnessed and experienced the tremendous contribution that yoga can make for a healthy, enjoyable pregnancy and a conscious and positive birth experience.
During my labors, yoga gave me the tools to breathe down to my baby, to focus, visualize and vocalize through contractions, to trust my body's knowing, to move, stretch and rest my body in alignment with gravity to work with labor and help baby move down, to come back to center over and over, to stay connected with my baby, and to release fear and tap into and trust the power of birth.
Women in our culture tend to have very limited birth preparation, often just a one-day intensive course on birth prep and perhaps a half day course on newborn parenting and breastfeeding. Most women are in their third trimester by the time they take these classes, and have missed the opportunity to learn valuable tools earlier that could greatly enhance their experience of pregnancy and their preparation for birth. One day I realized that I have many more hours with pregnant women who come to my class regularly throughout pregnancy than the teachers of these brief, intensive birth prep courses have with them, and thus a real opportunity to give to them.
I take this privilege both seriously and delightfully, and integrate information about pregnancy, birth and parenting throughout each class in varying ways. Along with postures to open, strengthen and relax the body and mind, this might include special meditations, breath practices, visualizations, affirmations, pain management techniques, recommendations of excellent practitioners and books, and discussion around topics such as doulas, the mind in labor, managing stress, and birth choices. I design 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. Partners are welcome.
I also offer private sessions as well as training modules in prenatal and postnatal yoga for yoga teacher training programs. Please contact me for further information.
For additional time and neighborhood options for prenatal and postnatal yoga classes around San Francisco, please see www.sanfranciscoprenatalyoga.com.
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