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Give the gift of a child birthing class, or a prenatal massage to an expectant parent, or a Baby & Me class package to new parents.
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Celebrate your pregnancy and birth with this personally designed special event crafted to fit your spirit and space, each Mother’s Blessing ceremony is held to prepare and honor an expectant mother for her upcoming birth journey—to shower mom-to-be with love, support and encouragement.Previous ceremonies have included sharing stories, songs, creative visualization, Necklace Making ceremony , Bath Salt Bowl ceremony, laughter, love and, of course, great food! Sensitive and special, a mother’s blessing is a beautiful compliment to a traditional baby shower and makes a wonderful gift!
Kelli DeFlora offers couples wishing to bless, name or welcome their baby in meaningful and spiritual ways non-traditional, personally crafted ceremonies. She can create a variety of secular, spiritual, Shamanic, Yogic or non-denominational, ecumenical ceremonies to honor your new family. These ceremonies are often used to complement “traditional” or “main-stream” religious ceremonies and are always respectful of the beliefs and customs of all in attendance.
Training & Certification
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
A great opportunity for Yoga Teachers, Teachers in Training and all other perinatal professionals (doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, etc.) who want to deepen their understanding of prenatal yoga. This comprehensive training will present a Mind~Body~Spirit approach to pregnancy and birth through yoga practice. Learn practices that empower expectant mothers and encourage them to draw on their inner resources for pregnancy, birth & mothering!
Postpartum/Baby & Me Teacher Training
The practice of Baby and me yoga is one of the ways that we can set the foundation of mutual connection in the first months of a baby’s life. Parents and babies are learning to adjust to each other and are setting up the foundation of their relationship. Through interaction this developing relationship grows. The essence of yoga is relationship so it is a discipline particularly well suited for developing this bond. Babies benefit from touch, rhythm, movement, interaction and relaxation and parents share in these benefits as well as the feedback from their babies as that relationship grows.
In this training we will learn how to promote shared experience and bonding between caregiver and baby and strategies for teaching. Students will learn structural changes that happen during pregnancy and how to strengthen postpartum body. How and when to resume asana practice, strategies to strengthen core , gain pelvic floor support, and asana practice to support and strengthen postpartum recovery. The training will also cover infant development (newborn up to crawling) and infant milestones. Participants will learn exercises to support each stage of growth (0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months) and developmentally appropriate movements, songs and pacing techniques to incorporate into a yoga class for Parents and Babies.
- Postpartum Yoga Asana Practice /Postpartum Conditions & Modifications
- Postpartum Anatomy including Diastasis and the Pelvic Floor
- Exercises to tone the pelvic floor and abdomen
- Recovery & Yoga Asana Modification for Cesarean
- Benefits of yoga for Postpartum Depression and Poses for Nursing
- Restorative and Relaxation techniques for mother and baby
- Basic elements of Mom & Baby yoga class /Class sequences and structure
- Infant Development stages & Class sequences for various stages of development ( ages newborn up to crawling )
- The importance of tummy time and strategies to support babies developing skills.
- Sequences for bonding, playtime, sleep, fussiness and easing digestion
- Incorporating interactive play, songs, movement and infant massage
- Thorough list of resources and strategies for teaching
Includes: Manual and Additional Resources
REQUIRED FOR TRAINING: Please bring a soft-bodied, infant-sized doll (approx 18-20; inches long) Plastic arms and legs are fine.
For information on upcoming trainings
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Covid /Health Policy of the studio currently?
Your Safety and Wellbeing are of utmost importance to us. We are closely following current Covid Policy and the guidelines dictated by the township of Montclair. Currently the mask mandate in the area has been lifted. Once you are settled on your mat, masks are optional. Class sizes are limited to allow for optimal distancing. We are using HEPA air purifiers in the room and sanitizing high touch surfaces as well as sanitizing any props being used in the space. We ask if you or your child are not feeling well with any form of cold, cough or flu that you stay home and attend virtual classes until you are feeling better. If you have Covid or had exposure to Covid please stay home and attend virtual classes for the required quarantine period. Overall, we ask that you please make decisions that feel safest to you and that protect the health of everyone. We appreciate your cooperation in this ever-changing time.
Can I participate in Prenatal Yoga If I have never practiced Yoga?
Yes, all beginners are welcome at all stages of pregnancy! Many of our students are beginners to yoga practice. Students are encouraged to listen to their body, to rest and take breaks whenever needed. All our prenatal and postnatal yoga classes are designed to meet the needs of each individual and all postures can be modified to the level of the student. All our teachers create a safe environment where you can follow your own pace and rhythm.
I am a first-time student. What do I need to know?
Pre-register ahead of time, give yourself time to acclimate to parking in the area, arrive at the studio 5 to 10 minutes ahead of class time ( no earlier or later ).
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Heavy jewelry is not recommended. Yoga Is typically practiced in bare feet.
Our studio is fully equipped with yoga props (blankets, straps, blocks, bolsters and mats) to support you during the yoga practice. If you prefer to bring your own yoga mat or yoga props feel free.
Can I eat or drink before practice?
We recommend that prenatal students don’t practice on an empty stomach and that they should eat a light snack about 1 hour before class. We encourage students to stay well hydrated and to bring a water bottle with them for practice. We do have water bottles available at the studio as well.
In what stages of pregnancy can I practice yoga?
You can practice yoga safely in any trimester up until you give birth. All our classes are open at any level and trimester. You can start at any stage and practice right up to when you give birth. Some women don’t feel well in the first trimester and may decide to wait until the 2nd trimester. We encourage students to trust their instincts and start practice when they feel ready to. If you have any high-risk factors in pregnancy, please consult with your care provider to make sure that you are clear for exercise.
Is Prenatal yoga safe for me and the baby?
Yes, Yoga is safe for both mother and baby and all our instructors have had specific training in prenatal yoga and know how to adjust the practice to make yoga safe for all stages of pregnancy. Prenatal Yoga is also a great way to connect with the changing needs of your pregnant body and with your baby. Prenatal Yoga builds strength ,flexibility, lowers stress and aids in relaxation which is great for pregnancy and birth. Yoga is an ideal form of exercise during pregnancy and postpartum.
What If my baby cries or is hungry will this disturb class?
We don’t expect the babies to be anything other than babies during class and everyone understands that babies will take turns fussing and crying at different times, they may need to eat, sleep, or have their diaper changed. This is all welcome during class. We encourage moms to take care of their needs and their baby’s needs. We are a breastfeeding friendly facility and encourage caregivers to feed their little ones in whatever way is most comfortable for them (breasts, pumping or bottling).
Baby & Me Yoga /Postnatal Yoga & Exercise - What do I need to Know?
Babies are welcome from 4 weeks up until crawling. Moms attending should be cleared for exercise. For vaginal births you must wait until the bleeding has stopped which is usually around 4 weeks postpartum. For cesarean births you must wait at least six weeks. Most mamas start between 6 & 8 weeks, but you can join at any time once you are cleared for exercise. We have props and yoga mats at the studio, but we recommend you bring water, a baby blanket and diaper bag with any essential items needed for your baby.
Where Do I park?
We have on street parking at the meters on Walnut St. and parking on the side streets surrounding the area. Meters accept credit cards, parking app or coins. Meters are free after 7pm in the evening and all day on Sunday. Parking is also available at the Walnut Train Station diagonally across from us in the evenings and all day on Sundays. The parking lot adjacent to our building is not ours, it belongs to the apartment building, please do not park in the lot. We recommend allowing yourself enough time ahead of class start time to acclimate yourself to the parking situation in the area.
Note: Stroller Parking is limited at the studio because of space restrictions. You can fold up strollers or leave outside since you can see them from the front windows. We also encourage moms to carry your little ones in a baby carrier when possible.
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