Yoga for Labor & Birth: A Workshop for Partners
Sunday, May 6, 1:00-4:00 pm
Yoga Sanctuary, Northampton - $75 per couple

Saturday, June 30, 1:00-4:00 pm
Yoga Sanctuary, Northampton - $75 per couple


In this workshop, you will learn a variety of labor coping strategies, and partners gain practical physical and emotional labor support skills. We will explore positions, movement and rhythms that influence fetal position, encourage progress, and ease pain in labor. We will bring attention to the breath and explore ways that you might use it to steady and calm the mind, induce relaxation, and energize the body. We will work with  touch – massage, counter pressure, acupressure points  - as means to support comfort, facilitate progress, and relieve pain.  When the mind is free of tension and fear, the body is able to give birth with greater ease.  We will practice relaxation techniques and visualizations for labor and birth and examine the universal needs of laboring women. Other topics we will discuss include the use of heat and/or cold for comfort, eating and drinking as essential labor support, and the benefits of water. This workshop includes practices to do at home and a bibliography.



Comfort Measures for Labor, Birth & Early Postpartum:
Evidence-based practices for Maternity Care Providers

Evidence-based comfort measures that support progress through all stages of labor and the early weeks postpartum.

2018 Dates TBA


Advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training - Continuing Education

Join long-time prenatal and postpartum yoga teachers Beth Donnelly Cabán and Lara Kohn Thompson for a weekend of in-depth exploration of the anatomy, physiology and Yoga practice well-suited to the needs of pregnant women. We will cover a broad range of topics, including:

    * how to empower women to listen to their own bodies to make appropriate and safe choices in their practice and their life

    * how to safely sequence and teach a flowing class that relieves the common discomforts and restores energy to pregnant mamas

    * how to build a bridge from pregnancy to labor and the early weeks postpartum

    * teaching partner work as a way to connect

    * teach rebozo work to support comfort, ease and therapeutic techniques such as additional stability and fetal positioning

    * work with high risk pregnant population

    * the appropriate use of touch and safe hands-on tools for teachers self-care practices such as massage and acupressure

We will have time to discuss any challenges and questions participants have encountered in their teaching. 

Fall 2018 Dates TBA


Teaching Labor Support: A Workshop for Childbirth Educators
Sunday, 10:00-4:00pm
November 2018 Date - TBA

This workshop is open to nurses, doulas, childbirth educators and all interested in learning about evidence-based labor support practices. This  workshop is part of the core workshop series for the Childbirth Educator Teacher Certification Program  through the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York. CEU's available for DONA.


Wellness Retreat for People Affected by Cancer: A Half-day Retreat

This retreat invites people affected by cancer, including caregivers, to enjoy a place of peace, calm, community, and information as you learn essential tools for creating health and wellness in your daily life. You will learn and have time to practice a series of movements that support stability and flexibility, circulation, bone building and balance. You will be guided through breath awareness practices that allows you to release physical, mental and emotional tension. We will do breathing practices that help you steady the mind, find a place of calm, and induce a state of relaxation - making it a perfect antidote to anxiety and depression.

You will be taught the principle of deep relaxation and guided through a practice that eliminates physical and emotional tension, replacing it with equanimity.  We will discuss healthy sleep habits and practice some of the ways to support better sleep patterns in your life.

A healthy diet will be addressed by an oncology nutritionist who will talk about foods that can support healing and recovery and sustain a terrain that is less conducive to cancer cells. They will provide recommendations on eating well and making healthy food choices. They will speak about some of the well-known cancer fighting diets, and answer your questions.