YOGA CLASSES FOR PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM
Prenatal yoga serves women at every stage of pregnancy. It relieves the common discomforts of pregnancy, increases maternal confidence, and helps prepare for labor and delivery. Scientific studies now show that because of positive outcomes for labor and delivery, and for the health and wellness of the mother (including after birth), prenatal yoga should be seen as an integral part of pregnancy.
Natalie is a kind and intuitive individual and a life-long learner. She believes that when we approach life with an open heart, engage with others from a place of compassion, guide others from a place of authenticity, and move through the world with a sense of purpose, an awakening from within occurs. This awakening has the power to heal, nourish, transform and enliven ourselves, our loved ones, our students and our communities. She teaches yoga as a means of connecting with herself, with others, the Earth and the Divine, and as an offering to all of those with whom she walks this path of grace, truth and endless discovery.
Natalie is an outgoing and encouraging teacher whose classes are creative and energizing. She believes in welcoming and including students of all abilities, levels and stages of life, and offering intelligent and challenging sequencing in order to motivate and inspire everyone who comes to the mat. She believes in being present, patient and authentic in order to hold space for her students in a safe and caring environment that promotes spiritual connection, physical activation, inner work, growth, expansion and openness. She considers yoga to be a tool for transformation that builds strength, resilience, trust, balance, peace, harmony and healing within individuals and communities.
As a prenatal yoga teacher, Natalie would like to give pregnant people the information, guidance and support that will benefit them and empower them to make the decisions that they feel are best for them and their baby, in order to have a functional birth, a healthy body, an open heart and a good life. Natalie is a supportive teacher who invests in her students, respects their decisions surrounding their pregnancy and birth, and has a passion for helping pregnant people to feel strong and connected. Natalie understands that feeling supported, respected and empowered can help a pregnant person to feel capable, confident, strong and aware. She also believes that by gaining more physical strength through prenatal yoga, you also gain more of the things that balance that strength, like grace, softness, tenderness and the ability to let go, release and surrender.
As a postpartum yoga teacher, Natalie would like to help people feel compassion and kindness towards themselves, as well as love and cherish their bodies which recently gave birth and, as a result, have changed. It is often the process of giving birth that awakens people to the true strength, wisdom, depth and intuition that they possess, making the postpartum period the ideal time to harness these qualities in order to promote and discover optimal health, wellness, strength, balance and connection to self, baby, loved ones and the world around you.
Natalie graduated from Elizabeth Rowan’s 100-Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training at Form Yoga in Decatur, GA in 2017; Debra Mishalove’s 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, D.C. in 2018; and Deb Flashenberg’s 85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York, NY in 2018. She has also been teaching high intensity, interval training, bootcamp classes in the Atlanta area for over 2 years.
One of Natalie’s favorite quotes is, “I expand into the place my ancestors couldn’t.” – Chani Nicholas. Her favorite color is green. She’s an Enneagram 4. She loves the beach, photography and long-distance running. She is the proud mom of a 10-year old beagle-mutt named MoMo
I have happily been helping women and families have a healthy, stress-free, informed and enjoyable pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience for the past 25 years.
My desire to be a stay at home mom, combined with my enthusiasm for studying and continuing to work in a healing field, led to my next adventure in life – an extensive study of yoga. Following the tradition of T.K.V Desikachar, I have been a certified yoga, prenatal yoga and post partum yoga teacher at Emory University, the Goizueta Business School, the Pierce program and now in studios around town for the past 27 years.
My prenatal classes have evolved into a combination of pregnancy yoga, breath work and childbirth education.
I proceeded to get my DONA Doula Certification – CD(DONA), and my Lamaze childbirth educator certification to better serve my yoga students as well as other moms, to complete this amazing 9 months journey with me supporting them at their birth.
I am honored to be a part of this sacred time in a mother/couple’s life and I strive to help each one to have the birth experience that they desire – offering encouragement, advice and assistance while honoring their wishes.
Patty is both 200 and 500hr YA-Certified, and is an IAYT Level 1 certified yoga therapist. She holds additional qualifications in Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, and Yoga for Hypermobility. Those who know her recognize that all roads lead to the pelvis; she is committed to pelvic health and wellness for women and men, at all stages of their lives. She trains other yoga teachers, as well as health and fitness professionals, to orient themselves to the pelvis in space, and raises awareness of pelvic health and wellness in public speaking and educational events. A recent transplant to Atlanta, Patricia infuses each class with wisdom, strength, and surrender.