Nanci and Lorena are highly-trained and experienced alignment-based perinatal yoga teachers who share their passion and expertise for the perinatal population. Their class sequences are skillfully tailored to alleviate and address the discomforts of each trimester while applying alignment and therapeutic principles to create balance and support to the changes of the prenatal and postnatal body. They pride themselves on creating a safe space for mamas to explore motherhood while building community with others. They have created this program based on their combined 30 years of teaching experience in hospitals, yoga studios, and birth resource centers in the Bay Area.
Nanci became certified to teach prenatal yoga while pregnant in 2001, and certified to teach postpartum shortly thereafter. The impact of those Whole Birth Yoga classes changed the course of her pregnancy and beyond. The community she found was essential in her transition to motherhood, which is what inspires her to teach mamas during this magical time of transformation. As a TM meditator for more than 27 years, Nanci’s journey began on her meditation cushion, and led her to the healing arts of yoga, massage, Reiki, marma, and Ayurveda. She weaves the richness of this ancient Vedic knowledge into her teachings as they are an integral part of her daily life. Nanci is an alignment-based Hatha yoga instructor certified with Yoga Alliance with the highest accreditation available. She recently completed the CAPPA doula training and is currently a doula-in-training.
Lorena is an experienced bilingual yoga teacher that has lead prenatal and postpartum yoga classes in the bay area for over a decade. Since she began her journey, she knew she wanted to support and empower moms in this important life transition. While going through pregnancy and motherhood herself, she completed numerous trainings including her advanced yoga certification. Lorena deepened her foundation in pregnancy, birth, and early parenting through Birthing From Within Childbirth Training. Lorena’s first language has allowed her to reach a broad population in the Hispanic community bringing mindfulness based yoga to low income moms. She is now studying Functional Nutrition to expand her offerings to the world and keep focusing on wellness and healing. Lorena is an alignment-based Hatha yoga instructor certified with Yoga Alliance.