“the light in me salutes the light in you.”
Karen Prior, RYT is the creator of the Mamaste Yoga™ Program. Karen combines a background in hatha yoga with her deep understanding of pregnancy and birth. She has worked with pregnant women since 1995, first as a prenatal yoga teacher then as a doula and most recently as a childbirth educator. Karen is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level and currently runs Samatva Yoga, a state licensed vocational school that offers specialty courses for prenatal and postnatal yoga teachers under the brand, Mamaste Yoga. Karen has personally trained over 90 prenatal yoga teachers since the birth of Mamaste Yoga.
The focus in a prenatal yoga class changes from a traditional yoga class. In prenatal yoga the focus is to prepare the body and mind for labor, birth and motherhood. The preparation for these events includes releasing tension, maintaining good posture, learning to relax on command, keeping a positive outlook and clearing the mind of the stresses of pregnancy. Mamaste prenatal classes teaches body awareness exercises, breathing techniques and transverse abdominal strengthening exercises, supported balancing postures, standing poses, seated and lateral poses, focus and relaxation. Women are also taught to connect with their babies through meditation and through touch (hugging the baby with each exhale).
Mamaste Yoga postnatal classes are for mothers and their new babies. These classes concentrate on rebuilding the strength and flexibility in the muscles after birth, and help new mothers relax from the stress they may feel as new mothers.
Mamaste Yoga also now offers a Yoga for Women class for previous students who are not pregnant.
About Karen Prior:
Karen draws from the classical hatha, Kripalu, and Integral traditions. She is an ICEA certified Perinatal Fitness Educator, an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor and has completed training/certifications in prenatal/postnatal fitness through NDEITA, AFPA, AAFA, and Moms in Motion. Karen practiced yoga in her own pregnancy, right up until a few hours before the birth of her daughter. Karen has an extensive knowledge of therapeutic uses of yoga, nutrition and prenatal fitness. Her non-fitness related credentials include being a clinical nutritionist, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Certified Doula through both DONA and CBI, and she holds a childbirth education diploma and breastfeeding counselor certificate with Childbirth International. Karen is a Co-Leader of the Oklahoma Birth Network and she sits on the Board of Directors of BirthNetwork National. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a member of Lamaze International, DONA and the Doula Association of Central Oklahoma and a retired La Leche League Leader. Karen currently teaches prenatal yoga at The Oklahoma Therapy Institute in Oklahoma City.
Mamaste Yoga is generously donating services to the Great Cloth Diaper Change Oklahoma City by teaching a fun toddler yoga class for our young participants in the Change. Parents of participants will also have the opportunity to win a 5-week session for prenatal yoga or a 3-week session for post natal yoga. The first 100 pre-registered participants will also receive a Mamaste Yoga water bottle in their goody bags.
To contact Mamaste Yoga:
Visit www.mamasteyoga.com for additional resources,articles, podcasts, and class information. Contact Karen at email@example.com or 405-474-3302