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ABOUT

I'm Sarah. Wife, mother, certified birth doula, prenatal and postpartum yoga teacher. After spending a few years in the Boulder, Colorado area, my husband Kevin and I have finally settled back in our home state of Virginia! Our family has grown over the last few years and we are so fortunate to call 2 precious little boys our own!

Spending years as a vinyasa yoga teacher, I felt a strong pull towards a population of students that I knew, through my own personal experience, needed special instruction and care. Going through prenatal yoga teacher training opened my eyes to the world of birth work. As I began to teach prenatal yoga within my community, I quickly learned of the joy and fulfillment that came along with supporting expectant mamas through class and conversation. I decided with ease to dive deeper into the world of birth work and become a trained birth doula. I now have the great fortune of not only experiencing motherhood first hand but I also have the incredible opportunity to witness my yoga students and doula clients experience it for themselves. 

Through my yoga training I have learned that I may at times be the teacher but I know for certain that I will always be the student. I feel so fortunate and eager to be a student of the joy-filled, fascinating, and ever-rewarding world of birth work. Each client, their families and their births provides me the opportunity to learn something new about my profession and about human connection. I can't think of a greater honor than to witness the birth of a child, a mother, a father and a family. 

 

TRAINING

DONA International, October 2017

CERTIFIED BIRTH DOULA

The mission of DONA International is to promote high quality birth and postpartum support by setting the standard for the doula profession through evidence-based training and certification for doulas of diverse backgrounds. DONA International's vision is a doula for every person who wants one. DONA International promotes the highest quality perinatal support for birthing mothers and their families by setting the standard for doula education and training, and by advocating the research-based benefits of doula care.

LifePower Yoga, November 2014

200 HOUR CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER

Directed by Jonny Kest - 200 HR Program, the LifePower Yoga Teacher Training is Ashtanga based and filled with classes, workshops, practice teaching sessions, meditation, breathing exercises and study time. This course is designed to make trainees great yoga teachers so they can positively serve those with whom they share yoga. This training is comprised of 180 classroom hours, 14 reading and homework hours and 6 hours of observation.

Shakti Inspired, April 2016

85 HOUR CERTIFIED PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER

Focused on inspiring feminine energy and teaching students and teachers to honor what is best for the individual - both in the yoga practice and in their own personal birth decisions, Shakti Inspired Prenatal Yoga is a comprehensive, informative training. This unique program covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy as well as birthing information. This training covers how to sequence and teach creative and safe prenatal classes for all levels of students. Trainees also learn breathing, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Tranquil Space Yoga Studio, September 2017

20 HOUR CERTIFIED POSTPARTUM YOGA TEACHER

This training focused on addressing the specific needs of a postpartum body and how to modify a yoga class to accommodate moms in their first year of childbirth recovery. The training included a thorough review of female anatomy with focus on the core muscles involved in pregnancy and birth and how to ensure pelvic and abdominal integrity postpartum. We also took time to learn how to provide a nurturing and accommodating class for moms that need the sacred space to connect with and appreciate themselves.