Ma Yoga Living Tip from Daho Sheridan, Certified Ma Yoga® Prenatal & Mom Yoga Instructor

I first found yoga in 2001 as a form of exercise. I enjoyed the emphasis on physical strength and flexibility but felt very uncomfortable with the stillness of meditation and savasana.

A few years later I had a serious back injury and discovered the healing potential of yoga in a physical sense. However, it took years for me to discover that I hold emotions in my body and that stillness was so uncomfortable because it required me to sit with myself and all my feelings.

I decided to take a 200-hour teacher training in 2013 at Yoga House in Pasadena to deepen my practice and as a way to explore the feelings that came up when I stepped onto my mat. I loved what I learned about my mind/ body connection, but felt I had just scratched the surface of what yoga has to offer.

In 2018 I took a 300-hour training, again at Yoga House, and expanded my knowledge of therapeutic yoga and the healing power of yoga.

I became a mama in 2016 after a very rough and anxiety-riddled pregnancy. I had a couple of early trips to the hospital and was put on bed rest at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

My daughter ended up arriving a month early and her birth was not at all what I had expected or hoped it to be. I felt so grateful to have her in my arms and healthy, yet I felt a lot of grief and anger about how her birth had gone.

Coming back to my yoga practice after giving birth was a bit of a shock. My body didn’t feel like my own and I had to relearn how to move and breathe.

Yoga helped me to settle back into my body and find a space just for me in a time where my every moment and thought was for my daughter.

I discovered that I was pregnant again in early 2021. I was very excited and determined to have a different pregnancy experience, and thought taking a prenatal teacher training would be the perfect way to use my love of yoga in a new way.

I signed up for the Ma Yoga teacher training and loved the alignment principles as well as the community that Ma Yoga offered. Unfortunately, I lost the pregnancy at around 11 weeks.

I received so much love and support from Jessica and the Ma Yoga community. I decided to continue the training despite my devastation and grief, and found that helping other mamas helped me work through my own feelings.

One of the hardest things to deal with in pregnancy and motherhood is that we are not in control of much. We can do our best to be healthy and to be present with the baby growing inside (or the child we are blessed with), but we are just along for the ride as our bodies and lives change in unimaginable ways.

Ma Yoga teaches us to be receptive and make space in our bodies and in our hearts for whatever we face.

We can draw upon our inner strength to get through difficult times. We can flow with our challenges instead of fighting against them. We can ground ourselves in the present moment. And we can offer love and light to ourselves and others through community.

Aakansha B.
Aakansha B.
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Daho is awesome. I always wait for Wednesday when I can workout with her. She customizes poses based on your week of pregnancy, pays attention to how are you doing, corrects them and best part is you don’t feel tired after the class. I recommend her for anyone planning to do prenatal yoga in their second/third trimester.
Salonee S.
Salonee S.
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I started out looking for a prenatal yoga class that I provided me the flexibility of doing it from my home and get personal attention. I have found exactly what I needed with my classes with Daho at Ma Yoga. I especially appreciate the personal attention to comfort and correct postures. I love getting insights into different practices and how we can connect and learn from them and our surroundings. Every single class has been wholesome for my mind body soul and baby! I have truly found a wonderful teacher in Daho and I try not miss her classes
Xu H.
Xu H.
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I really enjoyed the first class with my wonderful instructor Daho and have decided to becoming a member! Daha was professional, kind, and super patient! As a mom-to-be, I get anxious so easily, and had some tech issue with my camera when first joining. She was just so kind, caring and eliminated all my worries by chatting and helping me get back to the yoga zone. She also altered some of the poses considering my weak knee and kept checking on me to see if I am comfortable. I really enjoyed it and would love to join the Ma family 🙂 Look forward to the future classes!
Geetanjali D.
Geetanjali D.
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Loved my first class with Instructor Daho! Im in the third trimester and I have severe pelvic floor pain. Daho took time to understand my pain points and targeted postures and asanas that will help relieve my pain. She kept checking on me throughout the session to make sure I was comfortable and doing ok. After the session, the strain and stress that built up in my lower body was released to a great extent and I feel much less pain than what I had before the session. Very grateful for Instructor Daho! Thank you!
Kim S.
Kim S.
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My first class with Daho was excellent! I really enjoyed using the block in a variety of ways from on the mat to the wall and in a chair. I also learned a new way of standing up from h/k’s on the mat using the blocks so they are keeping the legs hugging in and protecting the pubic symphysis.
Shadman H.
Shadman H.
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I felt taken care of during Daho’s class! I wanted to learn how she teaches pregnancy yoga and that is what we did. She had a soothing voice and clear directions with encouragements. She gave me pointers on how to modify poses for pregnancy. I felt inspired to continue learning.
Geetanjali D. from our Google listing
Geetanjali D. from our Google listing
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I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with serious SPD symptoms. I have experienced a lot of relief from my SPD pain by doing guided practice with Jessica and Daho. They have been truly amazing with paying a lot of attention to my pain points and providing me with Yoga postures and exercises to target my pain and provide me relief from it. I feel very relaxed and relieved from the stress and strain built up in my lower body and overall as well during and after every session with her. I feel truly cared for and I can’t recommend Ma Yoga enough for prenatal yoga.
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Daho Sheridan

Certified Ma Yoga® Prenatal and Mom Yoga Instructor

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