the Ma Collective

A Ma Circle in every neighborhood

Birth should be a beautiful experience.

  • 45% of women report their births were traumatic
  • 1 in 7 women experience depression in the year after they give birth
  • postpartum blues impacts approximately 50% to 75% of new mothers

Yoga makes a difference.

Birth should be safe for all people.

  • Black women are 27 percent more likely to experience severe pregnancy complications
  • Black and Native American women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes.
Together we can...

Empower birthing people everywhere

Our mission: to offer yoga, education and community to pregnant women and new moms to ALL women, especially in underserved communities – and provide training and business coaching to those on the ground supporting them.

Here’s how:

  • Ma Yoga is based in biomechanical and mental alignment principles everyone can learn, that support both mama and baby.
  • We incorporate birth and wellness education in our trainings and classes.
  • The Ma Yoga Certification Program is 100% online so it’s accessible to all, and with your help will be affordable through scholarships for teachers who will create a “Ma Circle” in an underserved area.
  • Diversity is at the core of our vision, mission and values. We are committed to an inclusive commuity that fully represents many different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints. Our “Ma Circles” provide meeting places for people from all walks of life to connect, creating a welcoming environment for all.


Birth Inequity in the US

maternal mortality rate for black women

Black and Native American women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes.

And we don’t know why. 

We do know that the cause is not lack of resources or education: the Pregnancy-Related Mortality Ratio for black women with at least a college degree was 5.2 times that of their white counterparts. (CDC

And we also know that stress is the #1 risk factor for negative birth outcomes.

Could stress be the culprit?

Studies show signs that racism-related stress contributes to negative birth outcomes.

We don’t pretend to be able to get rid of racism this year, and the inequities in birth outcomes have many causes.

But helping people learn tools to let go of the stress is a great place to start.

In addition to racism, being without a supportive network is another contributor to stress. (PRB.org)

Of course, hundreds of studies have shown that yoga and meditation are highly effective at reducing stress.

Especially with Ma Yoga, the breathing, strengthening and releasing postures are inextricable to the connections made with other students, and the larger community.

In a Mama Circle, we are all connected. 

The Difference Ma Circles Make

We’ve had more than 20,000 mamas come through our “Ma Circles” in Southern California and online, and hundreds of teachers and birth practitioners have taken our prenatal  teacher trainings.

Our moms-to-be learn:

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training graduate Rachelle Luczynski with mamas

How the Ma Collective supports communities

At Ma Yoga, we wholeheartedly subscribe to a community-led model, wherein the community we serve actively shapes our organization’s vision for change.

Our commitment to this model is deeply rooted in our origin story and is manifested in our continuous growth and evolution. 

Founded in 2009 with the goal of creating a ‘Ma Circle’ in every neighborhood, we began with four locations, primarily partnering with local businesses to provide specialized prenatal and postnatal yoga classes. 

By 2020, our footprint had expanded to ten locations throughout Southern California, serving more than 18,000 women.

Founder Jessica Jennings, MS, personally experienced a difficult postpartum, feeling isolated even though she had her prenatal community – because they were so far away.

Her decision to create Ma Yoga came from the desire to support women all the way through postpartum and beyond.

We continuously strive to amplify the voices of the yoga teachers, birth practitioners and others who want to support, guide, and inspire pregnant women and new moms in their communities.

Our online community provides an invaluable space for open dialogue and shared wisdom. From prenatal yoga practices to postpartum support, community is the heart of our organization.

 

How the Ma Collective helps postpartum women

At Ma Yoga we believe that when people feel respected, nurtured, and supported, they can connect to their own inner wisdom and power. Our motto is “educate and meditate”; our students are encouraged to learn evidence-based pro’s and con’s of all their options, as well as listen in to their own “inner GPS”, so they can make choices that are right for them and their families.

By bringing birthing people and parents together in “Mama Circles” in their own neighborhoods, we are able to help them prepare for postpartum, as well as connect them to local postpartum educators and support people throughout the process.

While only some of our teachers also work as postpartum doulas and breastfeeding educators, all have training in postpartum care and share helpful information, as well as connecting parents and parents-to-be to resources and inviting local educators to speak before class.

 

Our teachers provide breastfeeding and other postpartum resources by systemized outreached to existing practitioners, collaboration and mutual support relationships.

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Join the Ma Collective

Any amount you can give will be helpful! Even $2 shows you care, and means a lot.

If you have the means to contribute $250, you’ll have access to our monthly Masterclasses with experts from around the world in the field of women’s wellness, specifically around pregnancy and postpartum.

You can also hop in to a weekly Alignment Therapy Yoga class on Zoom, choose from 400+ Ma Yoga Anytime classes, and be part of our Ma Collective Member Circle.  You can even get monthly laser coaching for YOUR mission-driven projects and share your offerings so our community can help you spread the word.

And you’ll be helping empower pregnant people and new parents with a Mama Circle in their own neighborhood.

Masterclasses with experts

Ma Collective events

Sample Masterclasses you’ll get instant access to:

Authentic Marketing for Yoga Teachers

with George Kao

Discover social media and business practices that align with core spiritual values, and help us feel more connected to each other.

Closing the Bones

with Dr. Sophie Messager

A Masterclass in the powerful postpartum massage ritual used in many cultures all over the world.

Infant Massage

with Rachael Amin

A Masterclass in simple principles any practitioner can add to their toolbag to help mom connect with and nurture their new babies.

The Power of Sound

with Shay Nichols

A Masterclass in sound practices for vocal power and energy healing.  Sound is a vibration that can promote healing on the deepest, energetic levels.

Jessica Jennings, founder ma yoga online prenatal yoga certification program - zoom yoga for pregnancy