Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials 2017-05-01T06:26:13+00:00

Testimonials for Jessica’s Yoga of Pregnancy Workshop & Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

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If there is one person in the community of yoga that I recommend to people for prenatal yoga and prenatal yoga trainings, it is Jessica. I have taken Jessica’s prenatal training several times and have found it to be not only informative but inspiring. Jessica demystifies some of the myths and misinformation about prenatal yoga and also inspires women to listen to themselves and their baby and to honor this unique and special time. As a certified Anusara teacher she brings the integrity and vision of Anusara to prenatal, as a Masters student she brings a wealth of scientific data, as a woman and a mother she brings heartfelt and hard earned personal experience to women.

I personally think every teacher should be required to go through Jessica’s training, not only to know how to address pregnant women, but to also discover a unique approach to learning about specialties in health, and to experience the wisdom of an authentic teacher/explorer.
Tara Judelle, Certified Anusara Teacher
Los Angeles

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… I attended Jessica’s Pre-Natal Teacher Training and it was an invaluable addition to my Anusara education. She is clear, thorough, dynamic, and … as the only male in the training … she made me feel so welcome and comfortable. This training will allow teachers of all levels to feel more confident when a pregnant student steps into their classroom…
Marc Holzman
Certified Anusara Teacher

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Jessica,
I came to “add something” to my teaching and what I received just blew me away…I am humbled by the creative force and beauty of nature and how the principles truly support this so clearly. This is the place I want to move from in my practice and in my life! This was just what I needed and did not even know and I walk away with deep connection and great trust in what I am doing.
Much love and gratitude,
Noemi

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Dear Jessica,
Thank you so much for an amazing & light-filled weekend! I so appreciate the meaningful & beautiful parallels you drew between the Anusara Principles and the progressive stages of pregnancy…It was tremendously helpful to engage with this material a second time, particularly after starting a prenatal class here. I hope you can come back and do this again next year!
love,
Jane
Jane Hitti, MD, MPH
Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Division of Perinatal Medicine
University of Washington

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Dear [studio owner]:
I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the prenatal yoga training with Jessica Jennings a few weeks ago. There are few other times in my life when I have felt so alive and inspired as I did during those three days. I cried many times in that class, tears of pure joy and wonder. The process of pregnancy, labor, and delivery is so powerful, it leaves me completely and utterly humbled. I have known for a long time that yoga is my path, but it wasn’t until this prenatal training that I realized that prenatal yoga is my path within my path 😉

Jessica was eloquent, funny, and real. She reached out to every one of us with compassion and warmth, and we learned so much. Within the first ten minutes of that class, I felt bonded with all of the other women. There is something uniquely strong, wise, and supportive about a group of women who come together to learn about pregnancy and mothering. There is no other group in the world like that. We had a midwife, a pregnant woman, mothers, yoga teachers, and healers in our group. Throughout the three days, I felt so open and happy. As Jessica may have said, I felt like I had access to my highest self.

I want to thank you for offering such a beautiful course, and I hope you offer it again in the future. I would sign up again in a heartbeat, because I imagine that every course is slightly different. The women who come together, the questions that are asked, and the insights that are offered would be different every time, and I imagine equally valuable with each course. Jessica is an incredible teacher, and her well of knowledge seems bottomless. We were in excellent hands with her.

Thank you again 🙂
~Sarah Trudeau

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I was 8 months pregnant when I took Jessica’s prenatal teacher training and was so happy to find (finally) a prenatal program that reflected my experience–that my body was still capable and it wanted to practice. She has incredible respect for pregnancy and her intelligent alignment notes proved helpful to me in labor–internal rotation plus external rotation = more space for baby–even when he is moments away from greeting the world!
Sara Lamm

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I did my Anusara teacher training in Seattle with Denise & Rainey and I’m sure that the Seattle folks would LOVE your course! You have SO much to offer and I learned so much from you.

I have been teaching prenatal yoga for over 8 years & studying Anusara for 3 years…. When I found out about your course, I was so happy to have finally found a Pre-Natal TT that was Anusara.

Until I took your training in June/2009 I didn’t understand how to integrate Anusara into my prenatal yoga classes (because I had been teaching my classes a certain way for so long)… Now I’m teaching prenatal yoga that is deeply rooted in the Anusara tradition…

Through your course my understanding of theme-ing has deepened so much… I love how you shared with us how you set a theme for your day & how you use your personal daily theme for your classes… This gave me a lot.

You are a wonderful teacher… I love the way you teach & the way you connected with us all. I had come to LA from Canada not knowing anyone & I felt completely welcome. Thank you SO much!

I took away so much from your course. I know there are many people out there who will also love taking your Prenatal Teacher training!
Linda Cirella (From B.C. Canada)

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Jessica,
Truly, you are a gift. Your insight, knowledge, wisdom and pure love for the work flows through in a tremendously positive way. It was a wonderful weekend and I feel I have learned so much that I can take out into the world with me and share. So, thank you.

The information I learned in the Prenatal Yoga Training with Jessica Jennings was not only accessible, full and insightful, but information that I feel I can use in my teachings with all students, pregnant or not. Jessica brings to her teaching knowledge, experience, humor and a pure love for what she does that literally beams through her. It was a golden experience!
Peace + Love,
WendyO

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I would like to let you know that after completing the pre-natal teacher training, I not only feel more confident as a yoga teacher, but I also feel more comfortable as a woman knowing that I have so many options during pregnacy and child birth. I thank you for inspiring me to help women to feel more like themselves during pregancy through the practice of yoga.

I hope to attend any of your future trainings and or classes whenever I am in Los Angeles
thank you again.

namaste
Marie

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I just want to thank you so much and express my gratitude for such a wonderful weekend. It has helped temper my terror of the birthing process.
Thanks again.
love
Audrey

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What a wonderful experience and in two plus days my perspective has really shifted. I came in simply to learn to be a better teacher to my pregnant students and left with a new appreciation for the birth process and for life in general. I now see the beauty in both pregnancy and giving birth. I am grateful to be able to bring this new appreciation to my students. Thank you!

I’d love to study therapeutics with you so please let me know if you have any plans to do any therapeutic teacher trainings.

All good things to you –
Kathy Bray

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i learned so much in the workshop about pre-natal yoga and pregnancy, but i felt that most important thing was about myself and my own feelings about pregnancy and childbirth (that i never really realized i had). funny, because the first night of the workshop, i said that I didn’t really have any issues with pregnancy and childbirth. i guess the universe knew better. wow, it was really an emotional rollercoaster. i talked to you about how i felt sad that first night about not having a baby. on sunday, i had a really hard time watching the birthing videos – i don’t know if it was my menstrual cramps combined with watching the labor, but it really struck some anxiety about birth. woah. who would have know. thank goodness i took that workshop and brought some of these things into the light. sometimes you never know what things we are going to learn.

i thought you were a great teacher for the workshop and learned a lot on prenatal yoga, anusara, and just applying different things you said to my life. you should really consider doing more teacher trainings (even non-prenatal ones). i liked your softer style combined with clarity, humor, and humility.
thank you so much!
xo, sharon

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jessica jennings is a treasure. her skill, enthusiasm and sensitivity as a yoga teacher combined with her knowledge of all things Birth –before, during and after — make jessica truly unique. attending her prenatal teacher training was inspiring and made me want to learn more and more! this workshop is important for us as women ((and man! danny!)) and as yoga teachers; providing ourselves and our students with information and support about pregnancy, labor and birth is essential. the only thing missing? Part 2!
hope to see you soon! jessie

Jessica’s prenatal training was inspiring and full of important knowledge. It helped me connect more deeply with my femininity and my practice. The information was presented in a clear, soft and useful way. This training inspired me to dive deeper not only into Pregnancy yoga but into myself, my body, my practice and my teaching. Thank you Jessica for sharing your wisdom and energy and for opening new doors for women to explore their pregnancy in a safe and creative way!
Brookelin

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Hi Jessica,
The training this weekend was absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Your email came in just as I was creating a new sequence to teach to my new Mommies tomorrow morning, incorporating the inspirational movements and techniques that we learned.

What I loved the most is your honesty and your practice. Your honesty in that you are “making it up as you go along”, but that your lessons are taught from thorough research and experience. It is true that there is not much proven research out there, and that we need to trust what we feel works for ourselves and others.

Your practice is also beautiful, and I can see how you’ve become such a great instructor, in that you look so natural doing the prenatal poses, like they were made for you. It must be very inspirational for the Mommies.

Lastly, I do not know where the path may lead for me in prenatal in the future, but I do know that I love teaching it, and now feel even more confident and inspired.
Peace and fun,
Ingrid

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Jessica,
Thank you so much for offering and teaching your prenatal TT. It was invaluable. I taught my class today with a newfound sense of knowledge and confidence. Your essence stayed with me and infused my thoughts and actions. Thank you, thank you. If the timing is right I will take it again, that’s how much I enjoyed it.
I will be in your class soon.
Much love and respect,
Anna Getty

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The prenatal training was incredibly informative and fun. Because
there is so little information in the area of prenatal yoga, Jessica’s
enormous wealth of knowledge and experience is a wonderful resource. Icurrently teach prenatal classes, and after completing her training, Ifeel more empowered and my classes feel more fun and dynamic.

Again, I am so grateful I got to take the training, it has made a big difference.
love
jennifer gaecke

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Being post-menopausal, I had reservations about taking Jessica’s Prenatal training initially, but it truly was one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself.
I feel a renewed sense of awe for all women, including myself.
Thank you Jessica for a wonderful ly informative and moving weekend!
KB

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Jessica
This was my first experience with Anusara yoga. The training took my Kundalini yoga practice to a new level. The emphasis on principles of alignment and awareness of kinesthetics has changed the way I teach and the direction I give my students.
Lee Rothman

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Hi Jessica-

Thanks again for such a great teacher training. It was so wonderful to see both of my passions, yoga and obstetrics, come to life together. I learned a great deal from you and I appreciated all the insights from all the students, such diverse perspectives!
Namaste,
Zorayda Alviar, MD OBGyn

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This was my second Pre-natal TT. Jessica teaches a highly skilled workshop from her heart. She shares her knowledge with such grace that I was equipped to begin teaching the week following my first workshop. A year later, another training with Jessica gave me additional teaching tools. I left with a deepening understanding of how we can help pregnant women use their yoga practice to move their bodies from a place of strength and beauty, as they prepare for childbirth and motherhood.
Linda Eifer

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Thank you so much for the prenatal teacher training at City Yoga last weekend. I really enjoyed the class and I feel that I got what I needed from the training. I realize that I don’t know great deal about pregnancy or prenatal yoga, but I do know enough to be confident when teaching pregnant students. This will go a long way towards treating them with the care, attention, and respect that they need and deserve in class.

On Tuesday night, I had 2 pregnant women in class! It was fantastic. We chatted for a minutes before class and went over some do’s and don’ts. We modified their sun salutations to stay off the belly. They opened, instead of twisting across. No jumping. They stepped forward to the outside of the arms for standing poses. Neither of them was really big enough for this to be a concern, but we decided we’d practice stepping forward like this early, so they’d be used to it later on as their babies grow. And we generally made space for the baby. Both women did inversions that night, though not for very long. It was awesome. I felt like the few minutes before class was very liberating for them, because we focused on how we could modify poses and what they could do. Before you teacher training, I always focused on telling students what not to do (twists, deep forward folds, etc.). They both did full practices that night and were able to practice safely at the same time.

I also want to thank you for such a fabulous first experience in Anusara yoga for my friend Nicole (tall, dark hair, sat next to me on Saturday). I am one of 3 Anusara inspired teachers at a studio out in Burbank. It is often challenging to be in the minority in this way. Nicole is a teacher at this studio too, but she is not an Anusara teacher. She had taken a few of my classes in the past, but hadn’t experienced the Principles from a teaching perspective until your training. Nicole was amazed. I knew she would be. Just hearing the Principles from you for a day really opened her eyes. She wants to learn more. I am so excited for her!

I plan to get to one of your monthly therapeutics workshops at Mission soon. I have been wanting to do that for a long time now, but something always seems to come up. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to learn from you this past weekend. I look forward to being in your class again some day soon.
Namaste,
Keric

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I attended Jessica’s workshop not as a yoga teacher, but as a pregnant woman and Anusara practitioner for ten years. Still in my first trimester, I wasn’t quite ready to enter the whole world of pre-natal yoga classes and mothers-to-be, yet I was committed to maintaining my Anusara yoga practice, and wanted to do it safely. Jessica’s course taught me how to modify basic poses through positioning and the use of props that have made it possible for me to take any yoga class, to continue to study with my current teachers, and to feel safe and confident doing so. The most important lessons I took from the weekend workshop are these:

First, always ask a pregnant woman (for me, that meant myself), “how are you feeling?” This has been crucial for me. It reminds me to listen to my body, whose condition seems to change daily, when I practice and even as I decide whether or not to practice on any given day. Jessica taught us that muscular integration is significant for safety and support, as our tendons can relax due to hormonal changes, but I have also learned not to push myself as I normally might, and to honor my body in a way that I’ve always tried to do, but now am actually doing.

Second, “make space for the baby.” This became a mantra in Jessica’s workshop, and it has helped me answer almost all questions about what poses I should or should not do, and how best to modify them. Making space for my baby, as we learned, means taking a wider stance in downward dog, doing open twists, easing up on core work, and using props to support poses, for example, but it also psychologically and emotionally reminds me to make space in my life, in my mind, and in my heart for my baby.

Third, every woman’s pre-natal practice, like every woman’s pregnancy, is unique. This idea has helped me feel confident in my practice, knowing that as long as I listen to my body, and make space for my baby, whatever I do is ok, and I have nothing to fear. Jessica taught us that maintaining our pre-pregnancy practice is fine, as long as we don’t push ourselves to do poses we couldn’t do before. For me, this means doing inversions and backbends (at least so far in my fourth month) because they feel fantastic. But I have stopped doing core-intensive arm balances, even ones I could do before, and I feel confident in that, too. I’m an ambitious practitioner, but Jessica’s workshop taught me the importance of letting go, using supportive props, turning toward meditation to welcome my baby, and it’s a relief. Lacking hard and fast rules about specific poses, I am nonetheless confident in my choices.

Finally, Jessica shared with the class her personal experiences and challenges with childbirth itself, which, for a nervous, first-timer like me, was wonderful. Not only did she assuage our fears, as pregnant woman and teachers, but Jessica told us, no matter what your birthplan, “you get the delivery you get.” In other words, there is only so much in our control, and it’s crucial to be flexible and open, and not see it as a failure if things don’t go as planned. And Jessica incorporates this lesson into the yoga practice: each day my practice can change, certain poses that were once easy may suddenly feel challenging. Jessica helped teach me to embrace these changes beyond my control, in my yoga, and through the whole pregnancy experience.

As it turned out, I was 8 weeks pregnant during Jessica’s workshop, but subsequently lost that pregnancy to miscarriage. Devastating as it was, the lessons I learned in the workshop helped me come to terms with what was beyond my control. And now that I am pregnant again, and happily in my 14th week, I rely on these same lessons now.

I highly recommend Jessica’s prenatal training weekend. Her expertise and professionalism, combined with her compassion and experience, makes for an incredible learning experience for teachers, I’m sure, but also for pregnant women with advanced yoga practices.
Sharon O.

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