Prenatal Yoga


This class is taught by:

Elyssa Schneider

As a middle and high school teacher for nearly a decade, the call to teach and share her passions with others comes naturally to Elyssa Schneider. She caters her classes to the specific students in front of her, acknowledging that our bodies do not fit into a one-size-(practice)-fits-all mold. She brings her utmost passion, deep wealth of experience and learning, and love for connection with others to every class that she teaches: prenatal, Mommy and Baby, kids and teen, and adult vinyasa. Elyssa’s classes are playful and challenging, and through the seemingly simple act of breathing with awareness, she aims to allow the space for her students to be as they are, and to come away with a sense of personal connection and aliveness.
 
Elyssa’s relationship with yoga spans more than a decade, and it is constantly changing to be what she needs it to be in each moment and stage of life. Continuing to show up on her mat each day during her pregnancy, Elyssa has experienced firsthand the immense benefits of a prenatal yoga practice, both physically and emotionally, and is so excited to share this practice with other women. She fully credits her prenatal yoga practice with helping her to have the birth experience that was perfect for her, and, even more, for helping her ride out the constant uncertainties of pregnancy and new motherhood. Through her prenatal yoga practice, Elyssa learned to cultivate strength, to shower herself with self-compassion, and to truly listen to her body: to rest when she needed to rest and to push her edge when she needed to push. For the first time in her life, Elyssa learned to let go of control and be okay with not knowing what would be, lessons that have carried over into motherhood, and simply into life itself.
 
Elyssa completed her 200-hour training at Back Bay Yoga with Lynne Begier and Ame Wren, as well as additional studies with Nicole Clark and prenatal training with Bec Conant of OmBirths. She continues to look up to and learn from all of her teachers and students (both in the studio and in the classroom) daily, and especially her son Jayden, her most natural yoga teacher of all.

Colleen Butaney

Colleen received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2006, upon completion of a 4-week comprehensive training through the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas. When she became pregnant with her daughter in 2012, Colleen completed her 40-hour prenatal yoga training through 5 Points Yoga in Cambridge.
 
Colleen began practicing yoga in 1997, when she took her first hatha yoga class at the Himalyian Institute in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Her practice picked up speed a year later after she was in a head-on collision. It was this accident that catalyzed Colleen into studying yoga as a form of healing, transformation, and strengthening for the body, mind, and spirit.
 
In 1999, life took Colleen to California, where she studied multiple yoga disciplines, including Kali Ray Tri-yoga, Iyengar yoga, kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ashtanga, and vinyasa. Colleen is also influenced by the work of Shiva Rea and Dharma Mittra.
 
In her classes, Colleen seeks to create a sacred container for growth, transformation, flexibility, strength, and heart-centered connection to both self and community. She truly believes that what comes up on the mat is a microcosm of what one is experiencing in the macrocosm of their everyday life. She is a firm believer that “life is yoga, and yoga is life” and that we should take what we learn on the mat into our daily reality.
 
Colleen is also a singer, songwriter, and performing/recording artist. She often weaves music and mantra into her classes. She is also a certified massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and tantric educator.
 
Her greatest joy is being mother to her darling Aria, wife to her husband RJ, and doggie mama to Bodhi. She is eternally grateful to all of the teachers on the path before her, and feels forever blessed for the gift of yoga in her life.

Maeve Rawdon

Maeve began her yoga journey in the early 2000s when she moved from her home in Ireland to the Boston area. From her very first yoga class she found an appreciation for mindful movement while also experiencing a deep feeling of peace. Attending yoga class also gave her a sense of belonging and community so far from home.

 

In 2012 Maeve completed her 200-hour training with Kathy Keane - Finding Inner Peace Yoga, purely for her own self-development. However, it instilled in her a love of this practice and a desire to share what she learned. She has been teaching yoga ever since. In 2014, Maeve decided to further her yoga education by completing her 500-hour training with Daniel Orlansky – Yoga Energy Flow.

 

Maeve specialises in prenatal yoga having gained her certification through Om Births, with additional prenatal training at Five Points Yoga. Her classes offer expectant mothers a supportive and compassionate environment where they can practice yoga under her experienced supervision, meeting each student’s individual needs. This is a special and transformative time in a woman’s life and Maeve feels grateful to be able to facilitate continued practice and guide expectant mothers through yoga. Maeve is also trained in yin yoga, meridian yoga and Thai yoga massage.

Janine Duffy

A wife, mom, law grad, legal researcher, and yoga addict all rolled into one!
 
Janine Duffy discovered yoga upon entering law school more than 10 years ago. Since then, yoga has been there for her through the good times and the bad. Years of long hours as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, as well as being a new mom to two little boys finally took its toll. It was during this tumultuous time as she transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom and battled post-partum depression that Janine found her way back to the mat. Not only did yoga help Janine regain her confidence, balance, and satisfaction in her new role, but it also had a positive effect on her son, James. She noticed a big difference in his attitude and alertness, which made her a believer that yoga was great for those of all ages—especially children! Shortly thereafter, Janine completed her children’s yoga training with Radiant Child Yoga and began teaching kids yoga classes.
 
Janine’s curiosity about the effects of yoga led her to a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo. It was at the end of this training that she found herself pregnant once again. She noticed that practicing yoga while pregnant was fun, exciting, scary, and sad—every emotion a woman could have. Toward the end of her pregnancy, Janine became certified to teach prenatal yoga at Om Births.
 
Janine finds the most satisfaction helping women through this tremendous life-changing experience, and focuses on teaching prenatal as well as the post-partum, Mommy and Baby and toddler yoga classes. Her classes help new and expecting moms understand and adjust to the changes taking place in their bodies and minds. Janine’s classes focus on strength-building poses, pranayama, and meditation that are helpful not only on the mat, but also off! Being the mom of three boys, Janine can certainly attest to how yoga helps her throughout any given day!

Jaime-Lyn Gaudet

After studying dance throughout her life, Jaime-Lyn entered her first yoga class in 2005, and immediately felt at home. Having spent several years in Southern California, and now living in the Boston area, she is grateful for how these two yoga communities have shaped both her personal practice and teaching style.

Jaime-Lyn completed her 200+ hour teacher training with Boston Yoga School, under the guidance of Ame Wren and Brenna Matthews. She is an approved Radiant Child Yoga Teacher, having studied with Checka Antifonario. She completed her prenatal and postnatal yoga training with Bec Conant at Om Births.

Both on and off the mat, she strives for balance, and this is carried into her teaching by a focus on strength and alignment, while fostering a sense of curiosity.

Outside of her yoga practice, Jaime-Lyn enjoys traveling, usually in pursuit of the next rock to climb or sunset to photograph. Oh, and ice cream.

Prenatal Yoga is geared toward expecting moms and will offer a safe yoga class during this time of tremendous change in the body. This class will offer a workout, focus and connection on breath for relaxation, as well as support and community during this exciting time for expecting moms. Please - women only.
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Elyssa Schneider
  • Thu Dec 14 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Dec 16 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Maeve Rawdon
  • Sun Dec 17 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Dec 20 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Jaime-Lyn Gaudet
  • Thu Dec 21 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Dec 23 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Dec 27 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Elyssa Schneider
  • Thu Dec 28 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Mandy Slavik
  • Sat Dec 30 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Janine Duffy
  • Sun Dec 31 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Jan 03 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Elyssa Schneider
  • Thu Jan 04 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Jan 06 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Maeve Rawdon
  • Sun Jan 07 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Jan 10 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Elyssa Schneider
  • Thu Jan 11 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Jan 13 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Maeve Rawdon
  • Sun Jan 14 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy