Prenatal Yoga


This class is taught by:

Sandy Kalik

Sandy Kalik Bartone found yoga in a moment of transition. Grappling with the constant stream of information and expectations put on a young communications professional, yoga became her way to be physically present, to slow down, to feel.
 
At first, the flowing yoga sequences required so much of her presence and effort to do the poses correctly that there wasn’t any space left for her mind to wander off the mat. While learning to be present in the physical body, Sandy also discovered that asana and meditation provided support for her body and mind in dealing with the day-to-day experience of rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Her personal practice grew from a craving for calm to a place of physical understanding and became a space of exploration and play. Sandy’s classes are known for creative sequencing, making alignment accessible, and providing a safe space for play, silence, and exploration.
 
Sandy teaches vinyasa flow, restful yoga (blending Yin and restorative styles), and AcroYoga (a partner practice mixing acrobatics, asana, and Thai massage).

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.

Dawn Keighley

Dawn Keighley is a Massachusetts-licensed educator with more than twelve years’ experience working with children in both physical and academic settings. She has an educational background in child development, anatomy, physiology, and education. Dawn completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga and continues to study under her teacher Ame Wren. Dawn’s teaching is inspired by Goldie Kaufenberg, Brenna Matthews, and Shannon Paige. In addition, she has also completed a Soulful Yoga Therapy therapeutic yoga training with Kate Graham, and is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Drawing from her broad education and years of experience with children, Dawn skillfully creates each yoga class around the needs of a child’s developing mind and body. For the littlest yogis, her classes consist of yoga poses and breathing exercises incorporated into highly invigorating and imaginative educational play. For the big kids, Dawn offers a fun and lively vinyasa flow, through which children are able to cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and their environment while developing strength, flexibility, and balance—both in the mind and in the body. No matter the age or the ability of her students, Dawn strives to honor, follow, nurture, and respect the natural flow of life.  

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!

Elizabeth Heller

Elizabeth Heller was regularly practicing Tae Kwo Do alongside her five-year-old son when she took her first yoga class as a favor to another mom. Hooked, she continued to practice yoga at home as a form of centering, which transformed her martial arts practice. After an ACL tear, yoga became a source of both physical and emotional healing for Elizabeth. It was then that she fell in love with its transformative power: her life, spirit, and body had never felt more peaceful, vibrant, and energized. Elizabeth a member of the Coolidge Corner Yoga Kids staff. She has completed a 200-hour teacher training with the New School of Yogic Arts and profound teachers Laura Ahrens and Andrew Tanner. She has also completed a children’s yoga teacher training with her generous, inspiring teacher, Dawn Keighley, through Kidasana Kids Yoga Teacher Training, and is a certified prenatal yoga teacher through Om Births with Bec Conant. Additionally, Elizabeth is the author/co-author of eight books for and about children, and a contributing author of two parenting books. She has a BA in English and an MS in Broadcast Journalism, created a children’s sports and news program, and was a money reporter for a Boston children’s radio program. She completed eight years of Tae Kwon Do training and earned her second-degree black belt.
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:

  • Sat Aug 19 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Maeve Rawdon
  • Sun Aug 20 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Sandy Kalik
  • Wed Aug 23 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Elyssa Schneider
  • Thu Aug 24 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Aug 26 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Dawn Keighley
  • Sun Aug 27 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Aug 30 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Elyssa Schneider
  • Thu Aug 31 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Sep 02 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Dawn Keighley
  • Sun Sep 03 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Sep 06 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Elyssa Schneider
  • Thu Sep 07 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Sep 09 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Dawn Keighley
  • Sun Sep 10 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Sep 13 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Elizabeth Heller
  • Thu Sep 14 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Colleen Butaney
  • Sat Sep 16 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Dawn Keighley
  • Sun Sep 17 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Janine Duffy
  • Wed Sep 20 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Elyssa Schneider