Prenatal Yoga Poses: How to do Warrior II

brenda holding a warrior II yoga pose

Warrior II (sanskrit: Virabhadrasana II) is a fantastic pose to practice throughout your pregnancy. It feels strong and stable and there are lots of options to play in the pose once you’ve taken a few breaths in it. 

Benefits of Warrior …

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Breastfeeding is a topic I’m so passionate about. I especially love talking to new moms and giving tips to help them find success with breastfeeding in those early days. I hope some of what I share here can …

Reflux in Pregnancy

Flames representing heartburn rising into the chest and throat

One of the most common complaints I hear from women in my prenatal yoga classes is acid reflux or heartburn.

It is estimated that 30-50% of women will experience reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) during pregnancy.1 And …

Pain Management in Unmedicated Childbirth

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I decided I wanted to attempt an unmedicated childbirth when I was pregnant with my first daughter. Shortly after I discovered I was pregnant, one of my best friends sent me Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth. Ina …

From Desk Job to F/T Yoga Teacher


In my previous career I was a “Budget Goddess” – or technically a Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for a global public private partnership in Washington, DC.

I worked with …

Deep Core Connection Breath

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Learn how to use your deep core with the core connection breath described below. Your deep core is the deepest layer of muscles in the torso and is critical to your health.

Think of your deep core like a canister.  There …

My Prenatal Yoga Philosophy

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I was interested in becoming a prenatal yoga teacher pretty much right after I finished my 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2011. 

At the time there was a shocking lack of prenatal yoga training in the DC …

Mackenzie’s Birth Story

Mackenzie and Brenda after delivery


At 8:30pm on Sunday, April 15 I went to the bathroom and noticed my mucous plug had come out – slightly tinged pink and goopy. At 9 pm contractions like my previous Braxton Hicks started …