Bloom: A Wellness Retreat for Expecting Mamas Nov 2
We are so excited to announce our first ever BLOOM Retreat, presented by The Little Yoga House. This one day retreat will begin with the option to come early and enjoy wellness treatements followed by tea and a light breakfast. We will then move in to the yoga & meditation portion of the retreat presented by 4 expert instructors. We will all enjoy a catered lunch by our friends at Hank's before going into an afternoon of workshops led by Austin's leading prenatal and postnatal experts. These workshops will focus on pelvic floor health during & after pregnancy led by Rebecca Maidansky, the importance of support led by Allison Cline and Sera Bonds; a doula & a midwife and nutrition support throughout pregnancy and postpartum led by Mirelle Leguia. We will end the day with essential oil talk with Jill Birt, followed by a conversation about the 4th trimester led by Sydney Ring.
You will leave with a swag bag filled with over $300 of all things pregnancy and postpartum, feeling rejuvenated and full of tons of information.
Tickets are limited to 15 participants.
*10% of all ticket sales will be donated to the Every Mother Counts organization. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Teachers & Expert Speakers
Jill Birt: Prenatal teacher
Jill has always been intrigued by the human body and is passionate about sharing health and wellness. She is a Registered Nurse, Certified Yoga and Prenatal Yoga teacher. Prior to stepping full time into teaching yoga Jill worked as a Labor & Delivery nurse in Austin, TX for 15 yrs. She took up the practice of yoga in 2004 as a means of support to her love for running but through her practice she quickly began to notice yoga was far more than a physical experience. She planted a seed of intention to “someday” become certified as a yoga teacher. In 2016, after experiencing immense personal struggles she decided “someday” had arrived. She found profound healing through yoga, meditation and breath practices along with the guidance and support necessary to live in the fullness of her life with intention and awareness. She loves the way her study of yoga has deepened her understanding of the human experience.
The word “Kula” in yoga is simultaneous for community, Jill believes a primary purpose in Prenatal classes is creating community – “We have all heard it takes a village and it really does. Not just for our children but for ourselves as well.” Her highest intention as a prenatal yoga teacher is not simply to help women prepare for the birth of their child, but even more so to help women to prepare for motherhood.
Jill is certified at the 500hr level along with certification in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga and Yo-Strong a fusion of yoga and weights. She is also a teacher trainer and is currently working on completing an additional 300hr training in Yoga Psychology. In addition to teaching Yoga classes she also teaches regular wellness workshops and a childbirth and motherhood preparation course she wrote known as PREPARED, fusing her experience as a labor and delivery nurse and a mother with teachings of yoga.
She considers our breath to be one of our most powerful resources. “The breath is always available to us, you don’t need money to use it and you will never forget to put in your car or pack it in your bag. Through breath we have the ability to influence the alchemy of the body towards homeostasis and bring ease to the mind.” Her intention is to guide others through practices of movement, breath and stillness in a way that brings clarity inward toward the wisdom and wellbeing that exists within one's own self.
Jill is also and advocate and educator of essential oils. From her viewpoint integrative healthcare is the best form of healthcare. She believes in the energy of connection, holds a great respect for the power nature offers, values advancements of modern medicine, and relies upon the wisdom and teachings of yoga to guide her way.
She is married to her highschool sweetheart and together they have 3 children. She is incredibly grateful for the way yoga has fortified her life, especially in her experience of motherhood and relationship.
Andrea Barton: prenatal teacher
I started taking yoga classes at my local gym around 2002, searching for healthy ways to offset stress as a software game producer and manager, but discovered a deeper connection with the practice years later during pregnancy. Initially yoga provided a needed break from the stresses of work and greater comfort in my physical body, but I was surprised at how it boosted my confidence to surrender during birth and delivery. Prenatal yoga became a path of self-discovery, strengthening and softening. Feeling a deep sense of trust and connection with my body allowed me to be fully confident and at ease in the decision to give birth to my three children home.
After weeks of rest at home, I turned to yoga again and found it instrumental in grounding my nervous system and encouraging self-care as a new parent. I spent the next many years nurturing my three spirited children and before long a desire unfolded to delve deeper into the science and art of this approach to wellness, share it with others, and assist the journey of families in the community.
I’ve been teaching since 2017, have over 430 hours of in-person training with an emphasis on the female body. I am very grateful to have studied under Jenn Wooten and Angie Knight, as well as Alice Duffy, Sarah Evans, DeLora Frederickson, Stacey Loop, Laura Kirtan Marcotte, Laura Forsyth and Sarah Powers.
Hatha, Gentle, Yin, Prenatal, Postnatal, Toddlers, Kids, Tweens-Teens
RYT®200, RPYT®, RCYT®
Allison Cline: Pre&postnatal teacher/doula
Allison considers herself a lifelong learner. Her passion for yoga was sparked during her first pregnancy 9 years ago. Now as a mother of 3 girls, her own sanity is found on the mat.
She's been an educator for years, but in different capacities. First as a public school art teacher, a mother and now a yoga teacher and a Birthing from Within Mentor and Doula. She enjoys leading sweaty soulful vinyasa flows as well as guiding momma's to be and postpartum moms through mindful meditations and sweet pre/postnatal flows.
Allison currently teaches vinyasa classes, prenatal yoga and postnatal yoga, Baby and Me classes, toddler and family yoga. Her adult classes are full of energy and challenging flows, but she always gives her students the guidance to listen to their own bodies and make modifications as necessary. She believes you should meet yourself where you are and grow from there.
Allison is currently working to complete her 500 hour yoga certificate at Yoga Yoga by the end of the year. Her teachers include Jane Bahneman, Alice Duffey, Sarah Evans, DeLora Frederickson, Judith Hanson Lasater, Deanna Velazquez, Stephanie Lopez, Mary Richardson and Kristen Folkens. She completed her 200 yoga teacher training under the direction of Jane Bahneman at Blue Nectar Yoga in Northern Virginia.
She’s trained to teach Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga: Veteran’s Yoga Project, TRX Yoga and she’s a Level One iRest teacher. Allison’s formal education is from The University of Hawaii with a BA in Art and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Mary Washington. She is a licensed PK-12 Art Teacher, but has stepped into her role as a yoga teacher and full time doula/ childbirth educator.
Allison is married to a retired U.S. Marine, whom she spent the first 14 years of their marriage traveling the globe with. They moved to Austin in August of 2018 with their 3 young daughters. They are excited to finally put down roots!
Sydney Ring: Pre &Postnatal
Mirelle Leguia: Mother Nutrient
Mirelle is a holistic nutrition consultant based in Austin, TX. She graduated from Bauman College's Holistic Nutrition Program with Honors after completing her Master's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and her Bachelor's in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mirelle's interest in nutrition came after her own health challenges during and after her pregnancies. She left her established career in marketing to pursue her interest in women's health, specifically prenatal and postnatal nutrition. Mirelle has worked with local and international clients, helping them recover their health after having babies and teaching them about nutrient dense foods.
She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and regularly attends nutrition and birth professional conferences. She specializes in Paleo, WAPF and other nutrient dense diets.
Mirelle lives in south Austin with her husband Jason, son Nico , puppy Emma and eight happy backyard chickens.
Rebecca Maidansky: Lady Bird PT
Rebecca is a Pennsylvania native. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a BA in environmental studies. After graduating she took a couple years away from school, using that time to teach english as a second language in Israel before returning to Temple University for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Shortly after graduating, she began working full time as a pelvic floor physical therapist at Sullivan Physical Therapy, quickly realizing that pregnancy and postpartum is where her passion lies. She felt that too many people were coming in to see her while pregnant or following delivery saying "I wish someone told me..." As a vocal advocate for the importance of women's health and better, more accessible care, she is excited to have the opportunity to work with pregnant and postpartum people in Austin to help make their transition into parenthood as comfortable as possible. She feels strongly that the aches and pains, both emotional and physical, that come during and following pregnancy can be eased and prevented by physical therapy.
With over 2,000 hours working in pelvic floor physical therapy, hours of continuing education courses and a number of published articles, Rebecca has the experience to safely guide you through your varying needs.
Sera Bonds, mph
Sera is a social justice activist committed to working towards balancing the scales of access, equity, and availability in sexual reproductive healthcare. She has training in midwifery, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies, and a Masters Degree in Public Health. Her community organizing background ranges from reproductive rights to violence against women to welfare and poverty issues to pro-immigration campaigns. She has worked on sexual reproductive health actions in over twenty countries spanning North America, Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, having raised over 20 million dollars for programs reaching over three million women. She is the founder of a leading feminist global aid organization, Circle of Health International, a global social justice advocacy platform, Waking Giants, and an online feminist sex shop, The Control Room.
Dr. Allie Day Goodwin
Dr. Allie Day Goodwin, D.C., Dipl.Ac., is a chiropractor and an acupuncturist practicing in Austin, Texas. Dr. Allie takes joy in caring for all women in all stages of their lives with a preventative approach to healthcare, however, her biggest delight is serving those who are pregnant. Dr. Allie specializes in pregnancy chiropractic because she wants every woman to have the best pregnancy experience possible and an easy, powerful birth just as she did. Dr. Allie is committed to helping mothers-to-be connect to their body and baby during pregnancy and birth. Dr. Allie is Websters certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She is a member of both the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the Holistic Pediatric Alliance. She is a Gold Seal Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator and is a BirthFit Professional.
Dr. Allie will be offering chiropractic consultations as well as adjustments for hands and feet during the Bloom Retreat.
Danielle Martinez, LAc
While always understanding that the emotional and physical self is directly related, Danielle began to study Acupuncture with the appreciation for seeing the body as a whole. Danielle earned a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree in early 2016 from AOMA. She has a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Texas State University, where she concentrated on figure drawing. This background allows her to incorporate the visual understanding of anatomy into her treatments.
With her concentration on family life, she has developed a full respect for the process of Women’s Health - From preconception care, fertility and pregnancy support, to postpartum care. She also enjoys balancing the body emotionally, and meeting the client where they currently are.
In her spare time you can find Danielle attending Barre and Yoga classes, hiking the greenbelt with her husband and two kiddos, and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Heather Gallagher is a Chinese American birth, postpartum and end of life doula and internationally award-winning and published photojournalist documenting birth thru death. She is a wife, mother and CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) originally from the Washington, DC area and currently based in Austin, TX.