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Pre and Postnatal Yoga and the Secret Magic of Your Pelvic Floor

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For our 32nd episode, I sat down with Jane Austin. Since Jane is San Francisco based pre and post natal yoga teacher, I’ve never personally taken class with her, but I’ve heard numbers of fellow teachers raving about her, her classes and her trainings. When I saw she was also leading workshops on the pelvic floor, I thought we could make a great episode that anybody could relate to, mom to be or not.


1. Yoga gives you an opportunity to shift form all the external chatter (from what people think you should be doing) to the internal experience. When you understand that what you’re experiencing is true for you, you can learn how to trust yourself.

2. When you listen to your own truth, you will make choices and decision for yourself (and your baby) that are going to be appropriate. And what’s true for one women is not true for an other. You know your body better than anybody else.

3. You don’t HAVE to go to a class to practice yoga. Roll out your mat and just commit to doing any amount everyday. Rolling out your mat is a way to set an intention to do some self-care.

4. Holding Mula Bandha for a long time without releasing can be very detrimental for your health.

5. Embracing yourself and loving yourself is the first step to reconnect to your pelvic floor. Then, when we have a relationship to it, visualizing muscle function, will create more activation and more receptivity.


  • Can you tell us about yourself, your yoga journey, and why you chose to dedicate yourself to pre and post natal yoga.
  • What are the needs of pregnant women when it comes to yoga? And what are the benefits they get out of it?
  • How important is the power of the group and the community?
  • Do you have tips for self-care for newer and not so new moms out there?
  • For teachers that teach regular class that are listening, what are some ways they can hold space or be supportive to a pregnant or postpartum mom coming to their regular class?
  • For teachers that are interested to train in pre and post natal but have reservations because they are not moms, have never been pregnant, what do you say to them?
  • Why is it important for you to teach about the wonders of the pelvic floor?
  • How does a strong pelvic floor helps us be more stable and more powerful?
  • What’s the link between the pelvic floor and our nervous system?
  • What’s the biggest obstacle when it comes to pelvic floor health?
  • Do you have an example of movement or breath technique that can help listeners to get started with building more awareness or vitality to the part of that body?


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Passionate about yoga and the transformational power of motherhood, Jane Austin specializes in working with prenatal and postnatal mamas. She is a mom herself and has been involved with the birthing community since 1990, working as a yoga teacher, homebirth midwife, doula, and childbirth educator.

Jane is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a prenatal yoga school dedicated to educating yoga teachers, doulas and midwives on how to use the tools of yoga to support pregnant women and new moms in all stages of the childbearing year and beyond.

Her teacher training program attracts students from all over the world.
Find out more about her :

Website : janeaustinyoga.com

IG : @JaneAustinYoga

FB @PrenatalYogawithJaneAustin

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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