Women flock to her classes from across the bay area. She can easily pack a room full of expectant mamas at varying stages of pregnancy week after week. She is a mother, midwife, doula, educator and yoga teacher who is on a mission to guide mamas safely through pregnancy to birth with her yoga. Meet Jane Austin (Yes, that is her real name!).
Jane Austin has been teaching her Pre + Postnatal Yoga classes at the Yoga Tree studio on Valencia St in the Mission for nearly a decade. She has grown a large and loyal following of moms who continue to return to her classes year upon year. Jane has an energy and presence that draws you in. She is warm and nurturing yet also incredibly funny. She’s not afraid to share what is on her mind in class and she openly talks about the good, the bad and the ugly parts of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
What struck us the most after attending a series of her classes during our own pregnancies is how she genuinely cares about every single, soon-to-be mother in her class. She cares about how you are feeling, what you are experiencing in that moment and what your journey through pregnancy has been like up to that point. She starts each class with an opening circle (usually 25-30+ women) and invites every mama to introduce themselves to the group. She will go around the room offering sage advice, recommending herbal teas to reduce cramping and specific exercises to alleviate back pain. All of this before she even starts the yoga practice.
If you want to feel part of a movement, a tribe, a community,
then this class is for you.
Jane starts each class with a seated arm sequence. Part arm strengthening to prepare you for life as a mother and part moving meditation. You move your arms in small circles for a good 5-10 mins until you feel like your arms might fall off! This is then followed by a gentle yoga flow practice with sequences like Cat and Cow Stretch and modified Sun Salutations. overall, the class is designed to help create space in the ever-changing pregnant woman’s body, to soothe the aches and pains of pregnancy and motherhood, and to help prepare your mind, body and spirit for a natural birth.
Jane’s prenatal class is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.35am to 12noon. with additional classes on Tuesday and Thursday led by teachers Jane herself has trained through her Mama Tree Yoga Training platform.
in addition to the prenatal class, Jane also offers a mommy and baby class (pre-crawling babies) MWf from 12.15pm to 1.45pm, as well as partner yoga workshops throughout the year for expectant parents.
Where: Yoga Tree on Valencia st. (yOGA tREE HAVE MULTIPLE locations IN THE BAY AREA)
When: Prenatal Yoga is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Jane Austin from 10.35am to 12noon.
Additional Classes: Mom + Baby with Jane Austin is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12.15pm to 1.45pm.
price: new clients can get an unlimited 2 week pass for only $25, Otherwise One class drop in rate is $24, 10 class package is $190 and unlimited membership is $155. classes Also available on Classpass.
Facilities: Changing rooms are available and stroller parking.
Need to bring: Yoga mat, Additional layers for when you are sat still to stay warm. Mats, Bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps are all provided by the studio.
Mama tip: 1/2 a block down from the studio is a cute store called Scarlet & Sage Herb Co. where you can buy prenatal vitamins, organic body oils, pregnancy herbal teas and the herbs for a postpartum sitz bath.
Have you attended Jane’s classes before? If so, leave us a comment below and let us know what you think!
Keep moving, mamas!