I am a ERYT-200 hour certified yoga instructor trained in the Viniyoga tradition, a birth doula and a mom of five fabulous children. I began practicing yoga in 1996 after the birth of my third child as a way to get my body back in shape, but discovered along the way that the practice brought me so much more than a healthy body. My yoga practice provides peace and balance and reminds me to take life as it comes, one breath at a time.
My passion is teaching prenatal yoga classes and workshops. I draw on my personal experience and my training as a doula to help expectant individuals move through pregnancy and birth with greater strength and ease and confidence.
Tracy Coons instructs the following:
Yoga for Pregnancy
A dynamic yet gentle yoga specifically designed to support women 6 weeks to term. Prenatal exercises & breath techniques are integrated to strengthen the childbearing muscles, increase flexibility and improve circulation and digestion. Deep relaxation restores and balances the mental and emotional states, perfect preparation for labor and birth. Classes are open to beginning and advanced students.
We encourage you to sign up in advance. Please arrive 10 minutes early. New students receive their second class free!
Mindful Movement - Level 1
A 75-minute yoga practice for beginning students and those returning to yoga after a break. This class focuses on posture, flexibility, joint safety, intentional movement and breathing in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and listen to their bodies whether that means physical limitations or a desire to go deeper. Refer to the instructor bio for teaching style and background.
Noontime Nourishment - Level 2
A 75-minute yoga practice for students familiar with yoga. This class focuses on posture, flexibility, joint safety, intentional movement, and breath. Level 2 offers more options for challenge compared to Level 1. Students are encouraged to honor and listen to their bodies whether that means physical limitations or a desire to go deeper. Refer to the instructor bio for teaching style and background.
Prenatal Couples Workshop
Partner support is a key element in having a blissful pregnancy and birth experience. This workshop will help you increase intimacy, create deeper mutual care and trust and is a great way to bond with each other and baby during this time of joyful transition. You’ll learn partner poses and individual postures with supportive touch. We’ll also explore breath techniques, partner massage, acupressure and comfort measures which will be beneficial during pregnancy and also help manage pain and create a peaceful, supportive environment for labor and birth.
This workshop is open to students in any stage of their pregnancy and their partners. All postures will be modified to be appropriate for all levels. Cost is $40 per couple. Minimum of 6 couples and maximum of 10. Sign up early to reserve your spot. There is a wait list for any one interested. Please notify us within 48 hours of the class if you need to cancel your registration.
Vinyasa Flow - All Levels
A creative 75-minute flow practice that challenges the experienced student to look inward and explore transformational opportunities to awaken the body, mind and spirit. The breath-synchronized vinyasa is used to transition between poses in an energizing and uplifting practice before finishing with slow, deep, calming postures. The class ends with a short, seated meditation and a blessing for all beings. Refer to the instructor bio for teaching style and background.
Candlelight Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshop
This workshop will explore elements of restorative yoga and yoga nidra to create a rejuvenating, healing practice for body, mind and spirit.
We’ll begin with restorative yoga using its supported, passive poses which allow the body to open up and relax fully using lots of props. Then we’ll finish with a yoga nidra session including deep relaxation, breath and visualisation techniques all done while lying peacefully in savasana.
You’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and restored.
Prenatal Yoga Nidra for Birth Preparation
This workshop is designed to help you discover the deepest levels of rest and relaxation, and to prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally for the birth of your baby. Yoga Nidra has been called "the deep sleep" and it works on all levels of your being to help you release any outside influences and unconscious fears or worries about birth, allowing you to experience deep calm and clarity about the path ahead of you. These relaxation techniques help to point you towards your truest self and to open the pathway of communication between you and your baby. In this workshop you'll experience some gentle stretches to unwind tension in the body, an exercise for developing your personal Sankalpa, or resolution and then a Yoga Nidra session designed specifically for pregnancy to help you achieve some much needed rest and rejuvenation and to let go of limiting beliefs about your body and your birth so that you can approach childbirth with confidence, insight and trust. In Yoga Nidra all you have to do is lie down comfortably, close your eyes, relax and follow the instructor's voice. There will be time at the end of class to discuss and get support and to get your questions answered. Cost: $25
Tracy Coons is a registered yoga instructor, a birth educator, a certified birth doula and mother of five.