Yogahomies, meet Allison Gold-Russell! You may have taken one of her Vinyasa classes, but Allison also teaches prenatal yoga. Find out more about how Allison transitioned from prenatal student to teacher and visit her every Monday night at 7:30pm for Prenatal yoga.
What do you think is the most valuable aspect of taking prenatal classes while pregnant?
Prenatal Yoga complimented my pregnancy beautifully. It increased my awareness of my body and the power of my breath (which helped with my labor experience), gave me time each week dedicated to strengthening the connection with my daughter, and built an incredible support system of women whom I now call my dear friends postpartum.
What’s your favorite part about the transition from student to teacher?
I absolutely love teaching my expectant mamas because I know how important and valuable my Prenatal Yoga experience was for my pregnancy and for maintaining my strength after my daughter arrived. Building connection and finding community had such a positive influence on my prengancy, which is why I am dedicated to creating both connection and community in a safe space for my students as they prepare to welcome their babies into the world.
Yoga Home has always been a 2nd home for me. It is a dream to be able to teach in the very room that prepared me for the birth of my daughter Eden and I hope that through my teachings, all of my students feel the power and importance of the prenatal practice, for their bodies, their babies, and to improve their overall pre and postnatal experience.
How has becoming a Mom effected your teaching style?
It is my ultimate goal to make my classes fun and lighthearted. While they may have always been, I feel now Eden reminds me, just by being her, to make every class playful while building physical strength and allowing time for deep connection between mama and baby. I look forward to walking into the studio each week with a personal story that helps to create the sequence. It brings meaning to that week’s class, strengthening the connection between me and my students, my students with each other, and my students and their babies.
What impacts do you wish to make or have made in the world?
Wow, what a question with so many possible answers. Simply put, I want to leave this world a better place than I found it. I want to spread more joy and currently, for me, that means each day teaching my daughter what it means to be kind, love with her whole heart, and see the good that still exists in this world. My hope is that by raising conscious and conscientious children, our world will be brighter.
How does your work reflect this?
It all starts with a smile, creating a space where students feel comfortable and safe, while teaching the importance of being in the present moment, in community, building connection and confidence… and good music never hurt!
My wish for my mamas is to empower them as they journey through their pregnancies, providing them with tools to move through the fear of childbirth, and celebrate the true miracle of creating, carrying, birthing and raising their babies.