About Jessica Prenatal Yoga TeacherElisha Davidson2020-08-29T22:21:34-07:00
About Jessica Jennings, MS, ERYT, RYPT, Founder of Ma Yoga Living
Hi I’m Jessica. It’s wonderful to meet you.
As a Lifestyle Educator, Feminine Power Certified Transformational Group Facilitator and Ma Yoga® Teacher Trainer, I am passionate about the potential of the journey to motherhood and beyond.
Many women slow down during this time, and begin to listen inward in a whole new way. There’s all-new motivation to take care of ourselves. And with the right guidance, support, and inspiration, women can use this time to step into their highest, most powerful and wise “Ma” Self.
My Prenatal Yoga Beginnings
As a new Prenatal Yoga teacher, I had a lot of fear. There were so many do’s and don’ts, and most prenatal yoga was “gentle yoga”, so I felt like there was very little I could do.
It wasn’t until I asked myself the question, “what’s the opportunity that pregnancy brings?” that I started to really fall in love with Prenatal Yoga.
My New-Mom Challenges
When I became pregnant, I felt so lucky to be part of a community in my prenatal yoga classes.
But when I became a mom, I was exhausted and depleted and I needed my yoga crew more than ever, and it was too hard to get out of the house. I didn’t have a strong home practice and I felt isolated and disappointed in my inability to pull myself up by my bootstraps.
I was also finishing my clinical study for my Masters in Exercise science at Kaiser Permanente, where I developed and ran a group prenatal visit and prenatal yoga program called Pregnancy in Balance. The results were amazing even to me: to the questions of “Would you recommend Kaiser to family and friends if they were pregnant?” only 67% of moms who received traditional, one-on-one OB care said they would, vs. 97% of the women who were part of our prenatal yoga groups. The moms came back after and often stayed friends for years.
I realized that having used birth as my guru for 10 years, I understand the practices and principles that make this time transformative for women. And it was as much about preparing women for postpartum and motherhood as it was getting them ready for labor.
I Start Ma Yoga and Ma Yoga Living
In 2009, I founded Ma Yoga® for Pregnancy, Motherhood & Beyond to provide support and yoga to as many moms and moms-to-be as possible. More than 18,000 women came through our 10 “Mama Circles” in Southern California. So many people from all over the world reached out that we decided to move online, so women can connect inside and out no matter where they are.
I’m in awe of the pregnancy and motherhood experts that have gathered in this global online community – in addition to our Certified Ma Yoga® yoga teachers, we are doulas, midwives, nutritionists, OB/Gyns, pediatricians, coaches and of course lots of moms and moms-to-be.
Ma Yoga® is an internationally-registered RPYT prenatal yoga school through which I train teachers in the practices and principles of co-creativity. Ma Yoga Living is our online community with Ma Yoga Anytime videos, resources and support for wherever people are in life.
The “Ma” doesn’t just refer to becoming a mother. No matter who we are, when learn to turn nurturing energy inward, we become to step into our highest, most powerful and wise “Ma” Self.