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I'm a birth and postpartum doula and Yoga teacher
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I'm a birth and postpartum doula and Yoga teacher. I teach yoga all levels of Yoga asana, including prenatal and postpartum yoga, Yin. I am also a continued student, practitioner and teacher of meditation, mantra, Yoga history and philosophy -- all rooted in Yoga as a soterological practice. I have over 10 years of teaching experience and training and my practice continues to evolve and deepen. I teach at and co-own Barefoot Movement, a Yoga studio located in West Oakland, Ca. You can have a look at the offerings we have including in studio, outdoor and online classes/workshops.
As a birth and postpartum doula, I work to help each client envision and experience the kind of birth they deserve, helping to inform, prepare and support them throughout their pregnancy journey into empowerment as a parent. I completed my doula training with Roots of Labor Birth Collective, a BIPOC centered organization that operates on the maxim that "everyone deserves a doula".
It is with great humility and passion that I approach both, teaching Yoga and being a doula.
Yoga Teacher Leonora began teaching Yoga in 2010. She's taught for Barefoot Movement, the Yoga studio she is part owner of, corporate entities, not-for-profit organizations, schools, Yoga studios and for private clients, both in person and virtually. The foundation of all of Leonora's teachings stems from her belief that Yoga is a practice that can be used to help uncover the self while providing balance to one's physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Her teaching influences come from an array of somatic healing modalities and other holistic practices: through Yoga asana, bodywork, acupuncture, martial arts, dance. Her teachers continue to teach her the ways of nature's grace in movement mechanics, anatomy, breath, art, history, philosophy, culture, social activism, compassion, healing touch, and above all respect for the practices one immerses in and the wisdom gifted to us within these practices. As an indigenous person of color, this value of respect is of tantamount importance. Also, as a previous academic within the post-secondary education institution in California, Leonora marries this Yogic instruction to its historical, cultural, philosophical history and roots. Email me if you'd like to find out more about how you can learn Yoga from me.
Leonora's desire to become a doula unfolded out of teaching prenatal yoga. Helping students throughout each stage of their pregnancy to prepare for labor and the birth of their child created this desire to continue to serve them through labor preparation, labor itself and the postpartum stage on into parenthood. Being a doula is an act of service, service to the individual moving through one of the most life-changing transitions one can experience, becoming a parent, and it is with great reverence and appreciation that Leonora fulfills this service. Leonora was trained within the Roots of Labor Birth Collective in 2018.
Interviewed by Women Lead, Dr. Connie Wun
In this interview, Leonora shares her role as a doula during COVID-19 as well as what pregnant people can do to create the kind of birth they wish to have in any time, circumstance and location.