Workshops and Events

The Prenatal Yoga Center has much to offer beyond yoga classes! New offerings throughout the month - see below for upcoming events. Please note, where preregistration is required, events and workshops fill quickly. Don't hesitate to register! Please also see our cancellation policy, at right.

Give the gift of yoga or a workshop with a gift card!

*Please note, we are located on a 2nd floor walk up. We are happy to help you up the stairs with your stroller where there is "stroller parking" available.

Special Event: FREE Prenatal Yoga Classes!!
FREE Prenatal Yoga Class!
*Pre-registration required*

Our teacher trainees will be teaching the following class as part of their training:

Saturday, May 30 | 2-3:30pm | FREE

Each class is supervised by Prenatal Yoga Center staff. Admission is free, however we do ask that you sign up in advance, as classes are limited to 14 students each. Please register online or call 212-362-2985.

See you in class!
Partner Yoga & Massage for Labor
Partner Yoga & Massage for Labor
Partner Prenatal Yoga and Massage with Clare Friedrich and Anne Heckheimer BA, LMT, CPT
Sundays 3-5:15pm | $100 per couple

Upcoming workshops:
June 14
July 19

Join Clare Friedrich, prenatal yoga instructor and childbirth educator, and Anne Heckheimer BA, LMT, CPT from the Prenatal Massage Center for Prenatal Partner Yoga and Massage! The first half of this workshop will help the prenatal mother and partner prepare for birth with yoga sequences, breath awareness and restorative postures. The second half of the workshop will emphasize partner massage, combining Swedish, Deep tissue, Shiatsu and Thai massage techniques. Partner work will help to reduce tension and discomfort, improve sleep, increase circulation, and deepen the connection with each other and baby during this extraordinary time, as well as be an enormous benefit during labor.
Moms & partners should wear loose, comfortable clothing suitable for moving around.

June 14 | $100

July 19 | $100
Baby Fingers
Baby Fingers
A Musical Journey through Language and Learning

Based on considerable research, Baby Fingers is designed to promote family communication while enhancing motivation to speak, increasing IQ, improving vocabulary and literacy skills, decreasing frustration, refining motor coordination and spatial reasoning skills. Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents and babies or toddlers close to your child's age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child! Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your baby or toddler discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Best for newborns through 15 months. For more information:

Summer 6-week series with Lora | $202
Fridays June 19th - July 24th | 1:45-2:30pm

Breastfeeding Support Circle
Breastfeeding Support Circle
with Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC
Every other Tuesday 3-4:30pm
Drop-in, no registration required | $25 per person

***See upcoming circle dates below***

New moms, please note we are up a one floor walk-up. We are happy to assist you up the stairs with your stroller.

Save the dates! Upcoming Sessions:
2015 Dates | 3-4:30pm
June 9 & 23
July 14 & 28

For thousands of years, mothers have breastfed their babies in "women's circles", benefiting from the vast experience and knowledge of others. Being part of such a circle which shares the joys, concerns and challenges of breastfeeding can be empowering and tremendously rewarding. This breastfeeding circle allows for a clinical yet warm approach to breastfeeding today.

Brown bag your lunch, come by, nurse and snuggle with your baby. An opportunity to meet other new Mums and guided by Andrea Syms-Brown, explore the joy, and unravel the mysteries of breastfeeding and Mothering in modern times.

Scale available to weigh your babies before and after feeding and help track weight gain.
Breastfeeding Workshop
Breastfeeding Workshop
with Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC
Sundays 3-5:30pm | $60 just mom, $80 mom and partner

Upcoming Workshops:
May 31
June 21
July 26

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), uses 20 years of experience to help moms-to-be to learn how to breastfeed. Discuss feeding positions and latch on, learn easy solutions to breastfeeding problems, and recognize hunger cues - get the skills needed to breastfeed successfully! Join us for a unique, interactive experience with your spouse, significant other, mother, sister, or friend.

May 31| $60 just mom, $80 mom & partner

June 21| $60 just mom, $80 mom & partner

July 26| $60 just mom, $80 mom & partner
Caring for Your Newborn
Caring for Your Newborn Baby
with Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC
Sundays 3-5:30pm | $50 per person

Upcoming Workshops:
June 7
July 12
August 9

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), uses 17 years of experience as a Newborn Care Specialist/Educator to teach pre- and post-natal parents to find the humor and joy in care routines for their new baby.

Andrea will teach the workshop using anecdotes and props for hands-on learning, making the workshop a fun and indelible way to learn and remember new skills.Topics covered will include:

• Questions to ask before leaving the hospital or birthing center.
• Preparing the home for the baby’s arrival.
• Circumcision and umbilical cord care.
• Bathing and dressing.
• Breastfeeding.
• How to handle a colicky baby….and a lot more!

Plus plenty of time for questions & answers!

June 7 | $50 per person, $100 two people

July 12 | $50 per person, $100 two people

August 9 | $50 per person, $100 two people
Childbirth Education
Childbirth Education
2-Day Intensives with Terry Richmond*
Saturdays 1-5pm & Sundays 10am-2pm | $275 per couple *
*please note- starting in June, the price will increase to $300 per couple

Upcoming dates:
June 6 & 7
June 27 & 28
July 11 & 12
July 25 & 26
August 1 & 2
August 22 & 23

If our dates don't work for you, we can also offer a private childbirth education class in the comfort of your own home. Classes are typically 4-5 hours long. For more information, contact us at the studio 212-362-2985

Class will include: Gestation and anatomy, nutrition, preparing your body and how to adapt to the changes, birth plans, labor support, your partner as a coach, stages of labor, interventions, inductions, C-sections, breathing, relaxation, pain management techniques, breastfeeding, newborn procedures, and postpartum health. There will also be time for questions! *Please note, breastfeeding and newborn care are not heavily discussed and this should not take the place for an independent breastfeeding and newborn care class

Terry is a certified childbirth educator. She uses her experience as a labor support doula, yoga instructor and mother to offer a well-rounded, accessible curriculum. As a doula, she has assisted couples through a very wide range of birth choices and experiences. It is her goal to teach the full spectrum of options a couple has when preparing for their birth, and then to support them unconditionally. The most important way to approach your birth is with confidence and relaxation. You achieve this by knowing what possible things to expect and by feeling prepared to respond positively to whatever your journey turns out to be.

*Terry Richmond is an active labor support doula. In the case she is attending a birth, another certified childbirth educator will teach the class in her place

Hear from some happy parents-to-be:

My husband and I took this class and absolutely loved it! After the course, we feel that we are ready to face any labor, birth, and even postpartum difficulties we might experience.

Terry was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, could answer every one of my questions (and I had a lot!) and just a phenomenal teacher all around!

June 6 & 7 | $300 per couple

June 27 & 28 | $300 per couple

July 11 & 12 | $300 per couple

July 25 & 26 | $300 per couple

August 1 & 2 | $300 per couple

August 22 & 23| $300 per couple
Infant Massage
Infant Massage
with Robbin Schwartz
Wednesdays 2-3pm

No pre-registration required!

4-week session: $135 | Drop-ins: $37 per class
Cost includes class for baby and one grown-up

Soothing your baby, touching gently, but confidently, is one of the most important ways to form and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In this four-week program you will learn effective ways to massage and soothe your baby in the first few months of life -- after your very first class, you will feel more self-assured in responding to your baby’s needs. Specific benefits of massage include increased circulation, improved body awareness and sleep patterns, and reduction in discomfort from teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional stress.

Come join us for an hour of singing and gentle, loving touch, designed to support brain development and provide comfort to a newborn’s body. Everyone will benefit from this unique learning experience! Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to attend. Each participant will receive written materials to help you continue massage with your baby at home. Classes also include time for questions and discussion of relevant topics. You may drop in for a class, or sign up for the four-week series (to be completed, in any order, within 8 weeks). This class is best for babies from birth to crawling.

Please note that we are a 1 flight walk-up, and someone is always at the studio to help you carry your stroller.

Robbin Schwartz {} has been licensed as a massage therapist and certified in infant massage since 1998. In 2006, she began teaching parent-toddler classes at the Brooklyn Waldorf School, and, in 2008, received a master’s degree in Waldorf education. She recently completed a 13-month certification program in working with families with children from birth to three. She also taught in the Music Together program in NYC for 11 years.
Infant Safety and CPR
Infant Safety and CPR
with Vanessa Anton
Sundays, 9:30am-12pm | $80 per person, $160 per couple

Upcoming dates:
May 31
June 14
July 19

Vanessa Anton, the founder of Common Sense CPR will teach you how to recognize and respond to a choking incident, as well as what to do if the baby(newborn-12 months) is unresponsive and needs CPR. You will also learn important tips about how best to avoid these situations along with extensive baby safety tips and car safety.

Vanessa has worked with families as a doula, as a childbirth educator and as a
parenting educator for over 15 years. After completing her medical training in the
emergency care field she embarked on making CPR more accessible to families and started Common Sense CPR ten years ago. Vanessa is a certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Doula, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, E.M.T., American Heart Association B.L.S. Instructor, American Red Cross Instructor and Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Spouses, babysitters, grandparents are all encouraged to attend!

*Please note* This workshop is NOT a CPR Certification course.

May 31 | $80 per person

June 14 | $80 per person

July 19 | $80 per person
Music for Babies
Music for Babies
Thursdays 11:45 – 12:30pm | $195 for 6-week series

*pre-registration is required

Stay tuned for Fall dates!

Join us for an exciting music class for family and baby! The focus of this unique class is to nurture the bond between parent and child through music and sound exploration. Activities include singing, movement to music, musical play, puppetry, books and stories, all which aid the baby's visual and auditory tracking, gross motor skills and language development.

Taught by Corrine Byrne
Corrine Byrne is an active musician based in New York City who has been heard within opera, oratorio, recital, and premiering contemporary works. She holds a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University. She co-founded the contemporary classical Tempus Continuum Ensemble, and tours with them as well as with Renaissance group Musica Humana and award winning jazz quintet West Side 5.

Corrine is dedicated to music education and musical exploration in young children. In 2011, Corrine toured the role of Queen of the Night in the Amato Opera in Brief outreach program which was brought into several NYC schools to teach children about opera. When she's not on the operatic or concert stage, she's accompanying herself on guitar and piano while teaching musical theater, chorus, songwriting and general music to children, specializing in self-expressive original musicals for pre-schoolers. She also brings bedside music - everything from pop to jazz standards - to patients in hospitals in all over the country with Musicians On Call. Corrine was a finalist for the 2012 Career Bridges Grant Awards.
New Mom Support Group
New Mom Support Group
with Jessica Shapley, CSW
Mondays or Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm | $200 for 8-week series
Attention: This is NOT a drop-in class! Pre-registration required.
New moms, please note we are up a one floor walk-up. We are happy to assist you up the stairs with your stroller.

Facilitated weekly support and discussion for moms and babies (newborn-6 months) in your community. Led by Jessica Shapley, certified social worker and mother of two. Finding the power to embrace the journey where moms can connect and friendship can grow.

Topics include, but are not limited to, mom and baby wellness, breast feeding, bottle feeding, introduction to solids, sleep issues, staying at home versus working outside the home, isolation, childcare, family life, self image and more. Receive and give support, information and resources. Be a part of a growing sangha (community) of new families near you.

5 Week Series
Thursdays June 18-July 16 | 2:30-3:30pm | $125
Special Event: $5 Prenatal Yoga Classes!!
$5 Prenatal Yoga Classes!
Pre-registration required

Our Spring 2015 teacher trainees will be teaching the following, 75 minute classes, as part of their training:

Monday, June 1st | 12-1:15pm

Tuesday, June 2nd | 4-5:15pm

Wednesday, June 3rd| 3:15-4:30pm

Monday, June 8th | 12-1:15pm

Wednesday, June 10th| 3:15-4:30pm

Thursday, June 11th | 4-5:15pm

Friday, June 12th | 2-3:15pm

Saturday, June 13th | 1:30-2:45pm

Monday, June 15th| 12-1:15pm

Tuesday, June 16th | 4-5:15pm

Wednesday, June 17th | 3:15-4:30pm

Classes are supervised by Prenatal Yoga Center staff. Admission is $5, however we do ask that you sign up in advance, as classes are limited to 20 students each. Additionally, if you do reserve a spot, please make every effort to attend - or let us know well in advance so that we can fill that spot.

Please call 212-362-2985 for additional information!
Karma-Donation Yoga
Karma-Donation Yoga

Join PYC for Karma Yoga, as we kick-off our monthly donation based PRENATAL YOGA class! ALL proceeds from this class benefit organizations committed to empowering mothers, babies, and conscious birthing.

This month your generous donations will go to support Every Mother Counts.

Sunday, June 28th with PYC teacher Tara Tonini | 5-6:30pm | Donation based

May Raffles and Giveaway!

All students who purchase a package will be entered into a raffle and eligible to win:

a Maxi Cosi, Mico Max Car Seat


An Exhale Spa, 60 min massage (Gift Certificate)

And will receive

Dr. Bronner's, 4oz Baby-mild castile liquid soaps

Special Maven Clinic Giveaway Prenatal Yoga Class with Deb Fashenberg
Friday, June 12 | 10:00-11:30am
Join Deb’s prenatal yoga class on this day and enter to win a free prize from our friends at the new mobile health app. Maven Clinic.
Same fees/restrictions/policies apply to this session as other regularly scheduled classes at the center.
Cancellation Policy
The Prenatal Yoga Center cannot be responsible for providing make-ups or issuing any credit for classes missed as a result of scheduling conflicts, illness, emergencies, or other circumstances beyond our control. We strongly recommend you complete your courses prior to your 37th week. We will not refund any payment due to labor after your 37th week which is considered full term, however we will offer partial credit for any missed workshops or events due to premature labor.

If you need to cancel your commitment to a workshop, you must cancel at least two weeks prior to the event. You will receive a refund minus 10% processing fee. If you cancel within two weeks of the workshop, if the space can be filled, you will receive a refund minus 10% processing fee. If the space cannot be filled there will not be a refund.

Prenatal Yoga Center reserves the right to amend this policy at its sole discretion.

Thank you for your cooperation.
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