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! Core Health for Motherhood
Core Health for Motherhood for Postnatal Moms
with Jyothi Larson

Tuesday, September 23 | 2:30-3:45pm
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

* For Postnatal moms!
* Improve Posture
* Avoid Back Pain and Pelvic Instability

Join Postnatal expert Jyothi Larson to learn about your core. In this workshop you will be checked for diastasis recti, the separation of abdominal muscles that often occurs during pregnancy. We will discuss the anatomy and physiology of the core. You will learn how to effectively strengthen your core during your Postnatal period. Babies are welcome! However the focus of the workshop will be working on the core.

Core Health Postnatal Workshop | Tuesday, September 23 | $25 in advance
A Special Event! Sibling Preparation Workshop
Sibling Preparation: Preparing your Big Kid to be a Big Sib
with Rachel Cedar, MSW

Tuesday, October 21 | 2:30-3:45pm
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Expecting a new addition to your family and worried about how your oldest child will adjust? Then you won’t want to miss this informative and helpful workshop with Rachel Cedar of You Plus 2 Parenting, which will guide you through strategies to ease your Big Kid into becoming a Big Sib. We will touch on the following topics:

  • When and how to break the news to your big kid about the pregnancy
  • Ways to teach your child about babies, what babies "do," and how he/she can help mommy when the baby comes
  • How to prepare your child for the separation while you have the baby
  • Strategies for making a smooth introduction between new siblings
  • Ways to address negative behavior or behavior regression after the baby arrives
  • Ways to balance the needs of both children and yourself during the post-partum recovery period

We will also discuss common worries and concerns that accompany the arrival of a new infant, such as feelings of guilt and sadness at the end of your "alone time" with one child. We guarantee you will come away feeling more prepared and informed about how to make this exciting yet overwhelming time much easier on your entire family.

Sibling Preparation | Tuesday, October 21 | $25 in advance
Special Event: Demystifying The Kegel Exercise and Attaining Pelvic Power During Pregnancy and After
Special Event: Demystifying The Kegel Exercise and Attaining Pelvic Power During Pregnancy and After Childbirth

Tuesday, November 4 | 2:30-4pm
$25 per person

*pre-registration is required!

This must-attend workshop will once and for all show you have to develop your own pelvic power program. Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS, women's health physical therapist and author of Ending Pain In Pregnancy, and Ending Female Pain, A Woman's Manual and will share her trade secrets with you at this informative, hands-on workshop.

Learn how to...
*relax and release your pelvic muscles for childbirth and delivery by learning how to do a proper Reverse Kegel
*strengthen your vaginal muscles for speedy post-partum recovery preventing leaking, pelvic pressure and looseness
*lay the foundation for you to get your body back

Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS, women's health physiotherapist, has written two quintessential self-help book for women suffering from pelvic pain, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, sexual pain and scar pain. The techniques in her new book, Ending Pain In Pregnancy and Ending Female Pain, Second Edition are based on Herrera's real life experience in treating women at her NYC based healing center, Renew Physical Therapy. Here she treats women who suffer from conditions involving pre and post-natal pain, vulvodynia, vaginismus, interstitial cystitis, vestibulitis, endometriosis. Ms. Herrera's latest book, Ending Pain In Pregnancy, fuses yoga, internal massage, pelvic alignment manual techniques,visualizations, and self-care tools, ensuring that there is something for every woman who has suffered long enough with pregnancy low back, pelvic or sacroiliac joint pain. Ms. Herrera shows you how to get on a path to self-healing, ultimately helping women break their cycle of pain and get on the road to healing.

Pelvic Power Workshop | $25
A Special Event! The Bedtime Routine: Feeding & Sleep Strategies for Moms of Two
The Bedtime Routine: Feeding & Sleep Strategies for Moms of Two
with Rachel Cedar, MSW

Tuesday, November 18 | 2:30-3:45pm
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Are you a new mom of two? Come join us to ask questions and discuss the following:

• Sibling prep strategies and ways to help your big kid adjust after the new arrival
• Ways for you to streamline your bedtime routine; how to successfully transition through bath time, pajamas, brushing teeth & reading stories
• How to “divide and conquer” with your partner if they are home or how to survive if you do bedtime solo
• Ways to avoid battles and actually enjoy this time of the day with your children
• How you can find quality time with each of your kids as part of the routine
• Nursing/feeding strategies and how to keep your big kid busy while you feed and get the baby down
• How to prepare your big kid for sharing his/her space & how to logistically set up the room as well as general preparation for the new baby!

We will also discuss our “Siblings Sharing a Room” sleep tips which were developed in partnership with the professional sleep consultants at Dream Team Baby.

Facilitated by Rachel Cedar, who earned her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and has experience working with young women and moms as a clinical therapist. Rachel has worked in the mental health field for over eight years in the areas of research, clinical trials, alcohol & drug abuse counseling, eating disorders, bereavement and depression & anxiety. Additionally, Rachel has extensive experience in advocacy for underserved and underprivileged populations including immigrants, and survivors of domestic violence. As the founder of You Plus 2 Parenting, Rachel works closely with moms of two or more as a time management and life strategist to help families re-establish a routine and get life back on track after the addition of a new baby. When she’s not busy supporting other moms, Rachel enjoys spending time with her two boys, Eli & Sam.

Bedtime Routine | Tuesday, November 18 | $25 in advance
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:
September 28
November 9

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.

September 28 | $100 per couple

November 9| $100 per couple
Baby Fingers
Baby Fingers
A Musical Journey through Language and Learning
8-week or 6-week Series
Fridays 1:45-2:30 | $270 per family

Upcoming Dates:
Fall 8-week series with Lora | $270
Sept 12 - Nov 7 (no class 9/26)

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:

Fall 8-week series with Lora | $270
Breastfeeding Support Circle
Breastfeeding Support Circle
with Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC
Every other Tuesday 2:30-4pm
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:
September 2, 16 & 30
October 14 & 28
November 11 & 25
December 9 & 16 *not meeting on 12/23 or 12/30*

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:
September 21
October 19
November 16

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.

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

October 19 | $60 just mom, $80 mom & partner

November 16 | $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:
October 5
November 2
December 7

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!

October 5 | $50 per person, $100 two people

November 2 | $50 per person, $100 two people

December 7 | $50 per person, $100 two people
Childbirth Education
Childbirth Education
2-Day Intensives with Terry or Anna
Saturdays 1-5pm & Sundays 10am-2pm | $275 per couple

Upcoming dates:
September 20 & 21
October 4 & 5
October 18 & 19
November 1 & 2
November 15 & 16
December 6 & 7

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!

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.

Anna is a certified childbirth educator and birth doula, co-director of Birth Day Presence and a new mother. Anna has years of both counseling and teaching experience and became interested in childbirth after attending the birth of a close friend. She holds masters degrees in psychology and health education and is currently finishing her doctorate in health education at Columbia University.

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!

September 20 & 21 | $275 per couple

October 4 & 5 | $275 per couple

October 18 & 19 | $275 per couple

November 1 & 2 | $275 per couple

November 15 & 16 | $275 per couple

December 6 & 7 | $275 per couple

December 13 & 14 | $275 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

Singing and bonding with your baby is fun when music and massage complement each other to stimulate your baby’s brain and relax his muscles and organs. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and caregivers will feel more confident in their parenting skills. Babies will respond with coos and smiles as you learn to soothe them. Everyone will benefit from this unique learning experience! Some of the more specific benefits for your baby include: stimulated circulation, improved body awareness, improved sleep patterns, reduced discomfort from teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional stress.

Robbin Schwartz ( has over seven years of experience in early childhood music, and is both licensed as a massage therapist and certified in infant massage. Course includes an instruction manual to help you continue massage with your baby at home. Classes are one hour to allow both for instruction and discussion of relevant topics, such as helping your baby sleep through the night. Sessions are four weeks long, with one make-up for any missed classes, to be completed within the next session. This class is best for babies 0-6 months.
Infant Safety and CPR
Infant Safety and CPR
with Vanessa Anton
Sundays, 9:30am-12pm | $80 per person, $160 per couple

Upcoming dates:
September 28
October 26
November 9

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.

September 28 | $80 per person

October 26 | $80 per person

November 9 | $80 per person
Music for Babies
Music for Babies
Thursdays 11:45 – 12:30pm | $195 for 6-week series

*pre-registration is required

Upcoming Dates:
6-week Fall Series
Thursdays, October 2- November 6 | 11:45am-12:30pm

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.

Fall 6-week series with Corrine | $195
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.

Fall Series Dates:
Thursday Series
September 18 - November 20 (no class 9/25 or 11/6), 2:30-3:30pm | $200

Monday Series
October 20 - December 8, 2:30-3:30pm | $200

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.
September at PYC!
September Raffles and Giveaways!

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

a one-hour prenatal or postpartum massage with licensed massage therapist, Anne Heckheimer


a $75 gift certificate from

and will receive...

an adorable baby hat (just in time for Fall!) , also from Zutano!

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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