Prenatal/Postnatal Teacher Training in Asheville

By Brynn Cunningham

Last weekend, my husband, our sons, Avie, age four, and Grey, five months, and I returned to my 200-hour yoga teacher training alma mater, the Asheville Yoga Center. It was a spur-of-the-moment trip but one with purpose - to enrich my skills and knowledge for the pre and post-natal women within our community. 

 Brynn with her sons, ages four and five months, in Asheville, N.C.

Brynn with her sons, ages four and five months, in Asheville, N.C.

We loaded the car, and southbound we went! For three days, from September 8-10, I attended the Prenatal/Postnatal Workshop with Libby Hinsley, Physical Therapist at Asheville Holistic Physical Therapy  and Certified Yoga Therapist who specializes in women's health.

Libby, mother of two, taught the extensive anatomy portion as well as the pre/post-natal segments in my 200-hour training, so I was excited for her in-depth weekend as she possesses a tremendous wealth of knowledge and understanding.

The weekend consisted of pranayama, anatomy, hands-on assists, student teaching, partner massage, discussion of each trimester along with symptoms and how to structure a prenatal and postnatal class with attention to the endless feelings, changes and conditions that expecting and new mothers encounter.

Spending time hearing and telling stories amongst 21 other beautiful women was icing on the cake. Four women were pregnant, three of us were within one year postpartum (I was the most recent one who had given birth), several experienced recent miscarriages, several others had children ages one to 30, one woman had carried surrogate babies three times and birthed her own twice, one was a doula, one was there to assist her daughter-in-law with her pregnancy and others planned to have children one day, though they jokingly expresses a change of heart after hearing our many candid stories of pregnancy and beyond!

The space felt safe and the love and respect for our own unique experiences felt genuine and refreshing. 


My biggest take-away? There were many...

That ever community needs a sanctuary for prenatal and postnatal women. That women must understand they are not alone in this beautiful yet often confusing, painful, stressful, all-consuming experience of pregnancy and motherhood. And that it is paramount that women support one another in an open, non-judging way. Because we are the creators of our future, and our future depends on well-cared for, unconditionally loved mothers so that they can fully love and enjoy their little ones and show them how to become good, honest souls.

At LPS, we hope to provide such a space for healing and support. 

Join me for Prenatal Yoga:

10:15-11:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 7 & 14 

Price: $15 drop-in/$40 for three-class pass

Join me for Postnatal Yoga: 

5:45-6:45 p.m.., Sunday, Oct. 1 & Friday, Oct. 13 and 10:15-11:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28

Price: $15 drop-in/$40 for three-class pass

Email Brynn at with questions and concerns.

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