5th Annual Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Intensive 24–27 April 2014


Be empowered to safely teach and practice yoga throughout the mothering journey!

Standing Mamas

This unique intensive is ideal for:

  • Yoga teachers and yoga students
  • Midwives, doulas and nurses
  • Pregnant women

During this special weekend we will gather in community to learn how to:

  • Comfortably modify yoga for each trimester, including fertility and postpartum
  • Use nurturing practices to alleviate postpartum issues
  • Create simple ways to become a valued resource in your own community

This intensive includes:

  • Over a dozen experts sharing their teachings on childbirth education, family health and yoga
  • Discussion of anatomical, physiological, and psychological changes in pregnancy
  • Students will receive certificate upon completion
  • 30 course hours can be used towards continuing education credit for Yoga Alliance
I found it to be one of the most rewarding and insightful trainings that I've ever taken. I can't wait to take the training again!
Brenda Weiler, Musician and Yoga Instructor


Please contact De, Program Director, at dewestyoga@gmail.com

Course Schedule

Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Intensive schedule

This schedule is subject to change but will give you an idea of the content and timing of the Intensive.

Thursday, April 24

7:30 - 8:00am
8:00 - 8:45am
Introductions and Sanskrit Chanting with De West.
8:45 - 10:45am
Pregnancy guidelines, contraindications and Yoga practice with De West.
10:45 - 11:30am
Sanskrit asana names with Marcia Solomon.
11:30 - 1:30pm
Lunch Break
1:30 - 5:30pm
De West teaches on sequencing. Detailed demonstration and practice for fertility.

Friday, April 25

8:00 - 8:30am
Morning Meditation/Chanting with De West
8:30 - 11:30am
Yoga Practice/Discussion: Ashtanga practice, teaching, observation, instructing and assisting. First Trimester practice with De West.
11:30 - 1:30pm
Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:30pm
Michele Kreisberg, physical therapist, will teach anatomy and function of the pelvis and pelvic floor.
3:30 - 4:00pm
Yoga Practice
4:00 - 6:30pm
Yoga Demo: How to adapt asana to support various situations and students with De West.
A friend of mine who had never done yoga before accompanied me to the training and found it not only accessible but transformational.
Brenda Kulju, Nurse and Spa Manager

Saturday, April 26

8:00 - 8:30am
Morning Meditation/Chanting with De West.
8:30 - 11:30am
Yoga practice-sequences for 2nd Trimester.
11:30 - 1:00pm
Meal by Sprouted Nutrition and Kristin Savory, nutritionist and acupuncturist, will talk about nutrition and Chinese medicine with regard to fertility, prenatal and postpartum phases.
1:00 - 1:45pm
Michele Kowlakowski, doula and childbirth educator will cover the stages of labor, birthing positions and will explain the importance of doulas in the birth process.
1:45 - 3:00pm
Third trimester guidelines and practice with De West.
3:00 - 3:30pm
3:30 - 4:00pm
Elizabeth Marglin will discuss loss and how a yoga teacher or friend can help.
4:00 - 5:00pm
Kate Kripe will share about the prevention and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.
5:00 - 6:30pm
Pranayama and Restorative Yoga with De West and Natalie Morgan.

Sunday, April 27

7:30 - 8:30am
Morning Meditation/Walking Meditation/Chanting with De West.
8:30 - 9:00am
Third trimester demo.
9:00 - 11:30am
Yoga Practice and Demo for Postpartum.
11:30 - 12:00pm
Michele Kriesberg covers postpartum issues.
12:00 - 12:45pm
Stephanie Moore will share with us about lactation specialists and how they can enhance the connection between mother and child.
12:45 - 1:45pm
Lunch with Sprouted Nutrition and Jennifer Dosset-Home Birth Midwife and Susan Mitchell-Nurse Midwife speak on birthing choices that women have today.
1:45 - 3:00pm
Partner Yoga/Closing Meditation/Chanting with De West.

Teacher Biographies

  • De West

    De West, E-RYT, RPYT

    De West has been an ardent student of yoga since 1992 and a prenatal teacher since 1995. She is a leader in the Boulder, Colorado yoga community and moved to Boulder to study with Richard Freeman. Her teaching combines principles from Iyengar alignment, Ashtanga and therapeutic yoga.

    De’s classes evoke an atmosphere of sacred play, challenging yet joyful. Students leave De’s classes rejuvenated and infused with a sense of personal and physical empowerment. De’s integrative and accessible teachings support students of every background and level. It is De’s vision to bring yoga to all pregnant women and to help others to build their birthing communities.


  • Elizabeth Marglin

    Elizabeth Marglin

    Elizabeth Marglin is a freelance writer who has been published in Natural Health, Backpacker, Colorado Home and Lifestyles, and FitPregnancy. She is the coauthor of The Mother’s Wisdom Deck, an inspiration deck designed specifically for mothers, published by Sterling in May, 2012. She is now a content strategist, helping people and companies write and market themselves through their website, blogs, and social media. She loves what her children teach her about herself, themselves, and everything in between. She is passionate about hiking, yoga, recycling, American Sign Language, adventure, books, the New York Times, community, healthy food, and inner growth. She lives with her husband and has two children, Jordan and Oriah.

  • Jennifer Dossett

    Jennifer Dossett

    Jen Dossett has been a midwife supporting homebirth families in and around Boulder County for fourteen years. She is married and has four children who were born at home with midwives in attendance.

  • Kate Kripke

    Kate Kripke, LCSW

    Kate Kripke specializes in the prevention and treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. In her private practice, she provides counseling and coaching for prenatal and postpartum women and their families. Outside of her individual work with women, Kate facilitates training in PMADs for OBs, Midwives, Pediatricians, Nurses, Educators, and Psychotherapists. She is also a Colorado State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Kate is a dedicated yoga practitioner and is mom to two phenomenal daughters.

  • Elizabeth Marglin

    Kristen Savory, L.Ac

    With over a decade of experience in her private practice, Kristin Savory, L.Ac. firmly believes that teaching people how to care for themselves is the cornerstone to great health. Kristin combines the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine with osteopathic bodywork and whole food nutrition.

    Knowing that healing is a journey, Kristin gently supports and encourages her clients in their healing process. Clients receive clear, straightforward direction as to how to move forward with their treatment plan. It is a great honor for Kristin to observe her clients integrate the information she shares into their lives and watch how they transform illness and/or pain into their most powerful teacher.

    During her years studying Chinese medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College, Kristin pursued a clinical internship in nutrition.

  • Marcia Solomon

    Marcia Solomon

    Marcia Solomon teaches yoga philosophy and introductory Sanskrit programs, as well as asana classes, at the Yoga Workshop. She has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 35 years and a teacher of yoga for more than 30. In 1978, while living in Ottawa, Canada, she began her Sanskrit studies with Swami Vishnu Devananda, founder of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams. She remained a close student of his for 15 years until his death. She opened and co-directed the Santosha Yoga Center in Ottawa, one of the first yoga studios in Canada. In 2004, Marcia moved to Boulder to continue her ongoing studies with Richard Freeman, at the Yoga Workshop. Marcia holds a B.A. in philosophy and anthropology, an M.Ed. in education, and has completed the two-year Sanskrit program @ Naropa University, through their Extended Studies Dep’t. She continues to study grammar and translation with the American Sanskrit Institute, under the direction of Vyaas Houston. All this adds to Marcia’s well-rounded knowledge of classical hatha, jnana and bhakti yoga and is reflected in her kind, accessible and comprehensive teaching style.

  • Mia Rosingana

    Mia Rosingana

    Mia Rosingana started Sprouted Nutrition to offer nutritional guidance and delicious healthy meals to expectant and new mothers. Mia is a Boulder-based Nutrition Consultant and Personal Chef with an educational and professional background in holistic nutrition, whole foods cooking and prenatal health. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and is Certified as a Nutrition Consultant through Bauman College. She possesses a well-rounded nutrition background, including personalized counseling, diet analysis, meal planning, healthy catering and educational workshops. Her passion for wholesome home-cooked food, healthy mamas and the environment, has lead her to guide others to use food as a source of health and vitality.

  • Michele Kolakowski

    Michele Kolakowski

    Michele Kolakowski is the owner of Sanctuary Healing Arts LLC devoted to hands-on healing arts for women and their wee ones. She provides birth and postpartum doula care and massage therapy in Boulder County, Colorado and surrounding communities. Michele is passionate about improving maternity and newborn care – one pregnancy, one birth and one new family at a time. Michele teaches maternity and infant massage therapy at conferences, schools, spas and hospitals nationwide. She also enjoys consulting with families, midwives and physicians about improving family-centered care and interdisciplinary teamwork. Michele brings over twenty years of experience to her care with women, their wee ones and families and collaboration with other professionals. She is a member of Birth Assistants of Boulder, Boulder County’s long-standing professional doula group.

  • Michele Kreisberg Palmer

    Michele Kreisberg Palmer, PT, RYT, CMT, ATMAT

    Michele specializes in women’s health, holistically integrating the science of physical therapy with yoga, movement and breath awareness, bodywork, and eastern philosophy. She is a women’s health physical therapist, massage therapist, yoga instructor and community education teacher and practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy. She is an international lecturer and has most recently spent time in Nepal educating women in the prevention of pelvic organ prolapse. Michele is dedicated to assisting women through their lifespan helping with menstrual issues, fertility, postpartum care, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, interstitial cystitis, organ prolapse and prevention, incontinence, and menopausal transition.

  • Natalie W. Morgan

    Natalie W. Morgan, B.S., RMT, NCMT

    Natalie W. Morgan, a manual therapist since 2000, loves how yoga deepens her holistic understanding of the body. Her sessions incorporate visceral, neural, and vascular manipulation, allowing the body’s inherent wisdom to be the guide. She is passionate about the expansion of consciousness, freedom of movement, and effortless flow of energy in the body. She happily assists people in awakening and enlivening their body-mind connection.

  • SarahKate Butterworth

    SarahKate Butterworth

    SarahKate Butterworth has passion for creativity. Since returning to her hometown of Boulder, Colorado in 2004, she has spent her time adorning people of all ages with henna, specializing in celebrating women and mothers during life transitions. For the past 5 years, SarahKate has been working on her ongoing art project: Blessed Belly, Blessed Baby: Honoring Motherhood with Henna Tattoos. When she’s not painting or taking photographs, SarahKate can be found playing piano, singing, and dancing.

  • Stephanie Moore

    Stephanie Moore, RN, BSN, IBCLC

    Stephanie brings 27 years nursing experience to Becoming Mothers. Stephanie’s clinical experience is as a Labor Delivery RN, high-risk obstetrical home-care nurse and as a parent educator. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1996, Stephanie is very comfortable with all varieties of scenarios that occur with breastfeeding mothers and their newborns/infants/toddlers. Stephanie teaches Just the Essentials: Breastfeeding for the Early Weeks several times each quarter, facilitates a weekly Breastfeeding Drop-in for mothers with nursing babes, and schedules lactation consultations in the privacy of the nursing mothers’ home.

  • Susan Mitchell

    Susan Mitchell

    Prior to pursuing her Master’s Degree in Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University, Susan worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Avista in Louisville for 6 years. She is also a Lamaze certified childbirth educator and is a member of the Boulder Nurse-Midwives. She lives in Boulder with her husband and two children (both caught by midwives!). Her children are her proudest life accomplishments and her inspiration in serving women and babies. Her hope for every woman is that they walk away from their birth experience feeling supported, empowered, and proud.

Pricing and Registration

Registration $495 (before March 27, $540 after)

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  • $150 deposit is required to hold your space in the intensive. The deposit will be applied to your total tuition. Official registration is confirmed upon receipt of full tuition.
  • Full tuition is due by April 10.
  • Space is limited, pre-registration is required, early registration is encouraged. The $150 deposit is non-refundable.