Lead Instructors

Hillary Easom, E-RYT 200, RPYT

Early in 1997, while studying education in graduate school, a friend asked Hillary Easom to guide him through a yoga practice following direction from a book. Intrigued, she borrowed the book and began to practice on her own. Even a short, 20-minute practice made a difference in how she felt each day, and yoga became a nice complement to running and cycling.

A couple years later she took her first "real" Iyengar-influenced yoga class. After several months of practice, Hillary was introduced to a vinyasa class and fell in love with the dance-like, meditative movements connecting body and breath. This, to her, was grace embodied. Her practice was transformed.

When she became pregnant with her first child in 2005, she started taking prenatal yoga classes with Leslie Lytle in Richmond, VA. Yoga played a huge role in two very enjoyable pregnancies and births, and it was Leslie who inspired her to eventually become a yoga teacher.

 In early 2009, Hillary pursued a 200-hour yoga certification mentoring with John Berg and Anirudh Shastri. In addition, she has completed 85 hours of pre-/postnatal teacher training with Jane Austin and in-depth training with Max Strom, Cheri Clampett, and Arturo Peal.  She is deeply grateful for the gifts she has received through their teaching.

 She still enjoys exploring different styles of yoga; her own teaching style can best be described as a breath-centric flow with an attention to alignment and some longer-held postures to build strength, stability and stillness of mind.

 Combining two passions—yoga and teaching—has allowed Hillary to embark on a journey that feels less like a job than a blessing. As you join her on this journey, you will work together in an effort to open the body, mind and spirit to all that is possible. Her number one goal is that every student—regardless of age, fitness level or experience—finds something in the practice that speaks to their soul.

Learn more about Hillary at yoga-everybody.com.

Jeanna Lurie, E-RYT 200, RPYT, CCE, CLA

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Jeanna Lurie brings nearly two decades of experience working with women and girls to her practice as a Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Her degree in Radio and Television with an emphasis in Media Theory (San Francisco State, 1999) led her to co-develop a program through the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women, which brought media literacy and body image awareness into high school classrooms. While working on this program in 2000, Jeanna became pregnant with her first daughter and realized cultural beliefs about birth and motherhood were very much tied to media messages. By the time her daughter was three, Jeanna’s practice as a Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Prenatal Yoga Instructor was thriving, always driven by the desire to empower women on their journey into motherhood.

 The highlights of Jeanna’s training and experience include the following: La Leche League Leader (2002- 2005), Doula and Childbirth Educator trained through ALACE (2003), and Midwifery Level I training at the Farm in Tennessee (2004), Whole Birth Yoga- Pre and Postnatal Teacher Training (2004), Avalon 200-hr Teacher Training (2006), Santa Barbara Yoga Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (2007), Expanding Light Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (2007), Nine Moons Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (2012), and Pelvic Floor Teacher Training with Leslie Howard (2013). She has worked on projects with authors/ activists Henci Goer and Suzanne Arms to promote normal birth and served as Board President of Bay Area Birth Information from 2005-2008. Her greatest teachers are her children: Jeannessa (2001), Maceo (2008), and Arya (2010).

 In addition to her Yoga and Birth services, Jeanna is currently the Program Manager of Blossom, a non-profit Resource Center in Palo Alto which serves pregnant and expectant families. Her role at Blossom gives her a unique perspective to offer training and mentorship to aspiring Prenatal Yoga instructors. She is also the creator of Pink and Ruby Tents, special Circles for pre-teen girls and their mothers and teenaged ladies to celebrate, educate, and reflect on the experience of being female. It is a blessing and an honor to spend her life wrapped in work she loves!

Learn more about Jeanna at www.JeannaLurie.com.

Guest Instructors

Henci Goer

Henci Goer, award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Her first book, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, was a valued resource for childbirth professionals. Its successor, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, has won the American College of Nurse-Midwives “Best Book of the Year” award. Goer has also written a book giving pregnant women access to the research evidence: The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. In addition, she has written consumer education pamphlets and articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals. Goer is in the process of developing Childbirth U, a website where pregnant women and others will be able to purchase narrated slide presentations at modest cost that will lay out what practices and policies constitute optimal care in childbirth according to the research thereby enabling women to make truly informed decisions about care.

Learn more about Henci at www.hencigoer.com.

Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW

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Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW is a licensed psychotherapist, marriage, family, therapist, and social worker. Formerly at the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Santa Rosa, California, she currently practices in Berkeley, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and counseling to individuals, couples, families, children, and groups. She has worked with the concerns, both medical and psychosocial of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period for the past 30 years, and has been involved in research and training of maternity caregivers. Much of her clinical management in the perinatal period has focused on the following: 1). women with a history of childhood sexual abuse and its effects on childbearing; 2) the use of hypnosis and brief psychotherapy to alleviate clinical symptoms of pregnancy such as premature labor, hyperemesis gravidarum, bleeding; and the psychological issues of anxiety and depression; 3) attachment disorders; 4). issues of birth trauma and loss; 5) postpartum mood disorders: and 6) methods of pain relief in labor with self-hypnosis. In addition, she has a general practice with extensive experience working with grief and loss; trauma; abuse; dissociative disorders; anxiety, depression; somatic and medical disorders and conditions; family of origin; attachment, and parent-child issues. She is a National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy and in the American Psychotherapy Association, as well as the American Academy of Experts of Traumatic Stress. She is an EMDR Institute Facilitator, Approved Consultant, and Trainer, and has incorporated EMDR into her work for the past 13 years. She consults and gives lectures and psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and EMDR workshops nationally and internationally. She is co-author of several articles as well as Mothering the MotherYour Amazing NewbornBonding, a video, The Amazing Talents of the NewbornThe Doula Book; and When Survivors Give Birth.