85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainers

Dee Davis, Lead Trainer

E-RYT 200, RPYT

Dee teaches Hatha Flow, Prenatal, and Postpartum Yoga. She is certified to teach pelvic health through the Women’s Health Foundation as well as Resist-a-ball Yoga. Dee has studied with a Clinical Nurse Specialist and perinatal nurse regarding the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and delivery, including the psychosocial implications of pregnancy, and the postpartum recovery period. Dee has attended workshops in various yoga disciplines, including ashtanga, anusara and viniyoga, and currently teaches Hatha and prenatal yoga in studios across Chicago. Her classes encourage students to become in tune with their bodies, while they strengthen, align, and most importantly, have fun. She brings imagination, gentle understanding, humor, and love to all her students—both in and out of the womb!

Jessie Young-Novak, Lead Trainer

E-RYT 200, RPYT 85

Jessie Young-Novak is a Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200, and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher RPYT 85. She received her teaching certifications from Bloom Yoga Studio in 2013 and 2014 respectively after performing, teaching dance and Pilates, choreographing, and practicing yoga in Chicago since 2002. She was first exposed to yoga, Pilates, kinesiology, Laban, Bartinieff, and Feldenkrais, in addition to dance technique while training at the University of Iowa. There she uncovered her passion for observing the human body in motion from an analytical and postural perspective. She continues to seek out teachers and opportunities to further her knowledge of anatomy, bio-mechanics, and healthy, functional movement for people of all ages.

While rehabilitating several common and not-so-common dancers' injuries, Jessie discovered the benefits of integrating yoga and Pilates into an overall strength and conditioning program. After retiring from the professional dance world, she received Pilates certification in 2009 from the Pilates Method Alliance with an idea for pursuing yoga training in the back of her mind. Jessie's yoga practice deepened after the birth of her first child while attending Mom & Baby Yoga classes at Bloom. The mental benefits of practicing yoga as a new mom were invaluable, and she deeply appreciates the nurturing yogic community of this special population of moms and families seeking balance in their new roles. In 2013 her family welcomed their second child, and she is deeply grateful for the tools and strength her prenatal yoga practice and training has provided, allowing a space to practice self-compassion and non-judgment.

Whether working with groups or individuals, Jessie is a passionate, engaged teacher, applying a holistic and functional approach, while using creative imagery with a love for anatomy and physiology. She believes movement, music, and breath benefit every body, every age, in every stage.

Natalie Evans, Childbirth and the Early Postpartum Period Module Instructor

Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA trained

Natalie is a certified Childbirth Educator through ALACE (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators). She has also enjoyed the rewarding work as a doula for over 10 years, and is DONA (Doulas of North America) trained. She has attended a wide variety of births in the home and hospital setting, including Cesarean and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) births. She is the Chair of Member Services for NEIDA (NorthEastern Illinois Doula Association). Along with her birth work Natalie also enjoys the exciting and difficult job of being the mother of two children, one born at Evanston Northwestern hospital and one a home water birth.

Francine Kelley, Psychological Considerations of Pregnancy, Philosophy, and Pelvic Floor Module Instructor

Certified Yoga Teacher, MA in Professional Counseling, Total Control Pelvic Health Fitness Program

Francine was introduced to yoga as a pre-teen growing up in Jamaica (a most unusual occurrence in the early 1980s) and has been in love with yoga ever since. She was certified to teach yoga through the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2004, and feels blessed to have studied with many wonderful teachers since then. In addition to teaching yoga, Francine also support clients and students in recovering from trauma and having a richer experience of life through the use of yoga, Somatic Experiencing® (body-centered psychotherapy), Reconnective Healing® and the Akashic Records. Francine’s classes encourage mindful, yet relaxed, self-awareness. It is her hope that while developing flexibility, strength and body awareness, students will also find the self-acceptance, peace and well-being that yoga can help us uncover. In addition to working with students and clients, Francine also enjoys reading, blogging, butterfly gardening and spending time with her most cherished spiritual teachers - her husband and two energetic children.

Kerry Maiorca, Ethics and Teaching Skills Module Instructor

E-RYT 500, RPYT

Passionate about yoga, writing, and creativity in general, Kerry is the Founder and Director of Bloom Yoga Studio and its Teacher Training programs. Kerry has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has completed over 700 hours of yoga teacher training. She is an E-RYT 500 as well as a RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher). She received an MFA in Writing from University of San Francisco and is the author of Thinking Yogi, a blog that examines the intersection of yoga and everyday life. Kerry is pleased to serve on the Board of Directors for Yoga Alliance and is also the chairperson for its Ethics subcommittee.

Kerry enjoys exploring the individual nature of yoga and encourages students to make the practice their own. Her down-to-earth teaching style emphasizes healthy alignment, mindfulness, and an exploration of conscious breath and movement. As a recovering past- and future-thinking junkie, she loves the way consistent yoga practice teaches us to live in the now so we may enjoy all of life's richness. Kerry is thrilled to have the opportunity to mentor budding teachers as they begin their yoga journeys.

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