Greetings Mamas!
Fall is here and my monkeys are back in school!
I hope you've all had a great summer. It was really nice to have my family all together in San Francisco with my daughter home from college. We enjoyed going to the beach, day hikes, music festivals, kayaking and hanging out at home watching movies, playing cards and keeping warm :)

It has been eventful at Yoga Tree as well. Many of you know, the Valencia studio is undergoing a retro fit and renovation and classes are currently being taught at a pop-up studio down the street. I'll be glad to be back in 1234 Valencia. I'm hoping to do some kind of family yoga event once the studio reopens. Stay posted.

This past week I had the privilege of teaching yoga at a mini birth conference in SF hosted by Gena Kirby which was great and a lot of fun! Hermine Hayes-Klein also presented at the conference. She is American lawyer who founded an international organization called Human Rights in Childbirth with the goal to improve maternity care worldwide. Her work is so important. Check out  to get more information.

We've got a a lot of info below for the moms with buns in the oven, plus some great tips to prep for postpartum. Please share with any of your pregnant or new mama friends!

This newsletter also includes information about reestablishing core strengthen and a free "diastasis check clinic" with Steph Forster. If you are unsure of the status of your belly muscles come on in for a quick check. 


See you soon!

p.s. For those of you who are interested in my Mama Tree 5 Day Prenatal Immersion here is a short video where I help breakdown what you can expect! We start in SF at Yoga Tree on October 12th, and in Indy at Body Mind + Core on November 9th!

Jane Recommends - Mama Resources
VIDEO: Tips to Maintain Your Core While You Are Pregnant + Postnatally by Steph Forster, Preggo Pilates

My great friend, and fellow teacher Stephanie Forster shares with us a few  simple things that you can do to make a BIG IMPACT every day in the health of your core - whether you are pregnant or postnatal, and if have diastasis recti abdominal separation or not!

Stephanie is the founder of Preggo Pilates, and teaches pilates classes both at EHS Pilates and in Potrero Hill. Her mission is to help women stay in shape while their shape changes through pre & postnatal pilates, safe core work, pelvic floor support + more.

+ Stephanie will be coming to my Mom & Baby class at Yoga Tree Valencia on Monday, September 26th at 1:30pm to do diastasis checks and answer any questions for mamas with abdominal separation.

Stephanie is one of the only educators around who leads courses specifically designed to help mamas safely heal their split abdominals. 

Upcoming Schedule:
Pilates for Diastasis 6 Week Mini Courses

FALL (save if you register by 9/16!)
Tuesdays, September 20 - October 25 (1 - 2pm)
Thursdays, September 22 - October 27 (7:30 - 8:30pm) 

WINTER (save if you register by 10/17!)
Tuesdays, November 1 - December 13* (1 - 2pm)
Thursdays, November 3 - December 15* (7:30 - 8:30pm)

Learn more about Stephanie at
Transitioning from Partners to Parents 
by Nicole O'Connor, CAMFT

Having a baby brings many changes to your life, one of the greatest changes is your relationship with your partner. Here are 3 Tips to stay connected and strengthen your relationship during this time of transition.
  • Everyone wants to be heard and seen, even when you're in parenthood: "survival mode." If your partner expresses interest in connecting - don't push him/her away.  
  • Listen and express that you heard your partner, "I understand what you're saying..." don't immediately jump to defend yourself. Remember - if someone is winning - you're both losing! You are on the same team. 
  • Use you're words - think about exactly what you are hoping for and voice it.  
Nicole  leads classes at both the SF Birth Center and Natural Resources in SF on this very subject.  

Upcoming Schedule: Wed, Sept 28th from 6:30 - 8pm at the SF Birth Center
Saturday, Oct 1st from 2 - 4pm at Natural Resources
Wednesday, Nov 30th from 6:30 - 8pm at SF Birth Center 

Nicole O'Connor is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and art therapist. She has a private practice in Noe Valley working with individuals, families, couples and adolescents. She specializes in working with couples and families in the early years of parenthood. 

Learn More about Nicole and her work at .
+ For More Resources Visit:
Mamas Resource Network
(Mothering with a Net)

This community includes: yoga and pilates instructors, psychologists, pelvic floor physical therapists, psychiatrists, midwives, massage therapists, integrated family medicine doctors, homeopaths, hypnotherapists, chiropractors, lactation specialists, acupuncturists, pediatricians, and childbirth educators.
Get the services, resources, and education you need to meet pregnancy and motherhood with clarity, community and support.

Learn More at .

Mama's Meet Up: Thurs, Sept 22
Mark your calendars for the third Thursday 
7:30 - 10:30pm at  Pause Wine Bar
(1666 Market @ Gough in SF)

$24 gets you a glass of vino in one hand, and appetizers in the other!  

Hosted by Chris Tavelli (Owner of Pause & Yield Wine Bars),
Jane Austin, Stephanie Forster, & Katie Cariffe

"Wine no Whining" 
Labrinyth Walk: Thurs, Sept 22
Mark your calendars for the third Thursday 
Starting at 11:45am at  Grace Cathedral
(1100 California Street @ Taylor in SF)

Join Jane Austin and the midwives of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective. We'll gather at 11:45 am and begin walking at noon as the bells start to ring. This is a time for quiet reflection, and a chance to put aside all the thoughts and chatter that busy our minds and distract us from connecting to our authentic selves.

Walking the labyrinth is an ideal way to actively meditate during pregnancy, and another step in preparing for birth.

Everyone is welcome to this FREE event.
What I'm Reading: The First Forty Days
The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
by Heng Ou
"40 Days!..40 days? What do you mean 40 days?" 

I know, it is an unheard of concept for new mamas to take 40 days to heal post baby, in the US.
By 40 days post birth, you "should" have lost all your pregnancy weight, be back at your pre-pregnancy exercise classes three times a week and have dinner on the table for everyone by 6:00...oh and be back at "work" asap. Mamas this in an unsustainable model of how it should look and be!

We have it all wrong, mothers all over the world take TIME to be nourished, fed and rejuvenate from pregnancy and birth by their family, friends and community. Postpartum mama care is essential, you can't do it alone! A mama needs support!

I really like the tone and feel of this new book, it is beautiful! The five insights of a postpartum mamas needs are right on. These are my takes on the insights and a few reflections.

Retreat: Drop inside, be in the the time warp of postpartum. Think less about going out and go within. Take TIME! I so remember that time that my husband and I called " Clover's slumber party". I was sleeping on the couch and Joe was on a futon in the living room for the first two weeks of my daughter's life. It was a retreat from the everyday.

Warmth: It is so important to be nourished outside and in. Eat warm food! Put your babe on your skin and cover up. I remember when a dear friend, "roasted" Leo and I. She put warmed rice bags on my body to help restore my internal fire. It was divine.

Support: Who will support and help you (have realistic expectation of your friends and family)? I love my mother! But I knew she was not going to be that helpful postpartum so I got a postpartum doula! To this day, I remember and love her!

Rest, rest, REST! Honestly, you can do THAT another time...whatever THAT is, another day...really you can or better yet, get someone else to do THAT for you!

Ritual: For some this is obvious and for others, not so much! Honor the postpartum space. A postpartum ritual can be as simple as setting up some rules. Like:  If someone who is bringing you a meal, thinks you are hosting a dinner party, then they can't come in. If someone is not willing to fold a load of laundry, they can't come in. If you are not comfortable with someone seeing your boobs, they can't come in!

Honor the time you have with your newborn baby. Be nourished and fed...the rest of your life will wait for you!

Purchase This Book Now!
Yoga Classes & Immersions With Jane 
Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
(Level 1 & 2)

Immerse yourself in the study of yoga for the childbearing year. Mama Tree offers comprehensive training in the art and science of teaching yoga for mamas at all stages of pregnancy, birth and beyond. The program includes yoga practice, lecture, class observations, practice teaching, guest speakers, and independent study.

Mama Tree offers two 45-hour sessions that should be taken consecutively (Level One must be completed in order to take Level Two). Upon completion of both levels, students will be eligible to apply 90 hours toward a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) designation with the Yoga Alliance.

MAMA PERKS: Get $100 off Jane's Mama Tree Level 1 + 2 trainings! Use code #JaneStudioFriend" + email to get the special rate! 

Start Your Journey: This 45-hour comprehensive Level 1 training will include how to teach yoga to women in all stages of pregnancy and throughout the early stages of postpartum. The training will explore yoga as a tool in preparation for not only childbirth, but for motherhood!

Dive Deeper & Further Explore the Art of Teaching Yoga to Mamas:(Featuring Guest Teachers Liz Miracle on pelvic floor function, Chrisandra Fox Walker on ayurveda for mamas, Kari Marble on infant massage, Kate Holcomb on the yoga sutras, plus an in-debth look at  yoga for labor, postnatal yoga and birth recovery + more) + Refine your teaching skills.   

Interested in Being a Mama Tree Ambassador?

This opportunity is for alumni from Jane's Mama Tree training (levels 1 - 2).

Help Jane spread the word about future Mama Tree trainings + get a discount on a future training with Jane (plus access to free online classes with Jane for you & discounted classes for your community!).

Email us to learn more. 
Take Jane's Prenatal Partners Workshop Online!

I'm thrilled to offer my Prenatal Partners Workshop online through Take it again or first the first time! Y oga for pregnancy and childbirth.

Upcoming Prenatal Partners Workshops at Yoga Tree: 9/24 (location TBD for this date), 10/22, 11/5, 1
1/19, 12/17+ more!   Full Schedule.
My Prenatal Yoga DVD Now Available Online!

This one-hour yoga practice can be used throughout pregnancy to maintain strength and flexibility, and prepare both mind and body for childbirth.
In Studio:
Mon, Wed & Fri
10:30am - Noon 
+ Saturday
9:30 - 10:55am
at Yoga Tree Valencia
(Temporary Pop Up Location: 1470 Valencia bet 25th & 26th) 

Mon, Wed & Fri
12:05 - 1:30pm 
at Yoga Tree Valencia
(Temporary Pop Up Location:
1470 Valencia bet 25th & 26th

Prenatal Online: Strengthening & Opening Course

Practice in shortened segments or take the full 74 minute yoga class.

  • Modifications of yoga postures to accommodate special needs.
  • Breathing practices to calm body and mind.
  • Learn how to reduce or eliminate discomforts.
  • Postures and practices that prepare the body for labor and childbirth.
  • Relaxation, guided visualization + more! 
Learn More & Purchase
$10 (50% off)

Prenatal Online: Balancing & Energizing Course 
Practice in shortened segments or take the full 72 minute yoga class.

  • Breathing practices + balancing postures to help with focus, aid in concentration and calm your nervous system. 
  • This course has standing, balancing and back bending postures, along with a challenging arm strengthening sequence.
  • Energize your whole body and reduce stress!
  Learn More & Purchase
$10 (50%)