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Have you seen my recent post? Preggo folks - repeat this like a mantra :

"My baby is the perfect size for my body."

Happy New Year friends,

We are getting soaked out here in California. The hills are green and there is a chill in the air. I’m stoked to going to the tropics next month. I’m taking beloved Mama Tree prenatal yoga teacher training to the Dominican Republic! My dear student, Anita Allouche, has invited me to come and train the local yoga teachers so the preggos on the island will access to prenatal yoga. I’m super excited about this opportunity. Oh, and bonus, Joe, my surfing hubs, is coming too.

I hope you find the content in my newsletter interesting. If you have a family related business and want to be featured just reach out to me at [email protected].

Sending much love, Jane

In this newsletter, I'm excited to be featuring :

  • A Word to the Weary Parent by Vanessa Lin McGraw, mama & therapist

  • Jane recommends getting a deeply therapeutic massage with Sabina Loetscher!

  • Birth Doula Retreat in North Lake Tahoe : May 16 - 19

+ Upcoming Events with Jane :

  • Mama Tree Level 1 (45 Hours) ***returns LIVE and in-person*** April 24 - 28, 2024 in San Francisco at Yoga Flow Noe Valley. Early registration is now up.

  • Get the Prenatal Partners workshop On-Demand via Sutra or Udemy.

  • Don't Miss the Monthly Labyrinth Walk at Grace Cathedral! The Labyrinth Walk with Jane + Sue Baelen (Sacred Body Midwifery) happens every month on the third Thursday. We’ll gather at 11:45 am and begin walking at noon as the bells start to ring. Now over 1,000 folks have walked the Labyrinth with us since we began this ritual!

Jane Recommends + Tips!

A Word to the Weary Parent

by Vanessa Lin McGraw, mama & therapist

"Hello and happy January! Perhaps you started off the year refreshed but are already feeling back into the grind.

I want to speak to the weary young parent out there. The pregnant mama collapsed on the couch. The dad worn out by another toddler tantrum. The parent taking care of sick kids while sick themselves. 

It’s a lot. Sometimes parenting feels like the most rewarding job on the planet. Sometimes we feel unseen and unappreciated, so many of our tasks performed in the - literal and figurative - dark. 

If this resonates, my gentle reminder is this: Your work matters. Your labors are not in vain. Parenting will not always demand every ounce of energy that you have to give. Even now you are being shaped into who your children need in the future.

I wish I had an easy solution to “solve” the chronic fatigue, but it’s not simply a matter of adding a self-care practice. It requires policy change to support families financially, culture change to raise kids more communally, and sometimes individual change to get more comfortable asking for specific help. 

However, an encouragement I can offer now is this: to pursue presence over perfection. More often than not perfectionism burns us out. But presence, an embodied and relationally-connected way of being, can help fill our cup up again. 

If you’re thinking “this sounds great… but not practical,” I hear you! Here’s one actionable idea for practicing presence: if you have a smartphone, put it on grayscale. After this change I did miss scrolling through vivid photos of my kids. But I also found that I could better enjoy the 3D versions right in front of me." 

Vanessa Lin McGraw is a mother of two and a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #141456), supervised by Livia Ondi, LMFT. She loves supporting clients through pregnancy and into new parenthood with a focus on early attachment and somatic psychotherapy. Vanessa sees individuals, couples, and families at her Inner Richmond office and over telehealth. To explore working with her please call (415) 562-5394 or [email protected]. Find more on her website here.


Esalen Massage with Sabina Loetscher

"I have a love for working on mothers (preggo or with kids!) to help them come back to themselves, slow down and relax.

For those on a journey of self-discovery and relaxation, in a session you will experience transformative touch through a session that is tailored just for YOU. Experience the soothing blend of dynamic Thai stretches and rooted pressure designed to release tension in your muscles.

This personalized approach creates a haven for your mind, body, and soul. It is a sanctuary for you to unwind and reconnect with your inner self."

Here are 3 benefits that you will encounter in a session :

  1. This process gently guides you back to the core of who you are.
  2. Massage invites you to embrace a slower pace.
  3. Discover your solace within. Treat yourself to this experience, where undivided attention is devoted to your well-being.

Learn more about Sabina at handbodysoul.com, and her massage practice of over 25 years. Schedule at (831) 820-7828 or via email

[email protected].


Birth Class Retreat :

May 16 - 19 in Lake Tahoe, CA

Hosted by Andrea Schwartz

+ Marissa Mignone

Combine your Childbirth Preparation with an all-inclusive relaxing weekend getaway! 

Enjoy prenatal yoga, an extensive and comprehensive childbirth preparation course, great food, and free time to explore. 

Located on the shores of Lake Tahoe, this retreat combines the wisdom and practice of GentleBirth and Birthing from Within. In this course, you will learn all the nuts and bolts about labor, birth, and postpartum, with an emphasis on mindfulness, deep relaxation techniques, and partner support. 

Leave the Birth Class Retreat feeling more confident and calm for your positive GentleBirth experience!



Yes to Birth! Childbirth Classes & Relaxation Audios

with Rachel Yellin

Use code : MAMATREE

to save 15%

plus you'll get the BONUS video series : 10 Techniques for More WOW and Less OW in Labor.

Rachel Yellin offers her Yes to Birth! online classes for expectant folks and partners who want a deeply satisfying, empowering, integrative birth at any location. Also includes : Relaxation Audios.

Rachel offers Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond MP3's that will help you to prepare for birth, relax into labor, connect with your baby, and feel supported. All you have to do is listen 🎧

Learn more at YesToBirth.com


REDYPER San Francisco : Compostable Diaper Service

Keep the planet and your baby’s bum happy and sign up for your FREE compostable diaper service trial with REDYPER™ San Francisco. Get responsible diapering products delivered right to your doorstep. Soiled diapers + wipes are collected weekly, commercially composted, and turned into dirt in 14 weeks. 

USE CODE HAPPYBABY and receive 50% off a New Baby Starter Pack* plus 4 weeks of complimentary delivery, pick up, and composting services! 

Learn more and sign up at dypersf.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter. Questions? Check out our FAQ page or call us at (650) 641-0975. 


Jane's Upcoming Offerings

Mama Tree 20-Hour Training in the Dominican Republic

with Spanish Translation on-site

February 15 - 18, 2024 (note one day added!)

A special 20-hour version of Jane's signature Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.

Join me to dive deep into the art and science of teaching prenatal yoga! Our training will take place at the Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa in beautiful Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

This is a 4-day version of Jane Austin's popular and signature Mama Tree Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training offered in English with Spanish translation! This training qualifies as continuing education if you are registered with Yoga Alliance.

This in-person event is designed for yoga teachers, those in the birth space and anyone who supports pregnant folks and their families.

Learn More + Join me in Paradise!

Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, Level 1

45-Hours in San Francisco

at Yoga Flow SF (Ocean Ave + Noe Valley)

April 24 - 28, 2024 (early registration now up!)

Learn how to teach yoga to expecting parents in all stages of pregnancy and throughout the early stages of postpartum. 

This 45-hour comprehensive prenatal yoga teacher training is for yoga teachers, students with 3-years of practice, midwives, doulas and other health professionals who are interested in teaching yoga to expecting parents. We will explore yoga as a tool in preparation for not only childbirth, but for being a parent!

Mama Tree is a certified Yoga Alliance prenatal yoga school. This training qualifies as continuing education if you are registered with Yoga Alliance OR hours can be applied to registered prenatal yoga teacher designation (RPYT) with Yoga Alliance.

Learn More + Join me in the Spring (SF)!

Prenatal Partners Workshop: Yoga, Massage & Birth Prep

Upcoming 2024 Dates:

Prenatal Partners In-Person at Yoga Flow in Noe Valley: Saturdays : February 4th, March 2nd + 23rd plus April 13th from 2-4pm PT. Sign up.

+ Prenatal Partners is available On-Demand

Start Streaming via Udemy, or via Arketa.

View all options to take this workshop with Jane here.


Prenatal Yoga Classes On-Demand

Take a Prenatal Yoga Class anytime with Jane via these on-demand offerings!

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Yoga Class : Prenatal Yoga with Jane

An active yoga practice for pregnant women that increases strength and flexibility, creating space for you and your baby.

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Yoga Class : Prenatal Yoga Strengthening & Opening

This practice is designed to create stability and ease in body and mind. Stability is created by strength as well as suppleness. Opening and stretching helps support a sense of ease.

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Yoga Class : Prenatal Yoga

Balancing & Energizing

This practice incorporates breath and yoga postures to balance body and mind. This is a strong practice, best suited for those mamas with some yoga experience.

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