This was my big takeaway from today’s “Yoga For Anxiety” workshop with Lori Lucas
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, I would highly recommend signing up for any one of her classes. She is truly amazing. She is passionate about self-care and supporting and empowering women through their many phases of life, including pregnancy and postpartum care. Find an excuse to meet this woman, you’ll be glad you did! – Priscille Belisle
I have had the fortune of attending one of Lori’s workshops, and after a few hours I felt like I walked away with my pockets full – both for myself and my students. I loved her openness to different ideas and discussion, her honest sharing of what she has learned herself over the many years of teaching, her humble approach, and the welcoming atmosphere she created. To anyone who is either interested or involved in the world of pregnancy, birth, and beyond (the fourth trimester), she is an invaluable person to meet. However, it doesn’t end there, because what Lori shares is so very important, and anyone can benefit from her wisdom and insight.” – Dasha Bichenko
“Had the most amazing workshop with Yoga With Lori Lucas
She is an encyclopedia when it comes to yoga, prenatal / post-natal care, self care, core stability and so much more.
She is also a previous doula who has an endless bucket of love for mother’s. I highly recommend taking a class with her. It is even worth it just to know her. I can literally go on and on about her.” – Lyren “Ren” Cherlet
“So excited about my prenatal yoga training I had this past weekend! Everything is coming together so well for my doula work and yoga teaching. Thank you Lori Lucas for your guidance and mentorship!” – Kristy van den Bosch
“Throughout my pregnancy I really looked forward to attending Lori’s prenatal yoga classes every week. For me, her classes were a tranquil oasis! She is a very caring and sincere yoga teacher and is clearly very passionate about what she does. Lori’s classes taught me essential breathing techniques and helpful positions that I was able to put into practice during labour and forego the pain medication! Lori takes the time to speak to everyone during her classes and genuinely seems to care about each of her students – she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to useful resources both for pre and post natal care. Thank you Lori!” – Jayne
“Doing the course with Lori on skype was completely worth it. I live out of town, and being able to pick flexible times that worked with both our schedules and learning from the comfort of my couch was certainly a nice alternative. Lori is engaging online, and having the one on one teaching session gave us a chance to explore different parts of the course in greater depth based on my interests, which I really valued. Thank you Lori!” – Holly Higgins
“Hi Lori, I wanted to share with you that our beautiful bundle of blessing has arrived! We had a baby girl! She arrived in a flurry at 12:49am today on Thurs. Sept 29, 8 lbs, 3onz. Although 3 days past due date (40 weeks + 3 days) She was in a hurry to get out once her eviction notice papers were served 🙂 Went from 1cm to 9cm in 5 hours. Pushed for 1 hour and she arrived!!! Mama, Papa and Baby are all doing well.
Thank you for all your support in prenatal yoga. It really helped to find comfort in labour and I visualized all our warrior poses and squats in class and how to find strength during contractions and then rest. I feel very blessed to have had a great pregnancy and I know it is due to your class and the many wonderful mama friends met there. Please share this news. I will come by for a visit once we are back home and settled!
Many hugs and blessings to you! – Roundhouse mama ❤
“Hi Lori, Yoga helped me more than ever last night. Monday morning I had a doctor’s appointment and I ended up laying on the table for I’m sure 20 minutes, and because of that my sciatica was the worst its ever been. Funny thing was I had booked a massage for the afternoon. As nice and it was, the massage did almost nothing to help my back and for the rest of the day, and Tuesday, I was limping around and in significant pain. But yoga saved me. After our class my pain was almost gone and my leg and hip had the flexibility back. I slept amazing and am still feeling pretty good today. This is my first pregnancy, so I have nothing to compare to, but I am convinced that I have been able to maintain my strength and stay comfortable due to your yoga classes (that I have been attending since week 11!) Thank you for all that you do!” – Jennifer
Lori’s prenatal course was fantastic and supportive in every way possible- I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to depend their knowledge of both pre and postnatal yoga and anatomy. Her love for mothers and mothers-to-be is profound and her knowledge is vast. I took my prenatal yoga teacher training when my own daughter was only seven months old, and the training meant so much more, having just recently experienced it all for myself. Since then I am wholeheartedly committed to bringing safe and fun yoga to women in all stages of pregnancy! – Emily Lefebvre
Dear Lori, I don’t think I ever properly thanked you for the 20+ weeks of yoga with you. It was without a doubt the highlight of my week. And your positive vibes, your gentle demeanour and calming energy was exactly what I needed mid week. I’m an anxious person and a worry wart at heart but somehow your yoga classes made me feel safe, calm and secure. Please continue doing what you do and helping soon to be moms! Many many many thanks. – Namaste, Ale (Alejandra) Hergert
Hi Lori, Wanted to let you know that my baby girl was born Thursday. Prenatal yoga was so helpful and it still is now to help feel grounded and balanced in body and mind. I used so many of your tips during labour and have no idea how I would have coped without your help. Thank you so much for everything.
P.S. Also wanted to add that it wasn’t only the yoga itself which helped – although that helped tremendously – but it was your personalized attention, caring and warm approach which reminded me of how important it is to take care of my well-being during the pregnancy and after. – Take care, Kim
We welcomed our baby boy into the world last Tuesday. Thanks so much for all of your help with prenatal yoga – helped so much physically and mentally. The modifications for my stomach separation were amazing as a lot of people don’t talk about it or know too much about it. If you ever start up a baby and me yoga program again let me know! – Lauren
Hi Lori! I cannot thank you enough for offering this course. I learned so much – not just for my own pregnancy but I also gained much more knowledge on how to extend the practice to expecting and postpartum mothers in the Philippines. Thank you for all the resources! I am so looking forward to all the further reading and learning opportunities you have extended to us. – Danielle
There are so many yoga teacher trainings out there… Yoga teachers making a living off other yoga teachers… I didn’t think it was at all important to have prenatal & postnatal yoga training (I work at a studio that does not offer dedicated prenatal or postnatal classes) UNTIL the day an expectant Mama walked into my class! Thank you for the wealth of information during and after this training, Lori! I loved learning from you and I miss your laugh!! – Alethea
Your class was so amazing and I got a lot out of it. I was really blown away by your honesty, and your openness about your perspectives and your experiences. You’re a really incredible teacher and I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to practise yoga with you, and then take your teacher training course. – Veronika Rezucha
So grateful for my prenatal, postnatal, and baby and me training with Yoga with Lori Lucas! This woman is an abundance of knowledge, insight and love. xo I have fallen more in love with birth, mamas and the incredible journey that brings us life. xo I feel inspired, empowered, humbled and open. – Stephanie Cebulka
Thanks again for everything! You are such a sweetheart and I can tell you truly care about all of your mamas! I really did appreciate the course, coming from someone who has not been a mother yet it was a great insight into what mamas-to-be need to feel safe and how important their birthing experience is & how we can tie that into our practice. – Caroline Dawid
“Thank you for providing me with the tools to feel confidant about teaching a prenatal and postnatal class. I feel even more drawn to teach these types of classes as I know the need for community is there – when you’re pregnant and you have so many fears. And when you’re post-partum and feel all alone. Your passion is infectious and that’s why you’re a great teacher – in yoga and in life!” – Cassandra
I just want to share with you that yesterday I gave birth to my son Gregory :)) It was a wonderful home birth. My doula and midwife noticed that my body was well prepared for it, because I did a lot of exercise during my pregnancy. So thanks again for your classes! And I really enjoyed your video in my last week of pregnancy. Thank you! Have a lovely day, ~ Anastasia
“Thank-you for sending your ppt from your workshop and also for providing the other links. We really enjoyed your workshop and meeting you! It is good to know there is someone we can reach out to if as we encounter questions related to teaching prenatal yoga. I have attached a copy of the photo we took with you, for your 2016 Toronto Yoga Conference ‘scrapbook’ Peace & Happiness to you” ~ Sandye Chang – Toronto Yoga Conference and Show 2016
Thanks so much for all these links and resources! I really enjoyed your pre-natal workshop during the conference! I feel much more confident at being able to give proper variations for my pregnant students in my gentle vinyasa classes and maybe even lead a pre-natal class soon too! I especially loved your description of designing a pre-natal class like a birth: effort and then letting go.
I don’t recall anyone else in the Philippines (where I currently teach) who structures their pre-natal classes in this way so it will be exciting to offer pre-natal yoga classes with this mindset. :)” – Jan Dizon – Toronto Yoga Conference and Show 2016
I thought you’d like to meet my beautiful baby girl, born on April 19 at 10am. She weighed 3.1kg and is super sweet. I wanted to say thanks for your prenatal yoga classes at Mount Pleasant. I actually had a c-section booked from 20 wks as my son was an emergency c-section and I was under general with him and didn’t want to miss this little girl’s birth for the same reason as that! After doing yoga with you though I was feeling strong and calm and ready to try for a vbac so I cancelled the caesarean about 2 weeks ago. My daughter did end up being delivered by c-section, a day earlier than I’d been booked in but it wasn’t a panic like with my son. There was time for a spinal block so both me and my husband were there for her birth. I was in labour at home for about 8 hrs before we went in to hospital and it became apparent I’d need surgery. I’m happy with the outcome anyway and very glad I tried. I used a lot of the positions from class for pain relief and the breathing we practiced so it was great to have that. It made a huge difference to my pain levels. The breathing practice also helped a lot when I started using the nitrous oxide gas to make it actually work
We’re home now and yoga is already helping with my recovery as its taught me how to focus on using the right muscles for moving. Plus I’m so much stronger for having done the practice throughout. I’ve also been using shivasana to rest between night feeds when the baby wakes after only 45 min or so – not enough time for a decent sleep but a wonderfully restful shivasana!
I’ve been doing yoga on and off for years but your class was certainly one of the best I’ve done. Such a great balance of the physical, mental and emotional aspects where some of the past classes I’ve done have focused on one area more than the others. A few of the concepts like “sending the breath” to parts of your body finally came together for me in your class too – I got it just in time! Anyway, thanks again. I’ll be looking up your other classes when I’ve healed enough to get back to it and I’ll be sure to recommend your prenatal yoga to every pregnant woman I know and meet!” – Mount Pleasant CC mom
I have taken your prenatal yoga class for the past four months, and I enjoy every minute of our classes! Thank you very much for your care about pregnant women, for your kindness, positive and light energy that you spread in our classroom! You are a great teacher! 🙂 My pregnancy is very happy and healthy, and I believe that a big part of the credit for this is your yoga classes!” Thank you! – A Mount Pleasant CC mom
“Lori thanks for a wonderful weekend of learning! Thank you for your generosity, for your fluids style of teaching and for your infectious love of what you do! I feel confident now to teach pre-natal yoga classes. I also feel I have made a wonderful new colleague and friend!” – Dominique Vincenz
“Lori’s class is amazing in so many ways….she is incredibly generous with her knowledge and resources as well as being outrageously passionate about the subject manner. It was wonderful to be taught with a limited number of students ensuring that all of our questions, Ideas, and our personal knowledge were acknowledged and shared with everyone.
I learnt more than I had anticipated, and I look forward to incorporating lessons learnt in my regular teaching. I recommend this course to any who are willing to be open, curious, and passionate about life such as Lori is.” – Kimberley Fenlon
“Lori’s prenatal yoga teacher training is a must do for all the yoga instructors out there. She provides a comfortable environment and open communication for you to get the most out of the training. With her bubbly spirit, you can’t help but enjoy every second of it.” – Alex Vanderster
“Lori is all about her students and how she can help them improve, feel better, learn and simply evolve as trainees, yogis, teachers and ultimately human beings. Right from the start it becomes obvious how passionate Lori is about yoga, about teaching and about us, the people around her. Lori will offer you her support and vast knowledge, will create the most comfortable and open atmosphere for everyone to unfold and feel at home in her presence and will surround you with so much love… And what do you need more to improve, feel better, learn and simply evolve? Thank you for all this, Lori!” – Diana Firican
“I just wanted to say thanks for the prenatal yoga! I really enjoyed it and hopefully will make it to your baby class after Christmas.
“Just wanted to let you know that our new baby girl arrived safely and successfully (drug free thanks to all my mount pleasant prenatal yoga!) on May 31, 2015 and we are over the moon that she has joined our family.
Thank you for all your support and knowledge. Your passion and energy for what you do are very inspiring! Thank you!” – A New Mom
“Thank you for providing such a safe space to learn. It is not a question why you have such a dedicated following of students, your passion for mothers and expecting mothers is off the charts” – Rebecca
“Lori Lucas’s reputation as a prenatal and post natal yoga teacher is well known and well deserved. Her experience and knowledge as a doula enhances her training. Lori is able to engage students and yoga teachers to create a safe space to share her wisdom. I highly recommend Lori to any moms to be or yoga teachers wishing to get their pre, postnatal or baby & me training.” – Caroline MacGillivray
“I really enjoyed the interactive, informal approach that you went with for the workshop. It allowed for a lot of discussion, which is where I found the most useful information. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge, experience and personal life with us. I truly enjoyed it.” – Brooke Taylor
“Lori creates a beautifully supportive environment, both physically and emotionally, where she generously shares so much of her knowledge about being a prenatal yoga instructor. As well as presenting an extremely comprehensive and informative course, Lori ensured that our interests, questions and areas of particular significance were honoured and given time for discussion.” – Charlotte Watson
“In the past five years, I have benefitted immensely from being a client of Lori Lucas’. I have enrolled in various offerings of her classes at our local community centre: prenatal yoga, baby and me yoga, and mixed levels Hatha yoga. I first met Lori at a mutual acquaintance’s baby shower. Lori immediately impressed me with her spirit, knowledge, and enthusiasm. I made a mental note to join her class as soon as I became pregnant and my life has been richer for it.”
“It has almost been one year since I started yoga with Lori. Lori’s gentle and positive approach to yoga has changed my life for the better. I never want to miss a class, though she says that the best yoga instructor is right inside of us. To listen to our own bodies. She has helped me to get in touch with me. I could go on and on about all the good that her classes have done for my body and my mind, not to mention the wonderful people in the class, that I have gotten to know too. She has set that all up! You have a very big heart and you are a wonderful teacher! Thank you beautiful Lori!” – Susan Pearson
“I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years now and I’m delighted to see how so many people in the West have taken to yoga over the past few years. I’m also always on the search for an authentic Yoga Teacher who conducts a class out of love and passion for something that can be so beneficial at it’s simplest state. To me, this person is Lori Lucas. Lori is compassionate and caring and yet well educated in the authenticity of yoga. She reads her participants well and provides a program that is perfectly suited for each and every individual in the room.”
“I don’t have children myself, but I have recommended Lori’s Prenatal Class to friends who are pregnant and they’ve all mentioned how easy going and yet professional Lori is, and how patient and understanding she is of the different levels of stress the body and emotions go through during pregnancy. Lori is not only bubbly and approachable; she is also professional and well educated. Someone who works with people in the depth that Lori does, needs to be well rounded and well grounded. There doesn’t seem to be an opportunity that Lori doesn’t take on, her skills as a Doula & Yoga Practitioner and her outgoing personality are incredible assets.”
Because of her outgoing personality and different teachings, Lori seems to take on every aspect of being self employed to its fullest. From, volunteering, blogging, social networking and more, she still commits to each and every class with 100% of her energy and enthusiasm, resulting in a fabulous class and happy participants. In 2009, I spent 6 months doing yoga in India, when I returned, I wanted to find someone who had great respect for the ancient teachings and who delivered them in a simple and non-flaky way – that’s when I met Lori! In my eyes, she’s absolutely fabulous!” – Marnie Grey
“I’ve been a student of Lori’s Hatha yoga classes for nearly four years. I’ve taken part in her “Mixed Levels Yoga”, “Prenatal Yoga” and her “Baby & Me Yoga” classes at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Lori is an incredibly warm and welcoming individual and her classes were reflective of her amazing character. Lori managed to teach her Hatha yoga principals to all levels and ages, challenging those who were more experienced while guiding and positively correcting beginners and novices.”
Besides all of the positive health benefits (fitness, stretching to avoid injury in sport, pain management, faster recuperation from pregnancy), I found Lori’s classes to be relaxing and soothing which was one of my main incentives for attending. I truly enjoyed the atmosphere she created by using tools such as music, aromatherapy and a quiet warmly lit space. Lori had to be very inventive and resourceful to create such an environment given the space she has to work with in the rooms at the community center where she was based.
I was further impressed with Lori’s ability to be so sensitive, reassuring and gentle with expecting mothers in her prenatal classes. Her knowledge of the health concerns and issues of pregnancy was likely due to her experience as a seasoned doula and labor coach. Finally in the Baby & Me classes I was again impressed with her ability to work with new mothers. Lori has such incredible patience and created a quiet and welcoming space that all of us sleep-deprived and sometimes fragile new mothers so needed. She was always there to listen to our stories, complaints and issues and was always positive and caring putting her students’ needs first. Lori also offered any resources and recommendations she could to her students going above and beyond her duties as an instructor. I continue to attend Lori’s classes and to recommend her classes to friends and acquaintances.” – Andrea Gesner
“I have been taking part in Lori’s Mixed Levels yoga class at The Roundhouse Community Centre, and have been very pleased with the experience. Lori has a very pleasant and cheerful personality, and everyone is sincerely welcome in her class. Lori is very professional and is always well prepared and organized for class and creates a tranquil setting for us. Lori is clearly very skilled as a yoga practitioner and as a teacher. The mixed levels class I attend is mixed in every sense of the word ~ gender, age, and ability level ~ with the added challenge of drop in students. Not many instructors could handle those demands, but Lori certainly can! Lori always begins class by asking if anyone is experiencing any problems or concerns and, in response, she incorporates suitable poses into our class. Lori clearly demonstrates each pose and provides options so each person can fully participate at their level.”
I was so pleased with Mixed Levels yoga, that I’ve added Lori’s Yin yoga to my routine. I’ve had the opportunity to practise yoga in Turkey, Montréal and two other community centres in Vancouver, and I must say, Lori is by far the best yoga teacher I’ve had to date. It is my pleasure to recommend Lori Lucas as a yoga instructor or presenter.” – Eva Machalek
“Lori is simply a wonderful yoga teacher. I began taking her prenatal classes in 2007, when pregnant with my first child. Since then I have taken many terms of classes with her – Mum and Baby yoga, Hatha yoga, and Prenatal yoga again when pregnant with my second child – both at Mount Pleasant Community Centre, and at The Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. I keep going back to Lori’s classes because of the wonderfully warm and supportive environment she provides for the practice of yoga. When I first attended I did not know a single pose. She teaches in a way that is accessible to everyone and allows everyone in the room to develop confidence and move at their own pace and in accordance with the potential of their own bodies. Her instructions are very succinct and clear, and she regularly checks people’s poses without being invasive.
She always offers both less and more challenging poses for those who need them. She picks up on the energy levels of her students on different days and modifies the class routine to fit. She speaks just enough – generating a very positive yet meditative energy in the room. As a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, Lori is very careful to explain the poses that should or should not be tried in different stages of pregnancy, and by those with varying birth experiences or pregnancy conditions. She offers lots of gentle modifications and encourages deep rest as well as exertion. Her prenatal classes really are amazing. I think a class with her would be a wonderful opportunity for teachers unfamiliar with prenatal yoga.
“I wanted to send you my biggest appreciation and gratitude for your Workshop at the Vancouver Yoga Conference on Sunday. I really loved it and I am so blessed in having met you! A beautiful soul with such a great big true and pure heart, that is so passionate about her work with Pregnant Women, Birth, Babies, Families..you are amazing! Its so great to feel and see how much you believe and feel the nature of Spirit in Birth! THANK YOU! I wish there would be more amazing and empowering women out there for our Baby Mommas!” – Britta Shailaja