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KRISTIN Maresca

Kristin is a certified birth doula, childbirth educator, and experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), with specializations in prenatal yoga and yoga therapeutics. She also holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs, with a focus on international development and conflict resolution.

Kristin has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She received her initial certification in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga in 2002 and her RYT-500 in 2009. Informed by my studies with many exceptional teachers including John Schumacher, John Friend, Donna Farhi, Tias Little, Tara Brach, and Gil Fronsdale, her classes include a nurturing, lighthearted blend of mindful, alignment-focused asana, Eastern philosophy and spirituality, breathwork, and meditation. Students of her classes appreciate her ability to delicately weave themes related to yoga and Buddhist philosophy into her teaching, rendering them applicable to the masses and life off the mat (or meditation cushion).

Kristin has also been working as a birth doula since the birth of her first daughter in 2009. The home waterbirths of her own children, and the powerfully vulnerable and courageous births she has witnessed, have led her to view pregnancy and childbirth as natural and creative processes that have the potential to empower, enlighten, and transform.  In her work, Kristin focuses on ensuring that pregnant women and their families have the information they need to make informed decisions during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Her deepest desire is that women look back on their births as being nothing short of a beautiful and sacred experiences during which they fully understood their options, were listened to and respected, and were able to make informed decisions that were best for them and their child. There is no one “right” way to birth, but every birth has the potential to be a life-transforming and positive experience.