When:
April 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-04-23T14:00:00-04:00
2019-04-23T15:00:00-04:00
Where:
St. Marks Church (Dance Studio)
301 A Street SE
Cost:
$60 for 3-class series, per baby/caregiver pair (includes supplies)
Contact:
Breathing Space
2025990434

Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.

Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a progressive sequence over three weeks – focusing on different parts of the body each week, which provides opportunity to practice strokes at home, with the help of provided handouts, and review material in subsequent classes. Class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of personal attention.

baby being massagedThe ideal time to start this class is when your baby is 2-6 months old, but younger and older babies are welcome. The emphasis in class is on following baby’s cues and learning the techniques to incorporate into your home routine.

Pack a towel or baby blanket you do not mind getting oil on, and a change of diapers and clothes.

Private home classes are limited to four (40 pairs. Public venue classes are limited to eight (8) pairs. Please register early. Classes with insufficient enrollment a week in advance of course start may be cancelled.

About the Series – April/May 2019

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  • 2pm Tuesdays
  • April 23-May 7 with Jen
  • No drop-ins, full series registration required.
    • If students must miss a class, they are welcome to attend that same class in a subsequent series.
    • While, any of baby’s favorite grownups are welcome in this class – mom, dad, grandparent, nanny . . .  the same adult should attend all classes.
    • Still not sure if Infant Massage is right for you? That’s why we have a no-risk registration policy. If you attend your first class and decide it’s not a good fit, we make it easy to drop a class series.  Read all of our class policies and FAQs.
When:
April 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-04-23T14:00:00-04:00
2019-04-23T15:00:00-04:00
Where:
St. Marks Church (Dance Studio)
301 A Street SE
Cost:
$60 for 3-class series, per baby/caregiver pair (includes supplies)
Contact:
Breathing Space
2025990434
  • Infant Massage classes involve a full-body massage with oil for baby. We provide sunflower or safflower oil and a bottle for you to use at home. Please contact us if you have allergy concerns and need an alternative oil.
  • Please bring a baby blanket or towel to cover our mats/blankets and a small toy to use during class.
  • Expect your baby to be a baby and know that their voice is welcome. Crying, eating, diaper changes, and sleeping is all perfectly fine during class.
  • Please bring only water or milk/formula in closed top containers into the yoga classroom. Feeding your baby – breast or bottle – is always welcome.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to sit on the floor and move around easily (jeans are typically not ideal).

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About The Venue

Please note this is a venue change from when this class was first posted.

When:
April 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-04-23T14:00:00-04:00
2019-04-23T15:00:00-04:00
Where:
St. Marks Church (Dance Studio)
301 A Street SE
Cost:
$60 for 3-class series, per baby/caregiver pair (includes supplies)
Contact:
Breathing Space
2025990434

St Marks Episcopal Church is located at at 301 A St SE (map), just a block off Pennsylvania Ave SE and a few blocks walk from Union Station.  

Exterior of St Marks ChurchThe most prominent part of the building is the Nave, or sanctuary. To access the dance studio (or undercroft for camp), enter through the A-Street courtyard. Use the door by the bike racks and take the stairs or elevator to the left of the entry way.

  • Tuesday early childhood and baby yoga classes are held in the dance studio on the second floor.
  • Strollers can be left in the lobby downstairs or brought up and stored outside of the studio door.
  • Please remove shoes before entering the dance studio.
  • Bathrooms are on the lobby level.
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About Your Instructor

When:
April 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-04-23T14:00:00-04:00
2019-04-23T15:00:00-04:00
Where:
St. Marks Church (Dance Studio)
301 A Street SE
Cost:
$60 for 3-class series, per baby/caregiver pair (includes supplies)
Contact:
Breathing Space
2025990434
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Founder/Director

Jen teaches Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play classes, Tot, Toddler and Little Families Yoga, afterschool yoga, Baby Signing Time, and directs day-off and summer camps . . . in addition to lactation consulting and doing bunch of behind the scenes stuff to keep it all running.

Jen brings a sense of joy and playfulness to her classes – both the adult and kids classes – and hopes to offer her students freedom she finds in yoga. She founded Breathing Space to create hub for family yoga on Capitol Hill and share her enthusiasm for age- and developmentally-appropriate poses, games, and songs with yogis of all ages.

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Why Breathing Space?

Like so many, Jen first came to the yoga mat because of an injury, seeking nothing more than to feel better and balance her body for running. She comes back to the mat because yoga invites her to embrace her body and mind with all its imperfections and then to look beyond them to the greater Self.

When she became a mother, her yoga practice became even more important: for building strength and flexibility, as relief for the discomforts of pregnancy and then the stresses of parenthood, as a reminder of the miracle of the human body and of her own resources and capabilities, and a regular connection to her breath and true Self during a time of significant identity changes. Her weekly baby yoga class during maternity leave encouraged her to embrace her daughter in the same loving, non-judgemental way that her own practice did for herself.

Family Yoga

After thoroughly enjoying baby yoga classes with her daughter during maternity leave and being unable to find an Itsy Bitsy class that fit her schedule after going back to work, Jen stumbled on a listing for Itsy Bitsy Yoga facilitators training . . . and signed up. That turned out to be the first step on new path.

She has since trained with Budding Yogis, ChildLight Yoga, Yoga 4 Classrooms, and YoKid to offer classes to families and children of all ages. Jen’s work with children inspired her to complete adult yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in 2010 and train in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield.

Jen is a Yoga Alliance® Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY 200) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCTY).  She is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) through Infant Massage USA and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Beyond Breathing Space

Jen is honored to share her expertise with others who wish to share yoga with children as a teacher trainer for ChildLight Yoga, nationally recognized children’s yoga school. Jen co-authored and instructs the ChildLight Yoga for Babies & Toddlers Teacher Training (newborn-2 yrs) and instructs the ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training (ages 2-12). Learn more about local trainings with Jen or offerings around the country.

You might also run into Jen over at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington DC, either as a consultant or in the twice-monthly Baby Care Basics class.

Other Experience

Before turning her attention to yoga full time, Jen spent more than a decade working with non- profit organizations in everything from daily operations, event and volunteer management, and finance to national policy advocacy and media relations. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master in Public Management degree from the University of Maryland. Her experience in social change movements and managing charitable organizations has been extremely helpful when working with schools and community organizations to implement yoga and mindfulness programs for children

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