Jeanna Lurie brings nearly two decades of experience working with women and girls to her Yoga teaching. Her degree in Radio and Television with an emphasis in Media Theory (San Francisco State, 1999) led her to co-develop a program through the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women, which brought media literacy and body image awareness into high school classrooms. While working on this program in 2000, Jeanna became pregnant with her first daughter and realized cultural beliefs about birth and motherhood were very much tied to media messages. Her yoga practice brought greater body awareness and acceptance, and helped her to build a practice of grounding to meet the challenges of labor and motherhood. By the time her first daughter was three, Jeanna’s practice as a Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Doula, and Childbirth Educator was thriving, always driven by the desire to empower women on their journey into and throughout motherhood. Today, Jeanna completely focuses on her yoga practice, providing classes and services to all members of the community, with special emphasis on pregnancy and postpartum, pelvic floor issues, and yoga to support Silicon Valley office workers. She also trains and mentors new yoga teachers, especially those interested pre and postnatal yoga.
The highlights of Jeanna’s training and experience include the following:
- Completion of the 20-hour Pelvic Floor Yoga™ teacher training with Leslie Howard (2013 and 2018)
- Samyama Dharma Path Advanced Studies (2018)
- Nine Moons Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (2012)
- Expanding Light Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (2007)
- Santa Barbara Yoga Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (2007)
- Avalon 200-hr Teacher Training (2006)
- Whole Birth Yoga- Pre and Postnatal Teacher Training (2004)
- Midwifery Level I training at the Farm in Tennessee (2004)
- Doula and Childbirth Educator trained through the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (2003)
- La Leche League Leader (2002- 2005)
In addition, Jeanna has served as Program Manager of Blossom, a non-profit resource center and yoga studio for early parenting from 2007- 2018. Her role at Blossom has given her a unique perspective to offer training and mentorship to aspiring Prenatal Yoga instructors. In 2015, Jeanna joined forces with colleague Hillary Easom to create Lotus Blossom Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. The first of its kind in the area, the training combines workshop instruction with one-on-one mentorship and practical teaching experience to give trainees the tools and the confidence to lead their own classes. Many of their graduates have gone on to teach at Blossom and other locations throughout the country. The training exceeds the Yoga Alliance's requirements to earn the designation of Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. Jeanna has also worked on projects with authors/ activists Henci Goer and Suzanne Arms to promote birth as a normal, physiologic process and served as Board President of Bay Area Birth Information from 2005-2008. Her greatest teachers are her children: Jeannessa (2001), Maceo (2008), and Arya (2010).
In her limited spare time, Jeanna enjoys hanging out with her family and friends in the Great Outdoors, rooting for the San Francisco (and San Jose!) Giants, and eating (especially ice cream)!