Mondays, 10:45-11:45 am HST
October 24 to December 12, 2022
(skipping Nov 7 & 28, 2022)
Practice gentle strengthening and flexibility in a series of yoga postures specifically designed for the pregnant and postpartum body. In this safe and encouraging space, you will move through a gentle flow and sequences designed to stabilize and revitalize your body, mind, and spirit at any point in your prenatal and postpartum journey. All classes will include a warmup, setting intention/meditation, standing postures, seated postures, and ending relaxation. A variety of props will be provided such as blocks, bolsters and blankets, and you are invited to bring your own should you choose.
About the instructor: Tara is a certified prenatal yoga teacher and a pediatric occupational therapist that specializes in lactation. As a mother herself, Tara’s classes will have the needs of each individual practitioner in mind, and modifications can be made for any specific needs. For your safety, the studio will need a clearance from your physician to participate in this class. Depending on the type of birth, many healthcare providers recommend waiting until 6 weeks postpartum or later to begin an exercise practice in order to maximize healing of the body.
Tara- Renee Whalen
Dr. Tara-Renee Whalen, OTD, OTR/L, NLP
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapist Registered & Licensed
NOMAS® Licensed Professional
Throughout her entire career, Tara has worked for children of all ages, while helping families navigate through a wide variety of medical and developmental challenges, providing caring support and evidence-based techniques to achieve family goals in feeding skills, body awareness, oral motor coordination, fine motor strength, dexterity and coordination, postural strength, problem solving skills, executive function, and more. Most importantly, Tara works hard to make sure that everyone she works with has fun and builds confidence while learning new skills!
Tara specializes her Pediatric Occupational Therapy by working with aerial apparatus.
Tara earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree in 2008 from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, as valedictorian of her graduating class. She is nationally board certified by NBCOT with a specialty in Pediatrics, and licensed to practice occupational therapy in Hawaii, Alaska, and California. She is also a lifetime member of the San Diego NAACP. Tara has over 12 years of experience in various school, hospital, home, community, and outpatient settings throughout the west coast and southeast US, for children and adults.
Currently, Tara is developing her experience as a mother, a Pathway 3 intern working to obtain her Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential, and is available for in person services and teletherapy for clients in Hawai’i.
Tara’s post-professional certifications & education include:
- 120 hours of Pathway 1 Lactation Consultant Education with the University of California, San Diego Extension
- Licensed NOMAS® Professional #202119
- Beckman Oral Motor® Certified
- Total Motion Release (TMR TOTS) Level 1 & 2 Trained
- Aerial Yoga and Aerial Movement Certified Instructor (Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock, Aerial Lyra, and Aerial Trapeze)
- Vital Links Courses/Certification:
- Therapeutic Listening® Certified
- Building Blocks for Sensory Integration (Reflex Integration)
- Auditory Defensiveness
- Trauma Informed approach to Sensory Processing
- Bilateral Integration
- Astronaut Training
- AEIOU Approach to Feeding
- Learning/Handwriting Without Tears®
- Early Intervention for developmental delays (newborn through preschool)
- Functional Vision
- Strategies for Modulating Muscle Tone
- Pediatric Kinesiotaping
- Sensory Processing and Integration
- Executive Functioning
- Special Education
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