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Spinal Release Yoga: Herbs, Yoga, and Singing for Mama's and Babies

Leslie and her four month old baby, Azulene, will share a Spinal Release Yoga sequence, songs and the bonding joy of chamomile for mothers and babies. 

In this class for new mothers and their babies, Leslie teaches a sequence of yoga poses that are easy for new mothers to learn and incorporate into their daily lives. The poses relax body and mind, and stimulate digestion, helping new mothers to feel gentle and present with their new baby. New mothers will also leave knowing a couple simple songs to add to their repertoire to sing with their babies. Leslie also shares precious information about the uses and benefits of Chamomile. Herbalists call it the herb for “babies of any age”, and people in the Mediterranean use it to promote bonding between mother and child. 

*Bring a blanket and a muslin swaddle, if you have one, for your baby. 

**Please stay home if you or baby are under the weather.

***This class is for pre-crawling new baby’s and their mothers or care-takers.

$30 pre-registration strongly suggested- capacity limited to 10 pairs

Leslie Schickel, a native of Little Rock, left home to train at the Boston Ballet when she was 15, and has devoted herself to the movement arts her whole life. Leslie, her husband and new baby, return this January to visit family. She is excited to share the knowledge she has collected over the last twenty-five years living, learning and working in San Francisco and Oakland, California. 

Leslie has taught yoga since 2006 when she completed her 200 hour training in Spinal Release Yoga. Since then, she has logged thousands of hours of teaching and formal study with her teacher Kaya Mindlin of Emeryville Yoga, where Leslie currently teaches both private and group yoga.

Leslie’s teaching is also informed by her career as a professional dancer and choreographer as well as her work training people in a therapeutic movement system called the Gyrotonic Expansion System since 1996. In 2010, Juliu Horvath who created Gyrotonic, graduated Leslie to the level of master trainer, allowing her to teach teachers.


Most recently, Leslie trained as a clinical western herbalist at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA. She finds that adding herbs into her lifestyle and movement practices brings new dimensions of health and vitality to herself and her clients alike.