Early in 2003 Marissa realized there was a major void in the yoga community and in a specific style of class. She looked around and noticed there was a population of yogis in the Boston area underserved at a most relevant time in their lives.
Marissa was one of those women and was 6 months pregnant at the time. Laughing Dog's 1st prenatal yoga class was formed out of this necessity and the desire to teach what Marissa knew and what she was crafting for her own practice.
It has been 13 years, and by now this very popular class has served hundreds of women, sometimes through 2 & 3 pregnancies, as their bodies and lives changed.
Marissa demonstrating pidgeon pose which is wonderful to free the hips, low back, and breathing during pregnancy.
Annabelle F. demostrating Warrior II pose which keeps the legs strong, lengthens the lower spine, and reminds women of thier power and confidence as they become mothers.
Marissa helping Tyler S. find stability and proper form in her Warrior II pose.
This prenatal yoga class is at once a movement class, a childbirth education class (Marissa is a CAPPA certified childbirth educator), and a community for moms to spend time with each other. It has a most unique feel and is often sited as Marissa's favorite class to teach all week.
"I am so happy I found Marissa Farrell's prenatal yoga class! With her expertise and experience I felt safe practicing yoga during my pregnancy- I was able to continue to build strength and stretch the key areas of my body that are important during pregnancy. Being able to connect with other expectant mothers and hear from Marissa on tips and recommendations for pregnancy and childbirth was invaluable."
Anne, Framingham, MA
Stephanie in a safe, seated twist for pregnancy.
Marissa and her son, Elijah, in 2008.
"Before her all is beautiful, she moves, Behind her all is beautiful, she moves." ~ Navajo
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