Hi, my name is Zoa. To know me is to either adore me or to really not. I am ok with that. I strive to be the best me I can be and to improve myself in new ways all the time. I am a life long learner of things that interest me and I enjoy sharing that knowledge with you! When I was growing up I split my time between dancing (and teaching it) and the math/logic parts of school. I rushed through school, college, and grad school eager to learn in depth about the scientific world. My PhD in Physics took me around the world to lecture and learn. The experiment I worked on earned the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and our leader won the Nobel Prize in 2015. My mind requested new directions and I happily obliged! Entreé to fields like babies, whole foods cooking, natural childbirth, permaculture gardening, homeschooling, breastfeeding, personal environmental activism, and then finally back to movement. I found yoga, and now look where I am!
I am well versed in the beauty of ballet having worn my fair share of buns and tutus and point shoes while growing up and even through college. Ballet felt completely different when I returned to it post babies! Now, I combines my early love of Ballet with my new love of Pilates and voila! Enter Barre class! I am a Total Barre® Qualified Instructor.
My interest in fascia began with the Pelvic Power workshop by Eric Franklin of the Franklin Method. The entire world opened up after that! I was intrigued by how the body’s tension and sensory system creates a deep connection between body, mind, and emotions. I began experimenting with fascia props (toys!) and pursued training as a Zen•Ga® Qualified Instructor from Merrithew™, online courses about the Franklin Method®, and most recently completed training in Merrithew™ Fascial Movement.
NATURAL BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING
I naturally birthed two babies that are now quite independent. Both births were attended by a midwife; one at a hospital and one at home. My babies were 10 lbs 2 oz and 8 lbs when they first saw the sun. I was trained in the Bradley Method® but now independently teach natural birth. I have helped many a mother/baby dyad successfully breastfeed as a La Leche League Leader for many years and am now a retired Leader. I share my experience and knowledge about natural and organic living from my perspective as a trained scientist. I offer natural childbirth education with a focus on understanding the birth process, meeting the needs of the laboring woman, and smoothing the path for baby’s entrance to the world. I will happily encourage a struggling mothers as she learns to trust herself and to breastfeed her baby.
PELVIC FLOOR AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH
My expertise in pelvic floor health comes from various learning and teaching opportunities. My personal practice with pelvic floor work during my pregnancies and beyond give me experience to draw on for explanations that make concepts click for clients. Training as a natural childbirth educator, yoga teacher, and Pilates instructor mesh well to offer a variety of tools for connecting to, strengthening, and releasing pelvic floor tension. I became a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist with Dr Sarah Ellis Duvall which trained me to identify and correct pelvic floor, abdominal, hip, foot, spine, and shoulder issues related to a weak or damaged core from pregnancy or other sources. I have worked with powerlifters, moms of twins, older men with hernias, and many more to reconnect them to the proper functioning of their core musculature so they can build strength and recruit the proper amount of tension for whatever you need!
I am a STOTT Pilates® Certified Instructor fully educated and qualified to offer exercise programming on the Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Barrels, and Matwork with additional Certification in Injuries and Special Populations. I enjoy focussing on teaching you about how your body is constructed and works so you can feel your muscles and build strength and control from the inside out.
Yoga has been part of my life since 2007. Like many others, I enjoyed the physical practice of yoga exclusively at first before being shown the wonders and joys of the rest of yoga. Now, not a day goes by where I do not practice yoga off my mat; I practice on my mat as often as I can.
Over 1000 hours of teaching yoga explains why I can tailor a class to meet the needs of every person in the room. I am an E-RYT200 teacher registered with Yoga Alliance.
My experience and knowledge is sometimes shared with other yoga teachers through Continuing Education workshops or private instructor mentoring. I am an approved Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).
Zoa’s studio, her way of teaching, her knowledge of the body, and her music creates a wonderful place to go to help me focus, feel more centered, and closer to my real self. Thank you!Margo, R.N.