Prenatal Yoga Classes in Acton
In-Studio & Online @ RCY!
- Mondays @ 12:15pm w/ Erica Taylor (in-studio & online)
- Tuesdays @ 5:45pm w/ Valerie Kacian (in-studio & online)
- Sundays @ 9am w/ Megan Peculis (in-studio & online)
Register w/ regular class passes @ https://yogaacton.com/class-schedule/
Whether you are a regular yoga practitioner or trying it for the first time, prenatal yoga is a beautiful way to connect with yourself, your health and your baby at any stage of your pregnancy. Build strength, confidence and peace as you ease common discomforts of pregnancy and prepare yourself for childbirth through dynamic flows, restorative poses and deep breathing.
“I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your prenatal class and the way that you teach us. I had my little guy three weeks ago (the Saturday after my last class) and have been meaning to write to you ever since. I left class Thursday night feeling empowered, strong and peaceful at 40w. I began labor the following morning and took my peaceful feelings into my labor and delivery. I could hear your voice in my head reminding me to breath a breath I could hear and to focus only on my breath- I was able to relax the rest of my body and only focus energy where it was needed. I was able to truly be mentally present for the birth of my son, each contraction felt like progress rather than fear which is what happened last time. Labor was strong and fast, but I felt strong and capable and I credit so much of that to practicing yoga weekly with such a capable and wonderful teacher. Thank you for your part in helping us achieve a natural and wonderful birth.” – Danielle
RCY’s Prenatal Yoga Teachers
A still active squash player for 30+ years and a sporadic distance runner for 15+ years, Wendy found her way to the mat a few years ago and with it a new-found appreciation for peace and balance in both mind and body through meditation and Yoga. With a clear understanding of what it is to have limited range of motion and the sheer joy of modification and props, Wendy brings a practical and realistic approach to her Yoga practice and teaching. Wendy graduated from her 200YTT with Cindy Boulter in May 2018 and continues to develop her knowledge and practice by participating in classes and workshops at RCY. She will begin her 300YTT journey with Theresa Murphy in November 2018.
Valerie started a yoga practice in 2001 shortly after the birth of her daughter. Initially seeking to balance out an active fitness routine, the practice became a life’s journey. It was from day one on the mat that she knew she would teach, and share this journey with others. She has a special interest in working with students within their own range of motion tuning into pure, functional movement in the body. Valerie believes anyone can practice and experience the benefits of yoga. She uses a whole-hearted approach to encourage students to connect deeply to movement within their own bodies. Valerie teaches Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Mat Pilates, Hatha Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga, Toddler & Me Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, and Restorative. She also hosts a YouTube channel offering yoga to those who may have limitations to accessing a class in studio.
Valerie completed her 200 hour certification in May, 2018 with Cindy Boulter, 85 hour Prenatal & Postnatal certification with Bec Conant of Om Births in 2019, and completed her 500 hour certification with Cindy Boulter and Theresa Murphy in 2021. Additional training includes Reiki I & II, Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, Restorative certification, Yin certification, Mat Pilates training, pelvic health training, and an apprenticeship with Jacqui Bonwell. Valerie also holds a Women’s Health certification and is working with Sarah Duvall to become a PCES (Prenatal/Postnatal Certified Exercise Specialist.) Additionally, she is working to complete a 200 hour yoga certification in Children’s Yoga. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children, reading, writing, true crime podcasts, spending time with her family, and connecting with the natural world.
Registered Yoga Alliance 500 hr.
Balance Athlete Certified
Reiki I Certified
Like so many others, Jenny Meshna began practicing Yoga in 2005 as a way to become more flexible. After only a handful of classes she was amazed to find that Yoga not only made her more flexible, but it also built up her strength, calmed her mind easing every day anxieties and all around livened her soul. Overjoyed with all of the benefits Yoga brought to her own life she knew she wanted to share this experience with as many people as possible.
This led her to her 200-hour Hatha Teacher Training taught by Robin Anderson in 2010. Now teaching Vinyasa Yoga in the Merrimack Valley area, Jenny completed her 300-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training taught by Jacqui Bonwell in the Spring of 2015. When Jenny is not teaching Yoga, she is a full time Caregiver making everyday life more accessible and enjoyable for the elderly. She encourages everyone, on and off the mat, to meet life exactly as they are and let go. Let go of expectation. Let go of anticipation. And breathe.
Megan has been practicing yoga since 2008 and has always been passionate about health, wellness, and the study of human nature. After completing a Bachelor’s in Psychology, she focused her attention on caring for her growing family, now quite full with four kids. She’s found a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and understanding through being a mother that quickly turned her to the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga.
In 2021, Megan completed her 200-hr teacher training with lead trainer Cindy Boulter. She continues to study yoga to work towards her 500-hr teacher training under teacher Michelle Young. Yoga, to Megan, is so much more than the physical time spent on the mat but how that practice translates to how each of us live our daily lives. Learning more about oneself through the ancient yet timeless philosophy of yoga is the center of her practice and goal as both a practitioner and a teacher.
Yoga has guided me through so many life stages: athletics, two pregnancies, work stresses, injuries, emotional rollercoasters, etc. That’s part of what I love about this practice, that it can shapeshift and become exactly what you need in a particular moment. Whatever is happening in your life, it is all welcome. You are welcome.
My wish for your yoga practice is that it enables you to come home to yourself, to find alignment in all ways. And may that alignment be a springboard for you to take strength and lightness in body and being off the mat into your life. Together, we can discover how yoga can meet you at this moment in your personal journey, and help you walk forward with more clarity and ease.
Erica completed her 500-hour teacher training in 2009 at the Nosara Yoga Institute with Don and Amba Stapleton. Their emphasis on yoga being an inquiry into the self, that the guru lies within, greatly influences her teaching today. Her studies have woven in and out of modalities, curious about how other practitioners view the body. She became the program manager of an Experiential Yoga Anatomy course to train other yoga teachers on the multi-dimensional being. She completed Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training with Harvey Deutch, refining techniques that combine physical therapy and yoga, incorporating therapy balls, wall ropes, and creativity to inspire alignment of the self.
Passionate about supporting the mama community, she began studying perinatal yoga in 2011 and earned her RPYT (Prenatal Yoga Teacher) in 2015 with Mama Tree, led by Jane Austin. She also completed Pelvic Floor Teacher Training and Well Woman Yoga Therapy training.
In addition to yoga, she is a certified acupressure practitioner through the McKinnon Institute, and loves helping clients find ease through a blend of yoga and acupressure. She is also a personal trainer through the NSCA, a Fitness for Golf Professional by Titleist, and trained in pranassage, a yoga and bodywork combination.
A yoga student for 20 years and a teacher for over 15 years, Erica’s classes are uplifting and playful, yet rooted in functional movement and the great inquiry of the self. She continues to draw inspiration from her loved ones, students, and life experiences. When not on the mat, she can often be found with her kids, her camera, and nature!