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INSIDE OUR NETWORK: MEET DEB FLASHENBERG OF PRENATAL YOGA CENTER

As the founder of Prenatal Yoga Center, Deb Flashberg is a pioneer in the prenatal space.  As an avid FITiST, new mom, and business owner, she truly wears many hats and inspires us all. We caught up with Deb to learn a little more about her and all things MOM.


Where are you from (born/ raised)?

I am from a suburb of Boston, Andover. 


What inspired you to become a prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor and to create the Prenatal Yoga Center of NYC?

As strange as it may sound, I kind of stumbled upon prenatal and postnatal yoga. I was teaching a different style of yoga and was becoming rather disenchanted by it.  One day after class, some of the other teachers and I were discussing other styles of yoga and someone started talking about prenatal yoga. I thought to myself: “that would be an interesting path to checkout”.  I researched training programs and ended up at the Seattle Holistic Center to study with a renowned teacher, Collette Crawford.  After completing the training, I was teaching out of a small space before opening the Prenatal Yoga Center. 

 

I was definitely inspired and influenced by the Seattle Holistic Center in the creation of PYC.  I wanted a place that offered more than simply yoga.  I had a vision of a full, supportive space that would foster community and give new and expectant mothers classes that would help guide them through this new phase of their life.
 

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INSIDE OUR NETWORK: MEET NIKITA MAXWELL OF THE PRENATAL YOGA CENTER

Where are you from (born/ raised)?

Mehama, Oregon. It's a tiny timber town in the Cascade mountain range (population less than 300). 

 

What do you love most about being a New Yorker?

I love the vibrant diverse communities. I love that you can invent yourself and find your own unique niche--no matter how improbable or ridiculous it may seem.

 

What inspired you to become a prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor?

I had a moment shortly after completing my yoga teacher training in 2004 when I just knew this was the direction my teaching would take. I stood there looking at a flyer advertising a prenatal yoga teacher training and thought that was what I was supposed to do. It just felt right, authentic. I always thought that if there was a need for yoga and everything it teaches us--opening up and welcoming change, emotional, physical, and mental balance, the importance of nurturing oneself, and shifting perspective--it was absolutely during pregnancy, labor and motherhood. 

 

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