Our Yoga Mamas director, Randi Coen Gilbert has spent over 20 years as a child advocate and yoga teacher. Always strongly wanting mothers to get the best start possible, she became a doula in 2013. These passions blend in her prenatal and postnatal classes. She knows that Moms are not only benefiting physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually, which in turn leads to better birth outcomes and benefits their babies. She loves that her students had a great birth experience due to the tools they learned in yoga class, that they made some of their closest friends in class, and how the lessons are also helping them in their parenting.
Randi’s work on the pain management team as a therapist at Children’s Hospital, gave Randi deep awareness of the hospital environment with expertise in dealing with discomfort. Her Masters Degree from NYU in Drama Therapy built her foundation in creatively addressing mental health and relationship needs.
As a teacher Randi wants to break down barriers of access to yoga practice and to quality pre & postnatal care. Randi speaks to the discrepancies our system of class and race have on birth in her teaching, and advocates for all families. 10% of her teaching profits will go to Black Mamas Matter Alliance who ‘envision a world where Black moms have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during and after pregnancy and the Maternity Care Coalition whose mission is to ‘ improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families, and enhance school readiness for children 0-3.’
Randi also feels it is important to honor and give credit to her teaching lineage from Shri Yogendra in Classical Hatha Yoga through YogaLife Institute. She fulfilled a dream and had the honor of studying with Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra along with other Indian teachers and students at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India last year.
Kristin Schultz, BS, 500 RYT, has spent her adult life working with mothers, parents and children teaching everything from yoga to conscious discipline to mindful childbirth. It was during her own pregnancies she uncovered the powerful benefits of mind-body awareness and self-care. Her passion to share these teachings and inspire her community to live their fullest potential has led her to found Zia Yoga & Wellness.
She has in-depth specializations including Ayurveda, AyurYoga, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Facilitation, Training and Mentorship. In addition to her experience teaching yoga and training others, Kristin brings over 15 years experience in business operations as a consultant in the early childhood education, health and wellness, and social and behavioral research industries. She graduated with Distinction from the Pennsylvania State University earning a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies.
Sarah Yukie Gingrich
Sarah Yukie Gingrich, BS, E-RYT 500, discovered the joy of teaching during her Montessori elementary education. A childhood filled with imaginative play and exposure to the joys of outside play, morphed through many phases until she felt the transformative power of yoga in 2001. Sarah completed her first 500 hour certification in 2003, trained as a movement and postural analyst in 2011, and evolves her movement and wellness offerings by leading classes, sessions, and trainings for over 15 years.
Committed to extraordinary transformation, Sarah has led around the globe. After developing her skills as a life coach in 2009, she integrated embodied leadership coaching for individuals, companies, and non-profits to transform and empower their communities. Sarah founded Create Karma, a not-for-profit social enterprise to provide accessible transformational leadership and wellness trainings through collaborative facilitation, in 2015.
A mother and partner, Sarah loves living in Lancaster, PA, and serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Business Center.