I'm Kyla Saphir. I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years in every city I’ve lived in. I began practicing restorative yoga as a balance to my active lifestyle. Yoga provided me with a calm and healing space to unwind and recover. While teaching in early childhood classrooms in Seattle, Buenos Aires, and Chicago, I used yoga to help de-stress and center myself after long days with preschoolers, Kindergartners and second graders.
During my pregnancy with my daughter in Seattle, I practiced prenatal and postnatal yoga. The classes gave me a time to connect to my ever changing body and baby as well as helping me build a community of soon to be mothers and new moms. I fell in love with pre/postnatal yoga and the benefits they provided. When I moved to Columbia in 2016, there were no yoga classes offered for pregnant women or new moms at the time. My goal in getting certified to become a yoga instructor was to grow and support this community of women through yoga.
I decided to pursue my 200 hour yoga certification through Sakhi Yoga Training in Columbia SC, which I completed in August 2017. I knew I wanted to teach yoga to pregnant women and new moms so I went on to complete my Prenatal and Postnatal 85 hour certification in the spring of 2018 through the Prenatal Yoga Center of New York. I am also certified to teach Hypnomothering, a technique to help moms have a gentler, more rested transition into motherhood.
I currently teach private Virtual yoga classes including Prenatal, Postnatal, and Partner classes. When I’m not teaching yoga, I’m playing in my garden, exploring Columbia, and hanging out with my husband, our 4 year old daughter, and a crazy GIANT puppy.
Want to know more about yoga and pregnancy?
Want to know the benefits of yoga for women during pregnancy? Want to learn some yoga poses for pregnancy, labor, and birth that you can practice at home? Need tips to keep your sanity as a new mom? Click below for essays I wrote answering these questions!