Carol Gray is the founder and director of MamaSpace Yoga. She tried her first yoga class in 1976. Since then she has sampled and consistently practiced many styles of yoga. She currently practices (for the last several years) power vinyasa. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with others.
Carol has dedicated her professional life to supporting expectant and new families by promoting gentle aware birth. She attended births for over 35 years – at first as a doula and from 2000 to 2012 as a homebirth midwife. She has since retired from attending births in order to focus on practicing and teaching CST and prenatal yoga.
Carol has been a therapeutic bodyworker for over 29 years. She specializes in Craniosacral Therapy for pregnant and postpartum people and infants. Carol has spent years developing hands-on techniques to enhance the mobility in a pregnant bodies including the bony pelvis, her abdominal organs, the support structures and lower segment of her uterus. The goal is to give babies more room to develop, grow and get born. Her specially-designed yoga classes have grown naturally from the roots of bodywork and yoga.
Babies who have more room to grow and move during gestation are less likely to develop conditions like torticollis (and the resultant positional plagiocephaly), hip dysplasia and scoliosis. They are less likely to lodge in the mother’s pelvis in a less than ideal birth position such as occiput posterior, military or asynclitic. This means that they are more inclined to be born normally – without surgery, forceps or vacuum extractors. Their labors have a better chance of beginning on time and progressing efficiently.
Carol is proud to offer prenatal yoga classes for people in all stages of pregnancy and prenatal yoga teacher trainings taught from a midwifery model of care perspective. These classes enhance and support the bodywork she practices and teaches for pregnant people.
Carol holds E-RYT 200, YACP and RPYT certifications from Yoga Alliance. She completed prenatal yoga teacher training with Marisa Toriggino at Yoga Garden San Francisco. Carol has also studied yoga with Doug Keller, Leslie Howard, Leslie Kaminoff, Shiva Rea, Tiffany Cruikshank, Julie Gudmestad, Sarana Miller and many others.