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Reise (pronounced Rise - ahh) is an experienced doula, educator, yoga instructor, bodyworker, parent mentor and mother based in the Bay Area. Her diverse interests inform her integrative approach to healing, yoga, birth, spirituality and to life. A passion for building community, education, advocacy, women's issues, ritual and life passages inspired her to become a doula. She completed prenatal and postpartum doula training at Natural Resources, Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensive with Elizabeth Davis and Advanced Doula Training with Gloria Lemay. She is an advanced Birthing From Within Mentor and as a doula employs various methods and techniques to support, inform and comfort women and their families throughout the birth process.

She believes every woman and her partner deserve compassionate, non-judgmental care and strives to meet them wherever they are starting. Her philosophy is that every birth is sacred, regardless of external factors, and that all women have the right to respect, dignity and informed consent. She is grateful to all the mothers and their families who have been her teachers about birth and helped light the way.

Reise has been practicing and studying yoga for 17 years. At an early age, she discovered the enlivening power of movement through dance and gymnastics, later helping others to find that connection as a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer. She has studied various styles of yoga with many teachers, including Ana Forrest, Sharon Gannon, Gary Kraftsow, David Life, Judith Lasater, Sarah Powers, Max Strom, Rod Stryker, Sally Kempton, and her main teacher, Shiva Rea. Reise's classes are a blend of yogic philosophy, energetic alignment, awareness of breath, mindfulness, eclectic music, self exploration and playful discovery.

Reise completed the coursework for an M.A. in Humanities and remains so immersed in birthwork that she has almost forgotten about finishing her thesis. She has taught a wide variety of subjects from drama and visual art to social issues and religious studies.

When not working, she enjoys time with her life-partner (a Nurse Practitioner and former paramedic) and young son, hiking and being in nature, making art, hoop-dancing to world music, watching independent films, reading, taking all kinds of classes from social neuroscience to Swedish Massage and world travel.
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