Lorena is an experienced registered bilingual yoga instructor, who has led yoga classes, trainings, workshops and retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and Mexico for over a decade. Her journey started around 2002 when she took her first class and knew that yoga would be part of her life forever. She traveled to Rishikesh India with her mentor Samantha Shakti and experienced the roots of the practice at Parmarth Niketan Ashram. She took her first 200 hour Teacher Training at Avalon Yoga Center in Palo Alto in 2007, followed by a prenatal yoga training at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and a Whole Birth Yoga certification with Robin Sale in Santa Cruz.
She expanded her yoga studies by completing a 108-hour Anusara Immersion at Yoga of Los Altos followed by the 100 hour Anusara Teacher Training with Kenneth Graham in 2008. After the birth of her son, Diego, she completed the Mom & Baby Pi-Yo Play Teacher Training in 2009 and apprenticed for mom & baby yoga under Julianne Rice.
Lorena deepened her foundation in pregnancy, birth, and early parenting through the Birthing From Within childbirth training in 2010. In 2010 she received her "It's Yoga Kids" certification in San Francisco, that allowed her to share her passion with her own kids and offer family yoga retreats. She took her 300 hour advanced yoga certification in 2016 at BAY (Balanced Action Yoga) with an amazing faculty of teachers such as Samantha Shakti, Kenny Graham, Alice, Kennedy, Siri Cavanna, Kelly Blaser, Mike Lane and other guest teachers. This training gave her the tools to fully understand the biomechanics of the body to prevent and work around injuries by building smart sequences for a sustainable yoga practice suitable to ANY population.
In 2017 she co-founded the In Harmony Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training school with Nanci Shakthi Nardona offering an 85 hour Prenatal Yoga Certification Program.
In 2018 she expanded her trainings and studied Functional Nutrition with Andrea Nakayama and became a graduate of Functional Nutrition Lab, Full Body Systems training and attained her certification as a Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner in 2020 and has been growing her Functional Nutrition Practice ever since.
Her latest project was to merge all her expertise and creating a program designed for pregnant moms called "The Complete Pregnancy Solution" in 2022.
This Prenatal Yoga Training Workshop will take place at Blossom Birth in Palo Alto. Nanci and Lorena are highly-trained and experienced alignment-based perinatal yoga teachers who have created this program based on their combined 37 years of perinatal yoga teaching experience.