Lindsey Tjernlund, MAT, CD(DONA), RYT-200, RPYT

Lindsey Tjernlund, MAT, CD(DONA), RYT-200, RPYT

Hello! My name is Lindsey and I am a birth doula, yoga instructor, and writer. Pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period are highly intimate and transformative times for a woman. I consider it a true honor to be invited into such an important moment in a family's story. 

 

I attended my first birth in 2008 for a friend in need of a birth partner. It was a beautiful, meaningful, and inspiring experience. Although I had learned about doulas in my undergrad work and relished the opportunity to support my friend, it never occurred to me to label myself a doula. It wasn't until I had my own children and understood personally the need for supportive care that I dove into the birth world. 

After the premature birth of my second baby girl in the fall of 2015, I was fortunate enough to work with an incredible postpartum doula who educated and supported my partner, our little ones, and me as we transitioned into a family of four. Finally, it dawned on me to begin the journey to becoming a doula. 

I moved quickly; I took the DONA birth doula workshop in the summer of 2016 and became certified the following spring. I began volunteering as a doula at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minnesota and attended numerous births for private clients as I worked on my certification. Other continuing education courses I’ve attended include a Hypnobirthing series, a breastfeeding workshop, and a maternal mental health seminar.

Long before I had kids or became a doula, I was introduced to yoga. I have been practicing for over ten years and have discovered a deep appreciation for the mind-body connection the time on my mat provides. Although I used to think of myself as a "non-athlete", I have discovered strength and flexibility I didn’t know I had through my yoga practice. 

Sharing the lessons of yoga with others through teaching prenatal, mama + baby, and vinyasa flow classes has become one of my passions. There is no distinction between the tools I need to support a birthing mama and the knowledge I bring to a yoga class. My philosophy in either situation is “active body, quiet mind.” 

I began the teacher training process in the summer of 2017. I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Allison Drusch at Lifecore Yoga, as well as my 85 hour pre and postnatal training with Blooma’s Sarah Longacre, Stacy Seebart, and Betsy Sundell. I continue to learn and grow in my own practice, as well as search for new insights into how I can best serve the people who come to my classes. 

Prior to entering the birth world, I taught Spanish at a classical charter school in St. Paul, ran an in-school tutoring center, and worked as an interpreter for Spanish speaking families in my local school district. I am an educator at heart; I love guiding groups of students toward greater understanding.

Education and Certifications:

RYT-200, RPYT - Yoga Alliance

CD(DONA)

MA, Teaching - Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota

BA, Women's Studies and Spanish Literature - University of Wisconsin-Madison