I grew up in a small city in Orange County and loved playing sports. My grandma and I would take step aerobics together and I adored her gym community. In high school, I discovered dance through show choir and cheer leading. I was drawn to dance and quickly discovered a hidden talent for choreography. My senior year, I started my first paid teaching job and taught aerobics to our football team to help with their agility. I auditioned to be an all-star cheer leader and traveled to Paris, France. Post-graduation, I got hired on as an United Spirit Association Cheer Instructor for summer camps, judging competitions, and choreography.
I continued cheer leading for my college as well as picked up jobs teaching aerobics, body sculpt and dance. I played soccer a semester abroad in Bronxville, New York and traveled each summer to multiple colleges teaching for USA Cheer. I began teaching classes for 24 hour Fitness and absorbed every format they offered which included my introduction to yoga through YogaFit. I started teaching yoga in 2000 and worked with a Physical Therapist and led patients in therapeutic exercise. I thought that I would continue my education to become a doctor in PT but found that billing insurance and writing S.O.A.P. notes was not where I wanted to spend my energy.
I became a certified YogaWorks Teacher Trainer, specializing in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and to my own surprise, started my own company. I was inspired to start Yoga Family Health in 2012 when both of my sisters were simultaneously pregnant (with my niece and nephew born only 8 days apart) and the company evolved to a Better Birth. I have always loved traveling and have had many wonderful opportunities leading trainings and retreats in Los Angeles, Japan, China, Mexico, Minnesota, San Francisco, Costa Rica, Orange County, and the Bahamas.
I love supporting moms, movement instructors, and birth workers for the many transitions of conception, pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. My son is one of my greatest teachers, and I personally believe it takes a village to support a mother. I am your "mama cheerleader" and I encourage community for the birth of your family.
Find out more at www.chrissycanning.com