Originally from San Francisco, Gayle is a mother, writer, teacher, doula and passionate childbirth educator and advocate. For 18 years she has served mothers, partners and babies as both a labor support doula and postpartum guide. In 2005 she created Shakti Ma in Maplewood NJ, where for seven years she directed the pre and postnatal yoga and childbirth education programs. She is a graduate of Integral Yoga Institute and received her advanced pregnancy yoga certification from Gurmukh at Golden Bridge, NYC. She completed additional training with Jennifer Petit of Vira Yoga and with Krissy Shields of Maha Mama, and her advanced doula training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro. She is also a certified lactation consultant. Initiated into yoga while pregnant with her first child, she is committed to continual exploration and evolution in her own Ashtanga influenced yoga practice, and strives to maintain the ever elusive balance of sun and moon. Both her teaching craft and her personal practice are fortified by the light of many amazing teachers on her path; she is especially grateful for the sustained inspiration from the teachers of Kula Yoga Project and Prema Yoga. Gayle recently moved with back to the City with her husband and two adventurous teenagers and is delighted to be rooted once again in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn.