Yesterday, we got to introduce you to Chelsea. Now let's get to know wonder woman, Yaz!
Yaz arrived to doulahood by the way of (postnatal) Yoga and her Mexican lineage. As a yoga teacher trainee in the United States, she observed a class where a group of women in the trenches of brand new motherhood would hold each other with sweet solidarity and fierce kindness. In an instant, all the tales of women caring for each other and their babies told by her mother and grandmother back in Mexico were happening in front of her. Even in another country, in another language, it was still sisterhood in the rawest and most empowering form. She was hooked! With that, she became trained and certified by Doula Trainings International.
Yaz is a lifelong student of Yoga (with a passion for Ayurveda), a lifelong student of birth, of mamahood, of sister/brotherhood. She strives to offer what she honors the most: the space to feel heard, held, supported and loved.
Yaz has experience working alongside women of different cultural backgrounds. She’s doula’d (love this verb) in different settings for a wide diversity of women and families. She loves listening to people’s stories, using her rebozo, her oils for mean foot massages, and her newly acquired belly binding skills.
9 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Yaz
Was born and raised in Mexico City
Is part Mexican, part Greek, part American (good food is in her genes, guys!)
Has been a vegetarian for 17 years, but secretly wishes she could eat gyros and tacos al pastor
Is hopelessly in love with the 90’s (where have all the grungers and Lilith Fairs gone? *sighs*
Wants to be a dancer, violinist, and spoken word artist when she grows up
Has loved owls and sloths WAY before the hipsters discovered their magic
Has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in Education Development
Left the life she had built in Mexico, and moved to Austin to marry her best friend. #EpicWin
Hates routine but needs it
Loves coffee. Coffee doesn’t love her back. True story.
Learned to ride a bike in her 30’s (never too late to be humbled by gravity, right?)
Loves and fosters sisterly/brotherly bonds with people
Has a special interest in working alongside underserved populations
Worked with indigenous communities in both the North and South of Mexico, to design and build intercultural learning environments
Loves to binge on TED talks (nerd alert!)
Loves to photograph glimpses of beauty in unlikely places
Sings in the shower and on her way to births pretty much always
- Loves to hug, but has total respect for non-huggers (however, if you are a hugger and see Yaz, make her day and hug away!)