The mission of OmMama, LLC, is to offer topnotch, comprehensive prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor training for yoga teachers who wish to serve childbearing families.
We believe that childbirth is a transformative event in women’s lives that affects families, communities, and the larger culture. All women should have access to respectful, compassionate prenatal and postpartum services and support that promote the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies.
Leslie Lytle first began working in complementary health care in 1982 as a massage practitioner at the University of Texas at Austin. After moving to Richmond Virginia, she co-founded Movement Resources, Inc., Richmond’s first group massage therapy and movement re-education practice in 1986. Her passion for pregnancy and birth began in 1992, when she completed a certification in perinatal massage, and deepened with the natural birth of her son in 1996. As Coordinator of Somatic Therapies and Education at the Mind Body Medicine Center at Retreat Hospital, she developed innovative pilot programs that incorporated massage therapy into in-patient settings, including an in-patient postpartum massage program.
In 1999, she trained as a doula through the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (now toLabor), and has been privileged to attend numerous births. A Certified Laban Movement Analyst , Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200, RYT500, and RPYT) with Yoga Alliance, and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Movement Studies and a master’s in Sociology, where her area of interest was women’s experience of the body and health. Since 2004, over 250 teachers have completed her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program.
In 2012, with the support of dedicated former students and childbirth advocates, she founded Nurture, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of childbearing families through fitness, education, social support, and community engagement. Nurture’s goal is to create a dedicated maternity resource center for Richmond’s childbearing families and the professionals who serve this audience.
In her teaching, Leslie blends yoga and meditation with imagery, poetry, and a deep understanding of the experience of pregnancy and birth. She has studied with and continues to learn from teachers such as Roger Cole, Donna Farhi, Gabriel Halpern, Elise Browning Miller, and Leslie Howard. She has completed advanced training in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield and Colette Crawford, instructor training in Prenatal/Postpartum Exercise with Elizabeth Noble, and is certified as a Pre/Postnatal Health and Fitness Instructor with Dancing Thru Pregnancy® Inc. Leslie brings to her yoga classes a love of movement, an eye for alignment, and a deep respect for the body’s inherent wisdom.