Like all of us at Harmony, our massage therapists have a passion for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care of moms and families, going way beyond the minimum requirements for a “safe” massage during this very special time in your life.
They are each additionally certified in the specialty of prenatal and postpartum therapeutic massage, and have each dedicated a minimum of 2 years (in most cases many more!) towards this dedicated specialty.
Lori Petropoulos, CMT, PRYT
As both a massage therapist and yoga teacher, Lori’s mission is to facilitate joyful healing and the awakening of both inner peace and inner strength. Lori is known for her grounded and energetic classes that invite you to explore your edge mindfully and cultivate a meaningful dialogue with the breath and the body. She hopes to invoke in all of her students a sense of compassion, curiosity, and creativity. In her massage sessions, she creates a sacred space so that you may move towards healing and wholeness, find peace, and reconnect with your own self. Two lively little ones call her mama; she is deeply passionate about supporting women through the journey of pregnancy and early motherhood.
Nanci Shakti Nardona, CMT, E-RYT500, RPYT, YACEP
Nanci’s energy, passion, and experience are a real gift to Harmony and to her students. This comes across clearly as her classes are in high demand, full of variety and fun,
with focus on safe alignment and the therapeutic applications of yoga. Building community and support is something she cherished during her own pregnancy while practicing Whole Birth Yoga, which is one of the many reasons she loves teaching Harmony mamas and families.
She was introduced to yoga in 1990 while on a meditation retreat and has been passionate about it ever since. Her yoga studies begin in Los Angeles with world-renowned teachers Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, and especially, Bryan Kest. After moving to San Jose in 1998, her studies continued with Kent Bond, Joyce Anue, Robin Sale, Scott Blossom, Paul Grilley, Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, Samantha Shakti Matthews and Kenny Graham. Nanci holds an advanced certification in Hatha yoga, focusing on breath awareness, structural alignment and relaxation. She instructs all ages and stages of life ~ Prenatal Yoga, Mommy & Baby Yoga, Mom’s Yoga, Prenatal Couples Yoga & Massage, Partner Yoga & Massage, Gentle Yoga, Alignment-Based Hatha, and Restorative Yoga. Nanci teaches weekly yoga classes in San Jose and leads workshops in the Bay Area. She travels and studies with Vaidyaji Priyanka, an Ayurvedic practitioner from a 722-year old lineage of Ayurvedic experts, to teach yoga and meditation. Nanci is currently studying the Vedic healing art of Marma. In 2016, Nanci completed a doula training to further support her pregnant mamas. In 2017, she co-created IN HARMONY Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Lorena Martinez Michel, 500-Hour E-RYT. Together they share their collective wisdom and experience in
training and mentoring new prenatal yoga teachers. Their prenatal yoga school is registered with Yoga Alliance.
While pregnant in 2001, she attended her first Whole Birth yoga class and found her true calling. During her pregnancy, she became certified in Whole Birth Yoga, specializing in prenatal and postnatal yoga with Robin Sale. Continuing her yoga studies with Joyce Anue in 2003-2004, Nanci completed the Y.E.S. teacher training and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (200-Hour RYT) with Yoga Alliance. In 2009, she added a certification in Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. Nanci completed an Anusara Immersion with Samantha Shakti Matthews and Kenny Graham in 2012, followed by her advanced 300-hour training with Anusara-trained teachers Samantha and Kenny, Siri Peterson, Alice Kennedy and Kelly Blazer, who collectively formed the Balanced Action Yoga (BAY) School. In 2015, Nanci achieved her 500-Hour E-RYT certification through Yoga Alliance.
In addition to yoga, she is one of our massage practitioners here at Harmony, supporting new mamas and mamas-to-be. Nanci is a member of BABI (Bay Area Birth Information), a certified massage practitioner with California Massage Therapy Council, a Reiki practitioner, and a life-long student of Ayurveda. Besides yoga and meditation, she especially enjoys music, international travel, hikes and walks in nature, spending time with friends and family, and being with her teenage daughter, Gia.
Visit www.aatmayogawithnanci.com for a complete list of current classes and workshops.