About Anna Starikov and Blossoming Yogis

I discovered yoga over 10 years ago to help manage the stress of my Wall Street job. My love of yoga continued to grow when I moved back to the Seattle area and started attending prenatal yoga classes during my first pregnancy.

Although my pregnancy was wonderful, my labor and delivery was very challenging and ended in an emergency Cesarean Birth. My recovery was slow and filled with struggles and I found myself having a hard time accepting the way in which the birth of my daughter unfolded.

This started an important journey of self-exploration which has led me to discover that there is so much attached to the birth experience and over time and after speaking to many other women about their birth experiences, I realized that I wasn’t alone in this struggle. I found that when a birth doesn’t go “as planned,” many women feel a sense of failure.

I then dedicated myself to learning more about the birthing process and was finally able to heal and make peace with my birth experience. In 2006, I welcomed my son into the world and my birth experience with him was much different – I was able to have a successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.) I credit this largely to my new found understanding of the birthing process as well as a better knowledge of my own body. But most importantly, I learned to let go and let my body and the baby do what they innately know how to do. At this point, I knew that I had gone through these experiences for a reason and knew I had to pay it forward.

Since then, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program based on the Viniyoga style of yoga at Yoga Studio Be in Kirkland and became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2009. I continued my training by studying Prenatal Yoga with Colette Crawford of the Seattle Holistic Center and began teaching Prenatal Yoga classes in 2009. I am also a Certified Baby, Tot, Tyke and Little Family Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Facilitator and have completed the Foundations level of the YogaKids training.

I founded Blossoming Yogis, a yoga program for Babies, Tots and Tykes and expectant Moms, in 2008 to help Moms connect with their babies from the start of their journey into motherhood and beyond.

I started this blog to share the unique and beautiful stories of my students’ births. I hope that these stories will help expectant women gain more insight about the birthing process and have a chance to see that each birth is special and must be celebrated. I also hope that the process of sharing their own birth stories will help women who may not be happy with their birth experience, to heal so they can focus on their babies.

I would like to give special thanks to my Teachers, Lisa Christian, Colette Crawford, Richelle Ricard, Lynda Meeder and Helen Garabedian, for sharing so much with me over the years and for being such a huge part of my journey.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. K  |  May 31, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I love your website Anna! I will someday soon post my (Ellie’s) birth story. I have been processing it all this time and healing from my past. Now I feel like I see the whole picture and am really enjoying my own little family. Currently I am working grudgingly on my resume and portfolio for in preparation for finding a job. When that’s done, I’ll get to turn my attention back to all the fun we’ve been having.

    Love and Light,


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