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Who is
Sweet Momma?

Hi! I'm Elise Bowerman and I love to engage in the sweetness of life. Nothing is sweeter and more raw than the sacred journey childbirth provides women and birth-givers. As a pre/postnatal yoga teacher since 2009, I have witnessed an increasing number of women awakening to become conscious creators of the life they live. 

Through the ancient practices of yoga, evidence-based research in childbirth & birth psychology, and my personal holistic wellness background I help others reclaim the matriarch as a powerful source of inspiration and wisdom.

I have dedicated my own motherhood path to release inherited dysfunctional family relationships for a healthier life with my children and husband.

In 2008 my husband, Jon, and I married - and welcomed our son (2009) and daughter (2012). While raising our young children, I stepped into the role of being medical power of attorney for my mom after a massive stroke in 2015. Caregiving on multiple levels has opened me to a greater depth of humanity.

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Off the Mat 

Not only am I passionate about the mind-body-spirit connection, but I also practice a holistic lifestyle... I grew up this way!

What we ingest, apply to our skin, place in our environment, and whom we surround ourselves with matter to our well-being. This is especially sensitive in the childbearing years.

Having a broad background in anatomy, physiology, psychology, with a personal yoga practice of over 20 years, teaching since 2008, being a member of the sandwich generation with my mom, and becoming a mother of two loving children - I understand the privilege and honor it is to be in the 'teacher seat.'

 

 

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Sweet Momma 

Sweet Momma Yoga's Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) opened in 2017 for anyone who desires to become a certified prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher. Graduates are found throughout Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin so far.

To support continuing education and see if a RPYS is the right next step for you, my 10-hour online course Prenatal Yoga Teacher Basic Certification will build a strong foundation to welcome those in pregnancy to your yoga classes with confidence.

After 12 years of teaching weekly prenatal and postnatal yoga classes, they were placed on hold in June 2022. 

Currently, in person offerings are birth and postpartum doula services. 

 

Mission

To inspire women in their childbearing years through the ancient wisdom of yoga and holistic wellness. As a mother of two and a prenatal yoga teacher, I've witnessed the need for greater championing during this time in a growing family's life.

Vision

To bring joy, honor, support, and celebration to the transformative stages of life. By helping our communities gain insight into what pregnancy, birthing, and parenthood is about on all levels (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually) - even from baby's perspective - they then gain a greater sense of self and responsibility to this life-changing process.

Credentials

  • Certified Birth Doula and postpartum doula trained (LifeSpan Doulas, 2020)
  • Certified MUTU Pro (MUTU System - Wendy Powell, 2018)
  • YACEP and RPYS lead instructor (Yoga Alliance 2017)
  • RPYT (85-RPYS Mindful Mamas - Laurel Hicks PhD, 2015)
  • E-RYT 500 (200/300-RYS Namasté Yoga - Linda Makowski, 2008 and 2014)
  • Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, 2005
  • Reiki level II, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science: Pre-Dance Therapy (Eastern Michigan University, 2004)

 

Core Values

Our SWEET principles encourage…

Support from teachers and participants.

Wisdom of listening to the innate inner knowing.

Exploration and reflection on personal life story.

Empowerment through movement, feelings, and evidence-based education.

Thankfulness and gratitude for carving out time to care for the self.

We Proudly Support

"We" includes myself, husband, and family. Sweet Momma Yoga's success is due to the assistance received within our household while I am away assisting other families.

I am a dedicated donor and active volunteer of Birth Detroit, since 2020. Centering Detroit Black women and families by building the city's the first birth center and Black-led birth center in Michigan will provide the kind of peace, familiarity, and safety all birth-givers deserve to receive.

Modern science is proving every day how valuable birth is on humanity. Peace on earth begins with birth.

Click here to learn more about Birth Detroit or contact me to explore how you may help, too.