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Meet Ifat Kent of The Yoga Nest in Cooper City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ifat Kent.

Ifat (RYT 500) was drawn to the spirituality through yoga in Tel-Aviv, Israel when she discovered an Osho Center as a teenager. Five years later she moved to South Florida and started practicing in the Sivananda method. Ifat continued to practice through her pregnancies and as yoga began to transform her life, she felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others. She graduated the 200-hour training at the Aananda School of Yoga in February 2013 taught by Surendran Pandaran; a mentor that she still holds great respect for. Immediately following her 200-hour training, she started teaching prenatal classes.

In 2014, Ifat was looking to expand her knowledge and gain insight from other teachers. She took the 85-hour Prenatal Vinyasa training, Baby Om training for Mom & Baby Yoga and Kidding around yoga training for kid’s yoga. Drawing upon her passion to influence others to feel good and spread joy, she continued to deepen her practice with Joy Kochmer, and graduated the 300-hour training in July of 2016.

Through the combination of trainings, mentors and self- awareness, Ifat was empowered to create her own teaching style offering clear instruction with an emphasis on awareness to both the physical sensations and the thoughts that come up while practicing. Her classes are ideal for both new and seasoned students (men and women), students with physical restrictions, and pregnancy and post pregnancy women. Her classes are fun and energetic with an eclectic flow. Ifat gently challenges her students to practice with an open heart, mind, and body, empowering them to listen from within and honor their own truth. Her intention is simply to spread joy and happiness from the mat to the universe using yoga as a connection.

“Experiencing birth, I also fell in love with the process of labor and decided I wanted to support couples on their journey to become parents. It’s one of the most magical times in life if not the most magical of all 🙂 Today, I work with many doulas and midwives in educating and supporting families.” – Ifat

Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest obstacle is in my head. I would probably say self-doubt and self-judgement is the worst, but as a mom and yogi I’m working on having the best outlook every day and recognizing that my mind can have a lot of chatter that I don’t need to pay attention to.

The other challenge is to move from a place of service to a place of making money. It’s not easy sometimes, especially when you are planning a class, renting a space and then you only get one student…your mind is asking “why do you bother? You’re losing money right now” (Yoga teachers don’t learn too much about marketing and promoting. It’s something you have to learn as you go.)

But a student is a student! A good teacher is giving 100% to 1 or 100 students in the same way. Plus, I make connections, I know that I can make a difference one student at a time, so I learned to appreciate every step that leads me in the right direction, even the smallest. And I’m trying to learn as much as possible about promoting and marketing my business so that my passion is also be my business.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Yoga Nest story. Tell us more about the business.
The Yoga Nest is a place of community and friendship. Women who come to practice here know they can be free to ask any questions without other women giving them an attitude. We practice acceptance. It’s obvious that women have different wants and needs, many women want a natural birth, but many want pain relief through medication, some women breastfeed and some bottle feed, some use cloth diapers and some don’t and the list goes on… when we sit in a circle and share, everybody promises to simply share their opinion without judging someone else’s choices. I think that is what women need more than anything because we all doubt ourselves and it’s really hard to feel 100% sure when it comes to your babies. All we need is support and acceptance.

The thing is, many times we make decisions based on fear, but when we sit in a circle and just listen to others, we learn so much. Many students end up changing their minds about many things related to labor, birth, and even raising their kids. It’s neat to watch how knowledge can give us confidence and empowerment.

Besides the community, We have a wonderful group of people that offer services such as childbirth education, doula support, postpartum support, placenta encapsulation, massage and many other services women look for during their pregnancy as well as mommy & me yoga classes and postpartum yoga.

Whatever we don’t offer, we refer to the best professionals around. Our students are always happy to share their experiences.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There’s always going to be something new. People are very creative so we see goat yoga, bunny yoga, wine yoga and more… I’m a little more conservative (never thought I would ever ever say that) and I like to go to the roots, I enjoy simply yoga, but I am all about experiencing and learning from innovators and I’m open to fall in love with something new at any time, if nothing else, I’m happy to try and then decide whether it’s for me or not.

I do think it’s wonderful to have access to any kind of yoga at any time of the day no matter where you are.

Pricing:

  • Group Yoga $10 first class
  • Childbirth Classes $50 per couple
  • Doula Services $500- $1500

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Image Credit:
Personal photo by Jozgirli Photography (myself and my daughter)
Birth Photo by Natasha Lievano Photography (my Doula Client the moment she caught her baby)
Yoga Studio Photos Laura DeAngelis photography

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