Even though Strong Yoga®4Fertility is something Brenda developed from her own experiences with infertility and her research in working with other women, she attributes much of her inspiration to the teaching lineage of those who came before her. Brenda is inspired by the teachings of Rod Stryker, Erich Schiffman and Gary Kraftsow.
Brenda has led teacher trainings for Strong Yoga®4Fertility to teachers with an interest in deepening their capacity to help women heal from within. She has been an award-winning actress for 20 years, most recently acclaimed for roles as "Mary Alice Young" on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and "Ann Ewing" on DALLAS.
- SY4F Teacher Training Curriculum Founder
- Certified 500hr E-RYT
- Certified Pre-Natal Teacher
- Featured: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE MAGAZINE, SHAPE MAGAZINE FOR PREGNANCY, PLUM, CONCEIVE, YOGA JOURNAL and YOGA MAGAZINE
- Honorary Doctorate of Science, Yo San University (specialty in Traditional Chinese Medicine) for her pioneering work in fertility
- Mind Body Institute at UCLA: Teacher
- The American Fertility Association: 1st National Spokeswoman and Boardmember (since 2005)
Meet the Rest of Our Team
Wendy Shubin, MPAS, PA-C, SY4FCourse Instructor, Teacher Training
Wendy Shubin, MPAS, PA-C, has been a Certified Physician Assistant in Women's Healthcare since 2001. She first started practicing medicine back east in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After relocating to California in 2005, she began working at HRC Fertility specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology. For over seven years, Wendy helped hundreds of women on their fertility journey. She developed close relationships with her patients to create a comfortable and safe environment for them to be truly vulnerable. Wendy spent much of her time at HRC running Phase II and III clinical trials leading the way for new medical advances in assisted reproductive technology while providing free IVF treatments to those who were otherwise financially challenged. When not running clinical trials, Wendy was autonomous in diagnosing and creating treatment protocols for patients. She also managed and treated high-risk obstetric patients who underwent assisted reproductive technologies. While back east, Wendy taught Pilates and Spinning at the local YMCA and became Prenatal Fitness certified. She opened up a Yoga and Pilates studio in June 2001, running the Pilates program. Their grand opening day was Wendy’s first yoga class. From that day forward, she never looked back. Through practicing yoga, Wendy learned how to truly be in the service of others by realigning her approach towards her own daily struggles and negative patterns. She realized that by changing her negative thoughts she was creating the world she wanted to live in. Wendy admits old patterns arise daily, but her practice allows her to identify them quickly and use the tools she has learned on her mat to get back on her path to continue to grow. The most profound realization she made from yoga is that imperfection is perfection. Humility makes us human and laughing at ourselves is one of the best stress releases life has to offer. Soon after the studio opening, Wendy partook in an Ashtangha teacher training and started teaching Ashtangha and Vinyasa Flow. In 2008, Wendy met Brenda Strong, founder of Strong Yoga® 4Women, and decided to join forces to introduce her patients to Strong Yoga® 4Fertility. She became a certified Strong Yoga® 4Fertility Teacher in 2009. Wendy has spent the last 7 1/2 years combining her two passions: yoga and fertility, creating well rounded treatment protocols for patients. She believes in treating the whole patient through individualized treatment plans involving nutrition, yoga, pranayama (breath work), acupuncture and Western medicine. She has also studied at The Hall Center Venice expanding her knowledge on bio-identical hormone replacement for both men and women. She currently works for Planned Parenthood where she can finally give back to underserved populations here in the Los Angeles area. Wendy maintains close professional relationships with her supervising physicians at HRC to stay abreast of the ever changing world of fertility.
Wendy Obstler, CYT, E-RYT, SY4FCourse Instructor, Teacher Training
Wendy Obstler is the ‘Lead Teacher’ for Strong Yoga®4Fertility, a certified Yoga Therapist and certified 200 E-RYT. She also privately facilitates Pre & Post-Natal sessions and works with women to rehabilitate pelvic disorders through yoga, breath work and body awareness. Wendy met Brenda Strong in 2003 and immediately fell in love with Brenda's compassionate spirit and innovative approach to fertility and women's health. A conscious instructor, Wendy guides the mind/body through the ancient practice of yoga first by establishing a connection to Prana (the life force energy). As both a student and a teacher, Wendy continues her own journey of yoga with curiosity and recognizes it as a boundless learning experience. Her classes and private sessions offer a fun, open and safe space for students to be educated, while also making discoveries of what works for them, in their own practice, that particular day. She encourages everyone to embrace both their breakthroughs and limitations, without judgment and with a good ‘ole dose of humor. Wendy’s teachings are dedicated to the ideal that Yoga is accessible for every body type; at any stage in one's life and any individual who is open to its infinite possibilities. She is a proud member of both Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. For more information on WendyO, visit: www.divinesparkyoga.com
Deborah Anderson, Ph D, RYT, SY4FCourse Instructor, Teacher Training
Deborah Anderson is a licensed psychologist (with specialties in Health Psychology and Neuropsychology) and a registered yoga teacher. Her professional and personal experiences have taught her that we have the power to profoundly change our lives by changing our minds. Her combined knowledge of psychology and yoga creates a unique perspective with which to approach clients in both practices. In her therapy practice she works with individuals and couples and uses a variety of therapeutic modalities, including mind-body medicine techniques (e.g., mindfulness, relaxation, visualization), and current research on neuroplasticity and neuroscience. Her goal is to help clients understand the underlying thoughts and emotions that create distress and dis-ease and to help them build a “tool kit for life” from which to reduce symptoms of stress and other physical/emotional pain. She has worked with individuals with a variety of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and physical/health issues (including fertility challenges). In 2006, Dr. Anderson became a yoga teacher and turned her attentions toward Eastern practices of mind-body medicine, including yoga, meditation, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness, and other forms of energy medicine. She teaches individual and group yoga and meditation classes, and has specialized training in prenatal yoga and Strong Yoga®4Fertility. Dr. Anderson has numerous publications including five years of columns (“Couples Coach”) for Inside Weddings magazine and blogs on health and wellness. These articles and further information on her practice may be accessed at: www.drdeborahanderson.com and www.wellbeingmc.com.