My Story

Certified Breastfeeding Counselor & Educator

Shiya Furstenau, NMA Counselor and BEC, is a yoga teacher and mommy to three beautiful boys, two in her arms and one forever in her heart.... she began practicing yoga in 1995 and became a certified vinyasa yoga teacher in 2004.

Inspired by her yoga practice, she began her Seva (selfless service) practice and signed up for the 2008 Off The Mat Cambodian Bare Witness Challenge. In 2008 she raised $20,000.00 for the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) and in February 2009 traveled with 20 other fundraisers to Cambodia to work at CCF and take part in leadership training. She received her Prenatal Yoga certification in 2011, her Postnatal Yoga certification in 2012, and she has studied Yoga for Fertility and Restorative Yoga extensively.

In 2013 she and her husband welcomed their first son. In July of 2015 she faced one of the most difficult experiences a parent can go through, they lost their son Bodhi due to complications during his labor and delivery. In July of 2016 they were blessed with the birth of their rainbow baby, Shepard. Shiya breastfed both of her sons past their first birthdays and always loved the unique support she received from breastfeeding support groups and has been inspired by friends and mentors Tammy Arbeter and Brittany Sharpe McCollum to get her Nursing Mothers Alliance Breastfeeding Counselor certification and her Breastfeeding Educator certification through Birth Arts International.

Shiya believes that her own experiences with life and death, pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting have given her a unique perspective on breastfeeding, yoga, spirituality and life which she is honored to begin to share with others who need support with their prenatal breastfeeding preparations and breastfeeding journeys.