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Before becoming pregnant with my first baby, I dabbled in yoga, but was never very serious about it. However, once I found out I was pregnant, I knew staying healthy and active would be vital to enjoying the next 8 months. A friend recommended Roots Prenatal Yoga, and I started going when I was 11 weeks along. When I met Sandi for the first time, she was so warm and welcoming. I immediately liked her and really loved the sacred space she had created for the class. I was unsure how I felt about sharing in front of the other pregnant mamas, but the group was completely non-judgmental and I really enjoyed everyone’s insights on the different topics every week. The yoga itself wasn’t too difficult and it never made me feel awkward, even when I reached 40 weeks. It truly helped me stay loose during my pregnancy and there were many weeks when I couldn’t wait to get there so I could stretch (especially those hips!) and check in on my new mama friends as they progressed in their pregnancies as well. Thinking about it now, I really miss the Family Tree family and look forward to making it a part of my experience next time around. Sandi has created some really special with Roots Prenatal Yoga and I would recommend it to all pregnant moms to uplift them during their pregnancy journey.
I enjoyed Roots Prenatal Yoga classes. As this was my first pregnancy, it was really nice to hear how other people were doing as they moved along in their pregnancies. It was a very supporting and relaxing environment. I looked forward to yoga each week as a time where I could focus inward and nurture myself and baby.
It’s warm, personal, and completely unpretentious. I can’t say enough good things about family tree yoga. The space is simple, yet beautiful, and the classes were never overcrowded.
My instructors were gentle, encouraging, and super knowledgeable about how the body responds to any given stretch or move. My only regret is that I didn’t start earlier in my pregnancy.
I began prenatal yoga with Sandi at The Family Tree when I was pregnant with my son Gavin in 2011 and have come back to participate again during my current pregnancy. Sandi’s class has always been one of the highlights of my week as I always leave feeling rejuvenated and in touch with my baby belly. The classes are always warm and welcoming – I love connecting with other moms-to-be and discussing topics regarding pregnancy/babies that we can all relate to and learn from. Best of all, my body feels so much better after stretching, taking some deep breaths and reconnecting with self! I highly recommend Roots Prenatal Yoga at The Family Tree to any pregnant mamas out there!
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that we had our baby! I ended up having to be induced 🙁 and was in labor for right at 24 hours. I wanted to tell you about how much I enjoyed each and every one of the classes I attended and will be sure to come with each of our additional pregnancies. I kept repeating to myself while in labor “I am a strong woman and I CAN do this!” If you could pass this email on to Melissa that would be great too! My last night there she and I had a short conversation about being induced, which I figured that I was on that track. Melissa really calmed some of my nerves about being induced and what it entailed, when we arrived at the hospital that night I was obviously still freaking because I knew that I was indeed going to be a mama soon and that my whole birth plan had already gone out the window! But I started repeating my mantra, thought about what Melissa and I had talked about, and used the breathing techniques used in class to calm my nerves. When the nurse checked me that night she said that I should be prepared that this may take two days because of how hard and closed my cervix was, I however had other plans and they didn’t include being in labor that long! In the middle of the night I started in with contractions, unfortunately I thought I just couldn’t get comfortable in that awful bed and continued to let my husband sleep through all of it. I started to panic because they wouldn’t let me do any of the things that I wanted to do like walk around or even just move around since I had to stay tethered to that awful monitor! Unfortunately I let my anxiety get the best of me. But I think the best part is that before L was even born I was already talking about having our next child. For the next one though I’m going to have a doula! Your classes gave me something to look forward to each week, kept me going, got me thinking about what kind of mom I’d be, different ways to do things and connected with other mamas! I don’t think there are enough words to express just how much I enjoyed each class! I can’t wait to do some baby and me yoga classes!
Thanks again for everything!
“I took Roots Prenatal Yoga class during my third pregnancy. I had never taken yoga before, but I wanted to do something for myself before the new baby arrived. My instructor Tiffany was so warm and encouraging. She helped my learn the poses, and she taught me ways to calm my mind and body. The weekly yoga classes were a sanity saver. It was so nice to take time to focus on my pregnant body and my unborn baby. I even used some of the poses when I was uncomfortable towards the end of my pregnancy and during early labor.”
I can’t even begin to tell you how much the prenatal yoga classes have meant to me. Even though my birth experience was tough, I feel good about how I handled it and I’m not dwelling on the things that didn’t go as planned. I felt like I had this wisdom within me that was keeping me calm and collected. Looking back, I know it was the prenatal yoga classes that gave me the tools to deal with my difficult birth experience. There was one Thursday evening class where the topic of discussion was how to handle the situation when your birth doesn’t go as planned. Thanks to your classes and that one in particular I was so much more prepared to handle all that was happening and I was able to stay in the moment and keep a positive attitude. I now have my perfect sweet baby to hold so I couldn’t ask for anything better!
Thank you so much for teaching the prenatal yoga classes. I started attending the classes as a way to relax and physically prepare my body for labor but I got so much more from them than I could have ever imagined. There is such a wonderful sense of love and community being around the other expecting women and the topics of conversation are very enriching. I can’t wait to come back for the postnatal and baby and me classes! Thanks again for everything you are doing!
“I looked forward to the great discussion topics and yoga every week in Sandi’s classes. I always felt that both the exercises and pace of the class were completely safe for me and my baby. After I gave birth I honestly missed the calming ritual of going to Thursday night class but luckily I have a cute little guy to keep me busy instead.”
I just wanted to share the news that I am expecting baby #2! It’s very early (5 weeks), but I wanted to start Prenatal Yoga right away because I loved it so much when I was pregnant with my first baby. It kept me relaxed and happy! 🙂 So, with that said, I will see you on Thursday. I simply cannot wait!!
“I came to Roots Prenatal Yoga around my 7th month of pregnancy. I was hoping to get a little relief in my lower back and what I got was much more than relief. The class is designed to certainly help to ease the pain in different areas of your body and does just that, but it’s also designed to ease your mind and help you to connect with your baby, your body, other women and your community. This class was like a therapy session for me. I was able to express my excitement and stress about being pregnant and motherhood in a room full of women who got it. I wasn’t aware what the gender of my baby was throughout my pregnancy and towards the end it became a little harder to connect with this little body inside of me that I could not prepare for by buying pink or blue. Roots prenatal yoga helped me to connect with my baby on a deeper level and helped me to have a more positive process through those long last few months. This class also helped me to ask myself questions about my birth that I had not yet done and to come to terms with a plan that worked for me as well as to prepare me for breathing through the labor process. Roots prenatal yoga is everything — it’s a yoga class, labor prep class, therapy session and a big breath of fresh air. Thank you, Roots for being a part of my pregnancy.”
“I’m having an EVEN better pregnancy this time than my last, and attribute at least part of this to the fact that I’ve been enjoying Sandi’s prenatal yoga class. Not only has this class given me a greatly needed break away from responsibilities at home and delightful camaradarie with other mamas, but Sandi’s class has provided me with additional flexibility, better breathing techniques and fantastic poses that I know I will be able to utilize more effectively during my labor. Practice in breathing and posing will make my efforts to do these things during labor seem much more natural!”
“Sandi, you helped me understand that it could be the incredible birth it was. I am so grateful for your beautiful influence!”
“If I could write a story of the perfect birthing experience for me, I had it! I have been promoting your class even more to all my pregnant friends. Here’s my story:
Sometimes I wondered if I was getting anything out of the class because a workout to me is the sweaty, make you really tired kind. I made sure to go to your class because it was the one way for me to focus on the baby growing in me and to slow my life down. I never realized how much the mental part of your class would ever help me.
I started labor at 6:30 on a Thursday night. I went downstairs in my basement, lit a couple of candles and wrote in my pregnancy journal. I also reviewed the breathing techniques from the hospital book I got a couple years ago. I loved the silence. My contractions stayed about 3 minutes apart for 3 hours. I called the midwife and asked if I could stay home since the contractions didn’t hurt. My husband and I laid in bed while we slept until 11:30. (He slept, I rested) I started getting shakes real bad and the contractions were hurting more so we checked in at 12 am.
I was able to get in the whirlpool. I remember reading the article you gave us about how the pain in labor really isn’t that long even though you are in “in labor” for a while. That article really motivated me as I was having contractions. I was at peace the whole time and that was because of what I learned in your Yoga class.
‘After the whirlpool, I got back on the exercise ball. Labor moved fast just like it did the first time around. I warned them how fast it went once I got serious contractions so the nurse and midwife had everything ready. My midwife, Sea from Methodist Midwives, was with me the whole time. Sea, my nurse, and my husband were awesome! They kept telling me how great I was doing. Labor moved fast. Sea broke my water when I was at 8 cm and about 20 minutes and two pushes later, Avery arrived.
I was on cloud nine because of my mental-being during labor. I didn’t realize until after Avery was born that your class kept my brain right where it needed to be. I have been meaning to get this email out to you to share my joy. It feels so great to write this email after five weeks so I can relive the whole experience again. I loved being pregnant (both times) and after this delivery, I’m ready to go again.
Thank you so much and I will continue to promote your class to my expectant friends. Thanks for providing a great experience.”
Thank you Sandi for giving me the confidence and training to have an amazing birth experience!”
“Out of all the advice I got from classes, books, friends and relatives, I used my knowledge from yoga and our talks before class in the labor room. I was surprised to hear the nurse in training and the medical student comment that this was their first natural birth they had witnessed. It was not easy, but I feel very empowered that I did it. Thank you for everything, Sandi. I don’t know what I would have done without your class. I even gave you credit after she came out. My doctor said you would have been proud. You have a lot of fans out there!”
“I attended Roots Prenatal Yoga for the majority of my pregnancy, and it was one of the best things I did while I was pregnant. I have always been an active person and exercised regularly but hadn’t ever been too involved with yoga. I had heard about the benefits of yoga during pregnancy so I knew I wanted to give it a try. I really enjoyed the classes and always left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated! The exercises we did helped keep me stay in shape throughout my pregnancy and as an added bonus they were also useful during the laboring process. The best part of the class was the connection I had with my baby during the class. It was nice to spend the hour focusing on the baby and connecting with him. I really enjoyed my classes at Roots Prenatal yoga and highly recommend it!”
Roots Prenatal Yoga was one of the best and most helpful pregnancy experiences I had and our daughter arrived healthy and happy last week! Looking forward to bringing her to Baby and Me yoga when things settle down a bit! Thanks again for both the physical and mental workout!
I have been telling everyone I can about what a wonderful experience I had in prenatal classes and how the classes helped me focus on what was really important and prepare me for the most wonderful event I have experienced thus far in life!
I just wanted to shoot you a note to say, I had my baby, V.H. on the 9th. He weighed 6lbs 11 oz and was 19 and 1/4 inches long. We’re so in love:-) I wanted to thank you, Sandi, because I feel that my yoga helped me get though a long and tough labor without drugs. It was the most difficult physical/athletic feat I’ve ever accomplished! Giving birth was harder than any mountain I have climbed or triathlon or race I’ve ever done. Yoga definitely helped me breathe through each contraction and take them one at a time. I went to a mental “zone” where I could focus and get myself through each contraction, rather than getting overwhelmed and tense.I hope to see you again soon!
I wanted to let you know that, even though my labor didn’t go exactly as planned, yoga really did help me in a lot of ways. For most of the labor, I was able to focus through the contraction, and when I was losing control because I progressed so quickly, I was able to make the decision to have the epidural knowing it was to get back in control of the situation. The water breaking early (before active labor, at home), meant things were a little rushed at pushing, but the focus and mindfulness helped me get through that most difficult period. Also, we were able to really take control of our own post-labor experience and stay calm and confident in ourselves at the hospital and at home. I guess I am saying thank you SO much for your guidance. I don’t know if I would be as satisfied with my experience as I am had I not been at Roots Prenatal Yoga.