Her class made us both feel so excited. Chris said, "We should do something like that together more often." It definitely brought us closer and more together and ready for the upcoming labor. When we were looking into eachother's eyes and had our hands on the baby and on eachother's hearts I closed my eyes and started to just cry my eyes out. It felt so good to connect like that with eachother and with our baby.
I really can't tell you enough how integral my pre-natal yoga practice was to having the kind of birth experience i wanted. I can't even imagine how things would have gone differently without all those months of physical and mental preparation. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to come to Blooma every week and prepare myself for the biggest event of my life in such a supportive, positive space.
thank you, thank you, thank you and take care,
After my daughter turned one we moved to Cincinnati and I went back to work. So I’ve been without Blooma for a few months now. I really miss it, and the nice feelings that always filled me up when I was there. As crazy as it sounds to say, it is one of the things I miss most about Minneapolis. There is nothing like Blooma here (or probably anywhere else!) – you are really onto something and I think truly improving the lives of mommies and babies. I’m filled with so much gratitude for having been part of your community, even if just for a little while…
Thank you for the difference you’ve made in my world, and that you are making in so many others.
I was new to yoga when I came to the Beginner’s Workshop with Summer, and felt so comfortable and welcomed that I started coming back regularly. I was trying to adjust my workouts for my ever-changing body and energy level and yoga was a great fit.
Over the last 5 months I've come to love yoga. I really like the physical benefits of working up a sweat and being reminded that although I have a belly, my body is strong, I'm not broken and there's a lot I can do. There have been a number of times where I've had a pain or some discomfort and the class I went to was just what I needed and I left feeling so much better. Someone commented the other day that they were impressed that I could "still kneel down" and I couldn't imagine what it would be like to think I couldn't kneel or not be able to. I attribute a significant part of my confidence in my strong pregnant body to what I've learned at Blooma.
I've also come to love the spiritual aspect of yoga. I didn't think I'd be able to quiet my mind and thought that I'd be frustrated during the 75 mins., but I quickly learned that with the help of the instructors and other students that I was able to quiet my mind and it was exactly what I needed. Soon after I started taking classes at Blooma I began looking forward to that special time to work my body but to also connect with my body and my baby. There have been a couple of times in Sarah's classes that I've been almost moved to tears during the guided meditation. These have been special times to think back on and they've been helpful because although I don't have a strong sense of whether our baby is a boy or girl and I can't really tell the difference between a knee and an elbow, I know that I have a special bond with my baby.
I am sitting here at home, four short days after giving birth to our little Harriet Jane, and thinking of you. You must know, given that you've opened two very successful locations of your Blooma studio, that you are a special person with amazing gifts. That said, I'd like to remind you just why you've been given these gifts and how blessed I feel to have had you in my life during such a transformative time. I've had the opportunity to attend only a couple of yoga classes, but it was the Couples' Birthing Intensive that really impacted my birth experience the most.
About halfway through this (my fourth!) pregnancy, I changed directions and started really thinking about having a more natural birth experience. I went from thinking about a natural birth to doing it.
I felt armed with information, tools, and a new found sense of determination after leaving your class. While I normally feel a bit intimidated in the presence of doctors and don't always speak my mind, your gentle reminder that we need to be advocates for ourselves and our children really encouraged me to be strong, to speak my mind clearly and firmly. And to trust myself.
The way in which you and your class affected Shawn and me the most, however, was that it helped Shawn reach his potential as a partner and "coach" (as he called himself) in my birth. He has been known to be a fainter in all situations medical and usually is more of a liability in the delivery room, taking the nurses attention away from me while they tend to him.
But, because of your class, which you said right then and there was "more for the dads," he was prepared. He did a great job and feels proud and fulfilled by his own participation in the birth of our baby. He had his binder full of materials. He had Vitamin Water and snacks for me. He pushed on the right spot on my back for every contraction. He knew the right things to say and remained remarkably calm (almost annoyingly so at times!) throughout the whole process. Shawn credits his sense of calm with knowing what to expect. He said it was your incredible acting skills when demonstrating the stages of labor really helped him prepare in advance for what he'd see.
After hours of brutal back labor, my sunny-side up little sunshine greeted us, made everything worth it. We did it! I am so happy to be sitting here right now with my own little miracle: a lovable, healthy, sweet baby girl. She smells so good I can barely stand it; she is just delicious. And I am...well, amazingly enough...not too much worse for wear.
Thank you so very much for letting me share my story and for - well, for being you! Your gifts, and your willingness to share them, really do change people's lives. I feel blessed to have met you and wish you all the best.
Julia Rose was born on October 2nd. I had taken your early bird yoga class that morning and my husband thinks I probably went from 2 - 6 cm during your class, because by the time we got breakfast and made it home I was rushing him to get the hospital bag packed. When we checked into the hospital I was 9.5cm (10cm during a contraction). At 5:10pm, after only 7 hours of labor, we were holding our 8lb 7oz daughter.
It might be that I was just lucky to have a quick, relatively pain-free labor as a first time mom, but I think it was in large part due to the resources and support I received through Blooma. I am grateful to the many wise women there; the yoga instructors, Childbirth Collective members, other moms, and especially you.
I have often shared your insights with my pregnant friend on the west coast, and who knows who she passes them along to. Your contributions reach farther than you will ever know.
Although there's so much that's unknown about the big day that's getting closer, I have a good mix of excitement and anticipation and I'm looking forward to seeing what's on the side of what I'm sure will be an amazing birthing experience.
Thanks to all of you for helping make this such a special experience. I never would have guessed what was ahead when I walked into my first class :)
I wanted to tell youl about my initiation consultation with Liz Orchard. She was absolutely wonderful to talk to, and I look forward to working with her to resolve my health issues. It's soooo nice to work with someone who works to treat the whole patient and not just prescribe a pill. Liz is very kind and caring, and I would recommend her to anyone.
Amber Kay asked questions before the massage and we had a nice dialogue, which helped her focus on the areas that are of issue this late in my pregnancy! She had great pressure and made me so relaxed! This is my 2nd massage with Amber Kay and would not pick anyone else! If I am still pregnant at 41 weeks, I will be scheduling another massage with Amber!
Sarah Longacre was awesome! Very informative and held our attention closely the whole class.
My son’s birth was relatively traditional (especially for Blooma). I gave birth at Southdale Hospital, opted for an epidural and had an amazing nurse who coached me. But my traditional birth story was enhanced so greatly by my yoga experience. My nurse couldn’t believe I wasn’t a 2nd or 3rd time mom with how calm I was. And so I was able to welcome my son with fearlessness and strength. My doctor was very close to recommending a c-section because my son became stuck against my pelvic bone but I was able to calmly push through. Because of what I learned at Blooma I can look back on that day with gratitude for a healthy son and pure joy in welcoming my little guy into a life filled with love.
After my son was born, Blooma was the first place I wanted to come back to. I counted down the weeks until I had healed enough to return. The post natal classes became a chance for me to connect with myself, outside of so much time whole-heartedly caring for my son.
When only one year later I found myself facing an unexpected and heart-breaking divorce, I poured myself into my yoga practice. I was able to find unconditional love at Blooma and with the angels I brought with me to every single class. The emotional baggage of my failing marriage found its way out during class and so many times I would find myself in tears during hip openers or our final shavasana. Blooma became one of the things in my life that remained constant and that I could count on for healing and to help me look toward the future, toward possibility.
I am so appreciative of having a space to be on my mat no matter what was happening in my own life and I specifically want to thank all my teachers at Blooma for serving as my guides along the way.
Thank you Blooma!!
We just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the birthing intensive today with Sarah Longacre. It was such a valuable experience to us, and we know it will make a huge impact on our birth experience. We both left the class feeling more connected, confident, and excited to birth our baby together. Thank you!!
-Margot, Workshop Student
Congratulations on the expansion of Blooma! I am a birth doula and I'm also finishing up a dissertation on home birth at the University of Minnesota. You have done wonderful things for birth in the Twin Cities! Thank you!Rachael