"I have always exercised regularly my whole life. When I became pregnant, however, it didn't take long for my regular workouts to become too much for me… and I was left searching for an exercise program that was effective, yet low key enough for my new pregnant body. That is when I found Earthside Prenatal Yoga and decided to give it a try. I am SO happy I did!!! The classes were perfect. Not only for my physical health, but also for my emotional and mental health too. The poses and flows were not too strenuous, but were really geared towards opening up the hips, the back and areas that had been giving me discomfort. The class also provided a setting to share pregnancy stories, ask questions and chat with other pregnant women which was really great and something I looked forward to each week. As my due date approached, I was SO scared to give birth. I was afraid of the pain, and had doubts that my body would be able to do it. My baby was measuring “big” during my entire pregnancy, and my doctor predicted he would be over 10 lbs if I went full term. Lori always provided such great advice and motivation… reminding us that just as our body knows how to grow a baby, our bodies know how to BIRTH that baby. With each passing week of class, I gained more confidence in my ability to give birth, and the fear started to fade away. When my due date came and passed, my doctor wanted to induce my labor… and we also discussed scheduling a c-section due to my “big” baby. I stayed strong with my desire to have as natural of a birth as possible. I felt strong, informed and courageous… and I really owe that in a big way to the class I took at Earthside. Thankfully, I didn't need to be induced. My son decided to come on his own, 3 days after my due date, and I had an excellent labor. It was hard, yes, but this class had taught me some key tools to physically get me through it. And even more importantly, the class had given me the courage and determination to do it. I truly believe that my labor experience went as smoothly as it did because I stayed healthy and active during my pregnancy… but also because of the strong and confident mind set I gained while attending classes at Earthside." -- Ashley D.