The whole L&D unit was surprised on my quickly progressed labor, considering it was the first child, and i did get complimented on my pushing skills- thanks to my Prenatal Yoga classes!!!!! My OBGYN did arrive at 7am but instead of Pitocin, we just spend some time chatting and enjoying the baby!
That's my story! Thank you again Michelle for all your training and knowledge and comforting words throughout my pregnancy- prenatal yoga was definitely a MUST. We will definitely come visit you soon and will try to see about the baby and me classes as well.
Judita, Prenatal Yoga Student
is so shocked I didn't have a c-section. I always mention that I
believe in my heart that I wouldn't have achieved my dream delivery
if it wasn't for yoga.
Celinda, Prenatal Yoga Student (delivered twins)
just wanted to thank you for an awesome class last night! it really gives me something to look forward each week! Tyler, Prenatal Yoga Student
Great class last night, I can feel myself sitting up so much straighter with relaxed shoulders at the computer today... Alison, former Prenatal/Mama & Shanti Baby, current Shanti Flow Yoga Student
love this class!
Katherine, (age three) Parent & Preschooler Yoga
Thank you for helping me be able to do the things I'm
learning to do in your class. You are a great teacher. Giulia, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
I just need to sing the praises of resident yoga-mom
Last night hubby and I attended the 'preperation for
childbirth' class. Wow! Now bear in mind this is my 3rd child. My
first delivery was awful due to induction and epidural. Lamaze went
out the window. Second was better but I knew there had to be more.
Michelle is amazing. I am really feeling so confident
about this birth thanks to all of the techniques Michelle taught
Now I am not a limber person by any means and don't
have to be to utilize what Michele taught us. She covered so many
different scenarios and what will work best for each couple based
on different factors. I have a prior pelvic injury that comes back
to haunt me and was feeling a bit afraid about delivery. Michelle
showed me positions that really work to alleviate the strain. Really,
things I would have never tried ended up making me feel great by
the end of the class. Last night was the first night in month's
I had a good night sleep without my syadica (sp) bothering me.
My husband also came home feeling very relaxed and
focused at the same time.
I'm looking forward to Mommy/Baby yoga in the fall. Please add a
Mon or Tues class Michelle ;-).
Sorry to be so long-winded. Believe me, there is tons
more I could say. I just want to encourage everyone who has never
considered yoga to give it a second thought. I know Michelle teaches
a pre-natal yoga class too. It's too late for me this pregnancy,
but if you can do it, give it a shot.
Happy labor and delivery to all of the mama's-to-be!
Tara, Labor & Childbirth Prep with Yoga for Couples
thank you michelle...[Prenatal
Yoga] was great. I feel like a new person. I slept the best i have
slept in weeks, i didnt even get up to go to the bathroom! I was
able to roll over too! Just nothing hurt. The pain I was having
in my back is gone. I feel really good. January, Prenatal Yoga Student
I wanted to thank you for having these classes. Sydney and I are
having a wonderful time. It means alot to me to be able to do this
with her and meet so many wonderful people.
Theresa, Mama & Baby Yoga Student
Good class last night - and packed!!
I was thinking "what's going to happen when summer vacation
is over". . .I'll need to get there on time!!
Glenda, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
I am so happy I finally made
the decision to do something for myself and sign up for your classes.
You are wonderful and have a great heart, your warmth radiates and
I am certain all of the women including myself feel it. Jennifer, Mama & Baby Yoga Student
Everyone should have an instructor as encouraging and
motivating as you!
Janice, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
Your classes are magical. I come in all pissed off and sleep deprived and come out feeling like a new person. I'm not going to move [out of Brooklyn] because I'd have to take you with me. Crystal, former Prenatal, current Mama & Shanti Baby and Shanti Flow Yoga Student
Ohhh boy! I'm feeling it - hips, quads, inner thighs, calves and feet! Great class... Lorraine, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
I really enjoy your
class and you're a terrific teacher.I
look forward to class all week. It has a balancing effect on me.
When I'm hyper, I leave feeling calm; when I'm exhausted, I leave
feeling refreshed. Either way, I get the best night sleep the night
I take your class. I consider it part of my self-care routine and
find it very therapeutic.
Sheryl, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
thank you enough for the time and patience that you put into your
class. The way you direct individual attention to each student in
their needs and concerns is a true sign of a great teacher. Vincenza, Prenatal Yoga Student
thanks so much for an amazing yoga class. It was GREAT!
I felt so good and relaxed and calm and strong and centered....
Daniela, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
Michelle is very
helpful and kind. She has helped me with a number of poses... the
Friday Mom Baby Yoga class is gentle yet if I want to make
it challenging she accommodates for that too. My 5.5 month old loves
it as well :) Lorelei, Mama & Baby Yoga Student
I'm currently enrolled
in Michelle's prenatal yoga class and I highly recommend it. I
walk out of the prenatal yoga class feeling like I've had a massage
-- but I've actually exercised. How great is that?! Jessica, Prenatal Yoga Student
Thanks so much!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the class...it really was a fantastic workshop.
Thanks. Karen Dubi, RYT, RD, CDN,
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Workshop Student
Just wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!
Yesterday was amazing. I feel very prepared, informed, and READY!
Andrew really enjoyed it too and told me he was "so relaxed".
I thought that was great! I know that the regular classes will help
to keep it fresh in my mind. Have a great weekend and see you on
Sari, Labor & Childbirth Prep with Yoga for Couples and Prenatal
I just wanted to point out that I loved your "gentle yoga" class last night. It was a great way to start the week. The chants and ohms at the end of the session were a little challenging but for the most part I was totally at ease throughout the evening. I must have slept like a baby last night.
Anyway I'll have to keep an eye out for any of your future gentle yoga classes. They're the bomb.
David, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
I was jumping out of my
skin when I told [my friend] I was able to do headstand (with your
help) and how unbelievable it felt. It WAS awesome!
Christy, Shanti Flow Yoga Student
Michelle thank you so much for coming over today the kids really enjoyed your session. As well as my assistant and I, to see how happy they were and what they where getting out of your wonderful energy... Can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks... Thanks and take care of yourself and your... Rosemarie, Day Care Owner
Thanks for last night.
It was my first yoga experience and I absolutely loved it! Kelly, Prenatal Yoga Student
I found this class to be wonderful
in so many ways. As new moms we are forced to stay in the house
for so many hours that we get stir crazy, this class is a great
way to A. get out of the house B. get some much needed excercise
C. RELAX!!! and D. learn from other moms in much similar situations.
No one is an elite athlete so there is no insecurities and Michelle
knows just how to tweek the yoga positions
to meet the needs of her students. I wish I found the class while
I was pregnant but I was fortunate to join when my son was just
6 weeks old, I also was a statistic and had a C-section. The stretches
really felt great on my scarred tummy.
Dr. Jennifer Falcone, Mama & Baby Yoga Student
I took [Michelle's
prenatal class] for several months (right up until the week before
my own son was born in March) and can vouch for Michelle's ability
as a teacher. Michelle has also led workshops on prenatal yoga for
Michelle not only
created a friendly and comfortable space, but gave individual attention
to each of us as well -- adapting poses for moms-to-be with different
levels of experience, and suggesting variations and alternative
poses for those of us at different points in the pregnancy and with
different issues -- from swollen ankles and sore shoulders to fluctuating
Apart from getting
a wonderful stretch (!!!), the class offered a chance to socialize
with other Bay Ridge preggies (both new and "returning"
And, I can't prove
this, but I'm certain that yoga contributed to the ease of my own
labor (I used many of the poses from class and others suggested
by Michelle during labor) and the delivery of my son (no pain meds,
and a really short pushing phase!).
Breta, Prenatal Yoga Student
Both prenatal and
mommy & baby yoga were great because they made me put aside
one hour from an otherwise hectic day and devote it to myself and
my baby. While the prenatal class helped me relax, the mommy &
baby class was good for connecting with my daughter and doing something
fun and different together - while also getting some health benefits.
Julia, Prenatal and Mama & Shanti Baby Yoga Student
enjoyed the yoga classes - you're a great instructor.
Miriam, Prenatal Yoga Student
Thanks again. I've
been getting some real positive feedback from the girls ... One
of the leaders of another troop meeting thought you were terrific! Pat Clark, Girl Scout Troop Leader
Thanks again so much for doing the session with my choir last week. I got a lot of positive feedback about it on Monday at rehearsal!
Jessica Corbin, Choir Director for Bella Voce Singers & Shanti Flow Yoga Student
Michelle is a Registered
Yoga Teacher with the National Yoga Alliance