I'm Sarah, a mama, wife, Certified Personal Trainer, Pre & Postnatal Master Trainer, Diastasis Recti & Core Rehabilitation Specialist, and the founder & creator of The LUNA Method™. I started my career in holistic wellness as a Certified Holistic Nutrition Counselor specializing in fertility and pregnancy, and as a HypnoBirthing Instructor. I was shocked to find that there was no prenatal specific exercise aside from yoga here in Marin County, and through my own pregnancy, postpartum rehabilitation, and fitness journey I learned just how crucial this is. I wanted to provide my community with the empowerment, strength, and wellness they deserve to have healthier, happier, easier pregnancies and births.
Getting pregnant was no easy task for me. My husband is a two time cancer survivor, and while the treatments he went through ultimately saved his life, they also left him unable to have children naturally. Luckily we knew this was a possibility and took the necessary precautions before his treatment began to be able to have a family in the future. When that time finally came, I went through a round of IVF which unfortunately resulted in ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome, and not a pregnancy. I then went straight into a frozen embryo transfer which was also unsuccessful. Being that I do not have any known fertility issues of my own, our doctors were stumped. They suggested we discard our remaining embryos and start a new round of IVF. I listened to my own intuition, took my remaining embryos with me, and found a new doctor. I waited a few months and worked at cleansing my body of the medications and hormones I had been given, and reset my mind. Once I felt ready, we did a frozen embryo transfer with our new doctor. This time it was unmedicated, we simply followed my body's own natural cycle, and I became pregnant with my son.
Throughout my pregnancy I continued my regular daily heated Vinyasa flow practice that I have had for the past 16 years, and modified as needed, and also participated in prenatal yoga right up until the very end of my pregnancy. I wanted to do other forms of exercise too but was afraid to as a first time pregnant mama. I wasn't able to find any prenatal specific exercise other than yoga anywhere in Marin, so I decided to stick to what I knew. After a very long and difficult labor, I was left anemic and weak. Once I got my blood levels back up to normal and felt capable of exercising again, I realized I couldn't even find my core muscles. My back ached from holding my newborn son, my hips were sore and overstretched from birth, and I felt overweight and weak. I went to my first yoga class after having my baby and was surprised by what I wasn't able to do. I felt like it was the first yoga class I had ever taken! It was hard and I felt discouraged. I had a long road ahead of me. After finally being diagnosed with Diastasis Recti at 3 months postpartum, I began my journey toward healing my diastasis. Through proper and consistent exercises and staying connected to my deep core & pelvic floor muscles throughout my daily movements, I was successfully able to to fully heal my diastasis. I began to get my regular yoga practice back, and at about 5 months postpartum I began weight training again. I found myself getting stronger and stronger each week and it was exhilarating! My passion for fitness began to truly blossom in a whole new way, and soon enough it became as much a part of my life as my yoga practice. I am now officially in the best shape and health of my life.
I am so glad you found us! I am truly passionate about empowering women to feel strong, confident, and powerful in their journeys into and through motherhood. When I am not in the studio you can usually find me out enjoying nature with my son, husband, and our two dogs.