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Is Prenatal Yoga For Me?

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yoga prenatalI would not call myself a yogi. While I love to exercise, I generally prefer cardiovascular activities that boost my heart rate and give me that exercise “high” I love. I’ve never been flexible and I spent many years thinking yoga was something limber people did to relax and unwind. I’m also not very “zen”. I grew up with a Buddhist father who meditated daily while I was often sitting in the next room fretting about something.

So when I was 20 weeks pregnant with my first baby six years ago and I could no longer comfortably bike or jog, I very begrudgingly (and at my father’s urging) decided to check out my local prenatal yoga class. I was a new transplant to Queens, NY at the time and had no friends in the area, so imagine my delight when I walked into the welcoming yoga studio to find a room full of pregnant women!

After one class I was hooked and I realized all the stereotypes I had about yoga were wrong.

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Want to read the rest? Click on over to Parenting Starts Here at Isis Parenting to read about the rest of my prenatal yoga journey, including how I recently looked really special doing poses at 33 weeks pregnant. Yeah.

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