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I just signed up to start practicing at a local mind-body institute and am really looking forward to it. I have done yoga in the past, but since this is my first pregnancy, I've not had experience with prenatal yoga.<br><br>
I'm imagining that it will be beneficial on many levels, but I'd love to hear about others' experiences!
 

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I did a prenatal yoga class when pregnant with my daughter. I always found it a relaxing time just for me.<br><br>
This time around I just have some DVDs that I just got.
 

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I haven't taken a specified prenatal yoga class... however... my yoga class that I took ended up being different than that of the other students. Once my instructor found out I was pregnant she'd suggest different things for me before class and then sort of adapt the class to the positions I could do.
 

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I am! I've been taking a prenatal yoga class for the last two months and plan to continue up until I give birth. I have never taken an in-person class before, only videos, so I don't have much to compare it to, but I LOVE it! Our instructor is amazing (but unfortunately leaving without a replacement so I may have to switch to a different yoga center next month) and at the beginning of each class she goes around and asks if anyone has any issues. Then, during class she does poses that will help us with our problems. It has really helped with the pain around my sciatic nerve and it's been a great way to force me to calm down and focus on the baby once a week.
 

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I am as well, though I suck at yoga. Really. I simply suck.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm not very flexible and the class makes me self conscious about it, though I vow to stick with it. I can only go once a week or so, but its nice to see other round mamas stretching away.
 

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I've been doing Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga a few times a week (when I remember to).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am as well, though I suck at yoga. Really. I simply suck.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm not very flexible and the class makes me self conscious about it, though I vow to stick with it. I can only go once a week or so, but its nice to see other round mamas stretching away.</div>
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That's the beauty of yoga-you don't have to be flexible-you practice where you are-and wherever you are it's perfect.<br><br>
I go to a prenatal yoga class once a week and I absolutely love it!
 

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I go once a week, and I love it! My sessions are an hour and a half long, about half of which is spent on education by our fabulous instructor. She gears that week's practice to any problems we might be having. It really is a great time to focus on baby. I'd never done classes before, just video, and I was a little hesitant, but it's great being surrounded by all of those pregnant women!
 

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I do occasionally at home with a video! I don't have much (*ahem* ANY) child-free time, so taking a class isn't possible. I would love to though!
 

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I wish doing it in my mind counted for more!
 

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I've been doing it since the beginning of this pg and I LOVE it! It's sort of the only exercise I'm getting, so I feel really good about it and I love the feeling of getting stronger and more flexible leading up to the birthday. I always feel wonderful after class. Plus, the teacher is going to be my birth doula and I love her. She includes certain poses that use muscles/breathing techniques that will be helpful in labor and talks us through them. I love how she makes me feel like I'm specifically preparing for labor, while getting relaxed and a major workout at the same time.<br>
I started with postnatal/mom and baby yoga with the same teacher, so this is just wonderful to come back to after 3 years.
 

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I do with a video but nowhere near as often as I should. I do a belly dancing during pregnancy video also, but again not as often as I should. Maybe I can remember the weekly classes all you mamas are taking and use that as my motivation to get going again. I do walk every day though, so that has been my main exercise.<br><br>
(Kharen, forgot to respond to your last PM, sorry about that! Headed to the office today after months of working from home so probably will go on another computer strike until the weekend, but am still thinking of you!)
 

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I did it when I was pregnant with Isabel and I totally need to sign up for a class somewhere. My parents are relocating to the area, so I'll finally have trustworthy childcare for classes and gym time - YAY!!
 

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I tried it and hated it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> In several instances, the instructor forced someone to use a position that was extrememly uncomfortable and/or actually hurt. I quit.
 

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That's the mark of a bad yoga instructor. Every yoga class I've taken has had instructors who always tell you that if a pose hurts or is uncomfortable that you should ask for help or just rest in a comfortable pose. Sara Ivanhoe - a yoga instructor who makes DVDs - often says "Remember... yoga's supposed to FEEL GOOD" in her workouts.<br><br>
I'd love to be doing prenatal yoga. I love yoga in general. But I'm not doing my yoga DVD anymore because of my disc problems - they're so easily aggravated. I feel like it'd be safer to take a class with an instructor who could make sure I wasn't hurting myself. But I have no money to take a class. So. Boo.
 

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love prenatal yoga. started at only 4wks pg (when many pl. don't even know they're pg yet!). since i'm pretty busy chasing after 15mo DD, it's an important time for me to bond with and focus on DD #2. feels so very good too.<br><br>
have you rolled tennis/pingpong balls under your feet yet? feels wonderful later on when they're swollen. fun to be w/ the other bumps in class too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">have you rolled tennis/pingpong balls under your feet yet? feels wonderful later on when they're swollen. fun to be w/ the other bumps in class too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I was doing this before I even got pregnant and it is such a pleasure now. My poor feet are not enjoying pregnancy. My prefered ball is one of those foam-like golf balls that don't go far when hit, but mine is currently missing. The other ball I use is the same size but has little nubs all over it and is meant for massage. I try to do it every night before bed.
 

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Ladies, thanks so much for all your feedback! I figured this was something others were likely doing for both the physical and mental perks. My class starts next week--I can't wait!<br><br>
Blue, using a tennis ball on your feet sounds heavenly! I will have to try that.<br><br>
(Kripa, hi! No worries on the PM. I figured you were busy. Hope all's well!!!)
 
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