"My life shifted with the pregnancy of my first child"


Meet body positive teacher, Dana @yesyogahascurves, author of the book of the same name, sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words 💚

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"Before finding yoga & becoming pregnant with my first child, stress was a way of life.  I was burned out from too many obligations & my health started to show the telltale signs.  I didn't believe I could sustain happiness & I looked for things outside of myself to fill in the empty spaces


I was in a constant battle to control the way my body looked through unhealthy practices & sought outside validation which led to a string of painful relationships

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Six months into my first pregnancy my doctor advised me that I had to check the stress or else it would negatively impact my daughter.  It took over a month & a health scare for me to truly embrace the fact that I had to check my stress no matter what.  For the sake of my daughter and for my sake

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It was then that a co-worker shared how yoga changed her life and suggested I take up the practice.  I was extremely skeptical because I was pregnant and the only image that came to mind was someone with their leg behind their head.  I didn't think it was for me at all.  Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to give it a try.  My practice began in my living room two VHS tapes loaned to me by my coworker: Yoga AM/PM.  There wasn't much I could do being very pregnant but the little I could do immediately shifted something in me

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I connected to my breath, the baby & to a deep sense of peace & calm that I had never experienced before.  I continued to do gentle practices while pregnant and continued after I gave birth.  Yoga opened up true happiness with no strings attached.  The practice taught me that it was not only sustainable but it could also grow... & to this day, 17 years later, it continues to grow 🙏"

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Dana is also a member of @blackyogateachersalliance & @ybicoalition .