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Earthside Prenatal Yoga Is A Community of Like-Minded Women Coming Together as One

By Elisha Neubauer

For Lori Krajenke, yoga has always been a passion since the first class she took back in 2001. Almost two decades later, Krajenke finds herself the owner of Earthside Prenatal Yoga in Shelby Township, Michigan.

Krajenke fell in love with the practice when she first began her journey as a new student 17 years ago. After she gave birth to her second child in 2009, Krajenke realized she wanted to take her practice more seriously and enrolled in a yoga teaching course. After completing her 200-hour registered yoga teacher designation, Krajenke began teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles of yoga.

It didn't take her long to discover her true passion lay in prenatal yoga.

"For me personally, yoga has helped me to become a better mother," she said. "To realize the beauty in all situations, even the tough ones which motherhood is full of."

Having practiced yoga throughout all three of her own pregnancies, Krajenke understood the benefits of an active maternity practice. Prenatal yoga helps mothers have a healthy mental state of mind. Yoga during pregnancy can improve sleep, reduce stress, anxiety, and prenatal depression. Other benefits include relief from common physical discomforts such as swelling, joint pain, back pain, carpal tunnel, and headaches.

"The pregnant body is so dynamic and goes through countless changes which can be physically as well as mentally challenging," Krajenke said.

Yoga also allows mothers to focus on increasing strength and flexibility, which helps to prepare the body for labor and, in addition, helps motheres to have a smoother postpartum recovery.

"Joining a community like Earthside Prenatal Yoga helps expectant mothers to benefit from an amazing sisterhood of women who are experiencing similar changes in their bodies and emotions as they grow their babies," Krajenke said.

Earthside Prenatal Yoga is a community of women all experiencing the same tribulation at the same time. Every student is attempting to prepare their mind, body, and spirit for the birth of their child and their upcoming journey into motherhood. It allows mothers to build a network of women who are at the same stage in life as they are, creating friendships and bonds for years to come.

"To be invited in to part of women's pregnancies each week, to share part of this sacred time is an amazing honor and blessing," Krajenke said.

To learn more visit www.earthsideprenatalyoga.com.

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