The Yoga of Childbirth: 3 New Yogi Moms Share Their Birth Stories

So, just how handy is yogic breathing during childbirth? Is 9 months of prenatal yoga actually realistic? And can you meditate your way through contractions?

If anyone would know, it would be some of today’s most influential yoga teachers-turned new moms. In honor of Mother’s Day, we spoke with Rachel Brathen, Coral Brown, and Tara Stiles, whose birth stories and pregnancies differed greatly. Read on for their candid and inspirational tales of new motherhood.

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