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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.

See also 3 Yogi Moms Share How They Stopped Being So Hard on Themselves

Rachel Brathen Shares Baby Lea Luna’s Birth Story

Rachel Brathen Pregnant
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Aruba-based yoga teacher Rachel Brathen, aka Yoga Girl, gets real about her pregnancy, letting go of her control-freak tendencies, and how pranayama isn’t actually an effective substitute for pain medication during labor.

Read more here. 

Tara Stiles Shares Baby Daisy’s Birth Story

Tara Stiles and Baby

Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles shares how her practice contributed to her pregnancy and recovery and the benefits a baby with a yogi mom receives. (Read: Good vibes galore.) 

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Coral Brown Shares Baby Seamus’s Birth Story

Coral Brown and Baby
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Senior Prana Vinyasa teacher and psychotherapist Coral Brown opens up about her trying pregnancy, nonexistent prenatal asana practice, and the wonder of bringing another being into the world. 

Read more here.