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A new era...
Written by Sara Curry   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011
After 4 years and seven months of breastfeeding, my days as a milch cow are over.  In one week, I lost 4 pounds and one cup size.
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I'm back, Baby! So long SI pain!
Written by Sara Curry   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Good god, Jim! The last time I felt like this, Cynthia and Ky had come to do Advanced with us.  It was the first class I felt like I was making progress in my body, not just surviving or recovering.  Not only can I pick up my foot in Standing Head-to-Knee, but I can put my head on my knee at 6:30 am.
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"Nine months on, nine months off," my arse!
Written by Sara Curry   
Sunday, 25 April 2010

They must not be talking about those of us whose bodies are still worried there might be another potato famine.  I got a call last week from a woman out West who was concerned that she was 6 months post-partum and hadn't lost the baby weight.  "I'm practicing 5 days a week and eating really well," she told me.  And being a busy, stressed-out, tired, nursing mom.  For some women, bf-ing burns fat like no tomorrow.  For others, it seems like a constant reminder to store-store-store for the lean times.  Gotta be able to make that milk!  The only way to increase your metabolic rate is to increase your heartrate and/or muscle mass.  That's why fidgeters are generally so thin.  I guess that's one of the downfalls of that incredible 44 beats per minute Italian heart rate...

I hate to talk too much about weight because I really don't think it's that important.  It's not easy to forget about it, though, when you wear Spandex to work in front of a 200 square foot mirror...

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The only way to keep going is to keep going.
Written by Sara Curry   
Tuesday, 10 November 2009

It's three years today since Bella was born.  Judah is nine months.  We made it, team.  Some days (today) I don't know how.  It's not the day-to-day, it's the sleep.

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6 Months PostPartum
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 30 July 2009

I spoke too soon.  One month after the last post, Judah started teething and has been up all night ever since, and spring, it's July and we're still having spring.  Just got a first taste of summer this week.  B.S.

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3 Months Postpartum and SI Sprain
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 30 April 2009

At least this time I know what it is.  That pain I suffered with for 6 months after the birth of my daughter, I was able to identify at 6 weeks this time.  I again have a sprain of the sacroiliac ligaments on the left hand side.  Painful, but manageable.  The hard part is my ego.

 

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Bikram Yoga Breastfeeding and Postpartum Concerns
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 02 April 2009

I've had a lot of questions from students lately about postpartum recovery and breastfeeding and Bikram Yoga, so this post is more informational on those topics.

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Six weeks post-partum
Written by Sara Curry   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

The Standing Bow Challenge is back on!  I figure, to make it more of a challenge this time I have to start it when I'm still building stamina again.  It would be too easy to wait until I'm back to feeling good in it.  The work is to hold it when I feel like junk body.  When you're pregnant, there's so much you have to take it easy doing or skip that I feel like my mental stamina needs some work, too.  I fell last Thursday, so starting today, not again.

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Welcome Back, Kotter!
Written by Sara Curry   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009

When we were in teacher training, Bikram used to say to us, "Every once in a while, I take a month off, so when I come back, I know what you're going through."  I know what he means.  Coming back this time has really reminded me of what my body used to feel like when I first started Bikram. 

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40 Weeks, 4 days
Written by Sara Curry   
Friday, 30 January 2009

Well, I've spent another week waddling.  Took the nooner today and felt pretty tired.  If my sister hadn't been with me and Bella signed up for childcare, I might have just gone home and taken a nap.  I actually left class after one set of Pranayama to go eat a granola bar.  I was SO HUNGRY, but class felt good.

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39 Weeks, 6 days
Written by Sara Curry   
Saturday, 24 January 2009

Two days to my due date.  Do these Curry kids love to come on time???  I'm feeling huge and low.  Lots of pressure in my pubic bone.  I am definitely waddling now.  Class yesterday felt great, just a little slower than usual.  I'm trying everything I know to get labor rolling: pedicure, yoga, walking, stairs, cleaned the house, eggplant parm, pineapple, spicy food, massage.  Whenever you're ready, kid...

 
38 Weeks!
Written by Sara Curry   
Monday, 12 January 2009

Two weeks left.  I can hardly believe it. We're definitely ready to go.  The car's packed, half of our stuff is at the birthing center and I even vacuumed the heating ducts this week.  Not that I'm nesting or anything... 

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Four weeks to go...
Written by Sara Curry   
Monday, 29 December 2008

Four weeks (potentially) left.  Its so hard to believe.  In the beginning of this pregnancy, it felt like forever until the end and now I'm one week away from my safe date. I'm delivering at a birthing center, so I have to make it until at least 37 weeks to be allowed to deliver there.

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Holy Crotch Pain, Batman!
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 04 December 2008

Oh. I was sitting at my desk in half-lotus yesterday for about an hour, working.  When I went to stand up, I couldn't walk.  It felt like my pubic bone was going to crack in half.  Jaylon had to pick me up and carry me to the couch like he was bringing me across the threshold.  Poor guy, I've got a good 25 pounds on him at this point!  I must have tweaked my pelvis just enough to really irritate my symphysis pubis.  That cartilage is getting very loose.  Hot bath, lay down the rest of the night and I was fine in the morning.  Just a strong reminder to slow down in straddle/split/lotus-type movements from now through the end.  No more toe, even gentle pose doesn't feel good.  Everything in my groin feels very loose.  Sometimes I still get that clicking in my sacrum when I shift my weight from foot to foot.

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31 Weeks
Written by Sara Curry   
Monday, 24 November 2008

It's nice to be in the single digits for weeks left now.  I am not anxious for him to come early (I have too much to do before then!), but it's good to know the time is getting shorter.  I got a chiropractic adjustment last week which helped with some of the aching in my sacro-iliac joint, but the yoga is essential to keep the pain at bay. 

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26 weeks down
Written by Sara Curry   
Monday, 20 October 2008

I finally have a nice basketball belly.  I think that's one of the most fun parts of pregnancy.  I'm out of the looking "thick" phase and into the final trimester.  It's hard to believe I'm going to be pregnant for another three whole months.  Crazy.  My body is certainly feeling more pregnant now. 

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30-day challenge at 5 Months
Written by Sara Curry   
Monday, 22 September 2008

So September is our annual 30-day challenge and I really felt like it would be my last opportunity to do a whole bunch of yoga for a long time.  I'm 22 days and 22 classes into it and feeling great, but I have to admit, this is the hardest challenge I've ever done.  I really can't stay hydrated enough to make amniotic fluid, breast milk and do a double, so I've got to be able to get myself in to the studio every day.  That means no Sunday breakfast with the family because it's football season and I'm not going to miss a GAME!

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Four Months Down
Written by Sara Curry   
Monday, 25 August 2008

Four months down and feeling pretty good. Tired, but that's to be expected.  Class feels good and I feel strong most of the time.  I've had to be a lot more conscious about drinking fluids.  Breastfeeding and pregnant and teaching/practicing Bikram takes a little fluid out of a girl.

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End of the first trimester
Written by Sara Curry   
Tuesday, 22 July 2008

I started doing the pregnancy modifications this week.  Locust and floor bow haven't been feeling good for a couple of weeks anyway.  I've been faking my way through a little bit.  Some of the modifications feel silly because I don't have a big belly in my way, but I know that my uterus is above my pubic bone already, so I know it makes sense.  I just feel a little silly.

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Eight Weeks along...
Written by Sara Curry   
Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Just hitting the morning sickness phase.  This time around, I seem to have a nasty aversion to everything in the onion family, especially chives.  It kind of stinks because I have all of these beautiful herbs coming up in my garden and no interest in using them at all.  No headaches with the morning sickness this time.  I have to credit the yoga.  I've been practicing much more in the first trimester than I did the last time...

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15 Months and One day...
Written by Sara Curry   
Monday, 02 June 2008

When I was in labor, I kept thinking, "I will never complain about Standing Bow being a minute again."  After I came back to yoga, I realized that I had to actually make good on my promise, so March 1st, I started a don't-fall-out-of-standing-bow contest with my sister (which I won, by the way).  I made it fifteen months and one day.  This morning...

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Baby Number Two
Written by Sara Curry   
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Here we go again.  I had really forgotten how much pregnancy takes over your body.  It takes so long to feel yourself again, strong, healthy, flexible that I had really forgotten what little control you have during pregnancy.  You can do a lot of things to make it easier and healthier, but when your body wants more oxygen or the uterus wants more blood, that's all there is to it.
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9 months post-partum
Written by Sara Curry   
Friday, 10 August 2007
They say you won't feel yourself for nine months post-partum and it is so true.  I am just starting to feel like I have the strength, flexibility and energy that I used to...I think I actually forgot that I used to feel like this.  The no-sleep does a number on your flexibility...makes those early morning classes so much more painful.  On the reverse side of it, it makes me remember why this yoga is so good.  The "therapeutic" is pouring out of every posture.
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3 months post-partum
Written by Sara Curry   
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
It only took a couple of weeks for my breasts to feel okay in the cobra series.  I spent a week or two just working around them and kind-of half-lying on them in the belly-down savasanas, but as soon as my milk supply regulated and I got used to it, it was fine.  I have gotten my strength back in my arms, too, and can actually get my feet off the floor in the last part of locust again. 
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First Class Back
Written by Sara Curry   
Friday, 08 December 2006
Oh Mama!  Too long without yoga.  I felt like the tin man.  Monday morning at training.  Tight from the first half moon.  Ouch, but so good.  I got to experience a yoga high again...something I haven't felt in years.  Just like the first time.  Kicking out in Standing Head-to-knee: hurts so good.  Can you say "therapeutic"?
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the next day.
Written by Sara Curry   
Friday, 10 November 2006
After writing how comfortable she was in there, I woke up the next day (my due date) at 6 am.  My husband was up too, so we got up and went for an hour walk to see if we could get her to come down...and out.  Had a regular midwife appointment that day.  She thought I'd lost my mucus plug.  There was a lot of fluid, so she couldn't check my cervix in case my amnoitic sac had ruptured.  She advised me to come in if I thought I was leaking fluid or on Monday to see if I was dilated.
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40 Weeks...
Written by Sara Curry   
Wednesday, 08 November 2006

...and the little lady seems a little too comfortable.  She has always measured a little bit on the small side, so maybe she's still cooking in there.  Trying to keep myself occupied so I don't spend every day waiting, analyzing every twinge.

 

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39 Weeks and, yes, I'm still here
Written by Sara Curry   
Wednesday, 01 November 2006
Where does everybody think I'm going?  I'll keep practicing and teaching until the little papoose comes out.  Everyone says exercise helps to bring on labor, so I am all over it.  I can only imagine that yoga is even better.  If I can DO something to help facilitate this process, I'm there.
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38 Weeks. Let the countdown begin...
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 26 October 2006
Any time in the next month is considered normal and healthy.  We are on serious countdown time now.  Trying not to spend EVERY day waiting, but it's hard.  At this point, Jay and I are both so excited we could bust.  The clothes are washed, the diapers are ready, her bag is packed.  I'm trying to find more projects to help the days pass faster.
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36 Weeks
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 12 October 2006

Everything is right on track.  She is head-down, measuring well and still kicking like crazy.  All of the pregnancy books say to expect a decrease in movement in the last month.  Not this little girl.  She's more active for longer periods of time and her movements have gotten stronger.  It's so crazy to watch an elbow or a knee slide across my abdomen.  There's a little alien in there. 

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34 Weeks and, yes, I'm still practicing
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 28 September 2006

It feels good.  My hips have definitely gotten tighter during the third trimester so it feels good to get in that hot room and stretch.  My new best buddy is pranayama.  I've started doing it every morning when I wake up.  It gets me alert much faster and reminds my body how to breathe deeper.  I can finally get my lungs off the baby and take a deep breath.  I feel for women who haven't practiced pranayama-type breathing because as this baby gets bigger, I HAVE to breathe into my chest.  There just isn't any more room in my abdomen for my diaphragm. 

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Welcome to the Third Trimester
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 31 August 2006
Now it's all making sense.  So much that I had read about pregnancy and relaxin is finally happening in my body.  A lot of the postures that we teach students to modify in the pregnancy series I haven't had to modify (except to accomodate my belly) at all until now.  It seems like in a week, my whole pelvis has changed.  I went from comfortable doing toe stand on Friday to "what am I thinking?" on Sunday.  I can see why they say to avoid excess pressure to the perenium and symphysis pubis.  It feels like my symphysis is going to crack open if I put too much pressure on it.  Now I know why they encourage you to do Kegels from the beginning.
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Twenty Six Weeks
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 03 August 2006
Things are pretty uneventful lately.  I feel good, the yoga feels good, I have plenty of energy and a good appetite.  Things are right on track.  She's a good size and developing well. 
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Its a Girl!
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 29 June 2006
Twenty-one weeks pregnant and we got a routine ultrasound done this week.  I can't even begin to explain how incredible that experience was.  I've seen pictures of other people's ultrasounds, but they are always grainy and hard to see.  The real time experience is so much better.  We could see her move and even see the wrinkles in the skin on the soles of her feet.
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Mount Major
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 15 June 2006
I hiked Mount Major this weekend and I was surprised at how hard it was.  I had a hard time catching my breath and had to stop about 10 times to rest.  Mt. Major is a hike that I would rip off in 40 minutes or less without needing a break except maybe to slug a little water just a few months ago.
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17 Weeks and Counting
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 01 June 2006
Someone told me this week that they were glad to hear I was pregnant because they thought I had just been eating too much ice cream.  More students have figured it out or are passing the news on.
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13 Weeks
Written by Sara Curry   
Friday, 05 May 2006
I can see the light, I swear.  I woke up this morning and didn't have a headache for the first time in weeks.  I've been having these headaches that I can feel even when I am sleeping.  I have a little more energy and am not completely repulsed when I think about spinach.
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9 Weeks Pregnant
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 06 April 2006

Holy nausea!  I've never had a queasy stomach or an easy gag reflex.  Now, just being alive makes me want to barf.  I was in the grocery store the other day and had to avert my eyes as I walked by the vegetable section.  I could feel the purple cabbage staring at me.

 

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My First Post
Written by Sara Curry   
Thursday, 09 March 2006
I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks.  Naturally, many pregnant women have concerns about yoga and Bikram during pregnancy.  I hope that this web log will be of assistance in helping you to make educated decisions about exercise during yours.
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