For Expecting Mothers in Harlem, a Different Yoga Class

Kimberly Ballesteros, left, at a prenatal yoga class in East Harlem. Photo Courtesy of Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal

By Jo Piazza
Wall Street Journal

Jessica van Itallie flowed seamlessly between English and Spanish as she led a room of expecting mothers through the breathing exercises and contortions of yoga.

“Inhala, inhale. Exhala, exhale,” chanted the a willowy instructor during a recent class in East Harlem. “Keep your legs apart,” van Itallie said. “You’re letting something out not trying to keep something in.”

Yoga has become an established option for New York’s mothers-to-be who are looking to alleviate stress and reduce pregnancy pain. Like many healthy lifestyle trends, it often comes with a hefty price.

Read more about the prenatal yoga classes in Harlem in the Wall Street Journal article.

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