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Yoga, rest and play (3)

By Erik Nilsson  (China Daily)

09:12, June 08, 2012

Mothers-to-be practice yoga at Beijing's Yoga Yard. (Geng Feifei / China Daily)

"Because China is opening up, and Shanghai is a progressive city, more Chinese are meeting foreigners and learning new things," says Sun, whose husband is Swedish.

"They try these new things like yoga and find they're fantastic."

And the women learn even more when they communicate in the classes.

"You can talk about pregnancy, breastfeeding, places to buy clothes, diapers, parenting - anything," she says.

Sun also says that some become friends who meet up outside the class.

While the studio has momma-baby yoga, it doesn't involve the infants in the exercises.

"Momma-baby yoga's not as serious as postnatal practice without the baby," Sun says. "If the baby cries, you have to take care of it."

This detracts from some of the healing benefits but enables moms without a sitter to attend classes.

Sun says she decided to open her studio because she is a mother of two - her daughter is 13 and her son is 12 - and the pace is more her style.

"My style is much calmer and slower than power yoga," Sun says. "And it's a big market in Shanghai. I hope and believe more Chinese will accept it, because it has so many benefits. It just takes time."

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