Living in the city with children is VERY physical. We mostly walk everywhere or ride the bus or subway. That means I’m pushing a stroller with one child, often holding another, and carrying everything we need for the day, all over town. Yoga has taught me the importance of self care, especially when life is at its busiest. Are there nights when I am tired and can think of at least 20 excuses why I should sit on my couch? Yes, definitely. But I know the kinder choice to my body and to the little person growing inside me is to get to class.
It’s really hard not to fall in love with the space from the second you walk in to Pure. You’re totally embraced by the beautiful common spaces and that calming scent. And the friends I have made have deeply enriched my life. People come to Pure for more than just their practice — all of the interactions of kindness and love are so empowering even before I get on my mat.
Building My Yoga Body
It takes dedication to build a strong yoga body. I practice 5-6 times a week and I prefer classes that really challenge me physically, where ten minutes in I’m holding Warrior Two and can barely lift my arms because they’re so tired.
I feel proud that at age 34 I can be as active and fun as a mom as I am. It is truly empowering to feel like I can physically do anything I want, even at nine months pregnant, because of the yoga body I’ve built.
Iffy Varano is a dedicated yogi and mother of (almost) three.
She lives on the Upper West Side, around the corner from Pure West