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Body After Baby with MJ: Bellydancing

I’m now 13 weeks postpartum and I have been taking my time getting to know my body again. I’m not rushing anything, right now what is important is building healthy habits for myself and my daughter and taking steps toward getting stronger and healthier everyday, while enjoying life with my little one and not taking it so serious when it comes to fitness. Click here to read more on my “body after baby” journey. Here’s me and Vivs today #TutuTuesday, she’s 13 weeks.

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MJ & Vivian Monroe 13wks
MJ & Vivian Monroe 13wks

I love taking fun classes around Vegas, this week I was in the mood for a good cardio dance session, so I went to The Z Spot Las Vegas to take Debbie’s Bellydance class. What I love about this class is it awakens your sensuality, and another cool thing is, it’s safe for anyone at any level…I danced all throughout my pregnancy and even at 40 weeks to help get this baby moving out!

MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later
MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later

Plus, there is even guys in there dancing and having a blast…so like I said, it’s for anyone! Debbie Cazares is an amazing dance instructor, her energy and sensual moves just draw you in, she is the moist laid back, fun loving girl ever! I have been taking her classes for years, she inspires by taking bellydance and modernizing it with the latest, hottest music and turns it into a heart pumping full body workout! I reccomend you take a class, and check out the schedule at Z Spot, they have tons of awesome classes to dance too! Get your ‘dance’ on Vegas.

MJ Bellydance at ZSpot
MJ Bellydance at ZSpot
Debbie Cazares leading the bellydance class at Z Spot
Debbie Cazares leading the bellydance class at Z Spot

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Body After Baby with MJ- Stretching

My little Diva, Vivian Monroe will be 3 months this week, and that means “go time” for mama! Time to go back to work and back to “werk” on this body. Gone are the days of lounging around with the baby all day on Dr orders of no exercising for 8 weeeks… that was a nice break! But it’s cool, I’m ready and I feel like I have a new start with my body to retrain it and build new habits. I’ve done everything from weights, to pole, to yoga, to dance, to kickboxing… so where to start. #1 priority for my body is stretching. I encourage you to start as well, even if you have been working out, you should stretch everyday, give yourself a 3 day goal or a week. If you need a little guidence or encouragement, like I do, try a class!

back bow stretch
back bow stretch

I went to Shine Alternative Fitness last night for a stretch/flexibility class with Delphine Galliard. First off, I absolutely LOVE this studio, it offers so many fun and different classes, like anti-gravity yoga, pole dance, ballet, aerial silks, lyra and more, plus the instructors are amazing cirque performers. I started going here a few years ago when it opened, but this time I wanted to start with the roots, flexibility and stretching. Delphine was such skilled instructor, and her personality and assisted stretches made the class so much fun! She was such an inspiration, and mentioned that alot of folks are intimidated of the the studio, because of all the different cirque style classes and alot of performers train there, but made clear, that ANYONE AT ANY LEVEL is welcome and should not be afraid to try something different, there is a place for everyone to learn! I’m just getting back in the swing of things, but soon, I will be taking my pole dance, anti-gravity and aerial silk classes!! Here are some pics from our stretch class, and to read more on my journey to get my body back after baby, click hereMJ

MJone leg back bow
MJ one leg back bow
MJ standing split stretch against wall/mirror
MJ standing split stretch against wall/mirror

The best reason in the world

MJ with Vivs almost 3 months
MJ with Vivs almost 3 months

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Body After Baby with MJ: The Most Imortant Exercise Is…

Stretching! Yep, it’s nothing new, but often something pushed aside from your own fitness routine. You should always begin and end your workout with stretching, matter of fact you should stretch EVERYDAY! It’s not like a workout, where you may need to have a day between to rest, but daily stretching is great to increase flexibility, range of motion and it get’s oxygen flowing through the blood and awakens the body. Recently having a baby, I’m getting my body back, so I looked into a good stretch class in Vegas, and found Loracle, a beautiful gymnastics/cirque style gymnasium with tons of fun classes and with incredibly talented instructors, like Ivan,a cirque performer im KA who taught the stretch class.

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MJ bac, shoulder, chest stretch with Ivan at Loracle
MJ back, shoulder, chest stretch with Ivan at Loracle

If you don’t pay attention in class, he will twist you into a pretzel!

MJ shoulde stretch with Ivan at Loracle
MJ shoulder stretch with Ivan at Loracle

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but boy did I get an amazing deep assisted stretch, soemthing you just can’t acheive on your own. He also encouraged and pushed me to try things I havn’t in a long time, like splits and back bends! This is 11 weeks after my ceserean I had with my first child, Vivian Monroe. I have been getting back into working out slowly since 8 weeks post partum, light weights, yoga, sensual dance…but most improtant when getting back to fitness after baby, for the first time or just getting back into into it period is STRETCHING! Maybe you are a habitual exerciser, but need to bring stretching back to your routine. I feel like I am retraining my body, so trying to build new fitness habits, like the best suggestion Ivan gave me…to stretch everyday! So, that’s my goal for the next week, until I see him again. (I plan to teach hubby some of these assisted stretch tequniques) so we can play together!

MJ at Loracle, Ivan made her stretch her split!
MJ at Loracle, Ivan made her stretch her split!

People have asked me how my recovery was after baby, and honestly I can say it wasn’t so bad, even going through surgery. I stayed very active throughout my pregnancy from weight training, yoga and dance and continued my same activities, but with odvious modifications. So I would reccomend practicing fitness throughout pregnancy! I never thought my tummy or back could handle a backbend stretch so soon after! I’d reccomend a class for any level at Loracle! Click here for schedule, they have tons of fun classes to try!

MJ stretching backbend..after 1 year!
MJ stretching backbend..after 1 year!

Here’s a fun one at 38 weeks pregnant after a weight training session attempting the “running man” yoga pose.

MJ 38 weeks pregnant- Yoga running man pose
MJ 38 weeks pregnant- Yoga running man pose

And belly dancing just 4 days before I gave birth..40 weeks and 1 day!

MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later
MJ 40weeks pregnant..belly dancing! Baby came 4 days later

an here’s my adorable Vivian Monroe at 11 weeks old

MJ with daughter Vivi 11 weeks old
MJ with daughter Vivi 11 weeks old

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