For Charity LeBlanc, yoga isn’t just about fitness, it’s about spending quality time with her kids.
“I love to be fit and working out, and it’s so much fun for to share that with my kids,” LeBlanc, a makeup artist and graphic designer from Clearwater, Florida, told People. “For them, it’s like playtime, so they’re having a blast.”
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The 28-year-old mom of two says she picked up yoga about five years ago after the birth of her son, Oakley.
“I started doing yoga just to get back into shape, and you learn the arm strength and core strength and flexibility,” LeBlanc says. “A lot of the movements involve using your core, and after having kids your stomach is really stretched out, so it’s nice to use yoga to pull it back in tightly.”
After a few years of practice she started dabbling in acroyoga, and continued it throughout her pregnancy with her daughter, Felicity, 2. As both kids got older, LeBlanc says she started incorporating them into her workouts.
“I was just doing it at home, so they were always around me and near me, and when they were getting bigger and starting to crawl and walk, I started picking them up and lifting them with my feet,” she explains. “They have so much fun, I think they think I’m a living jungle gym.”
Now, she says, they both love yoga. In fact, sometimes they pull out their mats on their own and start practicing.
“I really like to encourage other moms to do it too. I didn’t think the kids would enjoy it as much as they have, so you never know,” she says. “You just kind of start it with them, and then next thing you know you’re having fun with it and taking pictures, so I would encourage anyone with an interest to start working your way up.”