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Belly up! Yoga classes for pregnant women are the latest offering at combination bar and stretch studio

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What do you get when you combine a yoga studio and a hot-dog-serving bar? If you answered pregnant, you were close.

Bushwick’s Cobra Club made headlines last year when it first paired yoga with booze and gourmet frankfurters, but it has now upped the ante by offering yoga classes for pregnant ladies and new moms and their tots. Participants say that the pre- and neonatal stretch sessions are a recipe for little yoga masters.

“We get very silly,” teacher Ria Cooper said of her toddler classes. “We play music and freeze yoga. We go on imaginary adventures and sometimes we go to Old MacDonald’s farm.”

The business on Wyckoff Avenue near Jefferson Street disturbed a few chakras among devotees of the Hindu-derived form of exercise when it opened last year with a saloon in the front and a meditation station in the back, but its owners say that students around the borough often find themselves hard up for a place to socialize over the hair of the downward dog after class. And given the proliferation of high-priced strollers that has accompanied the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood, the addition of classes for tots and the not-yet-born to the bar that is a cafe by day was as natural a progression as a sun salutation, one owner told us.

“In the past year, we have had a lot of parents come by with their kids for coffee,” said owner NIkki Coch, who is nine months pregnant. “There are a lot of families moving to Bushwick and I want to make this a nice, relaxing place.”

Religious feelings were far from the minds of many of the pregnant women in the class, who said they signed up just to keep in shape and keep the discomfort of carrying a child at bay.

“My experience with the pre-natal yoga is so gentle and my doctor is so encouraging,” said Christine Selhi. “When you’re pregnant, you’re constantly out of breath and constantly sore, so you need something to counteract that.”

And the Cobra Club might be home to a yoga studio and a bar, but spirits and spirituality are two things that do not mix for the moms and moms-to-be, Coch said.

“They aren’t having a shot of whiskey on the way out with their toddler,” she said.

The Cobra Club [6 Wyckoff Ave. between Jefferson and Troutman streets in Bushwick, (917) 719–1138, www.cobraclubbk.com].

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
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John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Pardon the interruption, but is it wise for these women to be "getting very silly" so close to hot dogs? I think, and again excuse me, I may be wrong, but hot dogs put them in their current predicament, initially. Wouldn't you agree? Again, sorry for pointing this out, and thank you for reading.
Oct. 30, 2013, 11:14 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Although this is obviously not a true Wasserman, I do find myself slightly entertained by this. John Wasserman doesn't generally ask if "you would agree?". Here's to enjoying the day.
Oct. 30, 2013, 11:25 am
Sarah J. Monnwes from Park Slope says:
This whole John Wasserman vs. John Wasserman thing is...weird.

Keep it commin' boys! (and pardon the interruption, as the Johns would say!)

BTW, as to the article, I think it's a good idea. Keeps the neighborhood more open to all. Pregnant ladies need not be sheltered at home any more!
Oct. 30, 2013, 11:48 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I wonder if they are considering adding a tattoo parlor to Cobra Club? or maybe a hair salon?
Oct. 30, 2013, 1:29 pm
Sam Crenshaw from Prospect Heights says:
This is getting really weird guys. Really weird, and I pardon you both for interrupting.

Can we have more pics of said chubby ladies in lululemon?
Oct. 31, 2013, 3:28 pm

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