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This is Rieko. Rieko has been practicing under me for over 5 years including while pregnant. Many people take off from their workouts during pregnancy, but it doesn't have to be that way. Rieko is currently 8 months pregnant and still sweating it out at Hot Yoga Sanford. She did the same with her last pregnancy. I was shocked at how quickly she shed her pregnancy weight. She was back to looking fit and trim almost immediately.

Many of the postures can be done as usual, but some, mostly the belly-down postures, are modified to keep your weight off the baby to keep it safe. I am familiar with these postures and can guide you, as I did Rieko, through a safe practice during your pregnancy.

Rieko is a 2-time World Judo Champion. She owns and operates her own Sasaki Judo in Casselberry. It is the only one Dojo in Central Florida that "Senseis" instructors are Japanese. Head Sensei, Shinjiro Sasaki was one of a top Judo players in Japan. So staying fit and strong through her pregnancy is very important to her. She enjoys the practice and is a true inspiration to anyone questioning training/yoga during pregnancy. We wish her the best of luck with the rest of her pregnancy and look forward to meeting her new arrival soon (maybe a future student? ;)).

If you’re interested in learning more about Judo and Rieko's school specifically, email her at

You can also visit them on facebook at @sasakijudo.usa,

Congratulations Rieko!

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