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Amira's Belly Dance & Yoga For Pregnancy Prenatal Exercise (2009)

Amira , Amira , Mark Dennis  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Amira
  • Directors: Amira, Mark Dennis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001W2HZ1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Amira s Bellydance & Yoga for Pregnancy provides a perfect balance of well thought out routines for an expectant mother to prepare herself for the wonderful and challenging journey ahead. Amira gently leads you through warm-ups, exercise, and cool downs and covers moves that are beneficial, and those that should be avoided during pregnancy. You will learn the benefits of stretching and exercise, learn to relax, to breathe, and to center yourself with confidence and feminine grace, leaving you feeling invigorated and re-energized. Clear explanations are given every step of the way with alternate, modified versions of many moves. Packed with information, this DVD explains the origins of belly dance and its age-old benefits for women in labor, and encourages you on the road to a healthy lifestyle and a smooth, happy pregnancy. This Informative and Fun DVD has a total running time of nearly 3 and a half hours and includes: Studio Instruction (90 minutes) consisting of Introduction - Yoga Warm Up - Strengthening Exercises - Pre-Natal Bellydance - Exercises During Labor - Cool Down; In Depth Interviews with Professionals (30 minutes); Interviews with Bellydance Mothers (60 minutes); Performances (10 minutes) - Two beautiful performance videos of Amira dancing with her growing belly.

Amira is an internationally renowned belly dance artist whose passion for the arts, combined with the solid years of medical studies spent earning an RN degree have given her a unique perspective into the benefits of Yoga, dance and exercise on a women and her baby s health before, during, and after pregnancy. By applying her experience and training to her own daily life and her own pregnancy, Amira has acquired a deep understanding of women s health issues, and become a strong advocate of better living and better pregnancy through better diet, proper exercise, and better lifestyle choices.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Only Wish I'd Bought This SOONER!!! January 21, 2009
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I was able to work out at the gym daily through my sixth month of pregnancy, but when it became too much (and my gym pass expired) I struggled to find an enjoyable way to keep moving. If only I had bought this DVD a lot sooner!

Amira gives concise and understandable instructions for exercises that almost any pregnant woman can do (I can do them, and I'm at 37 weeks!). The movements are gentle, fun, and relaxing, but best of all, I feel they are useful in preparing me for my upcoming childbirth. And my little one seems to enjoy them, too!

Amira says many positive and affirming things along the way. She encourages you to respect the limitations of your body and not overdo anything. She looks like a pregnant goddess and glows with respect for her body.

I wasn't too impressed with the extra footage - the interviews and such - but really, the workout alone was worth the purchase. It's a great buy and I would recommend it to anyone!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me through my labor! June 25, 2012
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I don't have anything to add to the description of this video that hasn't been said, but I wanted to rave about the particular section of "exercises during labor." I have both this video and The Perfect Pregnancy Workout Vol 3, and it was this section in Amira's that made the difference for me. While the Perfect Pregnancy Workout was more of a workout, it didn't have particular moves to help with labor, and I wasn't looking for a workout because I was doing other things like swimming and walking. I wanted to learn basic moves to keep me limber and to help through labor. Not only did it help with the pain, but I believe it also speeded up the labor. I was at home for most of it, and then I had my little girl 3 hrs after arriving at the hospital--not what I was expecting with a first baby. I'll be doing using this video again if I have another.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful, safe prenatal exercise and dance December 31, 2011
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This video is really several programs in one: the first, which most people will probably buy it for, is a gentle conditioning program for pregnant women with a strong dance component. The second is a reflection on childbirth from several different perspectives: Amira's as dancer, pregnant woman, and researcher, those of a midwife and a chiropractic doctor, and testimonials from six dancers who had children. These programs are also intertwined to some extent. I'll deal with the second program first.

_Amira's Belly Dance & Yoga For Pregnancy Prenatal Exercise for Childbirth Information_

The thrust of Amira's work is very much about recovering non-Western modes of bodily movement and preparation for childbirth. This can be seen in her introduction, and in little segments between the exercise sections of the workout. But what spoke to me most from this part of the video were the testimonials of dancers, who spoke about their own birth experiences. What came out of this was that pregnancy and birth are complicated, messy, and deeply individual. Some wound up having C-sections, some had tough pregnancies but were able to give birth vaginally, and every woman seemed to have a mix of joys and regrets. All thought they had benefited from their dance practice, but in different and nuanced ways -- a feeling of femininity, a strengthened bond with the baby, or better body awareness. I loved that this section of the video showed that becoming a mother is not one-size-fits-all deal, even if many of us have ideas about what the "perfect" childbirth might look like.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful, Positive, Joyous May 18, 2012
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I used this DVD every day while I was pregnant with my now almost 3 month old.

Amira's positive attitude and calming presence brought me peace and strength.

Keeping moving helped me gain only 17 pounds and manage my gestational diabetes.

Staying flexible meant I labored easily and even though this is my first baby, I'm 32, and was 230 pounds when I went into labor, I delivered my 8 lb 2 oz baby boy after only about an hour and a half of active labor, completely naturally.

And being active all the way up to delivery helped me recover quickly and lose not just my pregnancy weight, but an additional 17 pounds already.

I want to thank Amira for the support and coaching this video provided.

Definitely a must-buy!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and light January 8, 2010
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This is a good workout. I think Amira does a great job of creating a calm and soothing workout for mom's to be. I did all three sections and didn't break a sweat. I think if you want a good stretch type of video this is for you but this video lacks intensity and is not really a work out.

I did like her insight on how the western world is the only place where women lay down to give birth and due to all the sitting and driving we do most of out muscles needed for childbirth are stiff. This video aims at giving you more flexibility and preparing you for child birth which was great.

Would definitely recommend you buy as an add on video to a more rigorous work-out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for October 14, 2009
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This is exactly what I need right now - I'm 4 months pregnant, completely stiff/sore from eliminating most exercise since I'm so tired. The stretching exercises alone are helping me loosen up some.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
boring, a lot of her talking, more like a music video.
Published 3 days ago by Purplejoi
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED doing this workout while pregnant
LOVED doing this workout while pregnant. I believe excersize helps keep your body healthy during pregnancy with all it goes thru. Read more
Published 23 days ago by sassy
5.0 out of 5 stars Get a great work out and prep for your childbirth. Feel awesome...
I purchased this half through my first trimester. I have been extremely fatigued and have been a belly dancer for many years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monica
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD does not work
I really wanted to try this video but my DVD didn't work even after mailing it back for an exchange. Having the same problem with the 2nd DVD.
Published 3 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Great workout, very soothing and Amira is a great host.
Great workout, very soothing and Amira is a great host.
Published 3 months ago by Bijal
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for those planing a natural labor!
All the moves and advise kept me flexible and fit through out pregnancy. Amira coves lots of stretching in the hip, which I feel made my labor as smooth as it could have been. Read more
Published 3 months ago by WBM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout and stretches for more inactive moms-to-be!
I have been having really achy hips and I am hoping that continuing to use this workout will help ease that ache. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jen V
1.0 out of 5 stars bad quality dvd
The DVD did not work ...I tried it in my Playstation. .DVD player and the computer and it would not go past the menu screen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diana Muner a
5.0 out of 5 stars This Has Been Helping Me With Hip Pain
I enjoy the exercises on this DVD and they've helped me overcome hip pain during my pregnancy. I recommend this for pregnant women.
Published 4 months ago by Sharice
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD doesn't work
I want to love this product, I want to use it, but unfortunately out of the box the DVD doesn't work and we have not been issued another. Sounds like an awesome workout! Read more
Published 4 months ago by TS
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