Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Hardcover – April 21, 2003
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Gurmukh's positivity and encouraging tone throughout the book and her use of real-life examples from her own experiences and those of her students make this volume very enjoyable to read and share with others. Another terrific feature of the book is the presentation of the information by trimester. This will make mothers feel organized and able to "check off" many of their concerns as they address them in a way that makes perfect sense of the baby's development inside of them. The simple pencil illustrations in the book are a celebration of women's pregnant bodies, and nicely demonstrate exercises and meditations.
This book is a delight to read, an attractive reference, the perfect gift for expectant mothers, and a wonderful addition to one's own library of yoga, health, pregnancy, and parenting titles.
Nourishment - Gurmukh claims there is more protein in broccoli than in meat (p 80). She suggests pregnant women should try a vegetarian or vegan diet. There is very little protein in broccoli (3,5%) whereas there is a lot in meat (15-20%). However there is plenty of proten in soy flour (37%), nuts (15-25%), beans, peas and tofu (8 - 10%). Gurmukh's claim is wrong, potentially harmful and unnecessary, since there are lots of great sources for vegetable protein, just not broccoli.
Exercise - Gurmukh says she once had a student who was a dancer on a fairly rigourous training schedule. She ended up having a C-section because her cervix would not dilate (p 151). Gurmukh thinks her abdominal muscles might have been so tight that she couldn't let go. I have studied the subject of pregnancy and exercise carefully and versions of this story are often used to scare women to take it easy during their pregnancy. Yes, there are exercising women who had to have a C-section. But this complication in childbirth is more common in women who exercise little or not at all! Abdominal muscles cannot get too tight to give birth, it is the cervix and uterus that are involved in the birth process. Exercising women who generally find it easier to relax than those who don't and recover faster after childbirth. Read James F. Clapp, "Exercising through your pregnancy" for well researched information.
Heavy Metal - Gurmukh says that heavy metal is bad for your baby p 88).Read more ›
Organized in chronological sections - first, second, and third trimester, birth, and beyond - Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful speaks to the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. Gurmukh intertwines her own experience, anecdotes from her students, spiritual texts and medical research to give a well-rounded, judgment-free depiction of how pregnancy, birth and family life can be.
Pregnancy is often a time of reprioritizing, making space and letting go of what is no longer working. With thoughtful discussion and relevant suggestions for meditation and exercise, Gurmukh invites women going through just that process to discover a world full of love, self-acceptance, peace and joy. To use Gurmukh's words, she aims to "ignite within you your own innate knowingness."
In the first trimester chapter, Gurmukh addresses issues such as morning sickness, emotions, self-acceptance and questions for potential caregivers. Topics for the second trimester range from nutrition and dreams to intimacy with your partner and birth options, including home birth, hospital birth, birth by Caesarean section and epidurals. In the third trimester chapter, Gurmukh discusses sleep, redefining pain and waiting for the birth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is essential for anyone who is pregnant. I loved every minute of reading itPublished 20 days ago by elizabeth
Great book that I have purchased so far. It gives you a in-depth of the pregnancy knowledge!Published 21 days ago by VIJAY SOMU
Loved this book as well as her other book, Eight Human Talents. It was so nice to do some prenatal reading that has a spiritual perspective and very explanatory of what your body... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sportspeacelove
This book was instrumental in shaping the way we thought about my wife's first pregnancy and how she took care of her body and self. Thank you, Gurmukhi. We love you.Published 2 months ago by Brian Shanor
Gurmukh is an Los Angeles-based yoga teacher with a positive, uplifting attitude. I desperately needed her take on pregnancy after skimming through What to Expect When You’re... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angela K.