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Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Hardcover – April 21, 2003

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“Gurmukh is Hollywood’s favorite pregnancy guru. . . . She draws people by the thousands each month to the Golden Bridge yoga studio in Los Angeles, and she’s considered one of the nation’s yoga superstars.” ---Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Gurmukh is a pioneer in yoga and the mind-body-spirit connection. Based in Los Angeles, Gurmukh teaches Kundalini yoga, meditation, and pre- and postnatal care. She founded the Golden Bridge Yoga Center, where she is the director and senior teacher. She has been featured in many magazines, including Vogue, W, InStyle, and People. Gurmukh teaches all over the world, from India to Europe and from Central America to the United States. Her previous book is The Eight Human Talents (cowritten with Cathryn Michon). Her kind, compassionate wisdom and counsel touch the life of everyone she meets.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312310870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312310875
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
BEAUTIFUL, BOUNTIFUL, BLISSFUL is an amazing introduction to the technology of Kundalini Yoga and meditation for expectant women. As with her powerful first book, EIGHT HUMAN TALENTS, Gurmukh presents practical information, divided into sections based on the three trimesters of pregnancy. Each section is a wealth of knowledge and insight into the choices that pregnant women and their loved ones face; specifically, subjects like breastfeeding, labor, diet, exercise, the decision of where to birth, and mothering. In the spirit of attending one of Gurmukh's classes, the sections conclude with perfect and powerful meditation suggestions to address the emotional and spiritual needs of the new mother.
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.
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139 of 184 people found the following review helpful By Moden Jorun on October 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after reading some very positive reviews on Unfortunately there are grave misconceptions and mistakes in Gurmukh's book, which means I don't dare trust her advice. Some of the worst mistakes include:

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).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlene D. Barker on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I can only say that I wish I had this book when I was having my children - Gurmukh relates her own personal experience in a way that a lot of women in my age group can identify with. Through the beauty of yoga and meditation, she has found a lovely way to hand the power of your own pregnancy and decisions that need to be made back to the mother where it belongs. I recommend this book to all expectant moms!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Glorieux on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful, Gurmukh's beautifully written book on pregnancy and birth, introduces us to an inspiring way of approaching this transformative time in a woman's life. A way not portrayed in mainstream media or talked about by mainstream caregivers. Though written from the perspective of one who understands the mind-body-spirit connection, this book is accessible to all women, no matter where they are on the path to motherhood.

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.
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