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Crunch Yoga Mama - Prenatal Yoga (2004)

Susan Elkind , Andrea Ambandos  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susan Elkind
  • Directors: Andrea Ambandos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001LJCSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Welcome to CRUNCH Fitness!

Expand your mind along with your body. During pregnancy is an incredible time to practice yoga to keep your body healthy, your mind stress-free, and to connect to your growing baby. This gentle and effective program is designed to keep you toned as well as get you ready for the big day. Appropriate for any trimester, you'll move through a series of poses that focus on breathing as well as strengthening and stretching muscles that will prepare you for the challenge of labor and birth. Yoga can also improve your circulation and digestion plus relieve common tensions related to pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a beautiful time to enjoy, and yoga can help you make the most of it.

The CRUNCH Philosophy:

The CRUNCH fitness program welcomes people from all walks of life regardless of shape, size or ability. We created a workout environment that not competitive or judgmental. Enjoy these favorite classes with imaginative instructors in an atmosphere that makes working out fun.

Meet the instructor:

Sue Elkind, Los Angeles. Yoga instructor, and new mom. Fitness philosophy: live fully, laugh fully, and love fully. Pregnancy can be such an amazing time if you can slow down and enjoy the process. Favorite splurge food: vegan chocolate chips cookies when not pregnant; when pregnant... the REAL thing!!

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172 of 174 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the better prenatal yoga videos September 16, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I am 20 weeks pregnant and have been doing yoga for about 3 years, although I haven't been doing it since about week 9 of my pregnancy. I wanted to find a good video that would help me get back into my practice, stretch me out, and strengthen my muscles.
I bought Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga video and was annoyed by it. Although I am very familiar with common yoga postures, I couldn't understand what I was supposed to be doing from listening to her, and I had to keep looking at the screen to figure out what she was talking about. Then, as soon as I got into the pose, she would quickly shift to something else, so I never got to hold any pose for more than a few seconds. Annoying. She also drones on at the beginning of the video for a few minutes, which is minimally boring when you want to get started the first time, but REALLY boring when you are doing the tape on a regular basis and you have to fast forward through it every time. Lastly, I felt like I got no workout whatsoever from Shiva Rea's tape, and barely a stretch. Maybe if I had been able to hold the poses a little longer than the split second she allowed... The woman in her third trimester hardly did anything at all.
Crunch Mama was MUCH better. I really liked the teacher. She was straightforward, and best of all, she was actually pregnant! She gave a better selection of poses, a bit more challenging, but still very easy, and I hardly had to even look at what she was doing...she was very descriptive when telling us what moves to do next. I liked the variety of pregnant women in her "class". She had women in all different stages, and they were all doing pretty much the same moves, except for one woman who was demonstrating modified moves for women who wanted to take it really slow.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ease that aching back and breathe easier December 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I should start by saying I'm a beginner and never really did any yoga before now. I started this in my 7th month of pregnancy and I found the tape easy to follow, sometimes even when I am not looking at the TV screen (the head is down and the neck relaxed in several poses). The poses certainly helped me create more room in my midsection so I could breathe easier. They also distributed the weight more evenly along my spine and that helped ease lower back pain. Although this is not an aerobic workout, I felt energized and more clearheaded after doing the tape. The instructor is very friendly. She leads a class of several pregnant women at various stages (from slight belly bulge to just-about-ready-to-pop) and one student shows modifications for those who may not be limber enough to do the poses as shown. There is quiet, soothing background music -- not at all distracting, but just enough to help keep things flowing. I'm really glad I bought this tape. I may hang onto it even after I have the baby!
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent prenatal yoga practice November 18, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Although I wouldn't call this the perfect prenatal yoga practice, it has some distinct strengths over other prenatal yoga videos I've seen. Visibly pregnant Sue Elkind leads a class of about a dozen women of in all stages of pregnancy through a well-chosen series of yoga poses. One woman demonstrates modifications for the less flexible, but most of the women do the program without modification, even in late pregnancy. The instructor talks through each pose, giving special attention to the balance and posture changes of pregnancy and emphasizing the connections between body and mind and mother and baby-to-be. This constant commentary makes the poses easy to follow even when not watching the screen, but may distract from the meditative quality of yoga practice.
Yoga Mama is most appropriate for women with no or limited yoga experience and no exercise constraints. It may also be helpful for intermediate level women in late stages of pregnancy, for tired days, or as the easy part of a rotation of practices. Advanced yoga students, however might find this video frustratingly basic and prefer to develop a personalized yoga practice using books (try Preparing for Birth With Yoga by Janet Balaskas). Women who need greater modification might want to try the Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga program instead. Props: sticky mat (or carpet), folded blanket, folded towel (for wrist pain), chair (for modifications)
Personal Experience: I used prenatal yoga videos several times a week in addition to prenatal classes in a yoga studio once or twice a week. Although no video can equal a live class, this one captures some of the spirit of practicing yoga in a room full of pregnant women of all shapes and sizes. For home practice, I could choose between Yoga Mama and Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga video.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Mama March 15, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I took yoga classes pre-pregnancy, so the movements were familiar to me. I found that the instruction was on a pretty basic level, and was easy to follow. I just started in my 5th month, and feel I could easily continue until the baby is born. The one thing that bothered me about this video was her constant chatter and quick transition between movements and poses. Perhaps its because I came from a live-instruction atmosphere where there was more time to strech into the positions and really get tuned-into your body and breathing in each one. The choice of exercises is good, but she does a maximum of 3 repetitions each movement,which I don't feel is enough. Also, she talks so much, the "relaxation" exercises at the end are kind of pointless. I can't relax in 3 minutes with her chatting at me the whole time. But overall, this video is good to keep you feeling limber and centered,even when you feel like a house on legs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped my sore back
This video was a little too easy in the beginning of my pregnancy but by the middle and end it was perfect. It was a great help in stretching and strengthening my sore back.
Published 13 days ago by Siobhan Aller
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my second pregnancy using this DVD. It ...
This is my second pregnancy using this DVD. It helps me stretch and feel limber. I also feel it creates more space for my baby and I don't feel so cramped as well.
Published 1 month ago by Tawny
4.0 out of 5 stars good safe prenatal yoga
good prenatal video, but would be boring for anyone not pregnant.
Published 1 month ago by JU
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and effective
I love how easy this is to do. I also love the included modifications which are great for a beginner such as myself and for the later stages of pregnancy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to follow for beginner yogi
Published 2 months ago by jp
5.0 out of 5 stars great routine
This has been a great yoga video so far. I think all of the poses are great for any trimester. She holds to poses for an appropriate amount of time to make them effective.
Published 2 months ago by T-bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Just what my wife was looking for. It's easy for her to do and she recommends it to anyone who asks.
Published 5 months ago by Brian J Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Straight forward Gentle Yoga
This is the perfect prenatal exercise video, as far as I'm concerned. It works on stretches and strengthening. It is not weird and spiritual or overly cute and obnoxious. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. R. Triolo
3.0 out of 5 stars Too easy even for beginner, but good stretching routine
I'm not super into yoga, and not super strong, so I went with a DVD I thought would be my pace. This is actually not challenging at all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bunkyroo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for relaxing.
This DVD is good for days you want to relax, stretch, and restore your body. I bought this hoping it would be challenging, so instead I use it for days that I want a light workout/... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nathan Collins
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