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Element: Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga (2009)

Elena Brower , Andrea Ambandos  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elena Brower
  • Directors: Andrea Ambandos
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EWD0BS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Both during and after pregnancy, yoga is a perfect way to firm your body, build strength, and gain flexibility. These two yoga practices, filmed in a serene garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean, are also a wonderful way to maintain emotional balance and reduce stress during the exciting and often hectic times surrounding the birth of a child. In the prenatal sequence you'll practice safe and simple movements intended to strengthen and tone your body at any stage of pregnancy, while providing relaxation that will help create a luminous space in which your baby will thrive. The postnatal sequence is designed to redefine your body, restore your energy, and help you reconnect to yourself and your own wellness.

About the Instructor:
Elena Brower, Certified Anusara Yoga teacher, encourages you to invite yoga's healing benefits into every realm of your life. She is the founder of Virayoga in New York City and author of Alchemy, A Glossary. Named one of New York City's top yoga teachers by Fit Yoga magazine, Elena's clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Minnie Driver, Eva Mendes, Christy Turlington and Rebecca Romijn.

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229 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps me feel in control! Love it! January 30, 2010
By K. Ward
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I'm in the 5th week of my 3rd pregnancy. I gained 45 with my first and was in terrible shape. I didn't loose the weight until after my 2nd pregnancy where I only gained 25, but started overweight. I finally lost all the baby weight and then some and now here I am for #3. I am no where near in great shape, but at least my weight is down and I'm working on it. I promised myself I would have a more healthy pregnancy this time. My diet is great, I just needed to find a workout that I would enjoy and that wouldn't take an hour of my time. I purchased 4 pregnancy workouts - 2 pilates and 2 yoga and I love them all. I looked at pretty much every prenatal workout Amazon has to offer (spent a couple days reading reviews) and am super happy with my choices. All 4 make the workout very personal, the music is great, and there isn't any of that super peppy over acting stuff like so many workouts. They are all well trained in their art and have many years of experience behind them.

#1 - Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga with Elena Brower
This is a great workout! This is my first time doing yoga, though I've done some of the moves in my regular non-pregnancy pilates workouts, and I'm loving it. It has really loosened up my stiffness and made my hips and lower back feel so much better. I thought I was going to die during my 2nd pregnancy because of all my aches and pains. I talked with many of my friends about yoga and what I should look for. They told me about how I should feel it, but not overstretch, to know what my bodies limits are. The breathing really helps. This one also has a postnatal workout I am looking forward to!

#2 - 10 minute Solution Prenatal Pilates with Lizbeth Garcia
This really energized me. It uses weights along with great moves and my heart rate was up and going.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pros and Cons list - Prenatal yoga chapters August 5, 2011
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I'm in my second trimester and haven't as yet tried the postnatal yoga sequences on this DVD, but here are my impressions of the prenatal yoga.

Pro:
1. Quick session (about half an hour)
2. Instructor is pleasant, not long-winded
3. Has a few poses (like pigeon) which are extremely beneficial to pregnant women.
4. The scenery behind the woman practicing looks lovely! I wish I could sit there with a cup of hot tea! (Irrelevant, but still)

Con:
1. Feels a little hurried - don't have enough time to hold all poses for as long as I would like.
2. Does not end with shavasana (lying down on the floor) - which I really enjoy at the end of a yoga sequence.
3. I felt more short of breath than relaxed through some sequences and I am no yoga newbie.

If I had tried this video out before I bought it, chances are I would have skipped buying it altogether.
It's a good video, but not something I personally find appealing to me.
I love Desi Bartlett's Prenatal Yoga and Yoga Mama by Crunch.
However, the money is spent and I am going to hold on to it for a day when I feel terribly energetic and for the post-natal workout.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars straighforward - easy to follow - not annoying April 26, 2010
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I just received this DVD last week and have already used it twice. I am 5-months pregnant with my third kid, work full-time, and am so busy at this time in my life that I am unable to attend in-person classes...which is a drag, but I am making the most of it. I was soooo sick my first 3.5 months I couldn't do anything and am now getting my strength back and although this video was easy-to-follow because of the excellent verbal guidance (you can do it with your eyes closed if at all familiar with yoga positions) it was easy for me to focus on my balance and breathing instead of wondering if I was in the right position etc... the workout was a challenge - but not too much. there were a few things that were complicated transitions i.e. getting into Pigeon pose... but they give you enough time to make the transition (however you can do it comfortably) that I never felt rushed or behind. Nothing about the video was annoying. The set is visually pleasing. I like that there are two parts to the video the first part is for prenatal and the second for postnatal. I believe they are around 25 minutes each.

I also bought the crunch yoga mama video, but haven't tried it out yet.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good and easy to follow February 16, 2010
By Kushi
Format:DVD
I bought this dvd and have been using since my 30 months. I'm 8 months now and im doing yoga with this dvd almost everyday for 5 mins and I would say that I love it. The moves are slow and easy to follow. Also your breathing gets deeper as you keep practising. i have less back pain now and i feel my body is getting flexible for the labor. I'm also doing the meditation with another dvd which helps to reduce my stress level. i have 2 other yoga dvds but this one is my favorite as the poses are practical and tones each muscle in your body.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the perfect prenatal yoga video April 28, 2010
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I have done 15 minutes of yoga every morning for the last 10 years or so. The exercises I was doing started to feel like they were stretching my belly ligaments too much. This video is a great balance between stretching the right places for a pregnant woman while still giving the women who wants more of a challenge the right level of challenge during pregnancy.

I recommend this video to anyone who is new or old to yoga for sure! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for expecting moms!
I purchased this as a gift for my daughter and she is enjoying it.
Published 1 day ago by Deserie Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't recommend.
I did not like it much. I guess you get what you pay for. The yoga poses were not relaxing enough or too quick and did not feel comfortable for me. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Morena
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product
Published 25 days ago by roatkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD for labor
This DVD made me sweat, made me relax which is excellent. The only thing is that majority of this dvd your working out your legs; you rarely stretch your upper body on the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great relaxation for expecting moms
I enjoy this DVD quite a bit. For years I practice yoga on a bi-weekly basis and since moving to a new town without a yoga studio I have stopped practicing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LJB
3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated but not strenuous
Got this in my 6th month of pregnancy due to some low back pain. I currently have the Perfect Pregnancy Workout volume one and love it, but wanted something else to diversify my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Psyche
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not call this a workout
I am in my second trimester and hoped this would be a yoga workout that would be both relaxing and make me feel like I was working a little. Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Still using it 6 months after baby
This is one of the most relaxing Yoga DVD's out there. I prefer the pre-natal to the post-natal and find myself still doing it almost daily 6 months after I had the baby! Read more
Published 4 months ago by NewMommy
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too challenging for beginners or non-flexible people
I did enjoy the challenge of this DVD. I felt it was a bit rushed. I am only in my first trimester. I had been doing the Bar Method for about a month prior to this, so I am no... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid yoga DVD
I am about 2.5 months pregnant and this DVD isn't particularly challenging and great for days when you have 0 energy but want to do something. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Emily
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