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Yoga For Pregnancy Paperback – December 31, 1998

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About the Author

Francoise Barbira Freedman is a mother, yoga teacher and anthropologist. She specialises in medical anthropology and lectures to midwives. In 1988 she founded Birthlight - an organisation dedicated to improving the experience of childbirth through yoga. Doriel Hall took up yoga during her first pregnancy. She later trained as a yoga teacher then studied further in India. She is a trustee of the Yoga Bio-medical Trust, and has been training teachers for the government body of yoga in the UK since 1986. The author of Starting Yoga, she writes and gives workshops on various aspects of yoga. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0706376676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0706376678
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,992,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is full of photos and detailed and clear descriptions of the moves. I plan to use the book a great deal and work the moves into my yoga routine. Even so, I'm not sure that it would be enough for someone who has no yoga experience. Also, I was looking for recommendations about other yoga moves I'm more familiar with (eg, "Don't do the cobra" "the cat is great for pregnant women") and it wasn't there.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By ahkrivanek@yahoo.com on May 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to women 14 weeks pregnant and on. I actually took yoga classes with Francoise in Cambridge, UK during my second pregnancy. The preparation was exquisite and prepared me and baby for a glorious childbirth experience. The book is well organized and easy to read so that you can prepare for a natural birth as it is meant to be. No one can predict a birth experience, but this book helps to take the experience into your own hands and avoid medical intervention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ling wong | business soulwork on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been practicing vinyassa/flow and anusara yoga for quite a while now. I am in my first trimester and am desparate for a book that tells me what yoga poses are safe and what are not, and what modifications I can make to yoga poses when I am in class. I find this book totally not helpful - after going through two-thirds of the book I am still clueless what poses are safe... the exercises in the book are way too gentle and somewhat boring - most are just breathing in various positions. OK if someone is just starting yoga but it doesn't do it for someone who wants to continue a more physical practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ubalu on November 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
This British author and mom attended Yoga lessons when she was pregnant, and later trained as Yoga instructor. Later she founded an organization called Birthright, dedicated to improving the experience of childbirth through Yoga.

The book is written for any pregnant woman, with or without previous Yoga experience. But it is good for anyone interested in Yoga. There are photos of many stages of each pose, with step-by-step directions. In 14 chapters, a whole routine, done in six stages, is covered for a healthy pregnant woman. The practice can be done alone or in a group. Only exercises a pregnant woman can do are included in the book. The emphasis on breathing is the key to these poses.

It is very important to read the Appendix on breathing, the pelvic floor, and troubleshooting. There is a list of addresses for further information, and a list of poses included in this book.

A very good program to follow, after clearing it with the physician.
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By Nature of Truth on January 2, 2013
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This wonderful prenatal yoga book is essential for pregnant mothers. I consider this a primer for birth preparation - it has the right balance of woman-centered intuitive flow while strengthening endurance and training the muscle groups necessary for birth. I especially feel the benefit of Exercises 47 (Open birth position), 48 (Knee circles to strengthen perineum), 51 (Upside Down - pelvic floor) and 63 (the perineum massage). The stretches and exercises are geared to help you have a healthy pregnancy and a successful vaginal birth. By practicing calm breathing and natural birth postures in the months leading up to the birth, you enter an intuitive, inner space during labor.
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