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This review is from: Yoga Journal's Prenatal Yoga [VHS] (VHS Tape)I was new to yoga when I started this tape. A former runner and elliptical-trainer enthusiast, I am used to a workout that makes you sweat buckets and finish feeling spent. This was a very new experience for me.
Yoga was recommended to me by my doula. I was interested because I've never been a flexible person and I wanted desperately to exercise throughout my pregnancy. Yoga is ideal because it can be modified as your progress and it teaches you to relax, breathe, and move deliberately with control. Every morning, when I've finished this workout, I feel so loose and relaxed, like I could "slip down the drain." I also feel more confident as my due date approaches that I will successfully birth my baby without any medication. I am learning how to open up my pelvis, strengthen my pelvic floor, and RELAX AND BREATHE. While pregnant you have 40 weeks (give or take a few) to prepare for the hardest (and most rewarding) work you'll ever do. Make the most of it!
This video was designed with your choice of three people to follow--one for each trimester. Many modifications are suggested and modeled so no matter what your current state of fitness, you will find stretches and poses to do.
You will be plagued by aches and pains and restless nights if you don't take care of your body while you're pregnant. So many of my friends try to comiserate with me, "Oh, you poor thing! I hated being pregnant! It's so uncomfortable!" I just smile and say, "I feel great!" becuase I really do.
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2013 7:52:57 AM PDT
After reading your review for this DVD, I wondered: looking back, do you think it ended up making a difference in your birth experience?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2013 5:27:18 PM PDT
Lisa Manske says:
Yes, I think it did help. Being stronger and more flexible, in addition to the breathing and relaxation practice helped. I recommend it as a supplement to a more inclusive birth preparation program such as Hypnobabies.
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