Blooma Prenatal Yoga DVD
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Be Blooma Well PRENATAL YOGA takes you from the yoga mat to the birthing room. Blooma founder Sarah Longacre guides you through a powerful, uplifting prenatal yoga practice designed to open your hips, strengthen your body, and set your mind at ease for birth. Discover how your yoga poses and breathing practices become comfort measures for labor and recovery. Then, celebrate the first, intimate moments of new motherhood as Blooma mamas share their personal birthing day videos. Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga celebrates the beauty and strength of your pregnant body through yoga. The Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga DVD includes: - A 60-minute, all-levels yoga practice - Five inspiring birth videos - On-the-go yoga (mp3s)* - Labor tips and birth resources (PDFs) - Requires a Mac/PC with a DVD drive Be Blooma Well
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I have been practicing yoga for 5 years, though not always as regularly as in other times. Without this experience, I would not have been able to follow along with this video at all. The instructor gives little to no cues for alignment or any special attention to form. Injuries from yoga happen all the time and for the same reason: people pushing their bodies too fast, too far, and without proper coaching. I found the routine in this video moderately challenging-- and definitely downright DIFFICULT for a real beginner.
To see if this was just my perception, I invited a friend over to do it with me (though she isn't pregnant) because she mentioned not having enough $$ to go to a class, but wanting to learn at home to see if she likes it. She is young, generally fit (light runner), and was EXHAUSTED by the end of the practice. Also, I kept having to pause the video and show her how to align her body because without any cues, she was in all kinds of bad form-- the kind of bad form that leads to injury.
I also didn't think there was anything in this video special to prenatal practice other than the birth videos, which isn't why I bought the DVD in the first place. There are a few mentions like, "listen to the wisdom of your baby" kind of stuff, but no real, useful information about why a pose is benefitial or not or how to modify positions for pregnant bodies.
I think a real beginner-to-intermediate person would be better off with another DVD, and an advanced practitioner doesn't need this one.
So what's the point?
Another reviewer mentioned that she felt the routine was too spiritual for her as a Christian. That is fine and I would not encourage anyone to do something they are not comfortable with, but I just wanted to offer another perspective to that because I am also theologically conservative Christian. I found the spiritual references to be very mild, and I had no trouble tuning out anything I wasn't comfortable with. Much of what some people might fear is spiritual, instructions to "ground" yourself, for instance, are not necessarily spiritual references but postural instruction. There is a lot of misunderstanding in the Christian community about what aspects of yoga are spiritual and what is simply physical, with some people believing that simply putting your body in a certain pose puts you at risk spiritually. This is a misunderstanding and borders on superstition, which is discouraged by Christianity. A great article for Christians concerned about this can be found here: [...] And remember, Christ has not given us a spirit of fear, and he knows where our hearts are no matter what the position of our body.