- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Sterling/Penn (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402726899
- ISBN-13: 978-1402726897
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.4 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood: Safe Practice for Expectant & New Mothers Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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Geeta Iyengar is the distinguished student and daughter of Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the most respected leaders in the yoga world.
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That said, the pictures and descriptions of the poses and excellent. I also really enjoyed the anatomy section at the end of the book.
First, many many simple poses are, in this book at least, contraindicated for the first trimester, claiming that they'll cause miscarriage or restrict the growth of the fetus. Paschimottonasana springs immediately to mind. This contradicts the pregnancy section in Yoga: A Gem for Women and I found the repeated "not for use in 1st trimester" really intimidating and scary. Even though I knew better, I couldn't practice yoga for a week after reading this book because I was too scared (ok, and had a bit of morning sickness).
Second, it tries to be a general pregnancy book when it really shouldn't. The general info is too sparse or not well backed up by the research, and the authors make no effort to show where they get their information from. For instance recommending an ayurvedic diet for pregnancy with no consideration of the variety of maternal needs I found particularly annoying.
The worst of it though was that is suggests how to have a "yogic" birth. First, historically yoga was a male activity, so there is no tradition of yogic birth. Secondly, while yoga can certainly help with a natural birth the suggestions they had were way too quiet and passive (without the support of, say, hypnobirthing training). I really don't think yoga teachers should be telling women how to push, but these do.
This books is large, comprehensive, and well-illustrated, but I believe the Iyengar practitioner is far better served by Yoga: A Gem for Women.
I believe its a good resource book for students with some experience in yoga , however i would not recommend it to students with little or no yoga experience,certainly not without guidance of an experienced Yoga teacher.
Senior Iyengar Teacher