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Mark Blanchard's Progressive Power Yoga: Prenatal Pregnancy Routines ( pregnant )

2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Power Yoga For All Three Trimesters

Many pregnant women email me and ask if they can do my yoga DVDs while they are pregnant, and if so, for how long...The phenomenal advantages of practicing yoga during pregnancy are well-documented. Its many benefits help pregnant women maintain optimal health, minimize complications, create calmness, foster deep mental preparedness for birth, and provide quick post-natal recoveries.

I created Progressive Power Yoga for Pregnancy with one woman in each trimester, including my wife Elizabeth in her second trimester and her OB Gynaecologist, Joie Russo, who was in her third trimester while taping this series. The woman shown in her first trimester is doing yoga for the first time!

We made this for the woman who wants to stay fit, active, and prevent enormous weight gain during pregnancy. The 60-minute routine I've created will not only help teach expectant mothers to prepare mentally for pregnancy and birth, but will also provide them with a stronger, higher-energy pregnancy workout to safely keep their bodies in the best possible condition and make it easier for them to get their shape back post-pregnancy. Consider the myriad benefits of this pregnancy workout over all that have come before it:
Power yoga workout helps expectant mothers stay in shape and prevent
enormous weight gain
Helps new moms get through pregnancy and labor with less discomfort
Relieves stress, creates a calm state-of-mind, and reduces worry
Builds much-needed energy while emitting wastes and toxins from the body
Creates flexibility to help pregnant moms adapt to various positions
Makes ligaments more elastic, which helps relieve labor pains
Strengthens pelvic muscles to help make delivery quicker and easier
Helps to alleviate pregnancy pains, discomforts, and leg cramps
Improves postures which helps to minimize back pains
Teaches ujjayi breathing techniques which are crucial at labor
Helps moms get back to post-pregnancy shape faster
Provides better, more peaceful sleep
Reduces chance of post-partum depression

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Blanchard
  • Directors: Mark Blanchard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027WNRU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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I loved this DVD the very first time I tried it. This is the only prenatal Yoga DVD that made me feel like I worked out afterwards. I am a runner, I take spin classes, spend an hour on the elliptical; I've always preferred cardio over Yoga. But now approaching my 8th month of pregnancy, I need something slower and less impact and this Yoga DVD is it. I actually can get my heart pumping during the DVD. I can see doing this after my baby is born and getting a good workout.
I think that Mark is a great instructor. The music and instruction are easy to listen to, unlike most Yoga DVDs that I've tried. The hour-long workout seems to fly by.
The only thing I am concerned about is the amount of time spent on your back at the end of the DVD. I don't know that it presents a hazard, but it can get uncomfortable if you have back issues.
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My friend bought this and already didn't like yoga. This DVD reconfirmed this dislike for her. I borrowed it from her out of curiosity and this guy is really awful. At one point he is pulling hairs off a student and saying, "ooh you have a lot of hair hun." It seemed like some kind of 1950's BS of this big man teaching these women how to do yoga because they must have no idea. The women are at times off balance and look like they will fall and of course he doesn't notice. He does upward dog with them which feels horrible and does absolutely not one adaptation for their pregnant bodies. It makes me very angry!! If you are pregnant and in shape just get a Vinyasa yoga video or get a real pregnancy yoga DVD.
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I don't think this video was professionally prepared for pregnant women, I don't care if this guy has been certified to teach yoga for pregnant women... I did yoga before getting pregnant and while pregnant, and the downward positions in this video do not make me feel comfortable at all. Also I don't consider other positions should be intended for pregnancy. I even remember the trainer telling one of the ladies in the video who was tumbling that it was OK if she fell, that it was normal (falling when pregnant being OK!!!!, I don't share this opinion)... One of the reviews I read before buying said the trainer was calling the ladies "sweetie"... I thought this person was exaggerating but it was really annoying!!! I was very excited when I purchased this video as it was focusing on my favorite yoga (power yoga) but was disappointed...
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By SLCgirl on September 25, 2009
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I've been practicing yoga for about ten years and am currently in my second trimester of pregnancy. This video offers a really nice power yoga series for pregnant women. It's both challenging and at the same time relaxing.

The video is advertised, however, as not only a prenatal yoga class but also a tool to "help expectant mothers prepare mentally for pregnancy and birth." There was very little on this video that I would take away as lessons for birth.

One nit-picky comment: throughout the video Marck Blanchard repeatedly calls the pregnant women "sweetheart" or "honey." When it is his wife, I understand, but for the other two women it just felt wrong. Made the hair on my neck rise just a bit.
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