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LINDA SPARROWE is a writer, yoga teacher, and mentor with deep roots in the American yoga community. Former managing editor of and longtime contributor to Yoga Journal, she is also the former editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine. Linda has written articles on yoga and women's health for national magazines since 1995. She was recently one of the featured yoga experts in the documentary Yogawoman. Linda has also lent her writing and editing skills to a variety of book projects and has authored several books of her own, including A Woman's Book of Yoga and Health and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book.
This is my first pregnancy, and I've gotten mixed messages on yoga in the first trimester. Some say, do what you've always done and others recommend skipping the twists and inversions. Yoga Mama's book is very insightful and contains a lot of personal stories, which I found to be very helpful. I'm totally clueless (which I'm sure a lot of us have felt), but this book made me realize a lot of the things going on were totally normal. I've only read through the first trimester at this point, but plan to use this book throughout my pregnancy. In addition to the texts, it contains sequences for each trimester complete with photos. I'd say this book is more for the already-seasoned yogi that got pregnant, over the pregnant lady that wants to take up yoga for the first time. The reason I say that is it makes a lot of references to yogic texts and other aspects of yoga outside of the asanas (postures). It's answered a ton of questions about which poses I can do, and which ones maybe to leave out, and has also given me the "OK" to skip yoga on days I am not feeling well or am tired. As someone who practices daily, I really need to find that permission to allow myself to rest when I need it most.
I was excited to receive my book, but was sadly disappointed when I opened it and my book was crammed in to the packaging with it folded. This has left a bend down the center of the book which frustrating.