Prenatal Yoga

 
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Pregnancy is a most important time for a woman to maintain her physical strength and stamina and PRENATAL YOGA is a perfect way to keep in shape. These gentle exercises are clearly detailed by instructor Shiva Rea according to Yoga Journal's Prenatal Yoga guidelines. Maintain the energy and stamina which will be needed in the delivery room along with the concentration that comes with the practice of yoga. Different techniques are applicable to each trimester of pregnancy and this fifty minute video is geared for every level of yoga practitioner.System Requirements:Running Time 60 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HEALTH/FITNESS Rating: NR UPC: 029956088825 Manufacturer No: 120-1269

The best thing about this prenatal yoga program is that there is a model for each trimester. Instructor Shiva Rea demonstrates each of the stretches and exercises for the first trimester, and two pregnant women show modifications for the second and third trimesters (they're even dressed in different colors for easy reference). This removes the self-doubt home-exercisers often have about the safety of certain moves--especially in that cumbersome final stage of pregnancy. Using gentle voice-over instruction, Rea and her assistants take viewers through a half hour of meditational stretches using blocks and chairs for support. She follows that up with 16 minutes of floor work: lunge pose, bridge pose, child's pose, plank pose--all with the necessary adjustments. She winds things up with a four-minute guided relaxation on her back--the traditional position--with the second-trimester woman on her side and the third on her side with one leg up on a chair. By including the different adaptations, Rea has made a program with the flexibility to carry an expectant mom through her entire pregnancy--and beyond, if she wishes. --Kimberly Heinrichs

Customer Reviews:

  • Good for a Beginner
    I am a runner who practices yoga. I bought this video because I wasn't sure if all the yoga poses I was familiar with were safe for my growing baby.

    I'm used to a more intense workout and I found this video to be boring. You can break it up by the sections, but if you want to do the whole workout it takes over an hour and there is no challenge at all. The instructor holds the poses for only a few seconds so you barely get any stretch from it.

    It also got on my nerves that she pronounced the word "exhale" as "eck-ssale." She says it over and over again and it made it hard to focus on what I was doing.

    I recommend this video if you're a beginner at yoga and excerising, but if you have any experience and are looking for a workout I'd try something else. ...more info
  • Great relaxation!
    Very easy to follow. Nice music and speaking voice - not irritating like many can be. Makes my back and hips feel great almost instantly!!!...more info
  • Better Than Nothing
    I got this DVD recently (after reading other Amazon reviews). I've done the whole workout several times. It's okay especially for beginners, but it doesn't really push you like a live class does. Someone else mentioned that the way Shiva says "exhale" can be annoying. Yes, it is extremely annoying. I am glad I have the DVD, because on rainy days or days I am not attending a yoga class, I at least have an alternative. It's better than doing nothing....more info
  • Helpful poses, good flow to routine
    I have been using this video since the beginning of my pregnancy and I am now almost 6 months along. I find that I appreciate it more as time goes on, because many of the poses help alleviate lower back pain I have from the changes in my body, and I can tell I feel stronger as my body keeps getting bigger. The background music is nice, the instructor's tone is pleasant, and the routine as a whole has a nice flow to it. ...more info
  • Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea
    Shiva is the supreme God, Lord of Dance. He is one of the five primary forms of God. Shiva Rea's father named her in honor of Lord Shiva. She did not connect with this name until her teens when she started practicing yoga. She is now a world-renowned yoga teacher.

    This video will benefit anyone wanting a well thought out yoga routine. There are three women representing the three stage of pregnancy. Follow Shiva if you are in your first stage, 0 to 4 months. Follow Britta if you are in your 2nd stage, 4 to 7 months. Follow Poppy if you are in your 3rd stage of pregnancy, 7months to the birth of your child.

    For those that are new to yoga, I recommend following Poppy. The squat move is an example of a more strenuous move. With practice, slowly move up to where you feel more comfortable.

    Shiva Rea says "Your breath helps you connect with your baby. Standing poses provide strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. Squats help open up your pelvis and bring elasticity to your pelvic floor. Your well being affects your baby, dedicate yourself to helping bring your child to a healthy, peaceful environment."

    My only down side to this video is that at the intro, Shiva's voice is very relaxed almost to the point of feeling a little over done. A few may be set back by this but it really does pay off throughout to bring on relaxation.

    Shiva herself is not talking during the filming of the yoga session; it is an overlay of her voice. This gives it a claming effect as she is simply moving fluidly.

    The relaxation at the end of the session is reason enough to view this video. The soothing subliminal suggestions release all remaining tensions while allowing the flow of oxygen to saturate all areas newly unlocked from the previous asana's.

    The massage part of the video brings your partner into the journey. There are some very helpful tips here.

    This really is one of the best prenatal videos out there. You want the baby nestled safely inside the best home you can provide. Follow this and you are helping to make available the best environment to start the life of your child. You are increasing your blood flow and loosening your muscles, calming your internal environment, toning your body. Add this to your day along with a healthy external environment, nutritional food, and loving response to your world.
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  • Really liked it
    I really enjoyed this video, I usually have a really hard time with Yoga videos, the host usually seems really airy, and I usually start laughing at them. In this video she is soft spoken but I could take her seriously. It was really enjoyable to do the video, I didn't feel like I was straining to keep up with her. I particularly liked the different levels you could follow, and options she gives for any one move. Perfect from beginning to even after your pregnancy....more info
  • The best
    I had never done Yoga prior to my pregnancy. In fact, it was safe to say I was extreamely out of shape..and I was scared to death. I thought that I was going to have a terrible birth because of my low exercise level. So, I bought this DVD early on and used it about 4-5 times a week. I loved it. It made me feel like I was doing something proactive, rather than just sitting around worrying. It also helped me from gaining a ton of baby-weight. In the end I gained 27 lbs, and I had a fantastic delivery. I credit it all to this DVD. I recommend it to all pregnant friends and family, and have lent it countless times. Also, I still use it, and my daughter is 3! :) ...more info
  • I feel SOOOOO much better!
    Oh wow I feel great after doing this video. I am out of shape, six months pregnant and was starting to feel extreme back pain. I never work out... After doing this workout, my backpain has substantially decreased. I can even feel the baby kick more.. I really think the baby loves the work out too!

    I had to work up to doing the full video as I am out of shape, but even 20 minutes of it made me feel wonderful! I would definitely recomend!...more info
  • Nice at home yoga...
    I live in an area without at lot of prenatal yoga classes and wanted something I could do at home. I would recommend this gentle yoga for any pregnant woman who needs that extra stretch (isn't that all of us??) and those who are having back pain during pregnancy.

    The only reason that I didn't rate it a five is that it's a little slow for those of us who already know the basic yoga postures. I'm no yogi, but I've been doing yoga on and off for years and although it wasn't strength workout, it was a nice mellow practice. ...more info
  • Good for stretching, not to get a workout.
    I've been to yoga classes where you get more of a workout than this one. This is more like a stretching exercise. My complaint is a lot of the stretches seemed to repeat many times. The equipment required for use to follow the exercise like the block, straps are kinda specialised items you'd have to buy. I tried to substitue with items I can find at home like a step stool, and rope.

    For a real workout, I prefer the Perfect Pregnancy workout dvd with Karyne Steben. ...more info
  • Prenatal Yoga With Shiva Rea
    This video is great for all of the various stages of pregnancy. There are modifications for all three trimesters and even variations on those. Strongly recommended for pregnancy. I found it to be a little slow paced in my sixth and seventh month but perfect for the rest of the pregnancy as I was limited in my movements. ...more info
  • Great DVD
    I love this DVD, it has yoga for all stages of pregnancy and isn't too painful. Definitely recommend it!...more info
  • staying in shape and relaxed
    I got this for my daughter and she is just loving it. She says it is very good. As usual, I could have it shipped to her and she was really thrilled when she got it. She called me right away and mentions it when we talk....more info
  • Relaxing Yoga for Pregnancy
    I ordered this DVD along with another prenatal yoga video (Jennifer Wolfe), and find that this one is less challenging as a workout than the other. It is very well done, though. She is a very thorough instructor, and definately is well focused and educated on the needs of pregnant students. While this may not be the equivalent of a yoga fitness class, I feel that it is excellent for relaxing stretching and muscle toning throughout pregnancy. I would probably recommend it more to those in their late 2nd and 3rd trimesters, or those that have never done yoga before....more info
  • Awesome Prenatal Yoga DVD
    This being my first pregnancy, I want to do everything I can to prepare for the big day (labor and delivery). I used to be athletic but, I haven't worked out for years... so, I wasn't looking for anything too difficult. On the other hand, I am still quite flexible and fairly strong, so I didn't want something too easy.

    Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga is great for beginners as well as those already familiar with yoga. I bought this DVD and thankful I have.

    FEATURES:
    Breathing and Meditation
    Stretching
    Modified poses (for all three trimesters)
    Relaxation

    I recommend this product for those looking for a good prenatal yoga DVD. I take regular prenatal classes near my home and this DVD is similar to a Level I class.

    NOTE: This is not an aerobic workout....more info
  • Not bad, but too many errors for beginners
    There are a few things I did like about this DVD-the overall choreography choices, the music and the guided meditation at the end. Unfortunately, there are a few things which make this less than a perfect pre-natal yoga choice. One of the most critical items was the complete lack of explanation on the positions. I have done yoga for years so I knew what each pose should be, but with the number of side angle poses chosen in this DVD, a simple reminder to "drop your shoulder away from your ear" would not have been remiss here. The flow of each pose does not give the viewer much time to compare their body position to make sure everything is in proper alignment with the demonstration. This could lead to unnecessary soreness later. The next critical problem with this DVD had to do with timing. While Shiva narrates the change from one position to the next, half the time the demonstators did not move until the second or third step in. Then they did step one and two and the viewer would have to quickly adjust to get into the position, which throws off the proper flow needed. Also, when further instructions were given for particular poses, it did not occur until the position was moved to the other side of the body. So your left side would get the benefit of the correct position, and the right side would feel unbalanced.

    Also, some minor errors involved her instructing to "stand with feet shoulder-width apart" when the move (as demonstrated) calls for a wide-legged stance, beyond shoulder-width, for a forward bend. Additionally, she calls to return to "Mountain Pose" and instead, the feet are shoulder-width apart. Mountain Pose is correctly performed later. The Kegal exercises called for picturing a building with "four storeys" and then the exercises only go to the "third floor," but this is just quibbling. Overall, if you are experienced and can get past these glitches (and the minor annoyance of her not pronouncing her "h" in "exhale...believe me, repeated often enough and it can get to you), then you will probably enjoy the selection of moves. Otherwise, I have enjoyed "Yoga for Pregnancy, Labor & Birth" which helped me through delivery with my first child last year. ...more info
  • Great yoga tape
    I've haven't done much yoga before (only the am/pm yoga set on rare occassions), but after becoming pregnant I was looking for an exercise video that would provide both stretching and toning. This video is great for meeting those two goals. After the first time I used it, I was happy to find that not only did I get the feel of a good muscle-toning workout, but that I also felt much more limber after only one use.

    Its very helpful that the video shows the ladies in all 3 trimesters with their specific pose modifications. Some of the poses I was not familiar with at first, but after watching it once they were very easy to follow. I do recommend that if you are not very limber starting out, or if you are past your first trimester, make sure you get a yoga block to use with this video. ...more info
  • Great for expetant mothers
    This is great, and the best part about it is the fact that they have the different trimesters to follow!...more info
  • Good exercises for pregnancy
    Good exercises with 3 different sessions. But I don't feel relaxed enough at the end and there is one exercise that I didn't understand (the "4 stages building")... ...more info
  • the best prenatal yoga DVD
    Amazing, inspiring, refreshing class!!! Being pregnant is a sacred experience, doing yoga connect our physical body with our spiritual one, at the same time it help us to give the best quality oxygen to our baby and hug him with our soul! great gift!!!!...more info
  • Excellent workout!
    I couldn't exercise after 32 weeks because of PTL but this was an excellent workout and now I'm going to use it post partum!...more info
  • Great Excercises for Strengthening and Stretching
    As someone who entered my pregnancy at a time when I was getting little or no exercise, this was a perfect way to ease myself back into activity without overdoing it. I find this video very helpful for stretching in the morning and strengthening my back and core muscles. I have noticed an improvement in my posture and a lessening of aches and pains throughout the day. I would recommend this video to any woman who is looking for a peaceful way to connect with their baby and also improve their health....more info
  • Very relaxing and a great pregnancy workout!
    This yoga DVD is great for those like me who have always enjoyed yoga. It was really easy to follow along with the woman who is in her second trimester like me. I'm really glad that I had this DVD to help me modify my yoga poses for my second trimester, so that I don't end up hurting the baby. I plan to use this DVD my entire pregnancy....more info
  • Prenatal Yoga
    I love this workout! I am in my second trimester, I'm not showing yet, so I am able to follow the first trimester poses for the most part. This video moves at a wonderful pace, has a very nice setting with no annoying music or constant talking. It's pure instruction and very effective! I absolutely recommend this video to anyone!...more info
  • yoga kicks my mommy butt...
    I am a beginning yoga practioner and this is perfect for me. I am hoping all the lunges and squats will help the baby slide down quickly! She focus's on opening the chest, back, hips, stretching the side of the womb, as well as strengthening the lower half. Definitely recommend....more info
  • Yoga
    I really enjoy this work out. I mix it in once a week with my strenth training and aerobics. It flows nicely, is comfortably to do, and makes me feel energized when i'm finished. ...more info
  • Great prenatal yoga dvd
    This is a great exercise dvd that helps you relax, stretch, and strengthen. Whenever I have a headache I pop this dvd in and do the yoga routine. I do this routine two or three times per week. I supplement this with walking 30 minutes on a tredmill about two times per week. You will need a normal height chair, yoga block, yoga strap, and blanket to do this workout....more info
  • nice gentle prenatal yoga exercises
    I was looking for a prenatal yoga routine that would not be too exhausting, yet give my body the stretch and tone it needs. This DVD is just that. It is nice to have the three ladies on the DVD displaying modifications for each trimester. You need a blanket, chair, block, and strap for different exercises and modifications. There is no need to buy special items, you can just use things from around the house to make it work! I like how Shiva stresses to not overdo any poses, only what is comfortable for you. The first few times I watched/did the tape, I payed quite a bit of attention to the poses. I would suggest after that to try not to watch the tape so closely and focus on your breathing, which has seemed to help me transition from pose to pose more smoothly. I have minimal experience with yoga, am 28, first time mom,and an average weight/muscle tone...if that helps get a better idea of where I am coming from. Also, I can't forget to mention the guided relaxation at the end...is AMAZING! I wish it was a little bit longer, but it is a nice treat. I highly recommend this DVD!...more info
  • Too Hard and Annoying
    I've been doing Yoga and Pilates for years (well before I was pregnant) but I found this workout kept changing from sitting to standing to laying to using a chair and that wore me out before the workout really got going. I've used other work outs where you spend time on the floor doing the appropiate exercises, then a chair or blocks, then standing, etc. But not consently switching back and forth. I also have a Pilates video by someone else and it is much more taylored to pregnant woman. I thought that this one expected too much and easily wore me out. I thought the way the instructor talked was very annoying. It did not make me relax but irratated me....more info
  • Overall a good yoga DVD, but not as vigorous as I prefer
    To introduce myself, I am 30 years old and weighed about 118 pre-pregnancy. I consider myself to be in good shape.

    With that said--I do enjoy doing this DVD. It is very relaxing but it does have some challenging poses that encourage strength and stretch. It is a good DVD to do when I need to just relax while doing gentle movements. It's a perfect way to start out my day or unwind in the afternoon.

    On the flip side, I don't rely on this DVD for my only activity for the day, as I prefer to actually feel more challenged. I pair this DVD with a trip to the gym or a long, brisk walk. I go to a prenatal yoga class 1-2 times a week that is more vigorous and doesn't treat me like I am fragile. So, if you exercised regularly before you got pregnant and have done at least a few yoga classes, this one may make you yawn, although I am not advising against it (like I said, it is beneficial, just not for getting you energized). I have ordered FitMama and Pilates for Pregnancy so we'll see how they measure up...

    Hope this helps....more info
  • Good stretching and flexible options for all nine months
    I have used other Shiva Rea CDs, so I expected this to be more challenging than it actually is. However, it does offer good stretching that feels good and complements my other excercise. I like the option of doing the full 50 minutes or choosing shorter pieces of that, and the demonstrations of the three women that represent each trimester make it very easy to follow appropriate modifications. I'm just entering my third trimester, and I think I will find it particularly valuable in my last few months....more info
  • Okay, but not challenging
    I found the DVD comprehensive in the types of yoga exercises offered, and the instructor is easy to follow. I much prefer the weekly prenatal yoga class I attend as it is more challenging and I feel I'm getting more exercise and stretching, but this provides an okay supplement between classes....more info
  • Just okay
    It's perfectly fine and safe to use during pregnancy. I'm a person who exercised 3-4 times a week prior to getting pregnant however and it was far too easy for an intermediate exercise enthusiast. I by no means am a "power" exerciser, but this seemed to not push me even in the slightest bit - maybe that's its intent - I was wishing for a little more....more info
  • Not very challenging
    I got this DVD for x-mas when I was 10 weeks pregnant. I'm now at 34 weeks and I've done it a couple different times during my pregnancy, but its just not that challenging. I never break a sweat or get my heart rate up. It does help to stretch out sore muscles, but if you expect an actual workout like traditional yoga, this is not the right DVD. I gave up on it and have been going to a pre-natal yoga center nearby that has been much more beneficial. ...more info
  • Great prenatal yoga workout!
    I used this video throughout the 9 months of my pregnancy. I averaged about 4 workouts a week. There are three women in the video, each doing the postures for their trimester. Excellent for flexibility and not strenuous. Music is cheesy, so I muted it and played my own music on the stereo....more info
  • Nice for the Price
    I enjoyed this. Very relaxing music and positions are demonstrated for each trimester. Was not expensive either....more info
  • Not for beginers!
    If you have never done yoga before try something else. I had never done yoga before and thought this would be a good place to start. I started a few weeks before I actually was pregnant and I could barely get through the first half. I had no idea yoga was so hard. By the third-trimester though I was really into it. It helped so much for my lower back pain. I've had lower back pain for a few years, then was in an accident in 2006, then another one when I was about 8 weeks pregnant. I really feel like this saved me during my pregnancy once I got the hang of it. My son is now 2months old and I still do this from time to time when I want something more relaxing than my cardio and weights. ...more info
  • Excellent
    This program is wonderful. I have been doing yoga for 5 years, and, although it does not challenge me in the usual ways (backbends, inversions, etc.) it definately opens up the hips and is preparing me for birth. I highly recommend it to all pregnant women....more info
  • simple and great way to stretch achy muscles
    Used it and loved the way I felt afterwards! The moves are easy and the instructors are easy to follow thought their outfits are distracting and tight... I would recommend it to any pregnant women in need of a good stretch out for her aching body!!! Helped me immensely!!...more info
  • prenatal yoga dvd
    Great yoga workout for pregnant women! Seems up-to-date with modifications for pregnant women, unlike other "prenatal" videos I've tried. I like the style, the selection and overall tone of the dvd....more info
  • Pleased with purchase
    At first I thought this video might be "too slow" (I am used to a regular and more vigorous Ashtanga practice) but I've come to really enjoy and look forward to the slower pace and very focused strength building postures. As I go through pregnancy, I am coming to find - everyday is not the same. I choose this on a day when I want to move mindfully and more gently. This is a good video to have in a collection and I use it frequently. Shiva does a good job explaining postures in detail and offering modifications depending where you are in your pregnancy....more info
  • Underwhelmed
    I've seen a lot recommendations for this video, but I'm not sure why. I'm not an expert on yoga by any means, but I have taken classes on and off for a few years and found this video extremely slow and the exercises didn't create as deep a stretch as I was looking for. I prefer the Yoga Pregnancy set with Heather Seiniger. ...more info
  • slow paced
    This is good for a slower pace stretch. Not a work out video for those of us who are already in decent shape. Might be good in the third trimester....more info
  • Prenatal Yoga with love
    I think this is an excellent Prenatal yoga dvd. I love how there are 3 women in the dvd that portray all the different trimesters. This is very beneficial for the pregnant woman that is home doing yoga alone. Plus, the dvd is also broken down in segments so that the student can do the practice for only 15 minutes if she chooses to do so. I also highly recommed Wai Lana yoga for prenatal yoga. Either way, Shiva Rea give her heart to this practice and I'm sure that is comforting to anyone who's pregant and practicing yoga. TAMARA'S YOGA FUSION...more info
  • Better than expected
    I was only expecting updated poses during the different trimesters, but when I saw it included massage I was ecstatic! Great video!...more info
  • So relaxing!!
    This video will make you feel so good. The exercises looks like nothing at first but the way you feel after is amazing. In my first trimester I was very low energy and doing that video woke my all body up. ...more info
  • Not for beginners
    I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years and found some of the positions in this a little difficult. It is definantly great for an experienced yoga practicer but I would not suggest it for a beginner. I am really happy with it and it will definantly keep a lot of the unwanted extra pregnancy pounds off....more info

 

 
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