Yoga Journal's Prenatal Yoga [VHS]

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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:

  • Great Relaxing Yoga Work out
    great tape
    i was doing almost every day
    very useful
    no dificult poses

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Great DVD
    I love this DVD, it has yoga for all stages of pregnancy and isn't too painful. Definitely recommend it!...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
  • WONDERFUL prenatal exercise
    This DVD is truly terrific. It is very easy to follow, and the instructions are very clear. As a long-time yoga lover, I am pleased to see that the video gives subtle but important safety instruction, along with emphasizing the usefulness of isometrics during yoga. In general, though, it is super relaxing. Three fifteen minute exercise segments plus a guided relaxation section at the end make for a perfect after-work yoga session. For the last couple of hours at work every day, I look forward to coming home, getting out my mat, and settling into these relaxing (yet challenging) stretches. I can feel my breath capacity expanded after completing the workout. After using this in my first and second trimesters, I am very impressed with the clear modifications and with having the different instructors in different stages so you can see how the modifications work. I hope to use this DVD up until the very end of my pregnancy. The relaxation benefits are incredible. ...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 AMAZING! I wish it was a little bit longer, but it is a nice treat. I highly recommend this DVD!...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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  • 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
  • It was Okay...
    I was hoping for something a little more exciting than this...I've done yoga in classes at fitness centers, but this dvd kind of bores me...I'm constantly wanting her to pick up the pace a bit and go to the next movement. It's a long tape so I find myself eventually turning it off at the 40 minute mark because I've had enough. ...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
  • Easy and relaxing
    This yoga practice is more stretching and meditation than a true yoga workout. Overall it's good for those two things, but if you're looking for more power yoga or vinyasa style yoga this is not it. ...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
  • A good prenatal yoga DVD
    I started prenatal yoga early in my pregnancy by going to a class once a week. This DVD and the one by Colette Crawford was recommended by my instructor. I got them both, and I would say both are pretty good.
    I would recommend C. Crawford's DVD for earlier times during pregnancy, or if you have previous yoga experience. There are a bit more challenging poses in that one such as the warrior pose. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I ended up using only the Shiva Rea's DVD, as she presents nice/light alternative versions (for second and third trimesters) in case you are not feeling you can do the regular versions of the poses. I did more Kegels and squatting than what is on the DVD.
    I strongly recommend prenatal yoga for a healthier pregnancy and birth. It helps feel more relaxed and energized. It was very useful for me to have a pretty stress and problem-free pregnancy and get mentally ready for natural childbirth.
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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
  • 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
  • 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 dvd for pregnancy
    I got this dvd in my third trimester, after reading reviews on amazon and other website
    and I am glad i bought it
    I started with doing yoga as per Shiva Rea's easy to follow instructions first thrice a week
    then once a week in my last trimester
    walking 15 minutes a day (except last trimester due to cold weather)
    were the only physical form of exercise i did
    Throughout my pregnancy I felt active, energetic and healthy

    and I had a wonderful normal delivery, the baby is healthy and so am I.
    I would recommend this to all pregnant women out there.

    god luck with your pregnancy and god bless you.
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  • Good for prenatal exercise, but not real yoga
    The exercises aren't real hard core yoga, but I suppose I can't do much true yoga for now, being that my belly is in the way. Shiva Rea incorporates stretches that are good for pregnant women, including those that will help in labor, although this isn't really explained. I love that there are three ladies in different trimesters demonstrating....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
  • 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
  • Great for all skill levels
    I love this prenatal yoga dvd. As someone who has practiced yoga for 6 years I was looking for a dvd that would be challenging in terms of the poses but not a major "vinyasa" cardio workout. I use this dvd in the morning before I go to work to stretch, relax and get rid of my morning sickness. This dvd has 3 sections which make it easy to break up if you don't have the full 50 minutes. It had some new poses I wasn't familiar with that made it fun and exciting. It also focuses on many poses that can help you through labor and delivery. You need a chair, strap, blanket and block (especially when you get into the 2nd and 3rd trimesters) but if you don't have these items you probably have something laying around the house that would work just as well. This video is good for beginners, intermediate or advanced but don't order if you're looking for a faced-paced cardio workout. ...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
  • Pretty good, but slow
    This video was recommended to me by a friend because it targets appropriate yoga practice in all three trimesters of pregnancy. I do like how the video smoothly shows you modified poses for various stages of pregnancy. Overall though, I think the workout is a bit too simple. Most poses are not repeated more than one time, so I don't feel the benefit that I normally do from a regular yoga class. I may start watching it with the remote close by so that I can pause and do each pose a couple extra times!...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Not too annoying
    I really liked this lady, and felt like I would like her in person too. She was very kind and didn't seem unrealistically perfect, or act annoyingly spiritual or mystical about everything. The outfits were not very flattering, but overall this was a good yoga workout. I'm not a super big fan of yoga, but this was way better than the other yoga DVD I tried (yoga for your pregnany with kristen eykel). Still Denise Austin's fit and firm pregnancy is my all around favorite....more info
  • good for relaxation, not for yoga
    This is a great DVD for relaxing stretches but I wouldn't quite call it yoga. Good for beginners but if you're more experienced and looking for a good yoga workout, Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga, Short Forms with Jennifer Wolfe is a good alternative. Both DVDs feature women in all 3 trimesters so you can see the modifications and both offer 15, 30 and 45 minute workouts. I'm glad that I own both but find myself doing Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga more often....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
  • 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
  • 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...

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Boring
    It is nice that they have women in 3 different stages of pregnancy showing modifications for the poses BUT... It is so incredibly BORING. I couldn't wait for it to be over. ...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
  • 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
  • Prenatal Yoga w/Shiva Rea
    This yoga video is worth the money, Shiva's voice along w/the music in the background will keep you relaxed from start to finished. The stretches are performed by 3 teachers and you can follow the one you're most comfortable with. My husband and I do it together and we always feel so relaxed and healthy afterwards. I have never done yoga before, and didn't realize how healing and wonderful it makes you feel. I definitely recommend it!

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  • not relaxing at all
    So I read a TON of good reviews about this yoga dvd and figured since it was top of the list, had the most reviews, most 5 star reviews, etc. that it would be good - well it really isn't!!

    First Shiva has the most annoying voice and she pronounces exhale as ex-sale. She isn't even really instructing the other two women, she has a voice over of herself running the "class". Her voice is off a lot of the time and her directions are terrible.

    Second there is an introduction by Shiva and then 4 different sections - but you have to fast forward to get to them - so annoying when you are putting the dvd in 3 times a week.

    Third I am an athlete, I played collegiate volleyball, and I have been training, lifting weights, and stretching for many years.... and this "workout" does nothing for me. I could just as easily do stretches that I would normally do before a typical workout or game and feel better than this.

    The only good thing I can say is that putting in a dvd helps me to stay scheduled to doing the stretching I need - so I recommend you don't purchase this dvd - DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE MONEY!!!!

    I feel more irritated when finished doing a section of this DVD then I did before I started. I am a nanny for two boys and I'm 6 months pregnant... the stresses of my day are more relaxing than Shiva... hint hint...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
  • 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
  • Great gentle workout!
    I first started yoga later in my second trimester. I think I first overdid it by doing to entire DVD. After giving it a rest for a week or two, I started it again and have been working my way up to doing the entire work-out. Since then, I've really enjoyed it and feel great. It's also not a big time commitment and I love the guided relaxation at the end....more info
  • Good stretch, not a workout
    I found this DVD to provide a good stretch. It was slow and boring, though, and not at all a workout. I couldn't even do the whole thing without a break, because I was too bored. I found Shiva Rea's omission of the "h" in exhale annoying, as someone else here mentioned. The 3 different options for modifications was helpful, though for several of the poses, the woman in her 3rd trimester didn't seem to be doing much at all, it was so modified. I'm in my 3rd trimester, but followed the woman in her 2nd with no problems. If you want something really mellow to stretch and relax, this is a good choice. If you really want to exercise and maintain muscle tone during your pregnancy, look elsewhere....more info
  • prenatal yoga
    This video was good - i wish there were a few different routines instead of just the one....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
  • 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


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