(Closed) Prenatal yoga or pilates DVD for beginners?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Rugelach:  I’ve never tried this particular DVD, but I’ve seen many Element yoga videos and they are all really good and easy to follow!

http://www.amazon.ca/Element-Prenatal-Postnatal-Elena-Brower/dp/B002EWD0BS/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1365860284&sr=1-2&keywords=prenatal+yoga

I know it isn’t always possible, but I would REALLY recommend trying a few classes at a local studio first so that you can get some training and tips from a yoga instructor specifically for your body when you are pregnant. Because of the relaxin (pregnancy hormone) in your body, your ligaments (and therefore joints) are already less stable than they normally are, so you need to be more cautious when doing stretches, and yoga is a lot of stretching!! Just be aware of this and don’t push yourself too far 🙂

 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Rugelach:  Yuck, I totally get it! I sometimes have a hard time mustering up the motivation to go to my yoga classes, and I don’t have a commute like that!

I think in your case I would 100% get a DVD to pop in at home. Just don’t push too far into any stretches; if you feel any pain, back right off. You should only feel gentle tension with a stretch, never anything that hurts. And if you can focus a lot on developing “yoga breathing”, it would probably be a huge benefit to you!

From what I’ve heard in my classes and from my instructors, keeping up with a yoga practice through your pregnancy can make for a more pleasant labour/birth experience!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Um, do this pilates video. I swear by it!!!!

And bonus! It’s free!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ccd8VDTEc

It’s designed so you can do the whole video, or break it down to how many you want to do. Each is 10 minutes for I think a total of 5

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