(Closed) Prenatal yoga/exercise DVD recommendations?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love Sarah Ivanhoe’s approach to yoga 🙂 She’s great and I do her videos every morning (they’re not specifically prenatal, I just adjust the poses I have a hard time getting into now lol)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I took prenatal teacher training so I still go to my regular yoga classes and just make the necessary adjustments when I can’t or shouldn’t do the pose, so if you have a solid yoga practice and have tapes you like already, maybe just do those and really listen to your body (and be aware of what you can’t do like deep twists and lying flat on your back). 

I agree that Sarah is great (I take her classes in LA) but if her videos are anything like her class, she might be a little intense as you get further along.

Patti Asad has a great video and she’s a really experienced pre-natal teacher but her class is still challenging. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I bought Shiva Rea’s Prenatal Yoga on DVD.  It is not bad- I like that it is broken up into mini sections so you can do as much as you have time for.  They also have 3 people demonstrating for each trimester so you know who to follow at each stage. Just a warning…lots of Kegals!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@ladyox: I love her videos. She’s really great about taking a lot of time to warm up and then hitting you with the really intense parts and then going right back into down-dog and dolphin and resting positions. 

I haven’t heard of any moves I’m not allowed to do…I’ve been keeping up unless it’s really uncomfortable for me. Also, did anyone notice that their entire balance shifted during the pregnancy? I was doing a routine last night that I hadn’t done in a while and really had to fight to find my center again! I guess I should have expected it, just not so soon!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have done Yoga Mama by Crunch. It is really good. Its the only one you can get instant on Netflix! Good luck.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@firsttimemom:  From what we learned in teacher training and what my teacher tells me in class, there are a few things you shouldn’t do at all and some things you should definitely modify.  I’m sure, like with all things, it would vary from teacher to teacher, but here are the ones I can think of and that I have been told in my regular class:

– No deep abdominal strength work (like boat pose, where you are basically on your tailbone making a V with your body) Usually plank and just yoga in general is enough to keep your abs strong without adding the really hard stuff

– No deep abdominal twists – they constrict blood flow and your uterus in general.  You want to make space for the baby and big twists compress your insides.

– No big backbends.  I think this one is ok in the first trimester, but after that my instructor wouldn’t let me do it anymore, but bridge pose is still ok.

– No inversions in the first trimester (takes blood away from the uterus) and they are really only recommended in the rest of your pregnancy if they were a part of your practice before getting pregnant.

– At some point your belly will be to big to comfortably and safely do poses on your tummy, but I think we all hit that at different points.  At 14 weeks, some of the poses are already getting uncomfortable.

Everything else is really just common sense, don’t get too overheated, take breaks when you need to, make sure to hydrate. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@ladyox: Thanks for these! I actually tried doing boat pose last night and it was so uncomfortable for me so I stopped right away! But thanks again!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had one by Summer Sanders that I liked! Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout, I think.

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