Los Angeles yoga guru Gurmukh Khalsa guides 15 new moms and their babies through 30 minutes of yoga stretches and poses, a joyful two-minute baby dance, a brief bout of baby yoga, and about 10 minutes of rest and visualization in this post-baby installment of "The Method" series of exercise tapes. The white-turbaned instructor starts with a brief talk about childbirth, yogic breathing, and a recommendation to "reclaim" one's navel. Viewers join her at the live taping of a class in a large room with Greek columns, roses, and a chamber quintet. Since it's not edited, babies cry and fuss. This adds a realistic element of chaos to the tape, which the more traditional voice-over instruction ignores. Khalsa specializes in the Kundalini method, and in this tape she concentrates on slow stretches with a lot of abdominal work. The infants are included in some, as when the women roll back and forth with babies on their bellies or do "mama pushups" over the little ones. But once they are old enough to crawl, these exercises get difficult--as one baby repeatedly demonstrates. The infants are also incorporated in a cobra/triangle series, a set of Kegels, and are even used as weights. Then it's their turn with some baby stretches of their own. Finally, the moms are invited to lie down with their offspring for the rest and relaxation finale--although, predictably, some babies do neither. The 50-minute tape provides plenty of good ideas for moms who want to do yoga with their babies--or even on their own. --Kimberly Heinrichs
From the Back Cover
Baby & Mom Post Natal Yoga features a group of twenty-two new moms and their babies, two to five months old. Regardless of whether you have or have not done Yoga before, this video is truly an inspirational mental and physical experience for baby and mom. The 40 minute-long class starts with simple Yoga warms ups and stretches for the moms, then continues with sitting and standing exercises where the babies help the moms strengthen and tone the muscles of the stomach, chest and shoulders, thighs and buttocks, and the lower back. The program, which features a live chamber quintet, ends with a joyful mom and baby dance followed by a final visualization and meditation cooling off period.