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Prenatal Yoga

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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The best thing about this prenatal yoga tape 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, Shea 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, Shea has made a tape with the flexibility to carry an expectant mom through her entire pregnancy--and beyond, if she wishes. --Kimberly Heinrichs

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of cake! Sept. 27 2006
By S. Moir
While I was entering the world of pregnancy for the first time I came across many yoga videos that were somewhat vigorous, straining or much too scary.

Skipping through the library the only video left at the stand was Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga. Quite truthfully I wasn't expecting much from "yet another yoga video".

Long story short, I loved this video because you didn't have to stress yourself if there was something you couldn't do. Baby loved the rocking-judging by all her kicking. The instructions were simple yet challenging, relaxing and achievable. After a while the poses became a piece of cake so it didn't take much motivation for me to get dressed in the morning and put the video on before breakfast. I got excited about being more flexible. I felt great, even energised so much that I'd walk around the block for 30 minutes after the workout. I also loved how the 3 trimesters were split between 3 ladies so I would follow the woman according to the stage I was in. (Didn't come across that in any other video.)

Most of all by my surprise my husband was willing to practice his skills in massage as instructed by Michelle Kluck also included on the video. What an awesome idea! Coupling massage with yoga just makes sense.

My husband even started showing off to others of how much his pregnant wife does yoga which made me feel embarrassed but invincible at the same time.

All thanks to being flexible after constantly checking the video out by alternating between two different libraries and extending my hireage about four times and never stepping a foot into a gym, my labor took an excruciating 37 minutes!

A personal THANK YOU Shiva Rea and co.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I was looking for! April 25 2006
By A Customer
I, too, agree that her pronunciation can be annoying at first ("eggsale" definitely grated on my nerves). But after you get passed that and the names "Britta" and "Poppy", you'll see that this is definitely an effective video that will help you stretch exactly what you need to stretch when pregnant. There are a lot of hip stretches which have helped me sleep at night. Also, the video has three people in different stages of their pregnancy -- this, too, has been very helpful. Shiva Rea's clearly narrates every move, so after a while, you don't have to even look at the TV screen. This is probably the best excercise video that I have used, mainly because it is what it is -- nothing special, nothing too crazy, just great stretches to help you in your pregnancy. Just talking about it makes me what to use it right now!
The bonus massage portion of the DVD is amazing! My husband followed the instructions and the massage was incredible. Definitely take advantage of this part of the DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a workout June 24 2004
By A Customer
I consider myself an intermediate at yoga. I did it before I got pregnant, but not a ton. I am disappointed with this dvd, which is very slow and not rigorous at all. It's very good for stretching, but I don't think it builds much strength at all-- even if you do what Shiva does as a nonpregnant person.
This is just a personal preference, but Shiva Rea is annoyingly spacey, telling you to "egggzale and inhale." There's too much talking and not enough doing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Postpartum workout, too June 1 2006
I absolutely love this video. I didn't even really know anything about yoga when I received it as a gift. I tried it during pregnancy and it was too difficult for me to finish, due to my relatively inactive lifestyle at the time. It also gave me pains in the hips, so I would recommend that care be used with the hip opening exercises; they feel so great that you have to be sure not to take it too far.

When I really got use out of this video was in my postpartum months- it introduced me to yoga, helped me build stamina and strength, helped my back pain, and made me feel more centered and peaceful in a time of great upheaval for many people.

Shiva Rea's pronunciation didn't bother me a bit- I found her narration soothing and helpful. I got so good at the video that I am now looking for a more strenuous yoga workout that includes stretches for the abdomen. But after seeing various yoga instructors on videos, I only want this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best yoga tape! May 17 2004
I love this tape! I have four prenatal yoga tapes and this one is by far the best. Shiva Rea is serious, soothing and gentle, though some of her poses are rightfully challenging. Great 45 minutes yoga workout, preparing you for labour and birth. ZenMama is also good, but the instructor just doesn't come close to the excellence of Shiva Rea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prenatal Video Nov. 16 2006
This is a fabulous prenatal yoga video. There are 3 people in the video, one for each trimester (the 2nd and 3rd trimester woman are really in that trimester) so you always get the perfect workout. The video is very relaxing. It can be done over and over without becoming annoying.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok. It depends... April 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The usefulness of this tape depends on what you're looking for. If you haven't been exercising a lot before pregnancy, this is likely suitable. You'll certainly get a good amount of toning and relaxing-stretching that will make you feel pretty good.
Unlike some reviewers,I didn't mind the fact that the tape uses voice-over, but i found the instructor to be a little too "relaxed" for my taste --that is, she doesn't convey enough energy to get me going. I was a regular exerciser before I got pregnant (pilates and running) and so, I found this tape to not really be enough. If you have time to exercise 2 hours a day, you might combine it with a brisk walk or light run to get a more satisfying workout. But, if you're like me, an hour max is all you can spare. Actually, I haven't touched this tape since getting Leisa Hart's "FitMama". The latter includes yoga along with some fun salsa-dance aerobics, as well as kegels and stretching--it just feels like a more complete, efficient workout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all levels and stages of pregnancy
I have been enjoying this yoga DVD throughout my pregnancy. I do yoga casually at home normally, and this DVD has worked for me throughout my pregnancy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Krystal Kathriner
4.0 out of 5 stars Big body enjoyed
Really enjoyed this a good stretch not too hard. For a big body like me!!! Feel relaxed when it's all done!
Published 7 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Um....yeaaaaah...
I can know about twenty girls and a few guys that want to sleep with the other guy at this video company. Why not? Oh, the DVD? Right. Sorry. Um. It's fine. Works great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shane T. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars its ok
It requires a lot of tools (band, chair, etc...) but other than that its fine. I like that she has three women each in a different trimester so its easy to follow throughout your... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shanthi Vadnais
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Time only 15 minutes
The DVD workout is okay, but I was quite dissappointed to see it was only 15 minutes total play time.
Published 14 months ago by Luc
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
This DVD is very relaxing, very slow paced so if you are an anxious person it may get on your nerves. I really like it, I practice daily meditation and find this DVD very soothing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Conforti
1.0 out of 5 stars Pronounciation of "exhale" too annoying to get past
I honestly could not get past her saying "egg-sail" instead of "exhale". Other reviewers had noted this and I thought it would be no big deal... Read more
Published 21 months ago by kiki
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
Great video. I did this Yoga video after 3o mins of Pre-natal Pilates and felt strong, lean and well balanced. Read more
Published on March 26 2012 by Lynne
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Never received it, I had to ask a refund. A bought a similar one from Rea Shiva and it is propably the worst yoga DVD ever. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2011 by ACP
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad for a beginner
I thought this video was just ok and I will be keeping it mainly to try the massage portion at the end as I progress through my pregnancy. Read more
Published on May 11 2011 by Michelle
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