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Element: Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

Element: Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

Included are 2 30-minute programs: Prenatal to strengthen tone and relax; and Postnatal to restore energy and redefine the body. This DVD is filmed in a serene garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Elena Brower instructs.

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  1. K. Ward "busy mom" says:
    151 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Helps me feel in control! Love it!, January 30, 2010
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    K. Ward “busy mom” (Seattle, WA) –
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    I’m in the 5th week of my 3rd pregnancy. I gained 45 with my first and was in terrible shape. I didn’t loose the weight until after my 2nd pregnancy where I only gained 25, but started overweight. I finally lost all the baby weight and then some and now here I am for #3. I am no where near in great shape, but at least my weight is down and I’m working on it. I promised myself I would have a more healthy pregnancy this time. My diet is great, I just needed to find a workout that I would enjoy and that wouldn’t take an hour of my time. I purchased 4 pregnancy workouts – 2 pilates and 2 yoga and I love them all. I looked at pretty much every prenatal workout Amazon has to offer (spent a couple days reading reviews) and am super happy with my choices. All 4 make the workout very personal, the music is great, and there isn’t any of that super peppy over acting stuff like so many workouts. They are all well trained in their art and have many years of experience behind them.

    #1 – Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga with Elena Brower
    This is a great workout! This is my first time doing yoga, though I’ve done some of the moves in my regular non-pregnancy pilates workouts, and I’m loving it. It has really loosened up my stiffness and made my hips and lower back feel so much better. I thought I was going to die during my 2nd pregnancy because of all my aches and pains. I talked with many of my friends about yoga and what I should look for. They told me about how I should feel it, but not overstretch, to know what my bodies limits are. The breathing really helps. This one also has a postnatal workout I am looking forward to!

    #2 – 10 minute Solution Prenatal Pilates with Lizbeth Garcia
    This really energized me. It uses weights along with great moves and my heart rate was up and going. I love Lizbeth Garcia. I LOVE that you can pick which order you do the workouts in and you can do one or as many as you like! I’m looking forward to the postnatal workout after my beautiful little one arrives!

    #3 – Pilates During Pregnancy with Niece Pecenka
    All I can say is – wow! My legs are out of shape. The ab workout is great and helps me feel open and even helped my bloated feeling pass. The leg work is a challenge and has a lot of different moves my other pilates workouts don’t, but I know it will get easier as I gain strength. Some of he movements aren’t always the same length, but I still love doing this workout.

    #4 – Yoga for Pregnancy Labor & Birth with Colette Crawford
    I did this today and it really relaxed my body and mind (which I needed as my 3 and 5 year old were running around the house doing crazy things). It’s very simple and straightforward and anyone can do it. I feel motivated after doing it and so many pressures are gone. As mentioned in some of the other reviews the girls in it aren’t super skinny and that is kind of nice sometimes. She talks a lot about breathing, being in the moment, and just knowing your body. I would recommend this to anyone who just needs some time to learn to relax and do some great stretching to help with aches and pains!

    I hope this helps anyone out there looking for some great workouts to stay in shape and feel in control during pregnancy. Just a side note, I’ve noticed working out really helps me control my cravings and wanting to over eat. It strengthens my mind and helps me feel in control.

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  2. K. Pipkin "New mom" says:
    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    straighforward – easy to follow – not annoying, April 26, 2010
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    K. Pipkin “New mom” (Los Angeles, CA) –
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    I just received this DVD last week and have already used it twice. I am 5-months pregnant with my third kid, work full-time, and am so busy at this time in my life that I am unable to attend in-person classes…which is a drag, but I am making the most of it. I was soooo sick my first 3.5 months I couldn’t do anything and am now getting my strength back and although this video was easy-to-follow because of the excellent verbal guidance (you can do it with your eyes closed if at all familiar with yoga positions) it was easy for me to focus on my balance and breathing instead of wondering if I was in the right position etc… the workout was a challenge – but not too much. there were a few things that were complicated transitions i.e. getting into Pigeon pose… but they give you enough time to make the transition (however you can do it comfortably) that I never felt rushed or behind. Nothing about the video was annoying. The set is visually pleasing. I like that there are two parts to the video the first part is for prenatal and the second for postnatal. I believe they are around 25 minutes each.

    I also bought the crunch yoga mama video, but haven’t tried it out yet.

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  3. Wildflower "Wildflower" says:
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pros and Cons list – Prenatal yoga chapters, August 5, 2011
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    Wildflower “Wildflower” (Chicago, IL) –

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    I’m in my second trimester and haven’t as yet tried the postnatal yoga sequences on this DVD, but here are my impressions of the prenatal yoga.

    Pro:
    1. Quick session (about half an hour)
    2. Instructor is pleasant, not long-winded
    3. Has a few poses (like pigeon) which are extremely beneficial to pregnant women.
    4. The scenery behind the woman practicing looks lovely! I wish I could sit there with a cup of hot tea! (Irrelevant, but still)

    Con:
    1. Feels a little hurried – don’t have enough time to hold all poses for as long as I would like.
    2. Does not end with shavasana (lying down on the floor) – which I really enjoy at the end of a yoga sequence.
    3. I felt more short of breath than relaxed through some sequences and I am no yoga newbie.

    If I had tried this video out before I bought it, chances are I would have skipped buying it altogether.
    It’s a good video, but not something I personally find appealing to me.
    I love Desi Bartlett’s Prenatal Yoga and Yoga Mama by Crunch.
    However, the money is spent and I am going to hold on to it for a day when I feel terribly energetic and for the post-natal workout.

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