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 visual... more »ization 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« less
Kristin S. from SYCAMORE, IL Reviewed on 5/11/2010...
Fun to do with baby postnatal!
Great workout - Goofy Instructor
Kelly | United States | 11/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I liked this tape a great deal. Its a really good workout - you are definitly sweating by the end of it. But the instructor does quite a bit of new agey stuff [which I fast forwarded through] and she gets a little annoying. As mentioned previously, my baby did not like the workout part [being used as a weight, etc]. However, she *really loved* the 'baby yoga' and massage towards the end and we enjoyed that together frequently. I think it was really great for her. She also liked watching the other babies on the tape, which I thought was cute, too. I ended up doing this workout mostly while my baby was napping though. I think this is a good way to get in shape after delivery, but you have to kind of ignore the instructor at times and fast forward through parts that aren't working for you."
A waste of money and time
Kelly | 02/15/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"To begin with the instructor did not even have a baby with her. You are suppose to do yoga with your baby next to you for the most part. You are to perform the postitions around your baby. When I went from the triangle to the cobra, my baby grabbed my hair. When I lifted her overhead, she drooled on me. When I rocked on my back with her between my legs, I almost bonked her. At the end you are suppose to walk around the room holding your baby. I can do that while I do housework. This video is goofy."
Good thing it didn't cost any more than it did...
Kelly | 07/11/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Let me begin by saying that yoga is not new to me, and prior to this video I typically found yoga instructors soothing to listen to and I love the serenity of holding poses and breathing deeply. If that is what you're looking for, don't buy this video. Khalsa talks CONSTANTLY through the workout. (And she doesn't have one of those mellow, relaxing voices either.) The exercises were not familiar yoga poses, but were the more traditional ab crunches, etc... They were not the slow stretching and holding poses I am more familiar with. I bought this video because it claims to include babies in the workout, but the babies are included only minimally and in ways that are neither comfortable or relaxing for them. They are supposed to spend most of the workout time resting quietly on the mat next to you. As already mentioned, Khalsa does not have a baby with her as she leads this workout. My guess is because she's concerned about being interrupted by a fussy baby. I can't blame her, because that's what happened to me, but it probably means that the workout does not include babies in a way that makes them happy or relaxed. My suggestion? Get a yoga video for yourself that you can do while baby is asleep. You'll find it much more helpful and relaxing, and you won't have to worry about a fussy baby that you're supposed to be including every now and then in the exercises."
Great workout for two!
J. L. McDaniel | OH, United States | 03/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was desperately seeking a workout that would involve my son; I work full time, so our time together is too precious for me to invest in a fitness routine that doesn't include him.
I was hesitant to purchase this DVD after reading the negative reviews berating the workout as being too "new age-y" -- but I'm so very glad that I did! My son and I both absolutely love the workout. It's tough enough for you to work up a good sweat (particularly if you have a big baby like I do), but it's also fun and great bonding time for you and baby.
Like many others, I found the chanting a bit over-the-top when I started the workout, but now I've participated a few times and have found it's actually quite relaxing and focusing. My advice would be to give it a shot before dismissing it out of hand.
My son enjoys watching the other babies on the TV, and absolutely loves the resistance exercises where he gets to go for some great rides while Mommy builds her upper and lower body and core strength. He adores the baby yoga, and several of the stretching exercises for Mommy engage baby as well.
If you're looking for a workout that will challenge you while also involving your baby, try this workout. It's a huge hit in our house!"