Too much equipment!
R. Richards | Connecticut, USA | 03/22/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was looking for a beginning prenatal yoga tape, to help with relaxation and stretching, and I was very excited when my husband purchased this DVD for me as a gift. At first glance this DVD looked great, with so many options directed at specific issues (like morning sickness, rejuvination, etc...). However, when I tried a few of the routines I quickly became frustrated. They required multiple rolled blankets, pillows, mats, chairs, wall surfaces etc... and even once I had the set-up complete, the exercise only lasted 3 minutes before another, completely different set-up, using different props, was required. Because I am new to yoga, perhaps my expectations were off - but every yoga class I've been to required minimal equipment, which is one of the reasons I liked it. I would not recommend this DVD unless you have a dedicated exercise space, as well as the right equipment and a strong previous knowledge of yoga."
Excellent DVD for workouts for pregnancy and pre-pregnancy
MerGirl | Silver Spring, Maryland USA | 07/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FIVE STARS: What I really like about this prenatal DVD is that it contains lots of routines for all three trimesters of pregnancy. Sequences are diverse - some are long (1 hour), others short (30 minutes), some are energizing, others are restorative. I can easily find the yoga sequence that fits my body and my mood at any particular time. (In contrast, many other DVDs and videos have only a very few sequences.) You actually hold the poses for a good time, not just see-them-and-run. This DVD even has a section on fertility issues and pre-pregnancy yoga sequences. Breathing exercises, which are really important for relaxation during pregnancy and for labor, are presented in a clear and practical manner. The instructor is very engaging and compassionate; her expert instructions are detailed but not overwhelming. I'm convinced that yoga, both the physical poses and the breathing, really help me and my baby grow in a healthy, safe and beautiful way. A terrific product to share with others.
Prenatal Yoga Complete
Sarah Ferrara | Atlanta, GA | 03/13/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I take a prenatal yoga class and bought this tape to supplement my weekly class. I find the tape very hard to follow and there are too many props (pillows, etc.) I would not recommend it especailly if you are not familiar with yoga."
Precise & Detail = Comfort For Me
Alisha | FL | 10/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love using this DVD, it makes me feel safe doing yoga while I am pregnant.
Mary's instruction is clear and precise, and she goes into detail on how to make sure you are positioned properly for each exercise. (There are even cut aways on alternate ways and positions to make sure you feel the most comfortable). To me this is so worth, even if you have to pause a second until you get used to what is coming. If you do not need assistance with some props, you do not have to use them, but I prefer to be cautious myself.
There is an extensive variety of exercises for each Trimester, and I love the fact that they are tailored for each trimester, there is even an introduction to each trimester so you know how you are changing and how the exercises are designed for you.
If you are adverse to using or considering props, or are looking for something that is aerobic/"workout", then I would say you should probaby not buy this DVD
If you are looking for something that will help make you feel better and is done in a safe and detailed manner, buy this DVD.
Up to you and what you are looking for."