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Pregnancy Yoga {DVD recommendation + Video}

Pregnancy yoga is an excellent way to exercise during pregnancy and prepare for the hard work of childbirth. Integrating prenatal yoga into your routine gives you a foundation in breath work, as well as stretching and strengthening the muscles needed during the birth process. I found practicing pregnancy yoga helped alleviate pains in my back and hips and helped me sleep better.

Get started with the 11 minute beginner pregnancy yoga video below and when you are ready for a more in dept practice check out my favorite DVD recommendation.

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Why I Love Pregnancy Yoga

During my first pregnancy I was looking for a way to exercise. I had done yoga on and off for a few years and thought that it would be an ideal low impact activity. Here’s why I believe practicing yoga during pregnancy is essential:

  • It helps deepen the connection with your baby.
  • Teaches you how to breathe properly while working the body- something that is vital to understand if you intend to have a natural birth.
  • Helps you learn relaxation techniques needed during labor.
  • Stretches and releases tension in the body.
  • Helps position the pelvis for childbirth.
  • Strengthens the muscles without overexertion.


Pregnancy Yoga Video

I discovered this basic prenatal yoga workout on YouTube and have really been enjoying practicing the 5 videos in the series during my current pregnancy. Being a busy Mom of three, I love that each episode is only about 10-12 minutes long. It makes it easier for me to find the time to squeeze in a workout before the kids wake up or during nap time.

This video is great for beginners, but also challenging enough for those with experience. Give it a try!



My Favorite Pregnancy Yoga DVD

yoga and lamaze


This DVD is amazing. I chose for multiple reason to skip childbirth classes and prepare for birth in my own self directed way.  With the disciplined practice of the yoga and Lamaze breathing methods in this video, I was able to have the skills I needed to achieve a natural hospital birth with my first child.

I discovered this DVD in Walmart during my first pregnancy and feel so blessed to have come across it. I found practicing in the evening before bed really helped me get out the aches and pains of the day and relax enough to get a restful nights sleep. I love the calm, relaxing tone set by the teacher, Kristen Eykel.

Plus a DVD is so much more convenient than a in-person class. I found it easier to commit to 15 minutes or 45 minutes daily when I didn’t have to worry about getting it together to make it to a class at a certain time.

I really credit the skills I learned doing yoga with giving me the confidence, relaxation techniques and body consciousnesses I used to achieve 3 relatively pain-free, natural childbirths (2 home births!).

I’d love to hear from you! Are you doing (or have you done) pregnancy yoga? What benefits have you experienced? What are you favorite videos?

Free Birth Affirmations

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Download your free printable birth affirmations to help keep your mind focused during pregnancy and childbirth. Birth Affirmations are a great tool to help YOU achieve a natural childbirth.

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