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Pregnancy Yoga { Video + DVD recommendation}

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Pregnancy yoga is an excellent way to exercise during pregnancy and prepare for the hard work of childbirth. Integrating prenatal yoga into your healthy pregnancy 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.

Getting started with prenatal yoga is easy! You can do pregnancy yoga online, take a local class the or watch a prenatal yoga dvd.

11 minute beginner pregnancy yoga video below and when you are ready for a more in dept practice check out the best prenatal yoga dvd recommendation.

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Why is prenatal yoga good for you?

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.

 

Best Prenatal Yoga Videos Online

There are so many amazing free pregnancy yoga videos available through Youtube, Amazon Prime and Netflix. It makes doing prenatal yoga at home so easy.

Katy Appleton Pregnancy Yoga Videos

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!

 

 

Prenatal Yoga DVD Recommendations

Best pregnancy yoga dvd and lamaze

 

This is the best prenatal yoga dvd that I have come across. 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 prenatal yoga DVD 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 4 relatively pain-free, natural childbirths (3 home births!).


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