Zoe , who is 25 weeks pregnant at the time of filming, presents the program. She is joined by Noleen, who is 22 weeks and Delvine who is 32 weeks. Throughout both of the specially designed yoga programs, modifications are demonstrated by the three women to account for people of all levels of flexibility and stages of pregnancy.
This prenatal yoga DVD will be a lifesaver for any pregnant woman looking to find relief from pregnancy related conditions. A wide variety of common pregnancy related conditions (including: Carpal Tunnels Syndrome, High Blood pressure, Low blood pressure, Oedema, Varicous veins, throbbing of the legs, Sciatica and general back pain) are well understood and researched by Zoe over her 4 pregnancies and years of teaching pregnant women. All these conditions have been carefully taken into consideration in the sequences and the necessary modifications, to relieve these discomforts, are clearly explained.
Both of the prenatal yoga programs start with two Pranayama’s (breathing exercises), to help women calm the mind and centre themselves. The sequences then flow into the Asana’s (the physical part of yoga) with each prenatal yoga program taking into account lengthening, strengthening and opening the whole body. One prenatal yoga program then focuses particularly on opening the upper back, chest and shoulders and the other prenatal yoga program focuses on opening the hips and lengthening and strengthening the legs.
Both pregnancy yoga programmes finish by flowing into a baby-bonding visualisation, where supported relaxation positions are demonstrated. These visualisations help women immerse themselves more in their relaxation and connect more deeply with the baby growing within them. They are invaluable tools for relaxing during labour and this quiet time helps women prepare for the experience of birth.
Within the prenatal yoga DVD there is also an extremely helpful section on ‘Positions for labour’. This segment coaches Mums to be through a number of positions that can help them during labour and provides massage and support techniques for their birthing partner. Understanding and learning these poses will empower pregnant women with knowledge and understanding of active birth positions.
The section on Partner Assisted Positions demonstrates a number of very helpful prenatal yoga positions that pregnant women can do with a partner, friend or another pregnant woman. These poses will help relieve various aches and pains, particularly in late pregnancy. 5 – 10 minutes of these poses can be added into pregnant women’s daily lives for relief at either end of the day. This will make a real difference to their comfort, sleep and general sense of wellbeing.