Let me just start by saying that I am the least flexible or graceful person that I know. I often have fabulous dreams about being able to do the splits, and lifting my foot over my head like a gymnast… but in real life I can’t even lean over and touch my toes. Obviously as my belly grows my attempts to touch my toes become even less realistic.
That being said, I applied to test and review this prenatal yoga DVD. I figured at the very least it would give me an excuse to sprawl on the floor, and maybe it would give me some new creative stretches to help with the emerging aches and pains of pregnancy. I’d tried yoga DVDs a few times before which claimed to be ‘beginner’, but I often found myself lost and frustrated when I couldn’t fold into a pretzel or couldn’t hold a pose because I just didn’t have the muscle strength in places I’d never even knew required muscles. Let’s just say I’m a beginning-yoga skeptic and was convinced you need to be a gymnast to do even the most basic poses.
Skepticism aside, I borrowed my mom’s yoga mat and put it on our wood floor, grabbed a pillow (just in case) and popped Julie Schoen’s Prenatal Yoga DVD into the player. Note that I didn’t take any photos… there is just no way in hell that was going to happen. I tried the DVD when nobody but Bennett and I were home, and even Bennett was napping. I wanted privacy to preserve whatever yoga dignity I have left, just in case it was another epic fail.
First impressions: Julie is a fabulous instructor. She is relaxed, descriptive and PREGNANT! What a relief it was to see a fellow belly doing all of the same things that I was expected to do. I also really liked how thorough she was when describing the different positions, as well as the benefits of doing so.
Results: To my surprise, I could actually do MOST of the poses. As an entirely inflexible beginner, I found a few to be too much of a challenge at the moment, however I intend to keep trying. My absolute favorite part are the relaxation exercises towards the end. I could do those all day!
Overall, I am incredibly pleased with the quality and presentation of this DVD. Even though I couldn’t do every pose, I wasn’t left feeling defeated. When it was done, I felt relaxed and eager to try it again (another day, of course).
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