Prenatal Yoga DVD Reviews and Testimonials

Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Endorsements from the Press

New York Times reviews Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga“makes you feel good, even with a big belly,” “My arms and legs got a workout, and I felt stretched, connected and relaxed.”

The New York Times

Fit Pregnancy review of Prenatal Vinyasa YogaOur favorite Prenatal & Postpartum exercise DVDs

Yoga instructor and doula, Jennifer More wants you to use yoga during labor. Three distinct yoga routines focus on those poses that will help you when in labor, and Wolfe explains the benefits of each during the workout. The end result? You’ll feel relaxed-and prepared for childbirth

Fit Pregnancy

Dec/Jan 2010: Pg 112

Pregnancy Magazine reviews Prenatal Vinyasa YogaBEST Prenatal Fitness DVDs
Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga ~Short Forms

Pregnancy Presents GEAR & STYLE

August 2008: Pg 24

Pregnancy Magazine reviews Prenatal Vinyasa YogaEasier Labor Through Yoga
Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga

Pregnancy Magazine

September 2007: Pg 54

rev-shapeyouPrenatal Vinyasa Yoga “Top Gear of the Year Award”

ShapeYou.com

2007 Gear Awards

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Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Endorsements from Medical Professionals

Having practiced obstetrics for over 20 years, I have come to realize the importance for pregnant women to stay in good shape throughout their pregnancy. I have found Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga to be one of the very best ways to stay fit and happy during the pregnancy as well as to prepare one’s body for childbirth and the post partum period that follows. A very large percentage of my patients do yoga with excellent results. it is hard for pregnant women to find the time to attend classes and so Jennifer More’s Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga DVD is a great alternative to classes for the busy mother to be. In the DVD, Jennifer also does a wonderful job in making sure the women are listening to their bodies and not do any positions that dont make them feel good. medically appropriate modifications for each trimester are presented. She also makes it abundantly clear that, as with any prenatal exercise, a woman must be in good health and have approval from her doctor before starting this exercise. Because of this, i recommend her DVD’s to my patients and have seen great results from women who have used them through their pregnancies and births. Women report having less everyday aches and pains, more energy during pregnancy, and greater stamina during childbirth as a result of regular practice of this style of prenatal yoga.

Dr. Jan Rydfors received his Medical degree and specialization training from Stanford University Medical Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Stanford University Medical Center and is board certified. He is the Co-Author of the popular “Handbook in Obstetrics and Gynecology,” now in its sixth edition and with several international editions.
He also practices at his office in Redwood City, CA

Dr. Jan Rydfors

I fully endorse Jennifer More’s Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga and Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Short Forms, both professionally and personally.

As a pediatrician, nothing is more important to me than the health of the babies that I see. Jennifer’s prenatal yoga DVD’s are the perfect way for mom-to-be to stay healthy and fit both physically and emotionally throughout her entire pregnancy through a safe, active, yet relaxing yoga practice.

Personally, as an expectant mom, I found Jennifer’s prenatal yoga practice to be one of the most important ways for me to prepare my body and mind for birthing in a way that was completely safe, invigorating and inspiring. Jennifer’s years of experience as a doula, prenatal & vinyasa yoga instructor, a childbirth educator, a hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master and a mother guarantee that her prenatal vinyasa yoga classes offer some of the best, most effective, and safest practices available!

Dr. Elisa H. Song
Whole Child Wellness • Belmont, California
www.wholechildwellness.com

Dr. Elisa H. Song

As an MD, I’m often skeptical of the promises a lot of yoga dvds make. Jennifer More’s vinyasa practice exceeds all expectations.

I used this vinyasa practice throughout both of my pregnancies. I became stronger as each pregnancy progressed, so that I was able to achieve my goal of natural childbirth with energy left over. You will work hard, sweat a lot, and be as prepared for childbirth as you can possibly be. I can’t recommend this dvd highly enough!!!

Dr. Denise Brown is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has 12 years of experience and is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Biological Sciences Learning Center, Chicago, IL

Dr. Denise Brown

Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Endorsements from Practitioners

Perfect for the busy woman or mom
Most prenatal yoga videos (and classes) seem to spend the majority of their time teaching the basics, and move at a pace that can be too slow for someone who’s already been practicing for a while. This is the first prenatal yoga DVD I’ve done that was challenging enough to keep me engaged and energized, while giving enough modifications that I could make it work even on days I wasn’t feeling quite up to the full practice. I also love that there are 15-, 30- and 45-minute practices—perfect for the busy woman or mom who doesn’t always have time to set aside an hour or more. I’m just days away from giving birth to my fifth child and am feeling healthy and strong. After the baby is here I plan to use this DVD to transition back into my regular practice.
Meagan Francis – author, writer and mom of five
www.meaganfrancis.com

Meagan Francis

Great workout, even for those with little experience
I’m not an experienced yogi by any means — I took one or two classes before getting pregnant but that was it. I love this video, and used it throughout my second pregnancy. I especially love that in this 2 DVD set, you can choose to do workouts of varying lengths based on how much time you have. I had a toddler the last time I was pregnant, so some days the 15- or 30-minute workouts were all I had time for.

I had the Shiva Rea DVD in my first pregnancy, and got bored of it really quickly and never felt like it gave me a workout. These DVDs kept me interested as I worked to master the flow of the poses, and after I did a routine I had significantly less hip and back pain for the rest of the day. My only problem is that now that my baby has been born, I can’t find a non-prenatal yoga video that I like as much as these!

D. Rees

Your practice made me fell strong, sure and capable
Just a quick note to say thanks for your prenatal vinyasa yoga dvds. I did the short forms 2-3 times a week and the long form at least once every other week. This was my second pregnancy and it was tough to find time for yoga (my 3 year old keeps me busy) but I always made a bit of time for your DVDs. I can’t tell you what a relief it was for me to find an invigorating and challenging yoga programme to follow. I was really frustrated in my first pregnancy that all prenatal yoga seemed to treat the mum as though she were weak and fragile. Your practice made me fell strong, sure and capable. In fact, it was part of what gave me courage to have a home birth in Japan (where I live temporarily).

Kristen G.

Yes, the 3rd trimester model is a bit intimidating, but she demonstrates what is possible with great form. I’m 42, at 18 weeks, and I have not practiced yoga in several years due to an injury, and yet I found this DVD incredibly satisfying and comprehensive. I have tried the other leading DVD’s and have been disappointed with the practices, as well as with the instructors’ deliveries. If all you want is to sit on the floor on a blanket for an hour and breathe with your eyes closed, this DVD is not for you. This one is just challenging enough where I’m excited to work up to my potential during the next few months. Having the short forms – 15,30, and 45 minute options are helpful with a busy lifestyle or when you just don’t feel like doing yoga, but you want to get a little in. The partner yoga segment is much appreciated by my husband whose back needs as much attention as mine. This is a focused practice with useful birthing commentary along the way. If you feel it is too difficult, don’t give up, take Ms. Wolfe’s advice and modify or sink into child’s pose! Everything takes work, so if you think an hour of this yoga is too difficult, think about how labor will feel. It’s worth the time,energy,and patience investment to make the birthing process easier in the end.

Maria L.

Awesome for those looking for a variety in their times for practice. Not super complicated. Poses are easy if you have expierence in vinyasa. Shipped and received on time! jessica

28-Jul-14

I did this 2-3 times a week until I was about 7+ months pregnant (then I just started to feel too big and uncomfortable). It’s a great workout and perfect if you’ve been doing yoga before pregnancy. I found most other prenatal yoga DVDs to be too easy and too focused on solely stretching and breathing. You will definitely feel the burn with this one. The directions are easy to follow, and her voice is calming (even while you’re dripping sweat in a sumo squat). Love it! suziqk10

30-Jun-14

I wish I could say that I spent more time exploring all of the workouts on this DVD set but haven’t. I do however do the 15 and 30 minute routines a couple times a week and find it very helpful to reduce back and joint pain brought on my pregnancy. Susan H

21-Jun-14

I truly enjoyed this entire DVD set! It has 75, 15, 30, and 45 plus some education on labor poses. There are a lot of modifications for each trimester which I really appreciated the demonstration of. I am not a regular yoga person, I had done it maybe 10 times before doing these DVD’s so I found it challenging at first but now I got the hang of it. I think you can make adjustments to make it easier or more challenging for yourself. Overall, I am so happy with my purchase! Luis Montalvo Sierra

16-Jun-14

“Here is the gist: this is a great and versatile DVD set, offering quite a workout to experienced yoga students during pregnancy, while also giving them peace of mind that they won’t venture into any territory unsafe for baby. I’ve practiced yoga for 13+ years and I found every routine on the DVDs challenging enough. My favorite are actually the short forms – 15-, 30- and 45-minute segments, which are easy to integrate into a busy day. The only drawbacks for me have to do with production value – and, while annoying, they are bearable. Besides, I am a musician, so this part would only be relevant to the minority of users. On the full 75-minute routine, the clip-on mic of the instructor has issues with the cord, which causes it to cut out occasionally with a very loud crack. Distracting, but a nuisance. On the short forms, the soundtrack is a bit too loud in relation to the voice instructions, which wouldn’t be so bad if the acoustic guitar or the violin were even remotely in tune… Again, this won’t be an issue for everyone, but musicians – you have been warned! To reiterate though, I am very glad I bought this DVD set and I feel great about practicing prenatal yoga well into the later stage of my pregnancy. So I would definitely recommend this product.” Lydia Salnikova

16-Jun-14

I was a very active person prior to becoming pregnant with twins, and was very happy to learn that I could continue to exercise during the pregnancy. After reading reviews, I felt compelled to order this DVD as yoga is one of my very favorite workouts. I have not been disappointed. There are several different yoga practices to choose from (15, 30, 45, and 75 mins), and all work your body in different ways. At the beginning of my pregnancy, I was able to do the 75 minute practices, but as my body continues to grow I’ve slowed down to the 30 minute practice. It still makes me feel wonderful, and I look forward to continue following this practice for the rest of the pregnancy (and most likely after, too!). Highly recommend this DVD to anyone who loves yoga and is looking for a good prenatal workout. Meleah Izzo

7-Jun-14

Hi all, I usually do not write reviews, but I was so excited about this DVD I had to share! My background is in exercise physiology/physical therapy, as well as, a NASM PT and 500hr RYT yoga instructor. I am also in my first pregnancy. If you are a current practitioner of vinyasa flow, ashtanga, power yoga or a similar style this DVD is definitely for you. It offers 15min-75min practices that provide a safe, but challenging flow sequence. Offering stability, as well as flexibility without being too aggressive to our rapidly changing bodies ESP connective tissues and joints. However, do not shy away if you are new. I would simply follow the instructor for her options for beginners. It also shows modifications for all trimesters. Wonderful content and instruction. It is a bit more low budget than some DVDs, however it does not compromise the content. I couldn’t say enough positive things, especially after being disappointed with many other prenatal DVDs that simply were too limiting. Namaste my friends, god bless and hope you all have a wonderful pregnancy!!! Ickus89

15-Apr-14

This set is so easy and convenient. I am more likely to do yoga when I have the option to do 15 or 30 min workouts because I am often time constrained. When you have more time, there are sets for 45 and 75 minutes (which I admit I have not yet done the 75 min yoga). I feel really good after this yoga workout and it accommodates all trimesters! I do not usually write reviews, but honestly, this is the only workout I do besides walking and occasional elliptical and I feel like it has been a lifesaver for me. I highly recommend it! Rima

5-Apr-14

I have been practicing Power Vinyasa yoga for over 12 years. I have a subscription to Yogaglo and Yogisanonymous so that I can practice in my home studio, and have tried various prenatal classes and instructors. This DVD is the perfect balance of challenging standing postures, moving with the breath, much-needed squatting and hip-opening, and relaxing seated postures. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant and still doing the short forms 4-5x per week. The 45-minute practice is my favorite. Yes, you do need to be experienced to participate, but most days it is exactly the level of difficulty and pace I am looking for. On days when I have less energy or just want a “chill” practice, I do one of the Level 2 prenatal classes on Yogaglo. Adrian Hogel

2-Apr-14

I practiced hatha yoga for 3 years, and when i found out i was pregnant i could not continue doing hot yoga on a regular basis. This prenatal vinyasa yoga dvd is absoultey perfect for someone who has experience practicing yoga and for someone who doesn’t. The instructions are clear and after the workout i my muscles are nice and loose and i feel amazing. I love this video, and love there is a long practice and three short forms, and love that she shows some poses to help during labor. I recommend this DVD, ashrose

26-Mar-14

This is a good DVD for pregnant ladies who are already practicing yoga and want to stay in shape with a reasonable intensity workout during pregnancy. I love the shorter options, gives me the flexibility to fit it in my schedule. Pinar Omur

17-Mar-14

I love this DVD! It has long and short forms depending on how much time you have or how tired you may feel. It’s very soothing and calming while also getting a nice workout. I strongly recommend this one. Veronica C. Rooney

26-Feb-14

This is a great DVD for anyone determined to practice yoga while pregnant, I have been practicing off and on for a few years, but when I found out I was expecting I knew I had to do something to stay fit and maintain a healthy stress level. This video is put together very well and gives examples of different difficulty levels to meet all needs. It’s easy to follow along and I feel extremely comfortable doing all of the poses demonstrated. Thanks! I wish I could find more like this! Roonie

26-Feb-14

For those of us who have been doing yoga for years and want a still challenging but adaptable vinyasa yoga practice to do during pregnancy this is fabulous. I kind of wish that there were more sessions as I got a little bored with the same series – but it definitely kept me challenged through to middle of 3rd trimester (when i became so swollen I could no longer bend my knees and had to stop). Most pregnancy yoga DVDs treat you like you will break and you get a nice stretch and relaxation, but this one will help keep you fit. D Preble

22-Feb-14

“I am so happy I bought this. I’ve been doing yoga for 15 years, the last four years I’ve been obsessed with hot yoga. I was very upset when my Dr. told me no hot yoga during my pregnancy. I was so happy when I first got this DVD because it gave me back my yoga practice. Pros: 1-Multiple classes of various length. My favorites are the full 75 minute class and the 45 minute class. But when time is tight, I can throw it on for 30 min. 2-Partner yoga – focused on getting your partner ready to assist in your comfort measures during labor. 3-Labor poses – to help you make a birth plan. 4-Squats, Squats, and more Squats – definitely great prep for labor. 5-All levels are clearly explained. If you want to challenge yourself you know what to do. If you need to take it easy you know what to do. Cons: 1 – It’s a DVD. So I can’t have it on my tablet or phone. I actually took my laptop to the Dominican Republic so I could do my yoga.” Samantha

9-Feb-14

I wanted something that would help me with stretching as my body grows and changes with being pregnant. This DVD does just that. I don’t care about being perfectly fit and toned while pregnant, but I had my first two all natural and plan to go the same route with this third one. I figured some yoga and meditation would only compliment my 9 month journey. I’m no yoga expert, but I like this approach and found the instructions were helpful and not intimidating. I absolutely LOVE that there are options: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or 45 minutes! HipMomma

7-Feb-14

Bought this as a christmas present for my sister-in-law and she loves it. I read reviews that even yoga instructors will choose this one when they get pregnant. rebeccl33

3-Feb-14

“I’m used to doing Bikram yoga, which is one of the more intense kinds of yoga. I love that it’s a 90 minute workout and a 90 minute meditation all in one. Although Bikram has pregnancy modifications and they say it is safe to continue for regular practitioners, I didn’t feel comfortable with the heat after finding out I was pregnant. However, I did want to keep up with a regular yoga routine, as I want my body to be healthy and to prepare for labor. After first learning I was pregnant, I ordered a prenatal yoga dvd right away. I ordered it based on the reviews, and the fact that it provides different routines based on specific symptoms. I regretted this purchase immediately after following one routine. It was not a workout. It did not increase my heart rate, at all. It barely stretched my hips, which doesn’t do much for preparing my body for labor. It did not make me sweat. It actually did nothing aside from making me feel incredibly tired, and I already have debilitating fatigue to begin with. I decided after one use of that dvd that I needed to find something that was for EXPERIENCED yogis. After reading the reviews, I decided this was the right dvd for me. So far, I’ve only done the 30 minute routine (I wanted to ease myself into it, since I haven’t done yoga in a few weeks). This is exactly what I was looking for. Even in 30 minutes, I felt like I was burning calories, my heart rate was up, it stretched out my tight hips, and gave me lots of energy. All while being relaxing! The reason I say this is perfect for experienced yogis: In all yoga, and especially with a fragile pregnant body, it is so important to do each pose CORRECTLY. It wasn’t that long ago that I was a beginner, and I know it took me a couple of months to truly understand the proper form on a lot of the more difficult poses. It is more important to make the necessary modifications and do the pose properly than to do it improperly and go into the full extension. I think a lot of beginners have difficulty with this. You need to know your body and know which poses you are able to achieve, and make modifications where necessary. I will not say beginners can’t do these routines, I would just advise that you really listen to the instruction, make sure you aren’t turning your hips, arms, neck, etc. in a way that you aren’t supposed to, and you should be okay!” Annie

27-Jan-14

“I enjoy challenging workouts. I tried a handful of prenatal yoga videos before discovering this one, but I disliked most of them because they didn’t feel challenging. They tended to focus mainly on stretching and relaxation. This one is different in that it challenges you with plenty of lunges, squats, and other poses intended to tone. This is in addition to stretching and relaxation. Two other things I LOVED about this DVD set: (1) The instructor provides tips about poses that can help you alleviate specific aches and pains, and even be helpful during labor and delivery. (2) The varying “”short form”” options. I usually tried to make time for the full 75-minute workout, but it was nice to have shorter options available. I figured I could always squeeze in just 15-minutes at least (even if I was busy or felt tired), so the short options really helped to keep me on track.” S. Berg

22-Jan-14

I have been practicing power yoga for about 15 years, and found that a lot of pre-natal workouts didn’t really challenge me at all (With the exception of the Suzanne Bowen Barre workout. Yeesh!) . I usually do yoga twice a week and when I do it I want to DO IT. Rather than just breathing and stretching alone, I like to work my muscles and work out all the cricks and cracks. This one is right on par with what I’ve been doing, but with modifications for a pregnant belly. Perfect! M. Graves

20-Jan-14

This set focuses mainly on the lower body (legs) naturally considering this is a pre-natal work out. She incorporates 2 models in the routine, both in different trimesters, to help you acclimate to the workout based on your stage of pregnancy. Also gives you different time elements ….15 mins workout, 30 mins workout, and 45 minute work out. Amazon Customer

18-Jan-14

I am very impressed! Best Christmas gift! Very informative and even explains how poses will help in moving the baby naturally as well as pressure points to be aware of! Well worth the money!! chelsea hadfield

13-Jan-14

This video is for experienced yogis. I’m in my 1st trimester, and this video kicked my tush. I usually attend a vinyasa class 3x/wk, and really missed it. This video offered the “edge” that I was looking for, not just stretching, and easy modifications for later trimesters. Instructor also explains why certain poses are beneficial. Renee Abu-Ghaben

10-Jan-14

So, I am not the fittest person in the world but I have been doing yoga for a few years leading up to this pregnancy. I have only been using the 30 minute, short form practice from this DVD. I have tried the 45 minute but have found it frankly too vigorous for me and too long, most days. The short forms are nice and offer excellent modifications for all three trimesters. I am currently 7 months pregnant and rotate this into my routine generally once per week. I think the stretching has kept a lot of pregnancy aches and pains away that I would usually be experiencing during this time. The instructor is quiet, calm, gives EXCELLENT breathing instructions (if you have a large DVD library of Yoga videos you’ll appreciate how important this is). This is NOT an easy practice, but if you are someone with previous yoga experience and you want something to keep you moving, this is the DVD for you. Blue Lotus

5-Jan-14

Bought this for our niece and she was just thrilled by the program presented on the DVD. Best Christmas present we could have imagined. Craighat

27-Dec-13