My practice this past week has consisted of the three classes I teach + two wonderful videos by my new favorite teacher, Fiji McAlpine. Her prenatal yoga videos are the perfect mix of challenging and relaxing and her knowledge and experience are evident in her videos. I haven’t tried any of her non-prenatal videos yet but I’m excited to do so once my little one is born! Let me know if you try any of her other videos.
I try to practice yoga six or seven times per week. Some days I can only fit ten minutes in but I always feel better afterwards, regardless of the duration. Currently I don’t have the funds to pay for studio classes (hopefully soon!) so I’ve been enjoying various free yoga resources on the web. This is the first in a series of weekly video roundups with reviews – I hope it helps you in your search for great yoga resources. There’s nothing like having a video queued on your computer and a yoga mat spread out in a spare room to eliminate any excuses not to practice 😉
Yoga Video Roundup Week #1 – Prenatal Yoga Videos
This is a very well-produced video with a balanced, unique flow that I enjoyed. There are ads which get annoying – but they are skip-able. I felt relaxed, energized, and stretched after this practice.
If you’re pressed for time or want to squeeze in a little yoga before bed, this brief routine really opens your hips and helps you slow and center your breathing. Somewhat talky but great breath/movement-linking practice.
I liked this class but I didn’t love it. It helped me with my tight hamstrings but some of the moves weren’t really conducive to having a big (late second trimester/third trimester) baby bump. It would have been better advertised as a first trimester flow. There are more sun salutations in this practice, which felt good but may be too much for some women.
This is a great practice for later in your pregnancy or just before bed…it is, as the name implies, gentle, while still feeling effective.
Another episode in Body Talk Daily’s Pregnancy Yoga series, this short flow features some wonderful, unique hip-opening moves that feel really great if you’re struggling with any hip/sacral pain or tightness.
While I loved the poses in this flow I felt that the class moved too quickly for the stretches to be as effective as they could. However, this is a good class if you are having trouble focusing and need something that will hold your attention without a lot of effort.
I would not recommend this video. The instructor is almost completely out of breath for the whole practice and can barely cue fast enough for her own movements, which I think is irresponsible even if you are targeting advanced yogis. The poses happen so quickly that it would be very easy to get lazy about your positioning or aggravate a joint, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy.