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Breathe Your Way Through Birth with Yoga [Paperback]

Julie Llewellyn-Thomas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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15 Mar 2007
Yoga is the perfect preparation for labour because it is all about breathing. By learning to stay in control of your breathing, you can stay focused during your labour, work your way through the contractions, fight off feelings of anxiety or exhaustion, and give yourself the best chance of giving birth the way you want to. By practising the exercises in "Breathe Your Way Through Birth with Yoga", you can also prepare your body for childbirth and give yourself a range of positions to try during labour - all of which will make you feel more confident and more capable going into the labour room. The book explains how yoga can help, shows you what exercises you can do to prepare for labour, provides you with positions that will be helpful for each different stage of labour and even gives you a few pointers for how to enjoy the benefits of yoga with your new baby. It also includes testimonials about the author and the benefits of her techniques from couples who have now had their children.


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (15 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845332725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845332723
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 19.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Julie Llewellyn-Thomas is a teacher of yoga for pregnancy and for mothers and babies for the charity Birthlight. She trained in yoga therapy at the Yoga Therapy Centre in London and also has a Masters Degree in Health Education. She has recently started yoga therapy for patients with critical illnesses at the Cromwell Hospital in London, and has written another book in the same series called Yoga for mother and baby.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book contains some very basic yoga exercises (great if you are new to yoga or for the last weeks of pregnancy, or if you have physical problems preventing you from doing a fuller programme) that are very safe and extremely helpful in maintaining flexibility and especially focus. The main emphasis of the book is - as the title says - on breathing techniques for birth. Although I wasn`t new to yoga, I found the book extremely helpful in guiding me through breathing exercises which helped me prepare for giving birth, and the suggestions for postures during the different stages of labour were also very helpful.Eventually, I gave birth relying on my breath (I used sound and number breath for the most part) without any painrelief and remained so focussed that even the midwives were amazed. Thanks to the breathing techniques acquired through Julie's book, I felt in control and was able to relax between contractions. Now my baby and I enjoy the simple movements and positions for mother and baby provided at the end of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars reader choice or reader confusion? 11 Aug 2008
By Tami G
Format:Paperback
This book looks great and outlines some really useful exercises that are fairly easy to follow and practice. It has a contemporary, simple design, and is well photographed with lots of options for the reader. For example, there's a long list of breathing techniques for the reader to choose from, all well described, so that you can choose which approach to managing your breaths works best for you.
Likewise the book is set out to give the reader options and choices so that you can design a yoga plan that suits you and your situation best.
This is all great, and the exercises themselves do seem to work as the book suggests they will.

However I found it a little confusing when I first read the book, and I felt exasperated at times because I wasn't quite sure how to use the book - although there is a guide to doing so.

Maybe its the fault of my pregnancy hormones and fuzzy brain, but I would have preferred something that was set out in a more tangible way.

That said, I intend to throw my copy into my labour bag and keep it for reference during the early stages of labour to help me along. The exercises themselves seem very well described and thought through, its just the format of the book that I struggle with slightly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 6 May 2014
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Well written and packed with useful advice and information by a very experienced person, buy it you wont be disapointed!!!
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