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Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond [Library Binding]

F. Freedman
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May 2004
Enhance your experience of pregnancy and birth with the meditative power of yoga. Step-by-step yoga postures specially adapted for each trimester, relaxation techniques and simple breathing exercises will show you how to adjust to the physical demands of labour and give birth with minimum strain. From conception to birth, help develop shared wellbeing, with the only guide to identify the real advantages of yoga for mother and baby.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417661224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417661220
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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'essential for every mother to be' - Yoga Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Francoise Freedman, medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, is a mother of four and founder of Birthlight, an organization that promotes a sensitive approach to pregnancy, birth and babies through yoga. This is her first book with DK. Francoise lives in Cambridge. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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156 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond 9 Jun 2004
All Francoise Freedman's books are excellent and this latest is no exception. What is great about this book is that it is suitable for those who have practiced little or no yoga before and also for experienced yoginis. The book takes you safely through the three trimesters with mini sequences, explaining what muscles you are strengthening and stretching. Common complaints like sciatica and symphysis pubis disorder are also addressed. The beautifully shot photos make everything clear and easy to follow.
The book also takes you through the postpartum period. Unlike most books, this isn't just a small add on at the end of the book. Freedman gives several progressive mini routines to help realign the body and promote strength and vitality.
I can't recommend this book enough!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Is so good because it gives the detail of the Indian names for the positions and their background, without lots of spiritual/sentimental blahblah. It's extremely practical because the graphics/photos and descriptions are so clear, it has exercises for every stage of pregnancy and after, and it points out which positions should perhaps be avoided if you have medical complications.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great yoga book 8 Mar 2011
This is a super book, I would definitely recommend this one, I love doing the exercises and think it's well organised divided into the different stages of pregnancy and then the after birth section is a real added bonus, super!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for pregnant ladies 8 Jan 2012
By Alison
I attended a pregnancy yoga class but used this book extensively at home. I found doing a little yoga each day throughout my pregnancy helped me feel flexible, strong and calm. I had a great pregnancy and think this contributed a lot to it.
It's assumes no previous experience, explains everything really well and is helpfully split into each trimester. Just doing a couple of sequences a day (10-15 mins) helped and I did it right up to my delivery at 38 weeks. I would recommend this book to any pregnant ladies, whether they can attend a class or not.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 26 Mar 2010
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I bought this book during the second trimester of my first pregnancy and found it excellent for adapting my yoga for pregnancy. As said in previous reviews, what gives this book the edge is that it takes you beyond the birth into 16 weeks afterwards. What is also good is that unlike many other books I have seen, the sequences in this book will appeal to those beginning yoga and already experienced in it as they feature various variatons of the same pose. Also good is the advice panals for each sequence, which inform the reader how it will benefit them and also if they should avoid the pose. I ended up having a c-section for my first child and this book in the postnatal section gives clear advice to when i could attempt each pose after it. I am know at the beginning of my second pregnancy and will be using it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 21 Oct 2011
This book is a useful guide for those wishing to start yoga in pregnancy or modify an existing practice. It gives clear instructions and is well illustrated. It is particularly nice in that it includes a section on post-natal yoga. The only downside in my view is that it doesn't include much information about pregnancy and birth from an anatomical/medical angle. Janet Balaskas's 'Preparing for Birth with Yoga' is good on this so I'd recommend looking at that book in conjunction with this one. A good yoga teacher is better than a book alone but Freedman's book is a handy and easy-to-use complementary source.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for pregnant women 22 Jun 2011
By ABoll
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I borrowed this book off a friend for my first pregnancy and it was so useful that for my second I decided to buy it. It has three sections for each trimester so you can start using it at any point and clear photos to help you follow the instructions safely and without any confussion. It helped me to put aside essential time for me and my baby and when everything else in pregnancy is so stressful and busy you need time to chill out and unwind. Would definately recommend this to all pregnant women!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book 11 May 2014
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This book is brilliant! It has different poses for different stages of pregnancy. Even though I practiced yoga before I was pregnant this book would suit a beginner so long as they're cautious. It also warns against poses if you suffer from SPD which i had. I'm still referring to this book 4 weeks after having my baby as it has some nice shoulder stretches from being hunched over breastfeeding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequences for all trimesters
Well-explained and well-presented sequences for all stages of pregnancy - a practical and helpful read from an expert in the field.
Published 3 months ago by Hanna
1.0 out of 5 stars Mistaken book
Basically, I thought that this was a DVD!!!!!!!!!!
For me personally, I am unable to follow this book I'd rather have a DVD to follow.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs C Hugggett
4.0 out of 5 stars Yoga in pregnancy
Has a yoga teacher, I bought this book for two of my pregnant students in my classes. I really enjoyed looking through it and the postal service was amazing, came very quickly.
Published 7 months ago by Jan Coates
5.0 out of 5 stars Another must have for pregnant mums
I was lucky to participate in Fancoise yoga group when I was expecting my first child five years ago. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and really useful
I loved that the book has specific sections for different periods of pregnancy, including the first weeks. It also suggests positions sequences.
Published 9 months ago by pff82
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those with some basic yoga background
Perfectly addresses all stages of pregnancy and post partum...Strongly recommended to those with some even very very limited past experience with yoga.
Published 11 months ago by Magdalena
5.0 out of 5 stars reviews
Really good book, very happy, covers all manor of positions to try depending on what you want to work on.
Published 15 months ago by Amy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Tips for safe yoga practice through the trimesters.
As a yoga teacher, I bought this as a reminder for safe practice when a student became pregnant. The author is trusted by me through The Birthlight Trust.. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Clare Badham
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide for first time yoga students or those wanting to adapt...
Well presented, not too detailed and easy to adsorb, this is a great book for those who have very little knowledge or some of yoga and want to adapt it for pregnancy and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Miss S E Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and well photographed poses
This book is very helpful if you are attending a pregnancy yoga class and want to practice at home also as it reminds you of the poses. Read more
Published 22 months ago by DeeN
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