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Belly Dance for Prenatal Fitness (All Regions)(NTSC) [DVD]
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This unique dance/workout program has been designed to be safe and effective for pregnancy and follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Organic, flowing, energizing movement of bellydance helps to improve abdominal control and awareness, relieve aches and discomfort associated with pregnancy, promote better circulation, avoid swelling and cramping and prevent excessive weight gain. Bellydance hip movements will tone the muscles of your pelvic floor, whose strength is all-important for the birth, as well as for your postnatal recovery. And, beyond all these benefits, it offers a fantastic motivation to stay beautiful and graceful throughout the pregnancy - in touch with your inner goddess!
You don't have to be pregnant to get tremendous benefit from the instruction on this DVD; if you're someone who needs gentle exercise but hates to "exercise," this is a great one to have in your DVD collection, because even though you get the advantages of exercise, such as relaxation, stress relief, and over time, body toning, you will feel as though you're dancing from the start. Starting with 4 warm-ups that have movements that prepare you and become the basis for a short dance combination, the choreography is so expertly done that you can feel the release of tension immediately. By the time you've done the final "Cool Down," you'll be refreshed and invigorated. For those that want an easier option on some of the movements, there is an insert that comes on the screen with Naia demonstrating a simpler move. Naia, at 7 months pregnant, is so incredibly beautiful and graceful, she's an inspiration to those who are pregnant, and who may feel out of sorts and even have a touch of the "uglies." That applies also to those who may not be expecting, but maybe have a couple of unwanted pounds on their hips to lose! Naia demonstrates the moves with clarity, and her narration, with a lovely soft voice, is instructive and a pleasure to listen to. Once you have the movements learned, you also have the option to play this DVD without the narration, just with music, which is by bellydance expert, dancer and composer Jihan, and very pleasing. Neon, the Russian born beauty who is a dazzling dancer and teacher, did the choreography, and it is perfect for anyone who wants not only prenatal fitness, but stress release after a hard day of work, or gentle exercise if you're out of shape or over 50. You'll feel like you had a trip to the oasis after this session with Naia! --amazon.com (US)
Are you tired of the run-of-the-mill aerobic workout videos for pregnancy? Try something new, fun, and energizing! Pregnancy is a time of transition, change, and growth physically and emotionally. With the ups and downs through this amazing experience of your body, reward yourself with some time of rejuvenation for your body and spirit! Prenatal Bellydance offers a unique alternative to conventional prenatal workouts. Belly dance is not only physically beneficial in offering a fulfilling workout, relieving muscle and joint tension and discomfort, but also in helping you to feel beautiful, sexy, and comfortable with your changing body. With movements that flow with the natural rhythm of your body, skillfully and knowledgeably adapted for safety and effectiveness during pregnancy, you can groove your body and boost your mood with this prenatal bellydance workout. Naia, the host, takes you through a smooth warm-up, then step-by-step through each movement of a dance routine. The movements are then combined into dance combination segments, piece by piece, in a flowing manner. Everything is fully demonstrated by Naia and some movements even have an alternative offered for your comfort and fitness level. You are then ready to combine all the dance combinations together into one beautiful belly dance routine! The DVD ends with Naia's cool-down movements. All segments are accompanied by fun and movement-inspiring Middle Eastern music. I appreciated that the music is soothing and flowing, not boisterous or shrill. One track of the dance routine offers Naia's instruction with the music. A separate track offers just the music without voice-over, if you'd like to perform the routine without instruction, or just move to the music all on your own. The movements are beautifully and skillfully demonstrated, the video and sound quality are excellent. I think this DVD offers a good level of workout for moderation in pregnancy. Experienced belly dancers may find the routine basic, as I did, so they need to keep in mind that the routine is designed to be completely appropriate for prenatal exercise, keeping belly dance safe and healthy for pregnancy. With this in mind, I found the routine very enjoyable! Beginners will find this a liberating and enjoyable introduction to belly dance. Some previous dance experience may be helpful, but certainly not necessary. This is a workout that allows you to just go with the flow and just learn as you go, you're doing this for yourself afterall...the important part is to enjoy the movement, music, and some much needed time nurturing your beautiful self and baby! --amazon.com (US)
LOVE this video. I purchased it right before my 3rd trimester and wish I would have bought it earlier. It's easy to do in loose comfortable clothes (I still can't get the quick moving steps down though). It gets your heart rate up and really stretches your back and hips well. I haven't been able to do it a lot because I have had really bad sciatic nerve pain (from the way my baby is sitting) but really look forward to doing the workout after baby to get my shape back! You can do this video with spoken and shown instruction or without spoken (so you could make up your own steps to the music if you wanted). Excellent video-I think it's a good workout for people that aren't pregnant also! --amazon.com (US)
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-With Amira you get much more instruction for every move as well as many strengthening exercises, but the total duration is rather long so you won't get full benefits if you don't have much time. This one is short so you get your day's workout over with in just half an hour.
- I think Naia doesn't give as many explanations on the moves, so if you're not familiar with bellydancing you might get confused, whereas with Amira the description of every move is very detailed.
- This is basically a choreography, so you do get the feeling of dancing (with Amira you just feel that you're doing bellydancing-based moves and exercises, not a real dance).
- Amira includes information about the history of bellydance and childbirth, seems to be well researched (also includes interviews of childbirth professionals and women bellydancers who have given birth). Naia is not that in-depth, you get just the choreography and nothing else, no nice extras.
All in all, if you don't have much belly-dancing experience I would recommend Amira (which is also a good workout with moves specifically targeted for easier delivery). If all you want is to do a half-an-hour dance and have a good time, or are looking for a second bellydance prenatal dvd, then get this one.
There is very little instruction and no guidance on pelvic floor exercises. I love this graceful dance however, I prefer Sera Solstice's Pre natal Goddess dance as the instruction is superb and guidance is provided on pelvic floor exercises and labour and meditation, this is by far the best all rounder. Amira's DVD provides more guidance on the basics however, it is not a flowing dance but has a good yoga and labour section. Neena's belly baby is a great aerobic workout as you would expect from her and is more of an exercise DVD. I hope this helps you ladies!
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I used to work out regularly, but haven't since my first pregnancy (I didn't exercise at all then, because I was sick the whole pregnancy), and my daughter's birth. We walk a lot, but that's pretty much been it (she is a little over two years old), so I am not some fitness guru or dance expert. I only recommend this if your fitness level is zero, and you are already over six months pregnant before you decide to try a Prenatal workout. If by the end of my pregnancy (I'm a little less than six months now) this is the only workout I can handle, I'll come back and up the rating.
Bellydance Prenatal Fitness with Naia: (four stars) if all you are looking for is a quick thirty minute workout, this is a good pick. The movements keep rolling along, and nothing is super complex, but there are great strengthening moves in here that will certainly help tone all the right muscles for labor and delivery. There's not a ton of talking or any filler either; this DVD is a flat thirty minutes of focused exercising. The segments get combined into a sort of choreographed dance, but some of the moves aren't all that "dancey" to me compared to other DVDs that I have. Still, all in all I like this DVD, and choose it on days when I'm not up for a longer Prenatal workout. It goes by quickly, and I don't get bored.
If you get impatient when you can't follow along with a workout immediately, skip this one. She doesn't take a lot of time doing the moves super slowly. Unless you are an experienced dancer, or have done tons of bellydancing, it will take you some practice to get parts of this workout down perfectly. I'm still a tad clumsy at certain parts of it, but I could care less. I keep it moving regardless of the "quality" of my dancing ability, and manage to enjoy myself. Watch it once before trying it, and slow down parts that seem confusing. You CAN get it over time.
The only thing I don't care for about this dvd is the bizarre counting. She does an eight count, and her tone is odd and distracting.
Amira's Bellydance and Yoga for Pregnancy: (four stars) Ok, overall Amira put together a very thoughtful and effective Prenatal workout, however, over time a few things about this DVD grated on my nerves. Maybe it's because I am six months pregnant now? There are little snippets about the history of bellydancing and childbirth mixed in with the workout. While these are interesting to watch a couple of times, it then becomes a minor irritation having to skip over them every time you want to work out. I want to stay in my workout zone without being interrupted, and I felt all the history/ trivia snippets should have been combined into one segment that was completely separate from the workout.
Another thing that bugged me is that the cool down comes after a "Labor Exercises" segment that cannot be done by women 32 weeks and after. It would have made more sense to put the cool down before this part, so that women 32 weeks and on don't have more to skip over.
Apart from that, I thought the workout was very well done, and incorporated many traditional belly dance moves (hips circles, rib slides, bicycle hips, infinity circles, etc.) The whole workout is about eighty minutes long total, but is easy to break down if you don't have that much time.
Goddess Dance Prenatal Bellydance with Sera Solstice: (five stars, in spite of a few minor issues) This is the longest Prenatal workout that I have done, but I love the thoughtful extras like the standing and seated meditation segments. Sera Solstice is a good teacher, easy to follow, and good at breaking down the moves. This entire workout moves at a slow and soothing pace, and teaches you two different dance combos that are then combined at the end in a nice performance dance.
There is a six minute warm up, and then the first combo is 22 minutes, and the second combo is 31 minutes. The two combos are combined afterwards in a six minute dance segment. If you don't have time for both segments, do the warm up with combo one on some days, and then the warm up with combo two on others. It's a great way of breaking down the dvd into multiple workouts, and your body will thank you.
After the dance portion of the workout there is a slow standing sort of dancy meditation to help you connect with your baby and body, and following that is a seated moving meditation section. These are very relaxing, and definitely put me in a calm place. Both of these sections combined take about 22 minutes. I like to save them for right before bed time to help me sleep.
In total, I think if you go through and do the whole DVD it's roughy an hour and a half.
My only small complaint is that some of the moves are done for way too long. The repetition of certain movements got to be dull to me, and I'd get impatient for the next one to come. Not a huge deal, just an observation.
I will definitely recommend this teacher to other women though.
Other Bellydance DVDs that aren't specifically prenatal, but I am enjoying them while pregnant:
(Note: vigorous hip shimmies and fast turns aren't recommended at 28 weeks and after. SLOW it down, and be mindful)
Foundations of Belly Dance with Sera Solstice: I can still do most of this at six months pregnant, and I love the combinations. I slow down the sections with shimmies (chapter five and chapter six which take up about 17 minutes total), or sometimes just do my own thing while they play. Eighty minutes total. This has my all time favorite warm up and moving meditation with stretches (that part alone is 30 minutes, and I'm loving it while pregnant)
Bellydance East Coast Tribal with Sera Solstice: What can I say, I'm a fan of her teaching. I did this workout for the first time today, and had no problems with any of the movements. (Not that I can do them all well, mind you...) the Twenty minute warmup is great, and then ten minutes of drills, all totally doable during pregnancy. Following that is a seven minute dance routine that is fairly slow paced, and I still have no issues with it even with my giant baby belly. For some reason the entire dance segment comes before the instruction of each combo instead of after, and that's weird, but it's a good workout. Don't worry, she DOES show you how to do all the stuff in the dance routine.
Luscious, Sensual Goddess, and Love Potion Bellydance Workout with Neon (three separate DVDs): These may be a bit harder for some to follow, but I still consider myself a beginner, and I'm enjoying these workouts while pregnant just to keep some variety. Love Potion is the most difficult one for me to follow, because I'm not spectacular at footwork, but I still pop it in and give it my all. Luscious is my favorite of the three, but I enjoy the other two as well.
This has to be the longest review I have ever written, but I started bellydancing at fourteen weeks of my pregnancy, and it has been so empowering for me!!! I'm working out four times a week (along with plenty of walking), and feel like I'm in better shape than I was right before I got pregnant.
I highly recommend trying these DVDs for yourself!!!!!
(I'm happy to answer any questions about these DVDs if you have any)
I've belly danced before. I took classes in college and had kept up with it here and there when the fit took me, mostly when I was bored and goofing off. I'm fairly familiar with the movements, terms, and finding a beat. I am 13 weeks pregnant, was cleared by my doctor for exercise, and just tried this DVD. My doctor said that belly dancing was low impact enough for me to practice during pregnancy (as long as I don't do any of the crazier moves ;) ).
If you're a beginner and contemplating purchasing this dvd, I'd suggest you watch it a few times to familiarize yourself with the dvd. I just jumped right in and would have been lost had I not already known how to isolate those muscles. There is some instruction as to how to position your body but it moves so quickly that unless you know what you're doing with your body position, you'll be left behind trying to figure out where your body should be.
But I don't think this means it's a bad workout. I've bought bad DVD workouts (including Middle Eastern dance workouts) and this isn't one of them!
I'm of the school of thought that if I master the workout on the first go, it's not going to hold my interest. I can handle having some workouts that I miss a few counts...so what? I suppose if you're the personality that gives up if you don't get the steps and/ or movements right the first or second time, this workout isn't for you.
I disagree it's not "beginner"-level, although if you're looking for an introduction to Middle Eastern dance, I'd recommend other workouts. Naia could do a better job breaking down the steps and making the counts and cueing simplier.
Also, I feel that for the money, it would be nice to have more features for the DVD. I like the "music only" feature, but besides that, there's not much. For the money I'd like more than one 30 minute workout, for one. Or a segment going into detail the various movements (always a good idea!) or SOMETHING MORE.
I actually DO like this workout. It makes me feel looser, less cranky, and one of the few workouts that I feel graceful doing as I go into my 3rd trimester. I think it's worthwhile having in your pregnancy workout, even if there are some flaws. Give it a chance; not every workout is nailed the first go-round, and learning is a good thing!