I have done three different prenatal yoga workouts from the prenatal section at yogadownload.com. Before I was pregnant, I did hot (Bikram style) yoga 4-6 times a week. I miss it! I miss the yoga and the people. I look forward to returning to the studio, though I’m sure it wont be as regular or often as before.
But this is a review of what I’ve been doing during pregnancy. So, in order of length of time (and coincidentally, difficulty), these are the specific workouts I’ve tried so far.
– Prenatal Yoga #1 (20 minutes – FREE) – Love this! It is a short and easy workout that I just actually tried this weekend. I hope to work it in a few times a week from now on. It moves slowly, is good for all levels and has you hold a few poses for a minute to mimic a contraction. And the fact that it is free, means everyone should go get it! So go, and then come back and read the rest of this post.
-Prenatal Vinyasa Flow(45 minutes – $5.99 for download) – A little more difficult but doable for most with a yoga history. It is flowing with the beginning feeling faster to me than the rest, which is how I find most vinyasa classes. This is purposeful though, to get you warmed up. But by the end it is relaxing too.
-Power Prenatal (70 minutes – $6.99 for download) – Whoa. This one I had a difficult time with, not getting through the whole 70 minutes the first time. But it was a very good workout! I would not recommend this for someone who wasn’t doing yoga often before pregnancy. And the pose guide is very important. I needed to refer to it during the workout, having not looked at it prior. This one also had some more difficult holds to mimic contractions. I definitely appreciated this not being a “prenatal yoga should mostly be breathing” workout. I like being challenged!
All of these workouts have different options in the site, with different prices for different lengths. I have several of their other classes also and like that they have many 20 minute workouts available for free…great if you want a quick workout.