Every Mama Needs a Relaxing Postnatal Yoga DVD (So We’re Giving One Away!)

Element Postnatal Yoga DVD I hadn’t done yoga since my daughter was born, so I was excited last week to finally take a minute to pop in Element: Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga for a nice, soothing yoga session. It was definitely relaxing…until the baby woke up from her nap. But then my yoga session got cuter, as she was in my face for all of my down-dogs and cobra poses.

My brief baby-free yoga session reminded me how important it is as moms to take a few minutes for ourselves. It’s so easy to rush around, with to-do lists miles long, caring for others all day (heck, even during my yoga session I was looking at the carpet and noticing that it needed a good vacuum), but even a few minutes to recharge, breathe and quiet the mind can be quite invigorating. I loved how instructor Elena Brower mentioned this, too, saying that taking time for yourself allows you to be fully present for your family.

The 35-minute postnatal portion of the DVD is the perfect mix of relaxation, breathing, and flowing moves that will warm you up and remind you how inflexible you are. With down dogs, down-dog splits, triangle poses, warriors and boat poses, it wasn’t too challenging for someone who’s taken a maternity leave from yoga, but not so easy that you’ll be bored. Elena is spot-on with her instruction, and I loved her modifications and tips for nursing and postpartum mothers. While I’m no longer pregnant, the 30-minute prenatal portion looks great for whole-body strength and relaxation. Elena’s instruction is again perfect, with plenty of tips for being mindful of your baby as you yoga your way to relaxation.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★★
Long-Term Likeability:★★★
Music: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★1/2

Fit Bottom Line: These yoga sessions are a perfect way to unwind and relax while providing a mild yoga burn. Pregnant and new moms alike can benefit from this rejuvenating, relaxing stretch session!

Want to get your relaxation on and de-stress before Mother’s Day? Comment to win a copy of Element: Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga! U.S. residents only, please. Winners will be notified in about a week. When’s the last time you had an uninterrupted yoga session? —Erin

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  1. another great dvd i would love to own after having my son end of February. i need to get my mind right after he was in NICU for so long, and this would tie right into my regimen!

  2. I would love this to get the extra pounds off after having my second baby 5 months ago!

  3. I am seven months pregnant and have been attempting to get to pre-natal yoga, but would love to have a DVD to do at home too! Sounds like a good one for before and after baby!

  4. I am 3 months pregnant and just getting into yoga. I’d love to win this video and maybe I can get my husband to join me!!!

  5. I have this DVD, and nine months after having my son, I’m still using the postnatal portion. It is a great 30min. session, and is still a bit challenging.

    Please do NOT include me in the draw!

  6. i am a single mother with a total of 5 kids now ranging from ages 13-20 mos and i have back issues as well as fibromyalgia, and lots of stress on top of it, and yoga seems like it would be really helpful for my mental, physical, and spiritual states alike. however my finances are so tight rigt now i could never afford myself anything frivelous like this sort of dvd, so if i could be lucky enough to win one it just might be doing my children and i worlds of good