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Chelsea, our pregnancy fitness expert, is a certified personal trainer at Crunch gym in San Francisco, California. She gave birth to her daughter, Madeira Re, in July 2006. Read more






Prenatal Yoga

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Bikram

Bikram yoga is a very physical and intense form of yoga that is performed in a room heated to at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Regular practice has been helpful in removing symptoms of disease and chronic pain. It focuses on 26 postures that are performed in a specific order and is recommended for yoga veterans and extremely fit individuals only. Pregnant women should not perform Bikram yoga.

Hatha

This is a mellow form of yoga which focuses on simple poses that flow from one to another at a very comfortable pace. Students are encouraged to focus on their breathing and meditation. Iyengar yoga is the most widely recognized approach to Hatha yoga. It is perfect for beginners or those who haven't exercised in a while, and uses props such as chairs, straps, blocks, pillows and sandbags to compensate for limited flexibility.

Kripalu

This is a spontaneous, flowing, and meditation-oriented style of yoga. It is designed to lead students to an ever-increasing knowledge of their mind and body's needs in order to achieve and maintain good physical, mental, and spiritual health. It focuses on correcting posture, following good body mechanics, and strengthening the back to eliminate pain.

Kundalini

This style incorporates chanting, meditations, visualizations, and guided relaxation. It focuses on healing and purifying the mind, body, and emotions and can be beneficial for anyone fighting addictions.

Sivananda

Sivananda yoga consists of 12 poses that incorporate breathing, relaxation, and mantra chanting. It is one of the world's largest schools of yoga.

Viniyoga

This is a slower, more individualized form of yoga that develops strength, balance, and healing. It is ideal for beginners, seniors, people with chronic pain or who are rehabilitating from injury or disease.

Look for special prenatal yoga classes in your area or let your regular yoga instructor know that you are pregnant and simply modify your normal routine as you progress through your pregnancy. If you can't find any yoga classes near you - prenatal or otherwise - videotapes and DVDs are available in stores and online.

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