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Whole Mama Yoga: Meditation, Mantra, and Movement for Pregnancy and Beyond

Health Communications Aug. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9780757324666. pap. $18.95. HEALTH
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Endorsed by well-known teachers, including Sage Rountree, who balance practical living with Westernized (not necessarily Hindu) yogic principles, DeSiato and Sacks’s book promises readers a companion from conception (and the ideas many have surrounding exercise and pregnancy) through birth and parenting in its many phases. The authors are mothers, yoga practitioners, and teachers, and they blend the narratives surrounding their own journeys to integrate yoga into their life while acknowledging that practice demands as much flexibility of the mind as it does of the body. The book includes refreshing size-inclusive drawings to illustrate suggested poses, prompts for reflection, and suggested breathwork practices, all centered on different aspects of pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
VERDICT Welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for new yogis, yet filled with information and insights valuable to experienced practitioners who want to know how to modify poses or reset expectations during and after pregnancy. This title benefits yoga instructors as well by providing tips on how to support yoga practitioners during their pregnancy and postpartum experiences.
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