Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga For a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth
Pregnancy, labour and birth are some of the most profoundly life-changing events that women ever experience, and can take a huge physical, emotional and spiritual toll. Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman is a revelation, and one of the most unique pregnancy books I have come across (and I think I have read just about all of them).
There is an amazing wealth of useful information in here, yet the author has presented it all in such an intuitive and sensible way. In the wrong hands, the sheer amount of material could have seemed overwhelming, but the author structures the book in a way that flows easily and makes it possible to drop in and out of different sections to find the specific information you need, or can be read from cover to cover in several sittings.
The book is structured in three parts: the first part introduces us to the basics of yoga and ayurveda, the second part is a month-by-month guide to pregnancy, and part three is about birth and the post-partum period. The extraordinary level of practical and emotional support elevates this book above your standard pregnancy manual.
Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby is one of the most comprehensive guides you could hope to find if you are interested in holistic approaches to pregnancy and birth: it features diet suggestions, sample meals, meditations, journal exercises, illustrated yoga asanas, natural remedies that are safe to use in pregnancy and much more. The aim of the book is to help women experience childbirth with “radiant health and abundant joy”, and it definitely achieves its goal.
Reviewed by Mel Sorini
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