Prenatal Yoga DVD Giveaway!

While pregnant with my two daughters, I attended dozens of prenatal yoga classes with the fabulous Sarah Longacre, yogini-in-chief at Blooma, a prenatal & postnatal yoga studio in Minneapolis. I don’t know how many classes it was exactly, but between the two pregnancies, well over 100 for sure. I loved Sarah’s classes so much that after my first birth, I helped her birth her own studio. And after the studio opened, she helped me become a prenatal yoga teacher. Then while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, Sarah decided she’d like to create a prenatal yoga DVD (and you can win a copy! Details on the giveaway at the end of this post!). I was thrilled when she asked me to help with that too. I assisted her in writing the sequence, and then she put up with my whining and endless pee breaks during filming (let’s be nice about that: after all, I was 35-1/2 weeks pregnant in the summertime ;-) )

Admittedly, I am completely biased about this DVD, but I’ll say anyway that the Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga DVD is pregtastically fabulous. When moms-to-be ask me to recommend a prenatal yoga DVD, there’s finally one I can suggest without hesitation: the Blooma DVD!

As a doula, Sarah has attended hundreds of births, and she weaves together yoga and birthing in a most organic way. She knows how physically capable pregnant mamas are, and she encourages them to build their strength and deepen their confidence on the yoga mat so they can access that power during the intensity of labor. Read: This isn’t a sit-there-and-breathe kind of prenatal experience. It’s a work-out that moves the body, and a work-in that nurtures a mama’s spirit.

What truly sets the Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga DVD apart is that it includes 5 short birth videos–a couple of water births, natural hospital birth (mine!), a home birth, and an epidural birth. It is so clear in the birthing videos how women bring the movement of yoga into labor. It’s truly beautiful to see.

Here’s a short clip from the DVD (no births in this one!) to give you a sense of Sarah’s soothing, sparkling presence and a look at us real mamas getting our yoga groove on. The video’s about 3 minutes, and there’s a funny little outtake at the end. Let’s just say Goddess pose gets its due! Take a look, and then enter to win a copy of this sweet DVD:

Win a copy of Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga DVD. Here’s how:

1) Leave a comment below about your prenatal fitness routine–yoga, pilates, running, whatever you like (or tolerate!). (This one is required to enter the contest.)

2) To enter a second time, like Mamahhh on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, then leave a comment letting me know that you did (or already do!).

3) To enter a third and final time, post on Facebook or tweet about the giveaway, and tell me here—in another comment—that you helped spread the word.

Comments will close at 11 PM EST this Friday, June 3. With the help of, I’ll pick a winner. **The contest is open to addresses in the US and Canada only.** Be sure to leave me a valid email address so I can contact you! Good luck, mamas!

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  1. My current routine is walking 2-3 times a week (when not nausea!) but now that I’m feeling better, I’m looking forward to adding in some prenatal yoga. Up until a few months ago, I did yoga twice a week and my body misses it!

  2. Yoga, walking and water fitness classes!

  3. My fitness routine was yoga with you, of course! And lots of water and healthy eating. I totally believe that my yoga classes with you helped me through labor. I remember thinking, while on my hands and knees during a contraction, “oh THIS is why Jenni made us do pushups.”. Ha!

  4. krista besser says:

    i did prenatal yoga and worked out with a trainer weekly – TONS of kegels and cross-body abdominal strengthening. admittedly, it totally helped that the trainer was also the baby’s daddy :)

  5. My routine when pregnant was prenatal yoga with you! And lots of water, healthy eating, and meditation/ relaxation. I totally believe that your yoga classes deal with labor. I remember, while I was on my hands and knees during a contraction, thinking, “oh THIS is why Jenni made us do pushups!” ha.

  6. Also – I tweeted this giveaway! <3

  7. Christina says:

    My current routine is walking a mile a day. I’m trying to add in some running, swimming and yoga (getting me closer to my pre-pregnancy routine), but nausea is making it hard to get out there.

  8. Jessica says:

    My prenatal routine is yoga, yoga, yoga. Pilates during the first half, but I tend to stop after that because of all the time on my back. I also walk and hike, but yoga is the biggest thing. I also can’t get enough water–at least a gallon a day!

  9. Jessica says:

    I “like” you on Facebook!

  10. Lynsee Miller says:

    I walk my dog everyday for about 30 minutes, but as the summer heats up that is becoming a more complicated routine ;) I also attend prenatal yoga classes at Full Bloom and LOVE them! I have been to four and already notice more strength and confidence in my body and what I am capable of accomplishing with it! The breathing techniques that I have learned have been so helpful in many other aspects of my life as well. I also do yoga at home with a video, but it’s so much better in a class :)

  11. Lynsee Miller says:

    I “like” you on facebook and am following ya on Twitter :)

  12. All I ever did was yoga for exercise during the “larger” part of my pregnancy. It gave me peace and some special time with my son before he was born. I actually felt him move for the first time during the meditation at the end of class. For my next baby, I’d like to do yoga more often.

  13. Barbara Smith says:

    My prenatal fitness routine includes your wonderful yoga class at Full Bloom every week and I usually walk 1.5 miles 4-5 times a week. Your prenatal yoga class helped me tremendously through my last pregnancy and birth. I don’t know how anyone goes through labor without it!

  14. Barbara Smith says:

    I “liked” Mamahhh on Facebook!

  15. Barbara Smith says:

    I just post a link on my Facebook page about the giveaway and you great blog!

  16. I aim for 30 minutes of walking a day. Right now I’m in the “sick and tired” phase though so it has been more like 2-3 times a week.

  17. I take an hour yoga class weekly- I walk about 10 to 15 miles outside each week- and I teach an hour dancing for birth class weekly as well as garden.

    I have been a fan for a long time on your facebook page.

    And I will be reposting on my business labor of love page and tagging you in it now!

  18. facebook is acting up and not letting me tag you-

  19. jennifer i also follow you on twitter! and have been a fan on facebook for some time! i think you are great- i am kinda biased since julie is in your belly button bliss book and you two are friends! :)

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