Lara Dutta has been a yoga practitioner for 12 years and when she became pregnant, she didn’t feel the need to stop with her daily exercises. But she understood that given the changes her body was undergoing, the routine needed to be modified to a specific prenatal routine.
“I had a successful run with the first three DVDs in the ‘H.E.A.L with Lara’ series. And my yoga instructor, Tonia Clarke, who’s a certified prenatal yoga teacher, agreed that there was a dearth in the Indian market of a good exercise yoga DVD geared towards helping pregnant Indian women stay fit through the three trimesters of pregnancy,” the actor-producer points out, explaining the need to bring out a fourth fitness DVD presented by Temple Wellness in association with Bheegi Basanti Entertainment.
The one-of-a-kind wellness DVD is approximately 50 minutes long. It incorporates a 30-minute prenatal yoga routine, along with two meditation techniques — Soham and Har Har. Added to that are labour-oriented exercises that build endurance and provide pregnant women with breathing techniques that could be useful during child birth.
Prenatal yoga uses easy ‘asanas’ and positions that naturally create more space within the womb for the baby. It also helps counter the lethargy and fluctuating emotions that pregnancy brings by relaxing the mind. “The routine will benefit both the pregnant mother and her unborn child,” asserts Lara, adding the project took about two months of pre-production work, after which Saregama came on board as distribution and production partner.
* Keep moving with any form of exercise that suits you.
* Enjoy your pregnancy.
* Enjoy your cravings no matter how bizarre. You can laugh about them later.
* Choose your doctor wisely, take time making your selection.
* Everything is worth it in the end.
Lara’s tips for yummy mummies
* Take your time, every pregnancy and delivery is an individual experience. Your body will let you know when it is ready to get back to some form of exercise.
* Get those post-natal massages for at least 40 days after delivery.
* Breast-feeding burns calories.
* Always keep a pre-pregnancy pair of pants or jeans handy to motivate you into getting back into shape.
* Start any post-natal routine under the guidance of a certified trainer or yoga teacher. Always check with your doctor before you begin.