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Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: The Kundalini Yoga Way to a Happy, Healthy, and Beautiful Pregnancy and Delivery

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From internationally renowned yoga teacher Gurmukh comes a book on pregnancy unlike any other. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful is a treasury of wisdom, information, and inspiration for pregnancy and motherhood based on the spiritual and physical practices of Kundalini yoga, which Gurmukh has taught for the last thirty years.

With illustrated, step-by-step instructions, she teaches time-tested techniques, meditations, and exercises that will help you physically, mentally, and ...

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Overview

From internationally renowned yoga teacher Gurmukh comes a book on pregnancy unlike any other. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful is a treasury of wisdom, information, and inspiration for pregnancy and motherhood based on the spiritual and physical practices of Kundalini yoga, which Gurmukh has taught for the last thirty years.

With illustrated, step-by-step instructions, she teaches time-tested techniques, meditations, and exercises that will help you physically, mentally, and spiritually. In the timeless way that women have passed down wisdom surrounding birth and child rearing to one another for centuries, Gurmukh weaves folk stories and contemporary testimonials into a program designed to help you get profound results in the shortest possible time.

The sections in this book cover each trimester of pregnancy as well as delivery and life with the baby. In her wise, gentle, and comforting voice, Gurmukh suggests meditations, exercises, and yoga positions to respond to the various needs of expectant and new mothers as you undergo dramatic body changes. Gurmukh also helps you explore and, when necessary, heal your own history and unconscious attitudes about pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

In Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful, Gurmukh gives you all the tools you need to have a healthy and happy pregnancy while increasing your connection to your partner and building compassion and prosperity. The ancient practices of yoga can lead you back to your own power as a woman, capable of more than you ever dreamed. All you need is a belief in the possibility of change and a commitment of as little as three minutes a day. Gurmukh has helped thousands of women and their families find fulfillment through the healing movements and meditations of Kundalini yoga—-and she can help you, too!

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“Gurmukh is Hollywood’s favorite pregnancy guru. . . . She draws people by the thousands each month to the Golden Bridge yoga studio in Los Angeles, and she’s considered one of the nation’s yoga superstars.” —-Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312310875
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Gurmukh is a pioneer in yoga and the mind-body-spirit connection. Based in Los Angeles, Gurmukh teaches Kundalini yoga, meditation, and pre- and postnatal care. She founded the Golden Bridge Yoga Center, where she is the director and senior teacher. She has been featured in many magazines, including Vogue, W, InStyle, and People. Gurmukh teaches all over the world, from India to Europe and from Central America to the United States. Her previous book is The Eight Human Talents (cowritten with Cathryn Michon). Her kind, compassionate wisdom and counsel touch the life of everyone she meets.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
How to Use This Book: A Program for Life xv
Yoga and Meditation Directory xvii
Introduction 1
The First Trimester 13
The First Step of the Journey 15
Pregnancy as a Living Prayer 22
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful 28
The Emotional Abyss 32
Morning Sickness 36
The Importance of Breath 39
Healing Old Wounds 42
Remembering Your Own Birth 47
Creating a Neutral Mind 52
Cultivating Patience 56
Appreciating Your Partner 59
Creating a Positive Picture of Pregnancy and Birth 62
Considerations for How and Where to Birth 65
The Second Trimester 69
A Soul Arrives 71
Nourish Yourself 75
Believe in Miracles 82
Revel in the Joy 86
Your Most Important Job 90
Squatting for Strength 94
The Power of Touch 98
Making a Healthy Environment 101
Intimacy and Your Partner 104
Reconsidering How You Will Deliver 106
Birthing at Home 113
Born at the Hospital 121
Birth by C-Section 127
Things to Consider About Epidurals 133
Water Birth 138
Strengthening Your Soul 140
Learning from Your Dreams 144
The Third Trimester 149
Time to Surrender 151
The Art of (Not) Sleeping 155
Trusting Your Partner 158
Redefine the Idea of Pain 162
Pregnant Pause: Waiting for the Birth 166
Birth... 171
What Laboring Women Need 173
Who Attends the Birth? 176
Labor 180
The Secret of Mothering 184
Moving Through Fear 185
...And Beyond 189
Baby in Your Arms 191
Advice and Options on Nursing Your Baby 196
Including Your Community: Forty-Day Celebration 202
Establishing New Roles and Traditions 207
The Family Bed 211
Time Enough: The Transition of the Family 216
The Infinite Horizon of a Mother's Love 220
Final Thoughts: A New World 222
Glossary of Yogic Terms 227
Inspired Resources 229
Acknowledgments 232
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