Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett Review

Updated March 31, 2014
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Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett
Bottom Line

Reviewers say "Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett" delivers a gentle workout with everyday likeability. The instructor is warm but not cheesy, and the slow pace lets beginners keep up with ease, they note. But some complain this feels more like glorified meditation than a real workout, saying it's hard to break a sweat. Others wish for direct narration rather than impersonal voice-overs.

Instruction

Instructor is likeable, but some dislike voice-overs. Desi Bartlett is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer who has starred in several fitness and yoga DVDs. She also was a consultant for a prenatal workout book published by Gaiam. Most reviewers give her high marks for maintaining a calming, broad appeal. "I like Desi's approach," notes one reviewer. "It's friendly and peaceful without being too crunchy and spacey." However, the fact that Bartlett narrates poses in a voice-over instead of directly to camera gets mixed reviews. Some say it makes the workout feel less personal, while others say it lets them focus better on breathing and mental clarity.

ProsGentle, relaxing workout, Includes pose modifications, Instructor has broad appealConsMay be too easy for advanced students, Some dislike voice-overs, music

Production

Spanish music can't be turned off. "Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett" is set indoors amid flowers, pillows and billowing curtains. Reviewers say the set is calming and doesn't distract from their workout, but they are divided on the Spanish guitar-style music. Several say they love it, but a few find it cheesy and "a bit much at times" and wish for a voice-over-only option. A couple users also wish for better flow between segments and better overall production value. However, nearly all reviewers praise the program for maintaining its focus on strength, flexibility and relaxation, saying it is an ideal workout for winding down at the end of a long, tiring day or helping to relieve pregnancy aches and pains.

Ease of use

Gentle pace may work for some but bore others. Most reviewers say "Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett" keeps a slow pace and is ideal for women of all fitness levels, including beginners. However, a few complain the program is geared more toward relaxation than actually getting women to sweat. "The pace was so slow that my heart rate was never really elevated," complains one. "This was relaxing, but it was not exercise." The program includes modifications for women who are less fit or further along in their pregnancies. A couple of moves use a blanket or yoga blocks as aids. The DVD consists of a 45-minute workout that's divided into five sections including meditation, floor poses and standing poses.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

"Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett" gets 4.1 out of 5 stars in more than 60 reviews. Women like Bartlett's style, but a few say the program is more for relaxation instead of working out.

2. MerelyMothers.com

The Best (and Worst) Prenatal Exercise DVDs, "Evanthia", April 3, 2013

This roundup praises "Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett" for its "slow-paced, super relaxing, aesthetically pleasing" program. The set and music also earn kudos, but the reviewer says the pace was too slow to feel like a workout or real exercise.

3. FitPregnancy.com

Prenatal Exercise DVD, Editors of Fit Pregnancy magazine, Not Dated

This roundup praises "Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett's" gentle, calming program, which includes pose modifications. Editors also like the program's "positive tone for moms-to-be." The short blurb does not note any cons.

4. Self Magazine

Prenatal Workout DVDs for Every Fitness Style!, Dana Meltzer Zepeda, June 6

Zepeda says "Prenatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett" is "the antithesis of every other prenatal yoga class" in that it challenges mothers-to-be to increase their strength and flexibility instead of sitting and breathing. The short blurb does not note any cons.