Celebrity Yoga Coach Reveals Post-Pregnancy Slim Down Secrets


Gwen Lawrence is the instructor for five New York pro teams, including the New York Giants. She has several online yoga classes on GaiamTV.com.

It’s officially time to honor the hardest working person on the planet: MOM! Mom’s duties are far-reaching and never ending, and are mixed with a touch of unconditional tough love.

While the gift of motherhood is beyond all expectations and such a blessing, moms have to be committed emotionally, mentally AND physically. Having a baby and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is challenging, but highly doable. I’m a mother of three teenage boys, owner and creator of my own business, and I can tell you firsthand that with time, attention and careful planning, you can have it all. For today, let’s discuss getting our pre-pregnancy bodies back.

Whether your due date is looming like Alesandra Ambrosio, or you’re post-birth like Jessica Alba and Beyoncé, getting back in shape is most likely on your mind the entire time you’re carrying your precious bundle. During those nine months, you repeatedly ask yourself, “How will I lose the weight?”

My advice is to chip away, and make small, attainable goals.

A few of my favorite workout tips are:

  • Go for a walk and take the baby; fresh air does wonders for all.
  • Do 25 lunges on each leg everyday for heart rate and muscle tone.
  • Hold your baby and do 20 standing squats each day. Having your baby in your arms raises your heart rate, and the baby’s weight increases the intensity.
  • Lie on the ground and do a bench press holding your baby (post-burping so you don’t get a face full – HAHAHA!)
  • Put the baby in a Baby Bjorn and hop on the treadmill for a slow walk.

You can fit all of these ideas somewhere in your day, so NO excuses. Visualize your new body and enjoy your baby  Time flies and they grow fast, so take time together. My favorite mantra is, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” so take care of yourself to be the best mom you can be. Of course, NEVER start a fitness routine post-birth until you’ve checked with your OB/GYN and have gotten the go-ahead.

Need inspiration?  Go to GaiamTV.com and watch these great workouts to get you inspired: Shiva Rea Prenatal WorkoutsShiva Rea Post Natal Workouts, and Shiva Rea Mama and Baby.

And remember, a sane mom is a great mom: Try to keep yourself cool, calm and collected. Gaiamtv.com has some simple meditation and relaxation videos that are perfect for calming the mind. Check out: Kia Miller Pranayama and Meditation and Simple Steps to a Balanced and Natural Pregnancy.

Good luck and stay inspired!

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Gwen’s unique combination of dance, massage and yoga training experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, provides her clients with overwhelming benefits. Gwen is the yoga instructor for 5 NY Pro teams. Her writing appears in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, Yoga Journal, Details, shape.com, and espn.com. She makes regular appearances on NBC’s TODAY show, and Good Day New York. She was featured in June’s ESPN Magazine as the “Best Innovation in Sports Medicine,” and is a featured “Super Ambassador” for GaiamTV.com.

About GaiamTV.com GaiamTV.com is a streaming video subscription service that includes exclusive yoga and fitness classes plus thousands of inspirational films, documentaries, personal growth, health and wellness videos. It is available for $9.95 a month with a 10-day free trial. GaiamTV.com features renowned instructors, including Rodney Yee, Jillian Michaels, Seane Corn, The FIRM, Mari Winsor, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield and dozens more. Top inspirational films, such as “I AM,” written and directed by Tom Shadyac, are also included. In addition, GaiamTV.com offers weekly live-streamed original programming with its new show, “Gaiam Inspirations” hosted by Lisa Garr. GaiamTV.com is available on a wide array of portable devices, including the iPad, and iPhone. GaiamTV.com is a division of Gaiam, Inc.

 

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  • Bee
    Bee

    It's nice to know that although she is very skinny, she gained weight to keep her baby healthy!

  • donna107
    donna107

    beautiful face great body

  • Berni
    Berni

    She is the real mom, you can have your eggs and your husbands sperm in the woman that carried. This is called a gestational surrogate. She just did not carry because she has problems with that. Thanks

  • Berni
    Berni

    Jennifer gives the real deal on pregnancy and how women in the real world live, thanks Jen!

  • Berni
    Berni

    normal, thanks!

  • hcn
    hcn

    Why do people keep saying stuff like this!? That Beyonce isn't the real mother?? I don't understand.

  • castaneda
    castaneda

    That was really fast! She's so thin.

  • joseph diaz
    joseph diaz

    she is beautiful and she have a great body and face

  • Alex Larsen
    Alex Larsen

    She's scarily skinny in that pic on the right

  • Yahya
    Yahya

    Now you have got your new web site and you're keen to begin making some sales! But, how will you make gross sales when you do not need high vuolmes of visitors to your website?

  • DEE
    DEE

    Why ? She isn't the real mother......I know for a fact that people are beginning to whispering....

  • Sandra
    Sandra

    Kim Reiss - Thank you so much for everything!! You guys were so much fun to play with and your picuerts are absolutely beautiful. Exactly what I was looking for! Can't wait to see the rest.

  • Nirbhay
    Nirbhay

    Great video coverage. Think we might have to be very carufel of our online reputation and start our PR efforts for our company names on a daily basis to keep this issue at bay.Hope Google can do something about this soon.Regards,Sam Soh

  • FRANKI....
    FRANKI....

    BEYONCE IS ENJOYING HER NEW ROLL AS A MOM.

  • Jeanne Fairbanks Conner
    Jeanne Fairbanks Conner

    My arms are a problem..

  • Ravyn Jazper-Hawke
    Ravyn Jazper-Hawke

    I would like to work on my thighs.

  • Robert Weaver
    Robert Weaver

    Work on my gut.

  • JoAnn Zimmerman
    JoAnn Zimmerman

    i wanna win

  • Courtney Puzzo
    Courtney Puzzo

    this airhead is forgetting that some women infact about 15% of pregnant women can't work out during pregnancy due to complications