New Acacia Fitness DVD Review – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers




Debuts on DVD October 1, 2013 from Acacia


Having recently given birth to her first child with husband Alec Baldwin, popular New York City yoga instructor and EXTRA Lifestyle Correspondent Hilaria Baldwin debuts three safe and effective workouts for all stages of one’s pregnancy. @Home with Hilaria Baldwin: Fit Mommy-to-Be Prenatal Yoga is now available on DVD  from Acacia, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand. 

Designed by Hilaria to address the specific needs of pregnancy, the DVD features modifications for each trimester, so you can continue with the practice as your pregnancy advances. Hilaria filmed Fit Mommy-to-Be Prenatal Yoga when she was seven months pregnant with her first child, Carmen Baldwin, who was born in August 2013. The DVD also comes with bonus partner stretches with Hilaria’s husband, actor Alec Baldwin. 

Doctors say that the more you stretch and keep active during your pregnancy, the easier your delivery and recovery will be. Join Hilaria for some fun mommy-to-be fitness for a healthy pregnancy. The first workout relieves pregnancy-related back pain and tones the muscles needed for good posture and alignment. The second opens your hips to alleviate growing pains and prepare your body for childbirth. The last segment helps you de-stress quickly, releasing tension from your body as you regain your focus and connect with your baby.

Hilaria says, “This yoga practice that I’ve designed has kept me fit and feeling great throughout my pregnancy.”

Hilaria is a certified yoga instructor and the co‐founder of Yoga Vida, a New York City yoga studio with locations in Union Square and Noho. She is the Lifestyle correspondent for EXTRA, where she covers fitness, fashion, celebrities, and news. Hilaria has been teaching fitness and dance for more than ten years, and she began teaching yoga in 2005. Hilaria has also been featured as a fitness authority on TODAY, E! News, Rachael Ray, Good Afternoon America, and Plum TV’s “Yoga with a View.”

BONUS: Partner stretches featuring Hilaria’s husband, Emmy®-winning actor Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Price: $16.99  

DVD Single – Approx. 59 min., plus bonus – 16:9 widescreen

Recommended equipment: yoga blocks, pillows, and a mat

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Arthritis Rx DVD


Exercises to keep you active and pain-free. 

Easy and effective exercises based on yoga and Pilates. 

Clinically proven and designed by Vijay Vad, MD, bestselling author of Arthritis Rx and Back Rx. 

The clinically proven program to help you get stronger, fitter, and more active! 

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffers from arthritis, this exercise system is designed especially for you. Renowned Sports Medicine specialist Vijay Vad, MD, created these exercise programs to help you reduce pain, enhance mobility, and decrease your dependence on medication, regardless of your current fitness level. 

Arthritis Rx includes three levels of workouts based on yoga and Pilates and is led by expert instructor Stephanie Culen. The beginners program helps increase your flexibility. The intermediate exercises build strength, and the advanced level improves your endurance. Vad provides a step-by-step tutorial for each exercise so you can have complete confidence in their effectiveness. Get the active lifestyle you want with Arthritis Rx. Includes bonus exercises targeting common problem areas. 

If you read my blog below, you will know that chronic arthritic pain is a mainstay in my life. Arthritis Rx DVD has helped me cope with the agony of this pain tremendously. I was so impressed with this DVD that I ordered Dr. Vad’s book, also titled, “Arthritis Rx.” I needed a soothing beginners program to release the tension around my many aching joints. This DVD does a wonderful job, thanks to yoga instructor, Stephanie Culen, in helping to guide you through the exercises as per individual tolerance. Dr. Vad’s tutorials aid in the follow through of the poses. I was delighted with this DVD. I even posted recommendations of it on social media boards for those with Lyme Disease, as we are all affected by joint pain and related issues. Highly impressive DVD!

Practicing for more than 15 years, Vijay Vad, MD, is a Sports Medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College, and the author of several books, including Back Rx. As well as treating thousands of patients, from professional athletes to couch potatoes, he is actively involved with clinical research into the causes and treatments for arthritis. 

New York City-based instructor Stephanie Culen was twice named best yoga teacher by New York magazine. She has been practicing yoga and movement for over 25 years.

Running time: 70 minutes

Price: $19.99

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Note: Thanks to Acacia Lifestyle for providing sample products. Cara Potapshyn Meyers and assume no liability relative to products reviewed in this blog.

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