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Healing Yoga: Common Conditions (2002)

Charles Matkin , Lisa Matkin  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Matkin, Lisa Matkin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JDS1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Even if you've never done yoga before,you can benefit from this gentle program. This yoga program is designed to help you increase your metabolism while gently stretching and relieving stress. Making these simple exercises part of your daily routine may assist in managing the symptoms of diabetes and high cholesterol as well as helping with weight management and improved circulation. The Healing Yoga series brings into your home Lisa and Charles Matkin's extensive hands-on experience and work with leading physicians in using yoga to help people with chronic injuries and illnesses. Regular practice of this yoga program can be beneficial for a range of specific conditions while helping you build strength and bring flexible, fluid movement to your whole body. About The Instructors: Charles and Lisa Matkin are experts in therapeutic yoga and have over 16 years combined experience as yoga professionals. They design custom yoga programs to help their clients address chronic injuries and illnesses. The Matkins founded and direct the Mind Body Therapies department at a complementary health care center in New York City and have taught therapeutic yoga programs at Beth Israel Hospital and New York Presbyterian Medical Center.

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic for all ages March 5, 2007
Lisa and Charles have a beautiful energy together, and although this DVD may be appropriate for those with some experience in yoga, or with fairly good health, I cannot imagine people with some of the 'common condiditons' they mention doing this series without struggles or perhaps injury. (I teach in medical settings, am an RN and a Registered Yoga Teacher). For example, many Type II Diabetics (most common type), and others who are overweight or hypertensive might be better off sitting on a chair to start with vs. the ground. They mention sitting on a pillow or a book-without addressing common difficulties such as knee pain or arthritis (more common in people with overweight), or how to transition from pose to pose. And downward-facing dog?? It is a good pose for stretching out various parts of the body, but there are so many others that can get you there, and the stress on the wrists and shoulders without detailed instructions can be great. Too many forward-folds without modifications often lead to dizziness...I'm sure that with the experience these teachers have, and with the hundreds of asana poses there are, they could've come up with something more creative and health-promoting than Sun Salutations!

Although they do mention the importance of doing modifications several times, they don't show progressive steps or the modifications. I have noticed that most people will imitate the teacher in classes, our common human tendency to strive and 'look right' rather than follow our own body's messages. This is mostly a physical (hatha) yoga practice, rather than focusing on healing and the integration of breath and awareness in the practice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent yoga video February 25, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Reviewer: A viewer from Charleston, IL USA
This video is excellent in every respect. Good instruction. Clear images. Wonderful ambience. Very useful for its intended purpose: healing and wellness. Also useful for any yoga practice. Highly recommend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed December 1, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I was disappointed in this tape and a companion tape "Healing Yoga for Aches & Pains." They are nothing more than beginning tapes. I was looking for specific recommendations/instructions for specific problems which they did not provide, but newcomers to Yoga might find some basic information of value.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the video!!! March 29, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
As I turned 40 I began noticing arthritic aches in my knees, ankles and back. This kept my motivation down to exercise to feel fit. My thoughts turned to yoga as a way to condition my body and reduce the aches and stiffness. Onset diabetes is a concern of mine, also, because of family history. Some videos were too strenuous or fast for me. This video, along with Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains, renewed my excitement and motivation to exercise. I reviewed tapes from my library, but kept returning to these two time and again. After a couple of weeks I can really feel the difference. The couple on the tape have soothing voices without sounding like they're trying to contrive a mystical effect. I, also, like the way it is broken up into 3 different parts. I work the tape as a whole, but I can see how time constraints or energy would make the shorter sessions ideal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Beginners June 19, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first watched this DVD on Netflix's instant stream and used it nearly every day for months but soon discovered that I needed to own it. It's a low-key, easy to follow Yoga routine for beginners, or those who have mobility issues. When I first started watching this DVD, I couldn't bend, let alone touch my toes. A few months into it, I could touch my toes and even do the inverted V! Another thing I like is that there are no inside jokes, the instructors are straight-forward and to the point, often reminded the viewer why certain poses are good for the body. I am very pleased and hope to continue to build strength and mobility in my body with this DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Healing Yoga DVD July 23, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My daughter suggested this dvd for all around health. I also had arthroscopic knee surgery. This yoga practice which I do 3-4 times a week is terrific for strength in all areas of the body. I especially wanted something for strength in my knee. It has not disappointed so far. It has made a difference for when I bike, walk or play tennis. I can feel the strength in my legs and knees. I am nearing 60 so I need all the help with strength and bone density. I use to use it from ROKU, but decided to buy a dvd to make it easier to put on and to travel with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed June 11, 2011
By hartmc4
I am 28, overweight, and was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis after two years of pain. I have been doing this DVD through Netflix Instant, but decided to go ahead and buy it because I use this several times a week. I tried their video for aches & pains and it wasn't challenging enough for me, but this video is just right. I have done some yoga in the past, but would still call myself a beginner. This video gives me a good, gentle strengthening workout while helping to stretch and relax my joints. I find my hands and feet are less stiff and less painful in the morning if I did this video the night before. My diabetic 60 year old mother who has had back surgery, breast cancer, and knee surgery, all in the last 2 years, is also able to do this video, so the reviewer who said this was too difficult for people with "common conditions" shouldn't generalize so much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the workout.
A few years ago I used this workout on Netflix. Netflix removed all fitness DVD's a while ago and I have missed this one terribly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cheri Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, great video
This is a great video for a beginner. I'm in my late 50's and a type 2 diabetic, and doing this workout has helped to bring my blood sugar down more than anything else I have done... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Levanduski
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful stretching yoga
I have enjoyed this dvd so much! At 65 years old, my back will feel uncomfortable at times. When I do this relaxing, stretching video, I feel so much better.
Published 16 months ago by Martha James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I started doing Yoga and I needed a good beginning place to start. This is it and it is really enjoyable and doable, however it is a good workout too!
Published on August 6, 2012 by Tonya
5.0 out of 5 stars best intro to yoga EVER
I love it. Easy and very relaxing. I discovered this on Netflix and got hooked. Not strenuous and makes me feel relaxed for the rest if the day. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by HunterCP
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yoga routine I have done!!
I have been into yoga for several years now but could never find a routine I could stick with. Either the routine was not challenging enough or I was dripping with sweat and... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Bubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Video Ordered Through Amazon
I would certainly elect to order from this company again. Everything went perfectly, and the merchandise was exactly as advertised.
Published on January 17, 2012 by Pantedmic
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing Yoga for Common Conditions
DVD was in perfect condition, brand new, and came quickly. It was for my mom. She was happy it came quickly :)
Published on September 2, 2011 by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gentle & relaxing yoga exercises
I do this yoga practice 5 days a week. It has really helped with my fibromyalgia, chronic muscle tension, and anxiety. I would recommend this exercise to most everyone. Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by Smallu71
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this video!
This is a fabulous video. It's challenging but not enough to keep me from doing it when I hurt. I would recommmend this video to everyone I know.
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