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Meditation for Beginners

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Ease tension and anxiety through the simple art of meditation. Yoga and meditation instructor Maritza guides you step-by-step in the practice of mindfulness so you can calm and center yourself. A 15-minute yoga practice prepares your body, mind and attention for two 20-minute guided relaxation and meditation sessions.
From stress reduction to spiritual awakening, meditation takes you on an inward journey of self-discovery beyond form and appearance to embody your core energy and wisdom and access your highest human potential.

DVD includes:
Mindful Yoga comprehensive yoga program to prepare your body & mind for meditation
Body Scan gain a deeper awareness of your body from head to toe
Seated meditation
In depth interview with Maritza

About the Actor

Maritza has been practicing Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, and yoga since 1982. She is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and teacher trainer in Anusara yoga. She leads classes and retreats in both yoga and meditation.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Maritza
  • Directors: Ted Landon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: Gaiam - Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011Z5NL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I've been doing yoga and trying to meditate for the past 10 odd years. I think I'm a particulary difficult student because I over analyze and I can be far too critical. I'm easily put off by instructors -- perhaps a tone that is too self-satisfied or what I perceive as silly "new agey" talk.

So, as you might imagine, I have tried many meditation videos and dvds over the years, and this is by far the best one I have ever used.

The DVD is divided into three main sections:

Mindful Yoga: a 15-minute yoga program that focusses on relaxing the body with lots of seated poses, a little downward dog. Nothing strenuous.

Body Scan: a 20 minute, lying-down body awareness exercise in which you move your attention to various parts of your body.

Seated Meditation: a 20-minute guided meditation in which Maritza talks you through the practice of concentration and teaches you the basic breathing technique for learning how to keep the mind focussed and relaxed while distractions come and go. The breathing technique works quite well especially if paying attention to your breath tends to make you even more anxious. You count(starting at 1 and going to 5) the pause between the completion of the exhale and the next inhale. I found it quite easy to learn and highly effective.

The music is subtle and perfectly suited, the backdrops are lush and beautifully filmed.

All of this makes, for what I think, is a perfect meditation DVD, and yet here is the best part: Martiza's words, her narration, is so superbly written and resonates with such deep humanism and truth that I really am beginning to understand what mediation is, and what I am trying to achieve. Like I said, I'm an ornery student, but she's really that good.
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I'm a high-stress guy, which is probably why I received this DVD as an early Christmas present. I took one look at the cover and cringed, but I'll be the first to admit that I could use a lifestyle change. Soo...
I started using the DVD on a daily basis about two weeks ago, and it has begun to have a very real effect on the quality of my life. I spend about 40 minutes in the morning before I start my work-day with the DVD. The first 15 or so minutes are spent loosing up the body with a number of light yoga stretches, and then I use the first of two meditation programs which is called a "body scan". It's a meditation program that really puts you into a state of deep relaxation. It doesn't make you sleepy (though it might if you performed it in the evening), on the contrary, I always feel rejuvenated by the end of the routine.
I haven't moved to the second program yet, but I plan to next week. It's a seated meditation program that is meant to help you refresh and focus your mind. I honestly can't wait to get started!
This DVD took me by surprise. Do yourself a favor and buy it. Even if you don't get anything out of the meditation program itself, the production of the DVD is outstanding. It's like a trip to Hawaii. A very, very, relaxing trip to Hawaii.
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As a newbie to yoga/meditation I thought buying this DVD would be a great place to begin my journey. Well, I was right.
I purchased this DVD three weeks ago and have been using at least one of it's programs every night since then.
The first program is a beginning yoga session lasting 15-20 minutes. I'm not very flexible but the stretches aren't overly difficult (except for downward dog... argh!). My only issue is that Maritza moves along pretty quickly and doesn't hold the stretches for more than a few seconds.
The second program is a body scan meditation lasting 15-20 minutes. This meditation is very relaxing and you have to focus or you will fall asleep. Martiza's soothing voice can calm a wild beast in a heartbeat. This meditation is very relaxing and can be used before bedtime to great benefit.
The third and final program is a seated meditation lasting 15-20 minutes and is my favorite. Maritza shares her insight from 20 years of meditation with master teachers and instructs the viewer as if it was her first time in class. I'm still trying to quiet my mind for longer than a few seconds but with practice and dedication Maritza's words have put me on the right path.
I'm strongly recommending this DVD to those even remotely interested in yoga or meditation.
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Learning to Meditate is not easy! I have a problem keeping my mind from roaming. I think any time we are serious about learning anything new, most of us are looking for the magic bullet-the ONE perfect answer to making it all happen. This DVD is so far the BEST I've tried. After about a week & a half of consist practice at the same time every morning my mind still wanders, but I can feel a change in the depth of my concentration. Maritza knows you will have a wandering mind, & she tells you in softly accented French to leave judgments behind. The only accompaniment to the Meditation section is Tibetan bells & bowls over a low, non-invasive hum-perfect for bringing your mind to deeper conscious levels.

The DVD consists of a 15-minute Yoga session, done mostly on the floor along with Downward-facing Dog & Bridge Pose-quite basic. The next session is a Body Scan for relaxing. I find that doing all three at once takes nearly an hour, so I only do Meditation each day & Yoga & Body Scan on other days. If you have the time, it would probably be beneficial to at least do the Yoga first. I believe in time this DVD will help me learn to meditate effectively. I see it more as a teaching aid, a stepping stone to being able to Meditate on my own with only an audio music of maybe Tibetan bowls in the background. If I have any problems with this DVD, it is that it doesn't give you the option of being able to play just the audio, but there are excellent CDs with these sounds available such as "Singing Bowls". The extras include a very candid interview with Maritza which actually helped me to feel more comfortable with her leading my Meditation. In fact, I've come to enjoy it so much that it actually pulls me out of bed before 6:00 a.m each morning! Oh, did I forget to mention the exquisite Maui Island setting?
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