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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
Ira Israel presents a natural treatment for depression and anxiety that rejects the pharmaceutical approach to these all too common modern day afflictions. Ira is highly qualified and knowledgeable on the subject and presents clinical information in an interesting and understandable way. The video is beautiful to watch, and Ira's narrative is both instructional and inspiring. Yoga devotees and novices alike will find great value here. You will watch this video again and again. I am a fan.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
In his video, "Mindfulness for Urban Depression", Ira Israel speaks to both the prevalence of, and remedies for, anxiety and depression in contemporary society, in a highly intelligent, personable and artful way. The information offered is beyond valuable for all. I particularly LOVED the dynamic quality of the video, with its changing urban landscapes, and artistic craftsmanship...ultimately delivering an uplifting and delightful experience, centered on a difficult topic. Grab it, you'll be glad you did!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
I love this video. It is clear and concise, explaining how the minds workings can cause depression especially when living in big urban centers. I've done a lot of reading on this subject and it gave me a lot of food for thought. It gives us easy tools that we can use to alleviate our suffering and it is beautifully shot all over the world including actual meditations in real time. I was very impressed with the quality of this video and the content presented in it. I highly recommend this for anyone who is experiencing depression or just wants to calm the mind. Watch the movie and see how you feel afterwards, it really has a calming and balancing effect.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Depression is a downward spiral. Chemical/hormonal imbalances effect one's judgement. The impaired judgement leads to poor decision making. Decisions such as sleeping too late to get to work on time, create job stress. Avoiding friends, family and social connections can lead to aching loneliness. Eating unhealthy foods or drinking to excess leads to poor body image and lower immunities. You get the picture, right? Poor decisions create a difficult life which increases one's level of depression.

So How do You Break the Cycle?

If you are serious about getting off mood altering drugs, whether it be medication or street drugs, I suggest buying both of Ira Israel's videos: this one and "Yoga for Depression and Anxiety."

In this beautifully photographed video Ira explains his views on depression and anxiety. Within the video are several meditations. Please DO them. Don't let your depression tell you crap like "It won't work." In addition, buy his yoga dvd and DO as much of it as you can every day. Don't worry about doing crow pose or a headstand, just do what you can - and remember what Ira said about "judgement." Accept yourself.

I hope that watching these two works will inspire you to join a local yoga studio where you may meet other like minded people, and learn more about yoga. Getting involved in yoga will create an upward spiral of beneficial decisions such as eating well, loving authentically, and being healthy. Namaste!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
The images of the various cities is reason enough to watch this but the narration and information is incredibly helpful.

It is very eye opening to hear Ira explain how the "busyness" around us can lead us down a path of disconnection. Living in a big city can be exciting and lonely all in the span of 24 hours. And then repeat and repeat day after day. When you live in it you become numb to it. This guide has reminded me to be mindful of my duties to my self. To stop and drink in the beauty of the city and connect myself to others in meaningful ways.

It is never a bad thing when a gentle guide like Ira tells you to take time out of every day for yourself and meditate.
I will watch this often and use it as a compass to stay on track.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
I watched this video and kept saying, "yes, yes, yes," to myself, grateful that somebody was articulating so much of what I had been feeling about modern, urban life and its emotionally toxic toll. Ira unravels urban enuii and urban dukkha (he refers, specifically, to Samsara) medicalized as "depression", compares it to older conceptions of deep human sadness, e.g., melancholia, and throughout somehow manages -- in no little part through the intelligent calm of his presentation -- to make you feel that there is an answer, a way out of just how lousy so many of us feel. Peppered with useful guided meditations, Ira's "cure" for the "disease" is, to my mind, Buddhist to the core, though he makes many Hindu references. I thought this video spread a thoughtful, useful, positive message to simplify, to see things as they really are, to truly acknowledge, feel and live "what really matters." I came away feel good, feeling hopeful and thinking of E.M. Forster... "Only connect..."

My only complaint: I think one new to some of these concepts could come away thinking you have to sit cross-legged in order to meditate.

Great video. Namaste.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Ira Israel is not your typical yogi, and this video is not a typical yoga video. Its visual are in and of the city. There are plenty of distractions through the video, and yet, through it all, you will still feel your CENTER, and you will see and acknowledge and move through the various distractions. This video is itself therapeutic and refreshing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 30, 2012
Whether you live in an urban environment or life is simply racing by on your computer screen at your beach house, you no doubt face the stress and resulting anxiety and depression of modern society. Ira Israel's DVD entrances you with its special effects as he sits in meditation in the midst of crowded cities around the world. However, the most impactful part of the DVD is his lucid, intelligent, aha! explanation of why and how negative thoughts crowd our minds, and how to use mindful meditation to move past the negative. For example, he pointed out that if you're watching this DVD, you probably live in a comfortable home, own a TV and DVD player, and have your material needs met, simple things to be mindful of and grateful for. His intelligent discourse on depression and the antidote for dwelling on the negative (mindfulness vs. popping pills) is appropriate for both professionals counselors as well as everyman. Take an hour to watch this DVD and uplift your life.
Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries and Chakra Meditations from The Chakra Diaries
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
I found this video to be much more than expected. I have both of Ira Israel's previous two DVDs, and this one certainly takes his series into different territory. What a pertinent subject in todays world. This DVD surprised me with its wealth of information. It is well thought out and beautifully constructed and edited. I look forward to more from Ira Israel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
Ira Israel's new DVD, MINDFULNESS FOR URBAN DEPRESSION, is a follow-up on his wildly successful YOGA FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, which was released last year. While the first was literally a profound meditation on depression in general, this one concentrates on the big city variety, and it does that with beautiful imagery and thought-provoking insights. With millions of people around us, why are we often lonely? With so much going on, why are we often depressed? Aren't we supposed to be intoxicated by the richness that surrounds us? Does happiness have to do with how fast we move and how much we accomplish every day, or does it really have more to do with how deep and authentic our relationship with ourselves is, and, as a result, with others? This DVD appears to ask and answer many of these questions. It challenges us to slow down and smell the roses. It reminds us that being alone has nothing to do with being lonely, and that ultimately happiness springs from within, and until and unless we become connected with our deepest selves - something that a great number of people achieve through this kind of yoga - we cannot hope to be happy or, for that matter, make anyone else around us happy.
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