Yoga for Beginners
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Having said that, I found this to be the best DVD on yoga among the ones I've seen. Even the short opening sequence where Ms. Walden does a series of poses in Death Valley is worth watching on its own. I found her to be a good instructor, not too spacey but also warm and pleasant to watch. Don't miss the bonus interview with Patricia, as she gives some good pointers about maintaining a practice.
If you've never done yoga before, you might find some of her instructions bizarre, like "Soften the throat". In my Iyengar yoga class several years ago the instructor said the same things, so when I heard Patricia repeat them I realized that this is part of the Iyengar program. And I've also discovered that many of the seemingly odd comments are actually useful for making yourself aware of what your body is telling you, even after the session is over.
At first I was a little put off by the extended instruction given during the exercises, which others have pointed out makes this not a workout DVD at all. I disagree--you can either skip over those parts or continue holding the pose while the instruction is going on. This is something you would have to experience during a beginner class anyway, so get used to interruptions when you're first getting started.
Also, don't expect to be able to do the poses exactly the way the instructor does them (or even close).Read more ›
1. It emphasizes alignment to help you do the posture correctly.
2. It is very slow...some people may like this aspect, but for me it was too slow. There is so much emphasis on getting everything right that the whole practice seems like it takes a long time.
3. They emphasize the use of props.
4. The back of the case does not mention that the basis for this DVD is Iyengar yoga, which tends to be rather slow and gentle and emphasizes alignment (as said above).
5. If you need extra info on a particular pose, you can go to a place on the DVD that will explain it for a minute and then go back to where you were.
6. There are 2 sections of asanas: the first is the long drawn out explanation of all the poses. The 2nd is the poses being done without any verbal cuing or instruction and is relatively fast.
If you are interested in slow, gentle yoga this may be a good place to start. I personally am more drawn to other types.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for beginners! I was a beginner when I got this in VHS format and love it. I'll admit that I do the morning more than the evening. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mikeyvintage
I'm a beginner and thought it was very easy to follow. She does an excellent job demonstrating each pose. The booklet that came with it was very helpful. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Arnold
Patricia Walden is one of the best teachers on dvd that I've seen.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent yoga video for beginners . Clear instructions . Only downside is Giams adds in the beginning for other videos that you can't fast forward though I learned to ignore them... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sharebeauty
Of the 12 minutes on the DVD that I was able to preview without it crashing, I can say this. The static background scenes and overly made up actress had a fake "staged"... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris
This is a hard one for 66 year to 80 year olds. I wrote a great story about it for the local newspaper. The whole town giggled for days.Published 11 months ago by Joyce
I used the DVD on a daily basis, can combine strengthen, and meditation on one dvd,recommend product 100%Published 12 months ago by aida figueroa