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Yoga for Beginners (2002)

Patricia Walden , Steve Adams  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patricia Walden
  • Directors: Steve Adams
  • 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 - Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000067D1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Yoga your way through Patricia Walden's instructions for a full range of basic yoga postures and relaxation techniques allowing beginners to learn, practice and then personalize their own fitness programs. 1990/color/3 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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200 of 201 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner program January 4, 2003
I originally purchased this in VHS format. This is a very good program for absolute beginners, as I was when I started with it. However, even after using the program frequently enough that I have literally memorized it, I find that I enjoy it enough that I continue using it almost daily, although I now also have other sources of instruction. The program does progress slowly and does not focus much on the breathing, although there are breathing cues given at specific points. However, for someone who is just beginning to explore yoga, slowness is a benefit, not a drawback, and there is enough to worry about when trying to align the poses correctly without also worrying about trying to breathe in a specific manner, and the Iyengar yoga style in general reserves breath control beyond just trying to remember to breathe regularly and evenly for people above the raw beginner level. Patrica Walden does a very good job of explaining the basics for each pose, and if you read the booklet which comes with the DVD or the tape, you get a much more detailed description of each pose, as well as suggested modifications and suggested variations to try on your own. At first, if you are anything like I was (in pretty decent shape, relatively young - ok, 31 when I started with it - and not overweight but not the most flexible person on earth either), you will WANT the slowness, because you will be very tired, sore, and out-of-breath in between poses. Once you begin working more comfortably in the poses, you can use the fast-forward and skip buttons on the DVD remote in order to speed up the program and make things faster and more of a workout. Read more ›
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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but perhaps not for beginners August 19, 2004
I've taken a few Iyengar yoga classes, so the material on this DVD wasn't new to me. If you are interested in getting started with yoga I would suggest taking an instructor-led class, as the instructor will be able to give you immediate feedback on your poses. Trying to copy what an expert is doing on TV is difficult at best, and you could end up hurting yourself.

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).
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Introduction to Yoga at a Reasonable Price August 11, 2002
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This DVD contains two yoga programs that have been reviewed in VHS format:
*Yoga Journal's Yoga for Beginners
*Yoga Journal's Yoga for Flexibility.
The Yoga for Beginners DVD is loaded with over 3 hours of content. The DVD format provides flexibility in using the programs for practice - fixing one of the complaints reviewers had with the VHS format of the program. For example, the programs have sub-menus that allow you to skip the prologues (i.e. Patricia Walden practicing backbends in Death Valley) and there's a section of the DVD main menu that allows you to choose poses to practice without watching the entire program. Yoga for Flexibility and a nice interview with Patricia Walden are located in the "Bonus" menu of the DVD. There's also a booklet that describes each pose demonstrated in Yoga for beginners.
All in all this is an excellent introduction to Yoga practice and a lot of programming at an extraordinarily reasonable price.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE beginner's workout,,,, March 10, 2008
This is a wonderful DVD of a beginner's yoga practice. Patricia Walden takes her time in explaining each posture and on the more involved moves, she has a preview before moving into the actual posture. I was worried I would not be able to do the DVD as most of the "beginner's" practices I have seen are way too advanced. This practice actually seems to make the assumption (correctly) that you are not yet flexible enough to do all the moves. If you are interested in taking up a practice but want to advance slowly and properly, this is the one.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for January 9, 2009
This was my first yoga DVD purchase. Although it has it's good points, it' just not really what I was looking for. Here are some main points I noticed about it:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have just started Yoga and all I am trying ...
I have just started Yoga and all I am trying to do is get back to being able to walk. I have been on a mobility scooter for over 4 years now and I can only walk 50 to 75 feet... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michael H. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginners level program
This is truly a beginners program. The programs eases you into beginners poses and stretching with excellent instruction. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
need to go back to this one
Published 19 days ago by D. Kornish
4.0 out of 5 stars This yoga video is great in that it starts with an easier yoga...
This yoga video is great in that it starts with an easier yoga "routine" followed by 2 more routines that that increase in intensity/difficulty so that you can choose which... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Stary
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Published 1 month ago by joanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Just What Sore Muscles Need
I like the pace and the types of stretching...this video helps me on days when my muscle pain is great and I feel the helpful effects the next day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luv Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is perfect for beginners loved it I will be using her session often
Published 1 month ago by Emilio A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy and fun
Published 1 month ago by wandag
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good pace, easy poses, very relaxing.
Published 1 month ago by Susan LaPaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for beginners.
Great tone and flow for beginners. Patricia Walden's voice and demeanor get you calm and relaxed. The DVD works through the basics slowly and with great instruction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Javier
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