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Yoga For Beginners : The Essential Beginner Yoga Guide For Runners, Walkers & Desk Jockeys (2009)

Marleen Stam-Gibbs , All Hands In  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marleen Stam-Gibbs
  • Directors: All Hands In
  • 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: All Hands In
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001M5V330
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Review

"You Couldn't have given me a better gift than your Yoga instruction. I thank you for helping me stay healthier"
- --Kimerlee (Breast Cancer Survivor)

Beginners Yoga is a nicely thought out yoga DVD with 8 sessions, ranging from 32 minutes to 85 minutes. Unfortunately the DVD menu and the insert do not say anything about what is in the different sessions, so you have to go through them yourself to find out. There is also a short 7 minute session of stretches you can do in the office, which just involve leaning against a wall or using a chair. Finally there is a demonstration section where Marleen shows how to do the different poses, each of a minute or two each.

The yoga here is simple and truly for beginners. Marleen does her demonstrations with the help of other people who are not like the strong and flexible models that one sometimes finds in yoga DVDs: these are normal people who enjoy doing yoga, and they are not necessarily strong or flexible, so they are not intimidating, and one does not feel that they are impossible ideals. The production qualities are pretty basic. This is one of the first yoga DVDs I have seen where the microphone used by the instructor was not wireless, but was wired, but she does not get tangled in the wire and the sound quality is good. The demonstrations are all shot in one corner of a wood floor room. There are a couple of camera angles used, and the switching between them is regular. Marleen's voice is soothing -- she has a slight accent which has its own charm. The routines are quite gentle and pleasing, and are not aerobic at all. Even the longest session does not go very far in stretching, although it will be challenging for some; she always has one of the others show a more moderate version of a stretch, so it will not be too daunting.

So it you are looking for a simple introductory yoga DVD with some variation in options, without background music or new age pretentions, then this is worth trying out. --Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York.

Product Description

Now, You Can Experience The Many Amazing Benefits Of Yoga!

With these highly effective techniques you will discover how you can..

- Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Deadlines, financial worries, relationship issues, traffic, the holidays, getting your kids to school on time: it s all stress. Stress is stored in our musculature and other body tissues (i.e. irritable bowel) and disrupts our hormonal balance. By reducing muscle tension you can reduce your stress levels, stimulate hormone production and feel like a new person.

- Lose Weight Permanently.

Yoga can help you lose weight in more ways than just by burning calories. It helps your hormonal balance, reduces food and alcohol cravings, and builds muscle.

- Increase Your Mobility in Shoulders, Hips and Other Joints.

Your range of motion tends to decrease, as you get older. It s: use it or lose it. Yoga takes all your joints through their full range of motion, increasing your mobility over time. You ll be amazed at how much easier everyday activities like walking or running can become when you increase the range of motion in your joints.

- Increase Your Energy level.

You have to expend energy to gain more energy. But some types of exercise can get you feeling more energized immediately and this is one of them!

- Strengthen , Lengthen and Tone Your Muscles.

Yoga creates long, b and lean muscles, from head to toe. Enjoy powerful muscles without adding bulk!

- And Much More!

In this course, instructor Marleen Stam-Gibbs reveals many essential Yoga techniques for you to open up the tightest areas of your body; the hips, glutes, hamstrings and lower back. In freeing those areas, you will discover a healthy approach to improving your life.

Marleen clearly demonstrates proper breathing and stretching techniques and offers you step-by-step complete breakdowns through many Yoga poses including:

Down Dog
Step Through
Dancer
Forward Fold
Seated Forward Fold
Hand To Big Toe
Supine Pigeon
Warrior 1
Pyramid
Warrior 2
Triangle
Extended Angle

This course is a perfect companion for inflexible people.

DVD Features:

- Complete Pose Breakdowns

- 8 completely customized sessions ranging from 25-90 minutes, offering you the best mind-body experience to suit your daily lifestyle.

Bonus Session:

Yoga Session for the Office: Marleen demonstrates techniques "desk jockeys" can use anytime during your workday!

You no longer have to search, wonder or feel lost, trying to figure out what Yoga techniques work and what does not work -- It's all here, just waiting for you!


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite yoga DVDs March 16, 2009
By Mezzo
I have many yoga DVDs and this one is definitely one of my favorites. I have lot of pet peeves when it comes to yoga DVDs:

1) Many DVDs assume you can see the screen when you're in down dog or in a twist and the verbal instructions are so vague you have to come out of the pose to see what we're doing next. This one is extremely clear in its instructions: this pose is next, and this is how we do it, leg goes here arms goes there.

2) Lack of flow in the workout(s). Some DVDs are pose by pose, getting you out of the 'zone' with every pose change (Yoga For Inflexible People and Yoga to the Rescue - Feel Good from Head to Toe come to mind). Some are all over the place with their flows: standing, lying down, back up to standing, etc. This DVD has a great flow no matter what workout you do (it has little transitional snippets if the end of previous module doesn't match the start of the next one, a little odd at first but I quickly got used to them). It goes from standing to kneeling/down dogs/lunges to balancing to seated to lying down, and no funny business.

3) Many famous yoga instructors have no memory of what it is like to be stiff and inflexible. There is no chance on earth you can do the pose like they do it, but they can't conceive of giving you some workable pointers on what you can realistically expect the pose to look or feel like. Sometimes they have some models in the back pretending to be inflexible, but that still doesn't look like anything you and I do. This instructor is not really Gumby herself. I think she started out like most regular people and has won what flexibility she has through hard work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for people new to yoga January 4, 2009
I have been suffering with lower back pain for quite a while primarily due to my job. I sit at a desk, hunched over staring close at my computer screen, naturally this has taken a toll on my posture as well.

Someone recommended trying yoga to help alleviate some of these problems. I researched a few of the available titles and stumbled across this DVD.

Like anyone else that has had problems with pain or inflexibility for a while, I was a little skeptical. But I honestly have to say that I do feel better physically which has in turn helped my general mood during the workday. I was told that positive side-effects of yoga are an improved physical and mental state, I would have to agree at this point.

I was pleased that the poses and techniques were geared for people like me who have never tried anything like this ever before. I really liked how this video features a section where each pose they cover is clearly demonstrated step-by-step.

The pose breakdown section in this DVD was extremely helpful because a friend told me her experience with some videos were that they start right out of the gate throwing poses and terms at you "downward dog, warrior etc, etc". To someone who has never attempted yoga in their life, this can be a frustrating way to start.

The video had multiple workout lengths that you can choose from depending on how much time you had to devote on any particular day. It also had a nice section showing me techniques I can use while I am in the office.

I am now a believer in the positive effects of yoga. If you are brand new to yoga and looking for a great way to start, I would recommend this DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for runners March 31, 2009
I'm an avid long distance runner with very tight muscles. I needed a yoga dvd to encourage me to stretch. This DVD is unintimidating, easy to follow, and can easily accomodate a 30 min session up to 90 min. If you are completely new to yoga, the poses are explained first so you are not lost during the class. I highly recommend this DVD for beginners and athletes wanting to add a little yoga to their routine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yoga Instructor March 5, 2009
I've had this DVD for a couple of months now. I absolutely LOVE it! It's totally changed my workout routine. Because it has all these different session lengths, I can do yoga just about every day. Somedays I can do the 50 minute session, some days the 60 minute session, this morning only had time for the 38 minute session but what a way to start the day!

The instructor is down to earth and very detailed at explaining what you're supposed to do and what you're not supposed to do, so she's so easy to follow. I've been practicing yoga for about 6 years. She is BY FAR the best instructor I've come across. I'm not into new age or anything too spiritual. I don't like DVD's that try to get you to buy more stuff. She shows you what your body is capable of doing in such a way that you enjoy doing it. She seems like an every day person who has a talent of being on your same level in the way she teaches. Then after your yoga work, her final relaxation brings you to the most stress-free place you can imagine. You will melt in to the floor.

I've purchased 3 additional copies for a couple of friends and my mom. Can't wait for the next series. If you're looking for a great first experience with yoga or just a fresh no nonsense approach, buy this DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stretching and yoga for adductors
I gave this a 5 star rating because there are 8 customized sessions. I have to confess that I had to look past the instructor who does not look like a runner, and try this dvd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara J. Zaretsky
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
pretty good/useful. Helpful if you want to start slow or if you are a beginner into yoga. I liked it well enough.
Published 6 months ago by winged
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for beginners!
We wanted a beginners yoga dvd, and that is what this is. Each move is explained very well. Also, alternative positioning is demonstrated so that everyone can do this regardless... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars A great beginner's DVD to yoga
This DVD is great! The instructions are clear, the pace is excellent, and the general tone and vibe is perfect for an introduction to yoga. Read more
Published on April 23, 2011 by Cat Leida
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Yoga Newbies Like Me!
I bought this based on the reviews below and I have to agree with the others- it's a great, no-frills DVD for people who want the physical benefits of yoga and stretching without... Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ton of Really Great Material
This is probably my favorite yoga DVD. Marleen is conscientious, incredibly detailed about body mechanics, and kinda wonky, which I really like. Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by Cybister
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for runners & beginners!
I cannot compare to other yoga videos, but am glad that I bought this one. I have taken various live classes of yoga over the past 10 years, but this video is MUCH more targeted... Read more
Published on July 11, 2010 by Marty Highfield
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for a beginner's yoga DVD, this is it.
Being an active, former collegiate athlete, with already one surgery on my shoulder 3 years ago, and countless trips to PT to help treat my hip problems (due to overuse and tight... Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by vonbee22
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginner DVD
While this DVD doesn't offer the perfectly sculpted instructor in a sexy outfit with beautiful assistants performing incredible poses in a stunning setting while soothing music... Read more
Published on March 25, 2010 by Audrey M. Fetzer
1.0 out of 5 stars unpleasant
The video is of low production quality. The whole scene is set up in the corner of some random gym room. The photography is poor. There is no background music. Read more
Published on August 5, 2009 by DT
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