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Yoga For Inflexible People

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Product Description

Yoga For Inflexible People is for anyone who considers themselves inflexible. The yoga postures developed 5,000 years ago were not created for people who are already flexible, but rather to help inflexible people become more flexible. A wide range of poses are taught and modified to help both beginning and intermediate students experience the benefits of yoga. The modifications includes suggestions for the use of props, which can be either actual yoga props or items you have around the home, such as a belt or books, to assist you when you feel you need additional assistance. Of course if you do not need props, you do not have to use any.

Customized workouts allow you to progress at your own pace and the DVD contains dozens of routines which designed to carefully guide you along your journey into yoga.

When Yoga For Inflexible People was released, the Yoga Journal declared it "One of the most intelligent and useful presentations served up in a long time" and praised it as a DVD "...for all beginning students whether they are inflexible or flexible."

Yoga For Inflexible People continued to be commended as the Yoga Journal rated the DVD as one the Top Yoga DVDs ever produced. (December 2006)

Yoga isn't just for people who are already supple--it's a way to become more flexible. Yoga for Inflexible People presents modifications and props to make traditional poses accessible to people who could not otherwise perform them comfortably or correctly. You get more than 35 workouts and about four hours of instruction and practice in all. Choose a general workout, focus on an area of the body (shoulders, legs, hips, and back), or select a peaceful or energizing workout. Within each category, you have a choice of several different 15- to 75-minute series (some seated), much more variety than most videos offer. Some of the poses are beginning level; others are not. Leader Judi Rice demonstrates well, instructing by voice-over, though her expressionless face lacks warmth and personality. You'll need a yoga mat, blocks (or large books), a long strap or belt, a chair, and blankets. --Joan Price

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  • Directors: Yoga for Inflexible People
  • Writers: Judi Rice
  • Producers: Michael Wohl
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bodywisdom Media, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JXWB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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789 of 798 people found the following review helpful By dampscribbler on January 7, 2003
Format: DVD
I don't normally recommend videos to people who are new to yoga. I've worked with several great yoga teachers over three years, and I know that it is important to have the opportunity to get feedback and advice from an experienced professional sometimes, in order to better understand the position and avoid injury. However, if you are getting started and don't currently have time to work with a teacher, I feel comfortable recommending "Yoga for Inflexible People" to you. The positions, and the movements into and out of them, are described very well on this video. Modifications with props such as blankets, blocks, and chairs are demonstrated and explained. The only thing I can think of that would make this DVD better would be a few minutes spent on the philosophy of yoga, and why it is counterproductive to "push" yourself into an uncomfortable position. When I first began yoga, I was, like most of us, inclined to push myself to the point of discomfort and a little bit beyond in a position, because I thought that that was how to "get better" at it. My teachers, however, repeatedly told me to find that place where it's uncomfortable and then ease off a little, and the exercise will actually be more productive, not to mention more pleasant. The importance of observing how your body responds when the pressure to perform is eased a bit cannot be stressed enough.
Nothing can take the place of a qualified and experienced yoga instructor, but this DVD is an excellent place to begin until you have time to work with an instructor, and a great supplement to a class to have at home.
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372 of 375 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2003
Format: DVD
I recently purchased the DVD after reading a review of it in Yoga Journal and I couldn't be more pleased. Although I wouldn't classify myself as completely inflexible, I'm also not gumby. The instruction here is very thorough and gives lots of detail, including very in-depth detail on how to do the poses, and also direction on using props (if you want or need to). I guess this is what some reviewers have referred to as "slow?" If you're focussed on what you're doing and follow the direction, I can't see how you would not feel anything. It's important to understand that there are several different kinds of yoga and differnt approaches within each type. This is not power yoga. You're not meant to move at an aerobic pace with Iyengar. You will get very in tune with your body, breathing and how these work together. If you're a beginner who wants to really learn yoga and make it a part of your life for the long haul, you will greatly benefit from the dvd. If you've been doing yoga for awhile, or if like me, you aren't completely inflexible, you will still benefit from the detail and will probably find, like I did, that there are poses you thought you'd mastered but could still perfect. I like that I can choose a workout to focus on specific body areas, and choose workouts for specific purposes (like relaxation, or energizing). Nothing can take the place of a class with a qualified instructor. It's well worth time and money to take some classes at a yoga studio, but a good tape can really help and suplement your practice at home. If you're a beginner or want to get more depth to you practice, you will not be disappointed with this dvd.
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192 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Harvitt on September 26, 2002
Format: DVD
As someone who is rather inflexible and who is beginning to explore the world of yoga, this is an incredible product!
I like to go to yoga classes, but have trouble fitting that into my schedule and following up in the weeks that pass between classes. So I had tried yoga videos by rodney yee and others, but found them to be far too fast paced to follow along, and had pretty much given up on them..
This is completely different from regular yoga videos or videos that have been transferred to DVD. There are sections on 1) standing poses, 2) seated poses, 3) strength and flexibility, 4) beginning basics and 5) shoulders and hips. It is made so that you can move between these sections to customize your workout and replay sequences within sections, when you want to see it again.
There's a ton on this DVD, something like 3.5 or 4 hours altogether, and it's fun to try and do different parts on different days.
I wanted to give it 6 stars, but amazon only allows 5!
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205 of 214 people found the following review helpful By "louise3506" on March 2, 2003
Format: DVD
It is very rare that you find a product that exceeds your expectations to such an amazing degree. I read about the DVD in Yoga Journal, which gave it an unbelievable review. I figured they were the professionals and they would know, they even said teachers should buy this DVD as a great reference for how to teach beginning yoga. And boy were they right! It has fantastic detailed instruction so you are safe to explore yoga at your own pace, but it really let's you access parts of the body that I didn't know even existed. And it is so relaxing! People who are looking for some fast paced workout to really sweat to might not be as thrilled, if that is what makes you happy (I got the Yoga for Athletes from the same company and these workouts are more challenging, but equally wonderful). Its message is at points subtle, but profound: observe carefully and you will be amazed! I have tried lots of tapes and this one doesn't have much fluff, but a tremendous amount of depth and worth many times its price. I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS DVD ENOUGH!
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