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Yoga Journal's Beginning Yoga Step by Step: Session One - Three (2003)

Natasha Rizopoulos , Yoga Journal  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natasha Rizopoulos
  • Directors: Yoga Journal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R3PDCU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Specially-priced 3-DVD set!

SESSION 1 - Foundation Poses for Strength & Stamina

Learn the standing poses that form the foundation of a complete yoga practice. Get expert instruction on Sun Salutation, a flowing sequence of poses with forward bends and gentle backbends that take you through a full range of motion. And understand how breathwork can help you balance your effort with a calm and quiet mind. Featuring acclaimed yoga teacher Natasha Rizopoulos.

SESSION 2 - Bending and Twisting Poses for Flexibility

Enhance your flexibility, lift your spirit, and brighten your mood with this series of bends and twists. Backbends bring energy to the body, while forward bends and twists calm the nervous system. As the poses help you become more flexible on your mat, so too will they help you become more flexible in facing your daily life.

SESSION 3 - Balancing Poses for Focus & Energy

Develop focus and energy through a sequence of inversions and arm balances. Although these poses can be challenging, Natasha shows you how to attain positions that you might not currently think are possible -- and she shows you how to do so safely. When you are upside-down, you'll not only receive the health benefits of reversing the flow of gravity, you'll see the world in a whole new way.

ALL THREE DVDS FEATURE

35-minute active instructional session

PLUS 20-minute flowing workout

Poses suitable for beginners and advanced beginners

Follow along with Natasha Rizopoulis or her assistant Jason, who demonstrates modified poses for less flexible people.

Understand the benefits of each yoga pose with commentary by Yoga Journal's medical editor, Timothy McCall, M.D.

Learn alignment principles and correct common mistakes with Yoga Chalk Talk, our exclusive live drawing board.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Yoga Practice October 27, 2007
DVD 1 - Inspired Instruction

Yoga can help you fully relax and prepare for meditation or just feel more relaxed while reading or cooking. Your mind will be cleansed and while the world surges around you in all directions, there will be an inner calm you can carry with you all day.

Natasha Rizopoulos has a beautiful teaching style that allows you to fully experience the body mind connection. She encourages you to experience yoga in order to balance your life. After watching her Yoga demonstration you may start to think of Yoga as an art form and not just an exercise routine. She turns yoga into ballet and her upper body strength is astounding.

This DVD has interesting menu options. There are really two main parts:

A 35 minute Instruction Session - You explore the postures in depth
20 minutes of uninterrupted flowing practice

You can follow the Instruction Menu, Practice Menu, go straight to the Yoga Chalk Talk (a great way to explore the poses) or Medical Commentary. The Practice menu has four sections:

Begin Practice (Different from Begin Instruction)
Follow Jason - This is an excellent option if you want to use props like blocks.

Practice with Medical Commentary - A discussion of the nervous systems of the body and why stress hormones can affect your immune system.

Practice without Music

If you are completely new to Yoga, you might want to start with the "Begin Instruction" for the first few days (so your wrists get used to the poses) and then move on to the Begin Practice or practice along with the Chalk Talk to master the poses.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
I have no idea what avocat is talking about. I am wondering if we even have the same video or the person never looked at it in full. I don't see how doing a sun salutation is advanced. While to 2nd DVD (intermediate) includes stuff like shoulder stands, headstands, and crow; it walks you through the process including something called chalk talk that shows you common errors and how to fix them. While these poses do take some amount of strength and balance, there are warm-ups and modifications show. I always recommend going to an in-person beginning yoga class before using any video, this is actually one I would "watch and study" BEFORE even going to a class. Why? Because I learned more from this video than I ever did in any, of the many classes (at least 30), I took including over 10 different instructor with a least a half dozen different styles such as
Kundalini, Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara, Jivamukti and Yin.

In fact, I think watching this video should be a required by all yoga instructions on how to do poses right and help others correct theirs.
Out of all these classes I took most paid very attention to helping the class do the poses correctly. Unfortuely, In most of the classes I've been to the instructor just shows the poses without even looking up to see if people are doing it right. I am amazed I didn't get hurt in some of them, even when the instruction did pay attention to these more complex and potentially dangerous (for an unskilled, unfit beginner with limited flexibility and balance) poses. I know I wasn't doing them right and I defiantly now see how I could over time develop injures from repetitive doing poses (including the basic variety of sun salutations) wrong.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a yoga snob - actual begginer here November 6, 2009
By R.AMSEY
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For those of you who bag on the begginers comments my chosen title was for you. Anyway.....I feel it is worth adding my two cents here; I am a very new beggining yoga student and found this is NOT for me... "yet". If I wanted a DVD that would show me all the poses for the routine to follow, without getting to the routine until much later, this would be the DVD for me. However I do not want to just do the poses one at a time for a few weeks then again try to follow the instructor as she quickly (without much description from pose to pose) moves on while I try to catch up. As a begginer I feel I have an idea of what many beggginers may expect; 1) I would prefer a slow enough pace to allow me the time to move from pose to pose. 2) a clear verbal description of what movements are necessary to enter the next pose. This way I don't have to be distracted watching every toe, arm, and leg movement of the instructor, which she takes for granted. In my opinion she doesn't take into account the actual begginers needs - for example she often gives the name of the next pose without the way to achieve the next pose. 3rd) a program that varies depending on my flexability, strength, and conditioning (asking too much here I know). At this point I am going to take a class, even though I bought this "begginer DVD set" to avoid the cost of classes and travel time. To give you an idea of my abilities; I am 41 yo 6'1" 220lbs, surfing for 25 years, mtn bike, and have been told by my tennis instructor I correct body mechanics issues quickly. In closing this DVD set will be great after I don't have to focus on watching the instructor, have the breathing technique as second nature, and poses the flexability that allows me to quickly move from pose to pose. Good luck if you buy this DVD as a begginer - just plan to take some classes too unless you spend many hours trying to overcome the above mentioned issues I have run into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't be happier
I am new to yoga and started it thinking it might help with some back and neck problems that I was experiencing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginners
Hi, I am 34 years old and new to Yoga. These DVDs are great! They have somehow difficult moves, but so far so good. I wouldn't try to move on to disc 2 until mastering disc 1.
Published 9 months ago by arianna
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent intro to Yoga!
I find this set to be absolutely excellent. The instructor, Natasha Rizopoulos is top notch for her form and technique as well as her instruction. Read more
Published 10 months ago by yoga Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great investment for any Yoge Fanatic!
Amazing videos!! Natasha is absolutely great in demonstrating and explaining correct technique and ways to achieve yoga poses!! She is a great teacher!!!
Published 10 months ago by eleni ioannou
4.0 out of 5 stars Yoga
Videos are good for daily practice, not terribly time-consuming. Easy to-follow instructions and there are no terribly difficult poses for a beginner.
Published 13 months ago by angieP
4.0 out of 5 stars great for beginers
This is real instruction in clear units. I have learnt so much. Am using them as instruction rather than for a work out.
Published 13 months ago by Christine Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to start and continue a home practice
Natasha is the best for anyone just starting yoga or for those wanting to deepen their home practice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars These Yoga DVDs are good
A friend of mine gave me the heads up to purchase these. She gives good instruction that is easy to follow.
Published 15 months ago by AMAZON FAN
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Way to Learn Yoga
I read that some beginners found this DVD to be too difficult and not truly for beginners. I am not a beginner but also not-not a beginner. Read more
Published 16 months ago by I like to buy stuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for improving your yoga.
These are some of the best videos for improving your yoga. The "Yoga Chalk Talk " is wonderful.

If you want a preview what "Yoga Chalk Talk " is you can check out parts... Read more
Published 17 months ago by CopyCat Yoga (Instructional Yoga Mat)
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