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Yoga: Just My Size With Megan Garcia

4.3 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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Product Description

Certified instructor and plus-size model Megan Garcia presents a simple and rewarding introduction to yoga designed for every size and shape. Run time 28 minutes. DVD includes an additional 17 minutes of run time.

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Yoga for plus-sized women? Why not, especially when it's presented clearly, simply, and utterly without condescension, which is the case with Just My Size Yoga. Instructor Megan Garcia, a large woman herself, knows that self-consciousness and limitations due to shape and size keep many would-be yoga practitioners from attending actual classes; hence this 45-minute program designed to introduce new students to yoga's many benefits. Garcia promises that a regular yoga practice will promote not only physical well-being (including energy and flexibility) but also confidence, calm, and what she calls "an inner sense of self"--ambitious goals, to be sure, but also attainable ones. The practice consists of three parts. The warm-up focuses on the breath, along with arm lifts, spinal twists, and such; the "workout" section includes some reasonably demanding poses like Warrior 1 and 2 and downward-facing dog (after demonstrating each pose separately, Garcia repeats them as one continuous, flowing sequence), and "deep relaxation" consists of savasana, the so-called "corpse pose." Other elements of Just My Size Yoga include a "special tips" section (with suggestions about using a wall, chairs, or other props to modify the poses) and an interview with Garcia. All in all, this is a gentle, easy, yet effective introduction to yoga. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Complete workout with warm-up and relaxation
  • Special Tips Just for You
  • Bonus interview with Megan Garcia
  • Bonus Just My Size brand feature

Product Details

  • Format: 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: Wellspring Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006TPDXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,560 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2005
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Megan Garcia presents a beautiful workout designed for plus-sized women and anyone who needs modified postures due to body shape variations. This workout will also be enjoyed by anyone starting Yoga because of the gentle approach. The exercise routine is divided into three sections:

Warm Up
Workout
Deep Relaxation

Megan Garcia introduces a variety of relaxing and balancing poses. After Sun Breaths while sitting, you ease your body into twists and then unique hip stretches where you slide your hips to the side while in the cat/dog pose. The gentle lunge didn't hurt my knees and when you move from the floor to standing, Megan makes sure you are making a gentle transition. Child's pose has modifications so you don't feel like your stomach
is uncomfortable and warrior poses are elegant and centering. You will be learning downward-facing dog and a relaxation pose at the end.

The teaching style is relaxing and nurturing. I love Megan's vibrant soul and positive attitude. Her eyes sparkle with a love for life and her goal is to make Yoga very accessible to all women. The bonus interview gives additional information and explains why Yoga is so important for women.

As you move through the postures, you will feel a sense of calm descending. A wonderful way to relax in the evening and this is a good introduction to yoga. I followed this workout with an additional relaxing stretching routine while listening to Kevin Kendle's Music for Yoga. If you are used to doing Yoga for an hour or more, you might want to do this workout twice or follow it with more stretching.

Megan Garcia helps to create a beautiful accepting space for all yoga students and I'm very impressed with her new DVDs. Her peaceful spirit and beautiful teaching style makes me want to continue with my own practice.

~The Rebecca Review
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By Joni on April 13, 2005
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Megan's yoga dvd is fantastic. I have tried doing yoga in the past to only quit after one time because it was too hard and impossible to do. I am so glad I found this dvd. She is wonderful and this easy for the average person...any one can do it. I feel wonderful after doing it and actually look forward to my time to spend in front of the TV with Megan each day.

If are looking for a realistic yoga class for real people you have got to try this one....
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I have a back injury that makes it practically impossible for me to do any type of exercise. Add that to being overweight and you have a real challenge. This video makes doing yoga so easy and it's great to do it along with a plus size gal like Megan. Additionally, my back pain is 90% gone and I find myself reaching for the DVD when I am in pain to help strengthen and stretch my spine. I hope they come out with more videos with Megan Garcia. I strongly recommend this video for any one of size.
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The idea of a plus-size yoga workout is great, but this doesn't fulfill that need. Megan is likeable and a good instructor. But, and this is a big but. . . You have to watch a separate dvd extra to get the modifications--they aren't incorporated into the routine itself, which pretty much defeats the purpose. You have to memorize the modifications and then remember them during the routine, which makes it harder to focus on the poses. A second person doing the modifications during the routine itself would've made it much better, as the modifications are actually helpful and make uncomfortable poses more comfortable. The routine itself is really basic and short--just 6 poses and it felt a little rushed (she says to hold poses for 5 deep breathes, and I barely got 2-3 deep breathes before she moved on).

If you're a complete couch potato, this DVD would a good place to start. It's nice to see someone who's not anorexic enjoying movement. I hope Megan does another DVD soon, one that's more challenging and incorporates the plus-size modifications into the routine itself.
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I just got this video after reading about her in the newspaper, and I love it!! I've tried Yoga classes before, but honestly it's hard to be the biggest person in the class, and I haven't ever really been able to stick with it. It's so great to be able to do it at home, and Megan really knows how do adjust the poses so I don't hurt myself! I hope more videos are on the way!
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Finally an introduction to yoga specifically designed with you in mind. For everyone who has been intimidated by tight abbed instructors or gym/studio settings, Megan (who is warm and accessible) helps you get in touch with yourself and master the basics of yoga in the privacy of your home. She's great! She even offers modifications and special tips! If she can do it, so can we!
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I highly recommend this DVD! I do a lot of walking and some weight training but I had NEVER tried yoga before, and I found this workout to be not intimidating at all. I'm 5'9", wear a size 22, and am pear-shaped. I found the yoga moves in this workout very easy to do for someone my size and shape.

I've been doing this workout for a few weeks and I already feel stronger and more flexible. I also think my posture has improved, I breathe more easily, and I am MUCH more relaxed. Even if you don't think you'll like yoga, this is definitely worth a try.
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