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190 of 194 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2003
I checked here for reviews before buying this. There weren't any, so I took a chance. I'm glad I did. And since no one else has posted a review, I finally decided to in case anyone else would like a user's opinion. When I first tried this routine, I didn't think it was going to do much. It is very conservative. But it is also very safe. It avoids some of the front bending and stretching postures that can be dangerous for low back problems. Yoga Journal's routines often go in and out of postures faster than I like, and at first I wasn't sure I liked that aspect of the routine either. Ater doing this routine for about a month, though, I can say that my low back discomfort has eased off greatly. This DVD gets the credit. It is an excellent combination of equalized stretching on both sides of your body, plus relaxation for your upper and low back. The entire workout runs nearly an hour, which I don't always have time for. But it is broken into three segments, so you can do one or two only. Still, make the time for the full routine if you can. It's worth it. You don't need to do it every day. A few times a week has been enough for me to feel the benefit. Finally, the setting is beautiful, the production quality is high, and Rodney Yee is a pleasant presence (important for something you listen to over and over again). I highly recommend the DVD for anyone looking for back-related flexibility, relaxation, and restoration.
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153 of 161 people found the following review helpful
Excellent yoga instructor Rodney Yee offers this 3-part workout focused on strengthening back muscles to maintain a healthy back. He utilizes props (blanket, bolster, chair, brick, strap) to make the poses more gentle and accessible to those at all levels of fitness (although absolute beginners should stick to his previous video, Back Care Yoga for Beginners).
The first 16-minute section concentrates on simple stretches to warm up your back muscles. Poses are done either while lying on the floor or in a seated position, and Rodney uses a blanket to increase range of motion. The second workout is a bit longer (around 18 minutes) and places greater emphasis on strength moves. It begins with simple backbends (eg, cat pose) and moves on to standing poses modified by use of a chair; it ends with a series of lying stretches. In the final workout, Rodney uses a wider variety of props, including TWO chairs and both the blanket AND the bolster. This is a slow-moving, approximately 16-minute practice which focuses on relaxation through practicing a small number of poses for a longer period of time.
At times, Rodney's reliance on props is a bit distracting, particularly while you are trying to relax during the final section. However, he always allows ample time to relocate the props inbetween poses, and his use of the props is definitely beneficial at some points, such as during the second practice. Rodney's manner is extremely calm and relaxing, and his voiceover is always perfectly in sync with his on-screen performance. One minor criticism is that he doesn't offer mirrored instruction, but this is easily ignored given his otherwise excellent cuing. Overall, this is a very good workout by a master yoga instructor.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2009
I have had severe pain and myelopathy symptoms due to spinal bone arthritis for over 10 years. I have seen neurologists and physical rehab physicians and therapists. I am also a registered nurse. Rodney Yee's Yoga for Back Care is the one "therapy" I would not hesitate to recommend. It is very informative and the yoga routine never fails to help if practiced 3X per week. I have used many of Yoga Journal's instructional videos over the years as well as attending Iyengar yoga classes. Rodney Yee is my favorite of the Yoga Journal instructors. His voice calms and soothes. The bonus sequence of poses to help maintain proper posture while seated truly is a bonus for folks who spend all day in front of a computer.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
NOTE: This same yoga practice, now being release by Gaiam, was previously released by Living Arts. It has also been released under the title "Back Care Yoga," but it is NOT the same practice as "Back Care Yoga for Beginners."

Excellent yoga instructor Rodney Yee offers this 3-part workout focused on strengthening back muscles in order to maintain a healthy back. He utilizes various props (blanket, bolster, chair, brick, strap) to make the poses more gentle and accessible to those at all levels of fitness (however, absolute beginners should probably stick with his other practice, Back Care Yoga for Beginners).

The first 16-minute section concentrates on simple stretches to warm up the back muscles. Poses are done either while lying on the floor or in a seated position, and Rodney uses a blanket to increase range of motion. The second segment is a bit longer (around 18 minutes) and places greater emphasis on strength moves. It begins with basic backbends (eg, cat pose) and moves on to standing poses modified by use of a chair; the segment ends with a series of lying stretches. In the final section, Rodney uses a wider variety of props, including TWO chairs and both the blanket AND the bolster. This is a slow-moving, approximately 16-minute segment which focuses on fostering relaxation through practicing a small number of postures held for a longer period of time.

At times, Rodney's reliance on props is a bit distracting, particularly while you are trying to relax during the final section. However, he always allows ample time to relocate the props in-between poses, and his use of the props is definitely beneficial, particularly during the second practice. Rodney's manner is extremely calm and relaxing, and his voiceover is always perfectly in sync with his on-screen performance. One minor criticism is that he doesn't offer mirrored instruction, but this is easily ignored given his otherwise excellent cueing. Overall, this is a very good series of yoga practices by a master yoga instructor.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2003
I was disappointed in this DVD. I also own Rodney Yee's first back care workout "Back Care Yoga for Beginners" (1998, VHS), which is much better. "Yoga for Back Care" relies too heavily on props, moves very slowly, and doesn't cover enough poses. If you're looking for a good back care workout, go back to the original tape.
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75 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2004
I like the 20 minute chapter where Mr. Yee takes you through some strengthening and stretching exercises. However, the first and last 20-minute segments are largely unproductive. The first time you use it, the first segment ("exploration") does give you some insight into how your back works. As it has very little in the way of conditioning, you'll most likely skip right to the second (real) segment on a daily basis. The third segment (restoration) seems to be Gaiam's way of pushing yoga-specific merchandise (bolster, blanket, blocks, etc). Again, there is no conditioning here. I do think the "strength and flexibiity" 20-minute segment is very nice, and has helped a lot with my posture and given me better flexibility and relief from my herniated disk pain. So I personally think I'd buy it again, but cost aside there was a chance to make this a really nice 3-segment dvd and they instead made a decent 1-segment dvd.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2009
This yoga exercise is wonderful. It has saved me lots of money
and visits to my chiropractor. It's easy to do and helps with
my back and neck problems.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2006
This workout does a good job of targeting the back and helping build strength in the back. Some sections are very challenging while others, such as the cool down, are more easy going and are suitable for those with more severe back issues. There are also alternative poses for those that might be too aggressive for some people. I absolutely recommend this to those who want to build a stronger back.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2005
This workout could indeed be more challenging, but it does what it promises. I got into yoga three years ago to relieve pain from a slipped disk. The workout stretches out my back and relieves tightness/pain, and in a short period of time. With a little commentary on breathing technique, I think that it would be excellent for people who are new to yoga. Those of us who are familiar with yoga can always adapt the exercises that we find too easy, taking it to the next level ourselves.

What I find most annoying is the series of "commercials" for Gaiam products--there are far too many.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2006
I was introduced to yoga a few years ago by a friend, but after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome I was in too much pain for "normal" yoga. So I went in search of something more back friendly and this was the dvd I found. I have to say that after weeks of medication on top of medication to control the symptoms of this condition that this dvd has been more effective than any of the conventional treatments I've tried.

Unlike some of the other dvds I have seen, this one is not filled with complex moves that only the uber-limber can do. Rodney Yee's methods are easy to follow and very easy on the body. One small word of caution-you do need to follow either his words or his actions in some spots as he seems to reverse right and left at times. Aside from that, I could not be happier with this dvd.
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