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Yoga Zone: Gentle Yoga for Beginners

3.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Yoga Zone’s Gentle Yoga is the perfect start for those new to yoga, providing the gentle and healing benefits of yoga. These two encouraging and easy-to-follow yoga sessions are slowly paced, emphasizing simple and effective postures. These are stretches that anyone at any fitness level can do. Gentle Yoga allows you to unlock the stress that can inhibit the body’s ability to heal, releasing tension and bringing your body and mind to a warm place. Led by Yoga Zone senior teacher, Charles Matkin, on the beautiful island of Jamaica. These two 20-minute yoga programs will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, while creating a wider range of flexibility. Yoga becomes the best part of your day with Yoga Zone’s proven formula of result-oriented programs with age-defying gentle exercises. Consult your physician before your begin this, or any exercise program.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Matki
  • 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: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DJYOB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I have only tried a few Yoga Zones, but this is not one of the better ones, it is okay at best and has a few flaws. It is divided into 2-20 minute sessions, both led by Charles Matkin. The setting is outdoors at the Grand Lidos San Souci resort where many of the Yoga Zone videos are filmed.

The first session, Charles is joined by Lisa Bennett. They start with sun salutation while on their knees with hands clasped behind their back, then moving arms out and up with palms together, later rising up on the knees and bending forward at the waist. Then they move into a spine stretch, followed by a hip opener stretch, where you are seated with your heels together and hands behind you. Next are some standing poses, first downward facing dog, then lunge pose on the right leg later adding arms up and out to side then leaning forward. Unfortunately the left side is completely missed in this pose so if you want to do it you will have to rewind or stop the program. You will stretch out in seal pose, before moving into side lunges first on the right, then left. Then you will do a seated spine stretch where legs are out in front with hands behind you. Towards the end of the program the music becomes rather loud which is a bit distracting, to add to this there are some more challenging poses ahead. First table pose, which is repeated a few times and held for a bit the last time. Then you will do scale pose, Lisa does the modification where she is on her elbows, while Charles goes for the advanced version where arms are out and legs are straight. Following this you will do a seated stretch with one knee in, other leg out while reaching opposite arm to extended leg, then you repeat on the other side.
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By A Customer on November 12, 2003
...that the 1st session on this DVD is a re-packaging of Session 2 from the Yoga Zone Total Body Conditioning for Beginners DVD! This is not mentioned in any way on the Gentle Yoga DVD. How disappointing, considering that there are many other decent programs from the Yoga Zone TV series that they could have used without "double-dipping" on this one.
That being said (if you don't have Total Body Conditioning), Session 1 is a decent program. However, Charles does skip a lunge pose on one side. In this program Yoga Zone tried to edit the mistake....unsucessfully. One moment Charles and Lisa are lunging with their left leg and literally 2 seconds later....Charles and Lisa are lunging with their right leg! If Yoga Zone couldn't edit that any better then they really should not have even used this session on the DVD.
Session 2 (with Charles and Jean) seems a bit choppy and without flow. Charles has you do a neck stretch after doing just a couple of shoulder rolls. Seems a bit forced to me. I didn't consider the ab pose (legs up and feet near the head) to be "gentle" at all.
I give this DVD barely 3 stars.
What happened to you, Yoga Zone? You used to put out quality yoga DVD's!
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I just attempted to do the first session of this video and it just goes too fast!!!! The stretches are too hard for someone that just may be starting out and it goes way too fast. There's no time to catch your breath and you start to hurt which if this is gentle yoga I would't think you would. I am quite dissappointed. This is defintley not gentle.
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I bought this DVD looking for a slow, relaxing type of workout to supplement more strenuous astanga yoga. I was immediately put off by how loud the music was over the instructor's voice. The first pose was very uncomfortable for me (sitting on my lower legs) and I could not do these poses until I had stretched out my lower legs muscles. This ruined the continuity of the poses from the beginning. But, what most bothered me was the omission of one side of the body for the forward lunge. I could not believe that anyone would put out a DVD with such a major flaw. I have only worked with the first workout, but I doubt if I will ever put the DVD back in. I am going to buy a restorative yoga DVD that has long, slow poses with deep relaxation and I notice there are a couple of these products available here and I already have other DVDs for regular workouts.
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I bought this thinking that I am totally out of shape and I should start out extra slow. Turns out that this DVD is too slow for me. Buy this if you don't even walk out to your mailbox every day or are recovering from an injury or something. But if you get up and move even a little bit (walk two blocks to work every day) or you have a job on your feet all day, chances are that this will be a little too gentle on you. And yes, beware the lunge mistake in the first segment. They forget to work your other side so be sure to rewind and repeat the sequence with the opposite leg! Not too bad, all in all.
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All of the Yoga Zone workouts are excellent - the instructors give excellent details on what the posture looks like and how it should feel, even letting you know how it feels if you have gone too far and telling you to back out a little it feels better. The continually nudge the breathing importance and at the end you can tell you've done it right by how wonderful you feel. I can't say enough good things about these workouts. Enjoy!
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