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In addition to her local classes Barbara teaches yoga seminars throughout the US and internationally. She is a regular contributor of articles to Yoga Journal magazine. She has several audio CDs of live classes available as well as DVDs, the latest being Yoga for Beginners released by Body + Soul magazine, and Yoga for Stress Relief that includes a discussion on meditation from the Dalai Lama.
Barbara was kind enough to answer some questions from Amazon.com about this unique line of yoga DVDs.
I was drawn to working with Bodywisdommedia because they produce DVDs they are interactive. Rather than a "one size fits all" single routine that is typical of most products, these DVDs offer choice, allowing the user to customize and change their yoga practice to suit their needs. No two persons are the same so the ability to change your practice - easing shoulder tension one day and an invigorating morning wake up the next - come as close as possible to allowing you to address your individual needs at home. Not only do people have different physical needs, but they have different time constraints as well. If you have only 20 minutes, there is a practice for you but there are longer practices as well (some as long as 90 minutes) that address the total body/mind connection. The sheer number of yoga sequences offered on each of these DVDs is a first. They are incredibly comprehensive.
How were you able to get the Dalai Lama involved?
This project dovetailed perfectly with the Dalai Lama's message that modern stress is one of the greatest obstacles to our mental happiness and physical wellbeing. Because we are long-time sincere practitioners, having a 30-minute lecture of the Dalai Lama teaching how to meditate on the Yoga for Stress Relief DVD was a perfect fit. Bodywisdommedia also has a broader relationship with the Office of Tibet and are releasing historic lectures with "A Path to Happiness" being the first one.
How will potential buyers of these DVDs know which one is right for them?
The titles are very indicative of what appears on the DVD and therefore a good guide. I really enjoyed making Yoga for Stress Relief because it is incredibly relevant. We strove to make the sequences accessible to as many people as possible, whether they are a beginner or long time practitioner. Yoga for Beginners is a great, non-threatening place to get started and includes lots of sound technique developed over my 30 years as a yoga teacher. Power Yoga for Every Body is a bit more challenging taking you from the beginning level and gradually progressing to much more demanding routines.
I do her active shoulder and neck routine and her hip opener routine (total of 65 minutes) very day I can and it has done wonders. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lawrence L. Powell
It helped me relaxes and the instructor's voice is okay and relax. I like it, whenever I feel any anxiety i use this cd.Published 18 days ago by wilma wan
This DVD is okay, but I have a few problems with it. My biggest issue: there is absolutely no flow or graceful transition between poses. Read morePublished 22 days ago by ChloeH
This DVD is awesome. You can literally feel the tension leaving your body with each exercise. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who needs to unwind.Published 26 days ago by Mary E Alston
I love this yoga DVD, inevitably I feel better after I use it. I find the teacher very calming and moving at a good pace. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bret Brown
I have over 20 different Yoga DVD's and this is by far the best for overall peace of mind, relaxation, and best of all, sleep. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shea Ferring