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Yoga for the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis
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349 of 352 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
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It's not hard to see why this is one of the most popular yoga DVDs for arthritis. It gets your whole body moving in a very gentle manner- and exercise has been shown to definitely help with arthritis pain.

If you're worried about it being too challenging OR not being challenging enough, I'd have to say that's not a big concern here. The poses are shown 3 ways- the normal pose in standing, or a way using a chair to steady yourself if you have balance problems, and yet a third way where you do it in sitting.

There's really something in here for everyone regardless of your fitness level or if you have only one or two specific arthritic joints that give you trouble. Those with bad hand arthritis might also want to check out Treat Your Own Hand and Thumb Osteoarthritis.
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322 of 328 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
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I bought this DVD after being told I have mild Spinal Stenosis and need surgery. I may have to have the surgery someday, but not now. I do the reclining position stretches every morning. It has increased my range of motion and comfort. I had the flu and didn't do them for a few days. I could tell my range of motion decreased. It is the first time in my life that I want to do exercises because I feel better afterwards. I do the gentle warm up and hand exercises at the end of the day. I am amazed at how well my lower back feels just by rolling my shoulders. They are great exercises for anyone who sits at a computer. I haven't done any of the other exercises yet. It will be awhile before I do the standing or sun salutations. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who has lost motion because of arthritis. I am sure you will feel better with the help of this DVD. Pat Murphy
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160 of 171 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
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I have degenerative arthritis - had a spinal fusion and a hip replacement in 2010 and found this video a great way to "get moving" again. The movements are easy to follow, yet make me feel wonderful -especially all the stretching moves. I was looking for something "good for my body" and this Yoga Video certainly fit the bill. I am past middle age, was fairly active before my operations, have grown married children and found this the perfect thing to help me become active again - yoga - it's a wonderful thing! None of the exercises/poses/positions hurt my back or hip and my body felt wonderful after completing each step. The narrator's voice is very calming and enhances the relaxation I experienced upon completing the video. I would recommend this form of exercise to anyone and everyone - especially those with arthritis who want to keep moving!
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
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I teach a gentle yoga class for people over 50. Many of my students have chronic conditions--Parkinson's, spinal stenosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, artificial joints, etc. I recommend this video if they want something to do on days between our classes. Peggy shows exercises on different levels of difficulty so that a viewer can choose how active to be. People tell me how helpful this video is and how soothing they find Peggy's voice and manner. This is not just for people with arthritis. Anyone who wants a gentle stretching workout will benefit.
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171 of 185 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2011
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I purchased this DVD even though it had mixed reviews. I wish I had purchased something else. Peggy Cappy obviously knows her material. I think the problem here is primarily with the editing and design. It would have been helpful to have an instructional section, followed by a practice section which you could turn on to work through. Instruction is mixed up with practice. With all her talking, the DVD is 110 minutes long! I don't have that amount of time, and constantly fast forwarding is really not user friendly. (The last portion of Sun Salutations abruptly cut off, as mentioned by another reviewer.) Her two helpers looked less than thrilled to be on the DVD! Come on - show a little enthusiasm! The lack of music, while not critical, is a legitimate complaint.
I won't give the DVD away, since I need to work on flexibility to counter my osteoarthritis. But if you are looking for a program, look elsewhere.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2010
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I found this DVD excellent. The program is clearly explanned step by step. I am 67 yrs old but feel this is good for any age, especially if you are not experienced in Yoga.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
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I first saw Peggy Cappy on PBS during a membership pledge drive. She is an excellent Yoga instructor with a soothing voice that easily prods you into a level of relaxation. Most, but not all, of her instruction is well suited for elderly students with physical limitations. A few of the stretches can be too difficult for someone not flexible or limber although with time and by following a weekly routine the stretches become easier. If you are recovering from any type of injury make sure your doctor or physical therapist gives the green light to begin even the easiest warm-ups associated with Yoga. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer and find the hand warm-ups along with the neck stretches really helps lessen my discomfort. Doing just those moves could benefit anyone of any age and minimize the related pain. Overall this is a great video.
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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
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This yoga cd really helped me with my stiff joints. I feel much better after using this yoga cd. Highly recommend this for people with stiff and painful joints!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I am a senior who use to do yoga at least 3 or 4 times a week. The last 2 years I have slowly given it up and really did notice the stiffness that was beginning to take over my body. I saw this yoga tape on TV and thought I would try it because the instructor was not 20 years old and seemed to know what she was talking about. She actually caters to people in my age bracket. I have begun again and I must say so far it has been painless. I do feel a difference already and plan to continue as a preventative against arthritis which we all may encounter as we get older.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2010
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I love this DVD "Yoga for the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis" even though I don't have arthritis. The exercises on the DVD are appropriate for anyone who has experienced physical injury, has back problems, or wants/needs low impact exercises for flexibility and body toning. I can feel the blood circulating in my body and my whole body feels energized and relaxed.
Carolita Oliveros
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