Yoga for Beginners & Beyond (Yoga for Stress Relief / AM-PM Yoga for Beginners / Essential Yoga for Inflexible People)
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED AND PROGRESS WITH YOGA! YOGA FOR BEGINNERS Deluxe 3 DVD Setis the perfect way to explore and experience the numerous benefits of yoga. Each of these 40 routines focuses on different physical and mental aspects of yoga, such as building strength, improving flexibility, reducing stress and more! Never before has a has a single collection of yoga DVDs contained so much valuable information to help you explore the healing, invigorating, joyful world of yoga. Be inspired and motivated with this amazing library that will grow with you for years to come.
* Over 40 routines for a wide range of needs
* Modifications of poses for less-flexible people
* Routines from 15 - 60 minutes
* Filmed at stunning Half-Moon Bay, Antigua
* Bonus footage of the Dalai Lama discussing Meditation
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS DELUXE SETcontains the following three DVDs:
YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF
Excessive stress in our daily lives is one of the greatest obstacles to achieving happiness, good health & well-being. For the first time ever, this DVD reveals how to approach numerous physical, mental and emotional stress related conditions through the ancient science of yoga.
AM/PM YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
The AM routines are customized to wake up both your mind & body in a balanced, energetic, yet serene way. The PM practices help you to let go of the mental and physical stress of the day and prepare for a deep, relaxing sleep.
ESSENTIAL YOGA FOR INFLEXIBLE PEOPLE
These proven & effective routines will help anyone increase flexibility and strength while developing a calm, serene mind. Proper form is emphasized through these slower paced, flowing routines. Great for both the beginner and intermediate student.
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Yoga for Stress Relief
This DVD is my favorite of the three, and one I still use quite often. The practices are broken down into four different areas of concern: 1) Beginning and Ending Your Day, 2) Neck, Shoulder, and Back Issues, 3) Easing Your Mind, and 4) Stomach and Digestion Issues. All of the routines are quite relaxing and largely restorative. They range in length from 15 to 60 minutes and should be doable to most levels of practitioners. Some props are necessary, including at least one blanket on hand (preferably 2-3), a strap, and a bolster/firm pillow.
AM/PM Yoga for Beginners
This is another wonderful DVD from instructor Barbara Benagh. Here the focus is on routines intended for either the a.m. or the p.m., but I've been known to mix-n-match the practices at any time of the day. Again, the length of the practices varies (from 15-45 minutes), and the same props as described above would be helpful here. A few of the routines, such as "Gentle Wake Up" and "Good Nights Sleep," are performed entirely on the floor; one of my favorites is "Get Up and Go," which is a short practice (15 minutes) that offers a wonderful series of upper back openers.
Essential Yoga For Inflexible People
Out of the three DVDs, this is my least favorite. However, the main reason for that is that this is the DVD that is the most beginning level (it moves at a VERY slow pace), and I'm not a beginner myself. If you are a beginner, this DVD might be a good place to start, as it has practices divided into three sections: 1) Short Routines--Learn the Basics, 2) Short Routines--Continued, and 3) Extended Routines--As You Progress. The practices vary in length from under 10 minutes for some of the shorter routines to a full 90 minute session.
In the end, if you are a beginner to intermediate yoga student, I think it would be hard to go wrong with this set, which offers hours and hours of options. Highly recommended!
I borrowed one of the DVDs for a couple of weeks from a friend who has been practicing a few years and who started out with the one to increase flexibility. (She also has the other DVDs and uses them all the time) This DVD is very good to get you started if you have not done yoga or are early in your yoga practice, really helped me get a basis with assistance and then move along.
Stress Relief is usuable by pretty much anyone with routines designed to help stress issues, digestion, hips, neck and so on. The relaxtion routines are easy to do and very effective. Though Stress relief has some routines for morning and evening, AM/PM has a wide variety of routines for the morning and evening.
I was able to mix and match as I worked through things and there is a ton of variety. Will be able to use this for a long, long time.
You can really choose longer or shorter practices with the AM/PM and Stress Relief DVDs. The short relaxations are great for unwinding when I've had a very long day and just want to take a pause but don't have the time and energy for a longer practice. The morning routines can also be just a quick 15 minutes to get moving or else an extended routine, 35 to 45 minutes.
I find that Barbara Benagh explains the movements and their benefits clearly, demonstrates the poses well, and gives me plenty of time to move from one pose to the next. I've been practicing for about a year and a half (but I kinda took some breaks in there, so it was not straight on through) and she and Rodney Yee are among the best for beginners and the less flexible. She shows you options and your final goal.
Despite my previous yoga experience I feel some of her poses are definitely NOT for BEGINNERS. While I am by no means inflexible and have done many twists and backbends in other yoga classes in the past. I managed to hurt my back a few minutes into one of her videos.
First of all, if the routines are meant to be stand alone, not all of the routines provide proper warmup of the back and spine. In other classes/videos, less extreme twists are performed first, slowly working up to the full twist.
Second of all, other videos provide more warnings and say things like "for more advanced students/for a deeper twist do...." This video lacks these warnings so it is easy for a true beginner falling along. Fortunately, from previous yoga classes, I could recognize some of the poses and knew where to stop before I seriously hurt myself. This video makes it very difficult for me to trust the video and follow along instead of constantly worrying that a pose will end up straining my back.