Big Yoga Beginners Hatha 1
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Big Yoga is an adapted 60 minute yoga class for the larger body. Students are encouraged to chant, do asana, pranayama, deep relaxation and a sweet moment of meditation. " Envigorating and restorative" says Dr. Dean Ornish. "With kindness and expertise, Meera encourages us to get on the mat!" according to Judith H. Lasater.
September - October / 2006 DVD REVIEW Big Yoga: Beginner's Hatha 1 With Meera Patricia Kerr Reviewed by Tim Noworyta Throughout the DVD, Meera s clear, pleasant voice and calm, friendly demeanor--as well as the presence of fresh flowers, a candle and spiritual d cor--create a comfortable atmosphere filled with the love and peace she wishes to have large-bodied people experience through yoga. Her devotion to the practice and concern for the health and well-being of people with bigger bodies radiate throughout the program. --Yoga ChicagoSee all Editorial Reviews
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In many of the postures, she has you stand with your feet together or sit with your legs together in front of you. She also has you cross one leg over the other leg and twist -- which is also impossible for someone my size. Then she has you pull your knees to your chest. I cannot do any of these. I am a size 24, by the way. And I am able to do most of the postures in many yoga DVDs, like Yoga Zone. I am also very active, having lost 60 pounds to date (I do Turbo Jam, Walk Away the Pounds, and Jari Love).
With this purchase, I also bought "Just My Size Yoga" by Megan Garcia. I love that DVD. Although it is not perfect (I would like it to be longer and to have more stretches), it is far more achievable for someone of my size. In fact, there is not a single posture I cannot attain. After that DVD, I feel refreshed, revitalized, and strong. Unfortunately, I cannot say that for this "Big Yoga" DVD. I really wanted to love it, but I will have to wait until I lose at least another 50-100 pounds probably.
To start, it spent so much time with the instructor chanting that I had to finally fast forward to the workout. It also wastes several minutes where you do nothing except move your eyes back and forth, up and down, one corner to the other. Yoga EYEs??
I felt the actual workout was rather disjointed in it's movements from standing to the floor back to standing. And as to being appropriate for larger sized beginners - how many are going to be able to do a pose where you have to hoist your entire body into the air while supporting nearly your entire weight just by placing your hands on your back just below the shoulder blades?
Before it even got to the pose mentioned above, there were other poses that even I thought were overly simple. It was on one of these very simple poses that the instructor herself states that if you can't do those poses that you should be using an even more simple DVD - what is supposed to be easier than a level 1 beginner DVD??
Skip this DVD - it will never be worth any price. I recommend Just My Size Yoga instead...a much better DVD.