Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams: A Complete Beginning Yoga Practice for Midlife (40's - 70's) to Increase Strength, Flexibility, Balance, Good Posture, and Overall Well-being.
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Yoga is the perfect exercise to help you create a vibrant healthy body, and live a long, active, full life. This DVD is designed specifically for people in mid-life (40's - 70's) to help maintain or regain youthful strength, flexibility, balance, good posture, and a relaxed body and mind. You’ll learn to practice over 60 yoga poses safely and effectively. Designed and taught by Jane Adams, a yoga practitioner of over 35 years with special interest and training in yoga for healthy ageing, these sequences have been developed through years of working with many mid-lifers with bodies of all shapes and abilities. The DVD has 5 completely different sections: Full body warm-up, done lying on your back (20 minutes); Standing poses and easy movements to improve balance (33 minutes); Upper body work, done seated in a chair (13 minutes); Poses to stretch and strengthen the torso, hips and legs and quiet the mind (20 minutes); and Relaxation (7 minutes). The poses flow seamlessly one to another at an easy-to-follow pace to make the most of your exercise time. You will be challenged in an appropriate, safe way while experiencing all the wonderful benefits of yoga. Clear instruction and demonstrations make this perfect for beginners.
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I personally tried all the segments myself and found the sequencing to be very calming, as well as challenging. Jane teaches the basics of yoga breathing in the first warmup section and continues with cues to use the breath throughout the following sequences. The yoga (diaphragmatic) breaths help increase lung capacity as well prevent injuries. Each of the 5 segments are a yoga workout all unto themselves although I would recommend doing the warmup section before doing any of the other segments, for maximum benefit. I would also recommend doing the relaxation segment each time one uses the DVD. The student can make the yoga poses as challenging as one wants at the time. Done consistently, the yoga presented in this DVD would help facilitate better postural/spinal alignment, increased core strength and improved balance. The strengthening poses are done after instruction for good alignment, which increases both their safety and effectiveness.
I also really enjoyed the peaceful background music used in this DVD - it began to feel a bit like a moving meditation as I followed the yoga instructions. Having an actual student doing the warmups (segment 1) and relaxation (segment 5) was great too! I felt somewhat energized but relaxed after I completed all the segments. Thank you to Jane and your student! I have already started recommending it to my students!
**UPDATE* After several weeks of using this DVD daily, I can only recommend it even more highly! I had hoped to improve flexibility, lessen stress, and have more energy - and it's done all that. BUT, the real benefits are the "hidden treasures". I've always been a mouth breather, and would walk a mile daily huffing and puffing and breathing through my mouth. One day I realized I was breathing close-mouthed - "slow, full breaths" as Jane says - as I was taking my brisk morning walk. So much more beneficial, and this took me completely by surprise. Better breathing was not one of the benefits I had been expecting!
Secondly, I've been sway backed for as long as I can remember. But little by little my posture has improved. I'm proud to say I'm no longer sway-backed, and as my back has been strengthened and pulled into alignment, no more lower back aches! Another "hidden treasure"!
Anyone who wants to give yoga a try would be well-advised to start with this dvd. Just do what you can (I was the shakiest of beginners, believe me!) But as you practice, you will see such improvement - and maybe find some hidden treasures of your own!
Although very new to this Gentle Yoga practice, my body has already come to appreciate how it helps start my day. A couple days ago I made the 'mistake' of not doing it and could feel the difference. The more I use it, the more I appreciate how this practice benefits me, making me feel more limber, lighter.
Jane's pacing never has me feeling rushed or out of sync with what's being instructed. I really like how she's helped me redirect my internal focus...something I'm lax at in my own, more intense practice....and her cuing means not having to crane my neck to see the TV.
Unlike yoga DVDs which feature the instructor in an expansive set or some stunning outdoor locale, this is a very simple production. Just Jane in a small studio accompanied by soft music (although she has a student demonstrate the Warm Up and Relaxation segments).
I do wish the music would continue behind the menu screen so that once the Relaxation segment ends I could remain in Shavasana longer. At some point, I'd also like to see Jane do a gentle Vinyasa flow DVD.