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Healing Yoga: Common Conditions

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Even if you've never done yoga before,you can benefit from this gentle program. This yoga program is designed to help you increase your metabolism while gently stretching and relieving stress. Making these simple exercises part of your daily routine may assist in managing the symptoms of diabetes and high cholesterol as well as helping with weight management and improved circulation. The Healing Yoga series brings into your home Lisa and Charles Matkin's extensive hands-on experience and work with leading physicians in using yoga to help people with chronic injuries and illnesses. Regular practice of this yoga program can be beneficial for a range of specific conditions while helping you build strength and bring flexible, fluid movement to your whole body. About The Instructors: Charles and Lisa Matkin are experts in therapeutic yoga and have over 16 years combined experience as yoga professionals. They design custom yoga programs to help their clients address chronic injuries and illnesses. The Matkins founded and direct the Mind Body Therapies department at a complementary health care center in New York City and have taught therapeutic yoga programs at Beth Israel Hospital and New York Presbyterian Medical Center.

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  • Actors: Charles Matkin, Lisa Matkin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JDS1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lisa and Charles have a beautiful energy together, and although this DVD may be appropriate for those with some experience in yoga, or with fairly good health, I cannot imagine people with some of the 'common condiditons' they mention doing this series without struggles or perhaps injury. (I teach in medical settings, am an RN and a Registered Yoga Teacher). For example, many Type II Diabetics (most common type), and others who are overweight or hypertensive might be better off sitting on a chair to start with vs. the ground. They mention sitting on a pillow or a book-without addressing common difficulties such as knee pain or arthritis (more common in people with overweight), or how to transition from pose to pose. And downward-facing dog?? It is a good pose for stretching out various parts of the body, but there are so many others that can get you there, and the stress on the wrists and shoulders without detailed instructions can be great. Too many forward-folds without modifications often lead to dizziness...I'm sure that with the experience these teachers have, and with the hundreds of asana poses there are, they could've come up with something more creative and health-promoting than Sun Salutations!

Although they do mention the importance of doing modifications several times, they don't show progressive steps or the modifications. I have noticed that most people will imitate the teacher in classes, our common human tendency to strive and 'look right' rather than follow our own body's messages. This is mostly a physical (hatha) yoga practice, rather than focusing on healing and the integration of breath and awareness in the practice.
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I first watched this DVD on Netflix's instant stream and used it nearly every day for months but soon discovered that I needed to own it. It's a low-key, easy to follow Yoga routine for beginners, or those who have mobility issues. When I first started watching this DVD, I couldn't bend, let alone touch my toes. A few months into it, I could touch my toes and even do the inverted V! Another thing I like is that there are no inside jokes, the instructors are straight-forward and to the point, often reminded the viewer why certain poses are good for the body. I am very pleased and hope to continue to build strength and mobility in my body with this DVD.
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This video is excellent in every respect. Good instruction. Clear images. Wonderful ambience. Very useful for its intended purpose: healing and wellness. Also useful for any yoga practice. Highly recommend.
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I was disappointed in this tape and a companion tape "Healing Yoga for Aches & Pains." They are nothing more than beginning tapes. I was looking for specific recommendations/instructions for specific problems which they did not provide, but newcomers to Yoga might find some basic information of value.
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As I turned 40 I began noticing arthritic aches in my knees, ankles and back. This kept my motivation down to exercise to feel fit. My thoughts turned to yoga as a way to condition my body and reduce the aches and stiffness. Onset diabetes is a concern of mine, also, because of family history. Some videos were too strenuous or fast for me. This video, along with Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains, renewed my excitement and motivation to exercise. I reviewed tapes from my library, but kept returning to these two time and again. After a couple of weeks I can really feel the difference. The couple on the tape have soothing voices without sounding like they're trying to contrive a mystical effect. I, also, like the way it is broken up into 3 different parts. I work the tape as a whole, but I can see how time constraints or energy would make the shorter sessions ideal.
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I am 28, overweight, and was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis after two years of pain. I have been doing this DVD through Netflix Instant, but decided to go ahead and buy it because I use this several times a week. I tried their video for aches & pains and it wasn't challenging enough for me, but this video is just right. I have done some yoga in the past, but would still call myself a beginner. This video gives me a good, gentle strengthening workout while helping to stretch and relax my joints. I find my hands and feet are less stiff and less painful in the morning if I did this video the night before. My diabetic 60 year old mother who has had back surgery, breast cancer, and knee surgery, all in the last 2 years, is also able to do this video, so the reviewer who said this was too difficult for people with "common conditions" shouldn't generalize so much.
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This is a great video for a beginner. I'm in my late 50's and a type 2 diabetic, and doing this workout has helped to bring my blood sugar down more than anything else I have done (interval training, walking, weights). While I will continue to do all of these activities, this video is great for the in between days when I don't lift. I signed up for classes a few months ago at a local yoga place and found the routines to be way too hard. I couldn't even do a lot of them. This video is a perfect intro to yoga. I also found a used copy for $23 so you don't have to pay full price, look for other sellers.
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