A.M. and P.M. Meditation
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A simple morning program led by internationally acclaimed yoga and meditation instructor Rodney Yee. A gentle yoga warm-up helps transition your body from sleep to seated meditation, followed by breath work to stimulate the body and mind and ending with a guided meditation.
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For the first time, I bought something based on the cover and it is EXACTLY what it promises to be. This is EXACTLY what I wanted: an introduction to yoga, and something that did not require me to stand on my head or take up three hours of my day.
I've never done yoga before, although I'm as familiar with anyone with the famous cross-legged, feet on thighs pose. This DVD is not about that. Unlike the previous reviewer, I did not find it to be rushed at all. Yes, there is a definite pace to the workouts, but I find this to be wonderful, because I know exactly how long I will be, and it is so easy to include it in my day. If there was a rushed quality about it, I found it to be only because some of the stretches felt so darn good I wanted to hold them for longer. Heck, folks! Just hit 'pause' on the remote! After just three days of this, I found myself maintaining better posture, a centered breathing state, and overall being more calm and centered and focused at work and more at ease overall.
I began with the PM yoga workouts for the first couple days or so, just because I didn't make the time to do the AM one. Within two days, I found myself sleeping better, having dreams, and I found I was not waking up with headaches and muscle soreness.
Then I began adding the AM workout to my day. GOODNESS GRACIOUS it's a fabulous way to begin the day.
The meditations are calming, centering, and not "New-Agey". Great for anyone who wants to just hit 'pause' on their day for a few minutes!
I appreciated the instructors' background interviews that are provided on the DVD. It has made me want to come back and purchase more material. And it also brings them down-to-earth, makes them accessible. They're not gurus, they're just wonderfully ordinary people who found their niche in this. And they do an excellent job.
Strongly suggested to anyone.
I found the mini-stretching exercises led by Rodney Yee to be too brief with abrupt transitions from one movement to the next. I also found his movements (as well as his sitting posture and hand mudras) too exacting and stiff for my taste. It made sense when I found out that he has a background in ballet - explains a lot I think. I also found his meditation narrative to be very distracting and a bit too "leading" - almost like he is trying to tell you what to think about at that exact moment etc, even though, as far as I understood, this was not supposed to be a guided imagery type of meditation. There is value to having moments of just silence in the morning. And there was very little of that.
I liked the PM meditation portion a bit better. But again, the yoga transition into the meditation was very brief. Not much else to say about the PM part, except that she leads you through a very basic session of mindfulness meditation. It's an okay start for beginners, but doesn't go much deeper than that. There are many other outstanding sources of guided mindfulness meditation CDs, like those by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (father of mindfulness meditation himself).
All in all, I would say that I am able to get more of the calming/stress-relieving effect that I was looking for from my AM/PM Stretch DVD than I was from this video... Definitely check out the AM/PM Stretch video if you are interested in incorporating more yoga into your morning/evening routines as well. (The many positive reviews for the stretch video speaks for itself).