A.M. and P.M. Yoga For Beginners
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Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden present this twice-a-day yoga workout designed for busy beginners. Rodney Yee presents a daily 15-minute morning workout designed to increase circulation, improve mobility, and bring clarity to your mind, while Patricia Walden leads a 20-minute evening routine designed to quiet the mind after the stress of the day.
A.M. Yoga for Beginners
"The morning is a precious time," says the narrator of A.M. Yoga for Beginners. "Just as the sun rises and falls, so do our natural rhythms. The morning is perfect time to open our bodies and center our minds." This 20-minute yoga practice with supple instructor Rodney Yee is the perfect way to start your day by energizing your body and calming your mind. Filmed on the beach at Maui at sunrise, the video starts with a 4-minute Conscious Relaxation focusing on breathing, then glides into a 14-minute series of yoga poses that are simultaneously relaxing and energizing. It ends with a 2-minute seated Guided Meditation to center your body and mind. Yee's instruction is detailed and gentle. The video is beautifully filmed: you watch the waves roll in as Yee demonstrates yoga poses on a sandy beach. The yoga practice awakens and stretches your muscles gently, leaving you balanced and focused. "Yoga is the foundation of my day," says Yee. "A few minutes in the morning will help give meaning to your day." --Joan Price
P.M. Yoga for Beginners
"The evening is the perfect time to calmly transition between being active and being quiet," says Patricia Walden, instructor of P.M. Yoga for Beginners. "One of the greatest gifts yoga has to offer is deep relaxation." This 20-minute program is designed to balance, calm, and revitalize you at the end of the day. It starts with centering poses: gentle stretches bringing awareness and quiet to your senses. Next are standing poses to release tension, increase circulation, expand the lungs, and help you breathe more deeply. Next, forward bends cool the body and bring quiet to the nervous system. The final restorative poses are so relaxing that you may fall asleep. Walden tells you not only how to do the poses, but what you should feel, and how to quiet your body and your mind. Instruction is soothing and explicit. Although this video is aimed at beginners, seldom are modifications given for the less flexible novice, so if any pose causes discomfort or seems impossible, don't push beyond your personal comfort level. The video was filmed on the windswept sands of Death Valley. --Joan Price
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Simply put, this is just not good. I'll try Rodney Yee's other work, but the next time I see Patricia Walden's name associated with a project, I will be certain to give it a miss. I wish I could return this disk, but unfortunately, the fact that the program itself is defective does not qualify as a reason for a refund.
We enjoy the A.M. session the most, but it doesn't seem very invigorating. In fact, it makes us both relaxed. And the P.M. session tends to awaken us more. We both found that the P.M. session was more difficult.
Our only real complaint about the video is that we both felt like more time needed to be devoted to holding the stretches, and that equal time be given for each direction of the stretch. Whichever stretch they start with tends to have the longest "holding" time. Granted, this video is supposed to be a quick intro to yoga, and there are other videos out there that hold stretches for longer time, but we felt like even 4-5 more seconds of holding the strech would have been better.
We appreciated the "props" part of the video as well. It goes through how to use the blocks, straps, and mat, which we found helpful. I would recommend purchasing a block or two and a strap for those who aren't as flexible.
I noticed that even after the first week I was more flexible than when we first started. My husband can't say the same yet, but he hasn't given up hope.