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Stress Relief Yoga for Beginners VHS
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"Today our world moves more quickly than ever, with greater responsibilities and expectations," says instructor Suzanne Deason. "When we experience stress, it's held in our muscles as tension." This 20-minute yoga practice, filmed at sunset on the beach at Maui, will help relax your mind and muscles--especially those of the neck, shoulders, and lower back, where tension accumulates--and let stress drift away. The yoga practice includes 4 minutes of gentle stretch, a 13-minute stress-relief workout that increases circulation and flexibility, and 3 minutes of deep relaxation to leave you calmed and balanced. You'll need a foam brick (or other object suitable for resting your forehead) and a strap or towel for some of the moves. Deason glides from one pose to another, her instruction clear and relaxed. This video is appropriate for all fitness levels and all ages--as long as you realize that you're not trying to match the suppleness of the instructor. Beautifully produced. --Joan Price
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It is worth noting, that this video DOES require usage of a yoga brick and a yoga strap. I unfortunately had neither of these materials, and had to improvise.
I found Suzanne Deason's soft-spoken voice to be very relaxing. I have little tolerance for high-pitched, whiny, abrasive tones, and Suzanne Deason is none of these. She also speaks slowly and clearly - as a beginner, I was able follow her instructions quite easily.
Overall, if you have a yoga brick and strap, I would recommend this video as a relaxing way to end a long day.
I love it even more now!
I do yoga every day at home and take a class with a great teacher also (and have over 50 Yoga videos). Most of the time I'm inclined towards a more rigorous vinyasa flow style yoga but I find I can't do that sort of practice everyday.
This is a tape I use a lot for those "in between" days when I want to do some yoga but don't want to push too hard. For me it's a somewhat restorative tape (though not in the "strict" sense of the word as described in most yoga books/videos).
What I love about this tape is that it moves you through your full range of movements, from gentle forward bends, side bends, shoulder openers, twists and back bends so that you open up your whole body.
The poses aren't held for a long time because the purpose of this tape isn't to move you deeply into postures. Instead it is to gently awaken and remove the "kinks" and muscular tensions from your body.
I find this tape is so gentle that I can use it even if I am a bit under the weather but still want to do something to help me feel balanced and remove body aches without pushing me too hard.
As far as the pacing goes, I can see that the first time or two (especially if you are new to yoga) it may seem hard to follow, but I don't find it difficult to breathe thru this tape at all. Once you know the routine I think the overall pacing isn't a problem at all and in fact is quite relaxing.
Also, you can use this tape as a slightly more challenging short practice by doing slightly more difficult versions of the poses. For example, doing a full Eagle pose (standing on one leg with one leg over the other),Triangle or Side Angle poses (or any of the poses for that matter) without a block, or in the kneeling prayer twist, keep your back leg off the ground in a full lunge position to get a lunging prayer twist. This increases the challenge quite a bit.
Regarding the need for props for this tape. I would recommend buying at least a strap and a block (Yoga Zone has really nice thick blocks which give a lot of stability). If you do yoga fairly regularly the cost of those items is really negligible. Still, you can use a tie or belt from a bathrobe for a strap and I guess books or something like that for a block, but the blocks are much easier to manipulate and the synthetic foam blocks tend to be gentle on the hands and have better traction (which is much safer).
I hope this review is helpful:)
The sequence of poses and the length of time they are held, gently opens up your body and relaxes your mind.
I like to use this tape to "work the kinks" out of my body either when I'm stiff in the morning or middle of the day and want to "realign" and "refresh" my body. It can also be used before going to bed to get rid of the aches and pains that have manifested throughout the day (physical and mental). It can also help you relax before bed to help you sleep more comfortably.
I also use it on days in between my more intense and longer vinyasa type yoga routines so that I can do some yoga on those days but not push too hard.
Regarding the pace: I believe that once you work with this video a few times you will find that the pacing is really not a problem at all. In fact I really enjoy the flow of this routine.
I would also recommend the small investment of a yoga strap and block. They really are not very expensive especially if you plan to use them regularly. It'll work out to be a tiny financial investment for years of use. I recommend the foam blocks from Yoga Zone because they are gentle on the body, they don't slip, and they are thicker than the "living arts" blocks I've seen which gives much more stability in the poses.
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