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Stress Relief Yoga For Beginners

NR

Stress Relief Yoga helps reduce the effects of stress and renew vitality. In a simple, yet powerful workout practiced at dusk on the island of Maui, renowned yoga instructor Suzanne Deason guides postures to help create a more centered life.

Starring:
Suzanne Deason
Runtime:
23 minutes

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Product Details

Director Steve Adams
Starring Suzanne Deason
Studio Gaiam
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: VHS Tape
My husband and I have been doing this tape for almost two weeks and really enjoy it. Neither of us has any prior experience with yoga and we both needed something to soothe us at the end of a hectic day. Although I feel that some of the poses are difficult for beginners, particularly the forward bending dog and the triangle, many of the poses help us to stretch most of our limbs and relax, while being conscious of our breathing. It moves a little quicker than we like, but we do our best to keep up and of course we know that we don't possess the flexibility at this stage to master the poses as Suzanne does. All in all, we enjoy the tape and are trying to do it 3 times per week, or more often. For the price, if you would like to experience some of the benefits of yoga, buy it!
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This is actually my second review of this video. I wrote the first after having it for a short time and I loved it then!
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.
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The first time I tried this tape it was reasonably difficult and I kept falling over during lunge poses, but by the third time (when I was also using the necessary props) it was truly relaxing and enjoyable...there's a good reason one says "practice yoga" and not "do yoga"! The scenery is lovely, her voice is soothing, and I had no problem understanding the poses even as a complete newcomer to yoga. However, you will want to have a yoga brick and strap to get the most relaxing results; I don't think the box mentions the need for props. Realize that at first you may need to position the brick higher or differently than the instructor until you become more flexible and can relax more deeply.
This tape is only 20 minutes so not all the poses can be held as long as you might like, but I just keep the remote handy and pause whenever I want to hold a stretch a bit longer or continue to hold a pose while she instructs what to do next and then move to the next pose slightly after she starts. Time is very precious and if this was a 60 minute tape I doubt I'd make the time to do it nearly as often.
The upper back stretching exercises are especially nice for anyone who spends most of the day hunched over a computer terminal. It is a pretty simple routine that almost anyone could learn to do for themselves at their own pace.
This video would earn a solid five starts if they shortened the introduction about stress in our lives and instead used the time to cover alternative techniques and poses for less-flexible beginners.
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Format: VHS Tape
As a recent fan of the Living Yoga series, this tape has it's own unique edge. I have already tried Living Yoga's Lower Body for beginners, also with Suzanne Deason, and she's a yoga teacher I've come to really appreciate. She doesn't bombard the viewer with information, and she manages to gently guide you through a 20 minute yoga workout that really melts the stress away.
Filmed in Maui (most Living Yoga tapes are, the scenery of these tapes is always breathtaking), the gentle waves and gorgeous sunset in the background have a fantasic calming effect on the viewer. Of course the workout itself is well worth all five stars, it is worth mentionning that the scenery has a kind of subconscious meditative effect that really mellows you out.
She starts off with a 4 minute gentle stretch, which, although some people may find too fast and hard to keep up with, I had absolutely no problems keeping up. Besides, it's only 4 minutes and it's mostly arm movements while in mountain pose, so it's basically something the average person can easily keep up with. By the second or third try it shouldn't even be a problem.
Next is a 13 minute stress relief workout which, in my opinion, is not only a massive understatement, but seems to fly by in much less than 13 minutes. It requires the use of a block and a yoga strap (I use books and my old karate belt), and it's really very easy. The point of these exercises is NOT to add stress onto your body (she thouroughly explains all this in the beginning of the tape), but to just gently stretch and do what you can. If you've ever seen any of Suzanne Deason's other workouts, it's VERY clear that in this particular tape she's not working at maximum capacity; which essentially is the point.
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