Yoga For Athletes
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YOUR NEEDS CHANGE EVERY DAY, SO SHOULD YOUR DVD!
Yoga for Athletes is the ideal complement for any sports enthusiast looking to build strength, stamina and flexibility. Whether a novice or experienced yoga practitioner, this DVD will increase performance and help reduce the risk of sports related injuries.
Choose from 16 different sports! Running, Tennis, Skiing, Golf, Soccer, Cycling, Swimming. Football, Basketball, Kayaking, Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Volleyball, Baseball, Weightlifting, each with 12 customized workouts Dozens of workouts to choose from!
The Interactive Personal Trainer revolutionizes the practice of yoga in the home. Unlike other videos that may contain one or two workouts, this DVD contains dozens of workouts of varied lengths and purposes. Get into shape, relieve stress, become stronger and more flexible & increase energy with your own Interactive Personal Trainer.
Barbara Benagh has been a yoga practitioner for 30 years and her insightful teaching style is renowned for its strength, creativity and emphasis on breath awareness. As both an avid road cyclist and advanced yoga practitioner, Barbara has developed an understanding and appreciation of the benefits of cross training with yoga. Barbara has contributed many articles for the Yoga Journal.
Athletes can build flexibility and strength for their sports by cross-training with a targeted yoga workout. Yoga for Athletes presents 12 different customized yoga sessions ranging from 20 to 60 minutes for each of 16 sports: baseball, basketball, cycling, football, golf, hiking, kayaking, martial arts, rock climbing, running, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and weight lifting. Choose your sport, then select from a dozen yoga workouts emphasizing certain muscle groups (such as hips, shoulders, legs) or skills (balance, twisting, strength).
Instruction is slow and detailed enough for beginners to learn the poses. Instructor Barbara Benagh, an avid road cyclist and an advanced yoga practitioner with more than 25 years of teaching experience, uses voice-over to explain carefully how to do each pose. Jason Gordon, an advanced practitioner, demonstrates the poses clearly. --Joan PriceSee all Editorial Reviews
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After having a baby, I can't find the time or money to attend yoga class anymore. I have had this DVD for years and would often use it for a good stretch after doing some form of strenuous activity (picking the yoga sequence that corresponds with the actvity ie, hiking after a hike, cycling after a bike ride). I have always loved it for that because it stretches the parts of your body that need the stretching.
And now that I can no longer attend regular classes (in which instructors often introduce new poses and different routines), I have found a new love for this DVD. Because there are LOTS of different workouts...no more getting bored of doing the exact same sequence over and over. Also, for me, I need to be reminded of proper alignments, to drop shoulders, and pelvic positions and this DVD does that at the appropriate times so that you can increase the efficiency of each move and therefore deepen the stretch. That cannot be achieved by sequences written down on paper.
I noticed some people sad it was too beginner, if you are in fact advanced, I feel you could modify the poses yourself...no one is forcing you to do just as the voice tells you! (Yes, she is monotone...but I wouldnt want an over the top voice, easy to zone out and concentrate just on your movements and breathing. Yes, the flow in some of the workouts is awkward, but if you have done yoga before you can achieve your own flow, I slow down the transition, sometimes skip a position if I need to and move at my own pace, much like what is encouraged to do in a real yoga class anyway.
The variety that is available in this DVD is priceless when compared with other DVDs and for someone like me who enjoys lots of different sports and can no longer go to regular yoga class, I love it, and will continue to use it!
- Variety of poses and a clear, detailed instruction.
- Holds poses for a long period, so you can really get a stretch and adjust your posture.
- I read some reviewers say that having the model without his shirt on was distracting. I found it to be a plus - you can really see what his ribcage/abdomen/spine is doing.
- There is no pose encyclopedia, and I think that is the biggest flaw. Since this is a DVD for beginners, which basically shows you how to do each pose, what you really need is the ability to go to the pose without having to skip around looking for it. Honestly, that simple change would make it a five star for me.
- DVD setup is confusing with many many sequences and options which are ultimately so similar it becomes redundant. You get overwhelmed with all these options that don't give you much variety.
Overall, if you are a true beginner who wants to learn how to do 40 or so poses correctly, go ahead and buy this DVD. Instruction, again, is excellent. This is not, however, a true encyclopedia and can be time consuming to memorize what each of the sequences holds.