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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Then I saw the Yoga Journal (which I started reading a few months back and also recommend) had made this DVD their editor's choice in the September issue. I figured they knew what they are talking about, so I picked it up. And I am really glad I did.
It is perfect, and accomplishes what it says; it is has increased my flexibility and helped me with all of my pursuits. The set up is easy, and the ability to target different parts of your body for different sports is great. If you are looking to implement the benfits of yoga to help with your sports then you should pick this up, well worth the money.
Some of the routine was difficult for me at first, and some parts of the routine remain challenging even as I have progressed. The jacket recommends watching the entire video at least once before participating, and I would say that is good advice - when you are working out, it allows you to concentrate on the verbal cues without constantly interrupting the movement/position to look at the tape.
Just for kicks, I've checked out what the teacher suggests football players do for a shoulder routine. It was a nice change of pace! This disk has well over 100 routine options. A true bargain when compared to a one routine video.
Since adding yoga to my training program, this 50 year old guy will see many more tri-seasons! And this is what DVD is all about. Multiple configuations... we'll see more like this I'm sure!
The yoga itself is what I refer to as "general" Hatha style. It is slow-paced, and each pose is held for a little while, allowing you to really get into it and feel the stretch. I consider myself an intermediate-level yogist, and I find this neither too easy nor too hard -- it's just right. A male exerciser performs the exercises, and there is a female voice-over giving the instruction. She is very helpful and precise, often giving you that one little hint that makes all the difference in the pose. The set is a little bland, which is something of a drawback, but who's looking at the TV anyway?
I hadn't taken yoga class in many, many years so I don't have the flexibility or the balance to do some of the yoga positions so I cheat. I would not recommend this to anyone who is not somewhat fit or active.
The DVD's voice over instructions are very easy to follow, but she does get her lefts and rights mixed up. This can be confusing and annoying, but the mix-up is obvious.
Overall, this DVD is cheaper and as good as paying for actual yoga lessons.