Yoga For Beginners
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Product Description YOGA FOR BEGINNERS is the perfect way to be introduced to Yoga and it helps you to explore and experience the numerous benefits of yoga. There are 8 routines to help build strength, increase flexibility, improve your health and vitality and transform how you look and feel.
Routines are led by renowned instructor Barbara Benagh who expertly leads you through tailored workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes. YOGA FOR BEGINNERS was filmed on location at one of the most beautiful, tranquil beaches in the world, Half-Moon Bay, Antigua, which adds to the overall experience of tranquility.
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8 different workouts
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Filmed at Half-Moon Bay, Antigua
Yoga instructor Barbara Benagh has practiced and taught yoga for nearly 35 years. She discovered yoga while living in England and began teaching there. She moved to Boston and opened The Yoga Studio on Beacon Hill in 1980.
In addition to her local classes Barbara teaches yoga seminars throughout the US and internationally. She is a regular contributor of articles to Yoga Journal magazine. She has several audio CDs of live classes available as well as DVDs, the latest being Yoga for Beginners released by Body + Soul magazine, and Yoga for Stress Relief that includes a discussion on meditation from the Dalai Lama.
Barbara was kind enough to answer some questions from Amazon.com about this unique line of yoga DVDs.
I was drawn to working with Bodywisdommedia because they produce DVDs they are interactive. Rather than a "one size fits all" single routine that is typical of most products, these DVDs offer choice, allowing the user to customize and change their yoga practice to suit their needs. No two persons are the same so the ability to change your practice - easing shoulder tension one day and an invigorating morning wake up the next - come as close as possible to allowing you to address your individual needs at home. Not only do people have different physical needs, but they have different time constraints as well. If you have only 20 minutes, there is a practice for you but there are longer practices as well (some as long as 90 minutes) that address the total body/mind connection. The sheer number of yoga sequences offered on each of these DVDs is a first. They are incredibly comprehensive.
How were you able to get the Dalai Lama involved?
This project dovetailed perfectly with the Dalai Lama's message that modern stress is one of the greatest obstacles to our mental happiness and physical wellbeing. Because we are long-time sincere practitioners, having a 30-minute lecture of the Dalai Lama teaching how to meditate on the Yoga for Stress Relief DVD was a perfect fit. Bodywisdommedia also has a broader relationship with the Office of Tibet and are releasing historic lectures with "A Path to Happiness" being the first one.
How will potential buyers of these DVDs know which one is right for them?
The titles are very indicative of what appears on the DVD and therefore a good guide. I really enjoyed making Yoga for Stress Relief because it is incredibly relevant. We strove to make the sequences accessible to as many people as possible, whether they are a beginner or long time practitioner. Yoga for Beginners is a great, non-threatening place to get started and includes lots of sound technique developed over my 30 years as a yoga teacher. Power Yoga for Every Body is a bit more challenging taking you from the beginning level and gradually progressing to much more demanding routines.
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The instructions are very clear, and if you put a full length mirror in the room where you practice, you can easily see how your pose looks compared to the DVD and adjust accordingly. A lot of the beginner poses are still challenging for me, I know I can still improve. It's that feeling of relaxation and contentment that I feel afterward that is impossible to put into words.
Well I read the review here by Beth Cholette. This reviewer has never led me astray before so I figured that I would go ahead and give it a shot based on her extremely detailed review and description of the product. Reading her words made the DVD sound precisely what I was looking for. It was.
Thank you Beth!
I am an older male with hip, back and neck problems which have not responded to injections, physical therapy or medications. This is horrid as I had reached a point where the pain and stiffness was interfering with my life. I lead a rather active life for my age and I am not inclined to change my living habits all that much as I pretty well enjoy my life the way it is...or was, in this case.
I have been working with this program for four weeks now and I can already tell a difference in my movements and the pain is becoming less and less as each day goes by. I found this type to be absolutely perfect for my needs. I found the instructions to be extremely specific and had no problems following them.
Now after almost seven decades there is no way in the world I could perform all of the positions described in this DVD right from the start. To be honest, I would have hurt myself had I tried. The instructor on the DVD though have plenty of methods to adjust each and ever move to your specific requirements. All it required on the users part was a bit of common sense. I found the pace to be perfect for my needs.
Now this is not a work-out program. It is a set of precise positions at first; focusing of breathing of course, and then presents workouts ranging from 10 to 50 minutes. I found I could sort of pick and choose what appealed to me on a daily basis. I liked the fact that Barbara Benagh was not yakking constantly while she was herself performing each stance...her voice was in the background.
If you are considering purchasing this tape I strongly suggest you read Beth Cholette's review. She has told us what is on the DVD so much better than I would ever be able to do. I have found that each of her statements and observations to be completely spot on.
Will this be the last Yoga DVD I purchase? Goodness no! I have already bought another. I have found that I actually like this stuff!
If you're primarily looking for a weight loss yoga DVD, this probably isn't for you. Like others have said, the instructor does go slowly. That's nice for learning and stress relief but not for burning calories. But, if you're looking to ease into a yoga practice, this is almost as good as taking a beginner's class at a studio.