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Yoga For Inflexible People is for anyone who considers themselves inflexible. The yoga postures developed 5,000 years ago were not created for people who are already flexible, but rather to help inflexible people become more flexible. A wide range of poses are taught and modified to help both beginning and intermediate students experience the benefits of yoga. The modifications includes suggestions for the use of props, which can be either actual yoga props or items you have around the home, such as a belt or books, to assist you when you feel you need additional assistance. Of course if you do not need props, you do not have to use any.
Customized workouts allow you to progress at your own pace and the DVD contains dozens of routines which designed to carefully guide you along your journey into yoga.
When Yoga For Inflexible People was released, the Yoga Journal declared it "One of the most intelligent and useful presentations served up in a long time" and praised it as a DVD "...for all beginning students whether they are inflexible or flexible."
Yoga For Inflexible People continued to be commended as the Yoga Journal rated the DVD as one the Top Yoga DVDs ever produced. (December 2006)
Yoga isn't just for people who are already supple--it's a way to become more flexible. Yoga for Inflexible People presents modifications and props to make traditional poses accessible to people who could not otherwise perform them comfortably or correctly. You get more than 35 workouts and about four hours of instruction and practice in all. Choose a general workout, focus on an area of the body (shoulders, legs, hips, and back), or select a peaceful or energizing workout. Within each category, you have a choice of several different 15- to 75-minute series (some seated), much more variety than most videos offer. Some of the poses are beginning level; others are not. Leader Judi Rice demonstrates well, instructing by voice-over, though her expressionless face lacks warmth and personality. You'll need a yoga mat, blocks (or large books), a long strap or belt, a chair, and blankets. --Joan PriceSee all Editorial Reviews
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Look at the photo on the cover. Really, that's how you start out Yoga for Inflexible People? I'd say this is a good yoga program, but they certainly don't start out with the understanding that some people cannot touch the ground with their hands while standing with straight legs, much less form a triangle with their body and do the pose shown. That's in the first session.
Ridiculous title. That's all I'm saying.
There are general routines, routines for your hips & lower back, your legs, your shoulders plus others to help energize and relax you. There is also a nice selection of time variations so you can do longer and shorter routines, so if I have only 20 minutes to work I my legs, I can find something to do.
I like the fact that it addresses things to help someone like me with the use of props. At the beginning they tell you what props are recommended with a couple of additional bits of information, namely that many props can be substituted with things you probably already have so you do not have to run out and buy things and that the props are suggestions if you need the help. The props used in the routines are also explained for each pose so you can be ready to use them.
I definately recommend doing what the DVD says, give a quick run through and watch things (even fast forwarding works) to get a sense of what is going to happen. After doing it once or twice you really get the hang of the flow.
I especially like the fact that one DVD has 35 separate routines on it, varying in length from 15 minutes to an hour, and concentrating on specific areas. So if you only have 15 minutes and are having neck problems, there is a routine you can do. And they do help! I now try to do yoga with this video everyday. Even 20 minutes a day has made a prfoound difference, and best of all -- the aches and pains are gone, and I have more stamina! I highly recommend this DVD!
And the variety is fantastic. The only thing I could possibly wish for is more 15-20 minute segments. (Many of the segments are 30 minutes or longer.)
UPDATED 9-1/2 YEARS AFTER FINDING THIS DVD:
It turns out the pain and stiffness were caused by inflammation in the body. Once I brought the inflammation down, this DVD helped me get most of my limberness back. Although I'm infinitely better now and would no longer term myself "inflexible", I still use this DVD regularly. The routines themselves are excellent. I simply push into the poses without the use of props, and get a fantastic stretch. In other words, this DVD is not **just** for inflexible people.