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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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First of all, there does not appear to be anything special about the instruction or poses that is special for inflexible people. If these poses are for inflexible people, then I guess I need the video for petrified people.
Second, many of the instructions make absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. Have you ever tried to follow assembly instructions that read like they they were translated into English by someone who doesn't really speak English? Here is an example from the instructions for "Tadasana":
"Stand with the inner borders of your feet touching. Extend back from your inner arches through your heels and forward through your toes. Plant your feet firmly on the floor, and draw the muscles and bones of your legs up and back. Take your inner thighs back and broaden the back of the thighs from the inside out. This broadens the back of the thighs in [maybe "and"?] the pelvic area. Into that space bring your tailbone forward."
Huh? To make matters worse, these are actions that are not really visible. I'm sure the model is probably doing them, but it appears she is just standing there doing nothing.
I would only recommend this DVD to someone I really dislike.
I'm coming back from some lower back/hip/leg pain that occurred as a result of my job becoming more physical, at a point when I'd let myself get way out of shape. I'm using my old standby for starting to exercise again, Angela Lansbury's Positive Moves: A Personal Plan for Fitness and Well-Being at any Age, but wanted something different to use on the weekends. So I'm starting to try out some DVDs through my library, via inter-library loan, to discover ones worth buying. I will NOT be buying this one.
The description here made it sound like it might be good for someone like me, but the disclaimer at the beginning of the actual DVD says it's for people who are physically fit already. It may be that the "inflexible people" referred to in the title have been concentrating on strength or cardio training and not enough on flexibility. It doesn't seem intended for those who are inflexible because of arthritis, being overweight, or being generally out of shape. The description here also says it shows how to use common household items as props if necessary, including a belt. However, the belt shown as a prop for correct position and breathing technique is extremely long and must have been made specifically for yoga practice--not the kind you'd have around the house. You couldn't wrap a normal belt around your neck, shoulders and chest, as shown on the DVD.
On the back of the case, it says there are routines for various problems like lower back pain. But when I went to the section of the DVD for back and hip issues, the very first exercise was one that I wouldn't have been able to do even when I was younger, thinner and in better shape--and with no real adjustments given to make it a little easier for those with current back issues.
On top of that, the verbal instructions are very puzzling--how are you supposed to raise your thighs, or broaden the backs of them, let alone while you are standing still? I don't know what these instructions mean, and don't want to get in the habit of doing the poses incorrectly. Years ago I tried yoga tapes and books, and took a few classes, and never found the instructions to be as confusing as this. Off to fill out another inter-library loan request...
The last six to eight months I have not been doing yoga due to health issues. (I know, I know. It's incredibly painful, though.) I have continued and deepened my meditation and yogic breathing, and kept walking, but I lost a lot of my flexibility and I might say I'm back where I started.
I found going through this DVD incredibly difficult. I am not inflexible, but I do have fibromyalgia, and by pose four I was done. The details of the poses are, indeed, very useful, but holding the pose for as long as the teacher is speaking is difficult for many of us, and shockingly, they don't give the simplest modifications of all- for instance, doing Mountain Pose with feet separated for those of us with extra padding, or pulling the feet closer together in Warrior Pose when one's leg stabilizer muscles are weak. The prop mods are quite useful and I daresay that this video is quite excellent, all things taken together, but I have found that I can only use it reasonably when I watch it first and then do the sequence on my own, paying more attention to what my body is asking for.
There are a number of programs and the DVD menu is extensive.
The presenter is uninteresting.
Each exercise is painstaking introduced with a title card, a voice over announcement, and then the actual video of the routine. Some of which are cut choppily.
There isn't much encouragement or uplifting spirit coming from the video.
There is too much reliance on chairs, walls and props.
Its captures none of the "flow" of yoga.
If what you are looking for is a clinical walk-through of poses you might see in a yoga book, this is the video for you.
If you are looking for a video that has 15 to 20 minute routines you can build on, this is not the DVD for you.
I had higher hopes.