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Yoga to the Rescue for Back Pain

3.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Simple, effective ways to relieve pain, prevent pain, and remain pain-free

"Her physical practice is inspiring and her application of yoga therapy is spot on" -- Yoga Journal

Too much time at our desks, in our cars, and watching TV add up to back stiffness, soreness, and pain that can steal the joy from our lives. But you have more power to heal yourself than you know. Celebrated Anusara Yoga teacher Desirée Rumbaugh shows you how.

Starting with a simple standing pose, Desirée leads you through a series of therapeutic yoga exercises that will improve your posture, ease pressure, relieve tightness, increase circulation, and make you stronger and more flexible. She clearly explains each pose and shows both the right and wrong way to perform key movements, so you know just what to do. Fellow Anusara teacher Andrew Rivin demonstrates alternate, easier positions so you can choose the one that’s best for you. Before long, your aching back will be a thing of the past.


For that little "ouch!" in your lower back, this program is an excellent choice. -- Yoga Journal

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  • Actors: Desire Rumbaugh
  • Directors: James Wvinner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acacia
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FLGUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Reviewer Dr. Beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2008
Format: DVD
In this DVD, Anusara-trained yoga instructor Desirée Rumbaugh offers a yoga practice designed to ease pressure and tightness in the back, improve posture, and increase strength and flexibility to the core of the body. The Main Menu of the DVD is as follows: Introduction (brief overview by Desirée) - Play Workout - Chapter Index - Biography - Music Options (Music Only or Music + Instruction) - Also from Acacia (trailers of other workouts). For some of the postures, a block or blanket is used.

Desirée mostly leads the workout using voiceover instruction, although she breaks in live at times to provide more specific tips. The first six chapters (about 8 minutes) focus mainly on the fundamentals of good standing posture. She then moves through a series of basic standing postures to warm up the back, including chair pose, cat/cow, downward dog, spinx/cobra, and locust. The lower back in particular is targeted through several lunge variations as well as a seated twist. Because weak abdominal muscles can contribute to lower back problems, Desirée also works on strengthening the abdominal core through exercises performed in a reclined position such as crunches, leg lifts, and pendulum; this section was fairly challenging, especially the pendulum move, which Desirée moved through at quite a fast pace. Next, Desirée returns to some additional backbending postures, upping the intensity level with bow, camel, and bridge. Following this, the practice begins to wind down through a series of stretches, including lying hamstring stretch, outer hip stretch, and windshield wipers.
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Don't look to this video as "the rescue for back pain," despite its title.

Though the instructor is lovely and the actual footage is shot and edited well, this video is presented in a way that assumes you already know yoga. I offer four primary observations. It is: 1) Not for the newbie 2) Not for the inflexible 3) Heavy on the earthy yoga lingo 4) Not an exercise class or yoga session.

Some of the poses are both aggressive and difficult to understand if you're a yoga newbie. These factors practically invite more pain, because if you don't execute the poses correctly, you will stress your back (like I did).

In addition to her obvious experience, she is also incredibly flexible. So, if you're in serious pain with limited mobility due to your pain or injury, reconsider this as a choice, unless you're willing to watch it simply for infotainment rather than for actual therapeutic guidance. I don't think many people will be able to handle many of these poses.

The instructor uses very "earthy" language too - ie: "soften your heart through your upper back" and "breathe through your shins" type of expressions, which yoga newbies a) won't understand b) might find ridiculous.

Lastly, this DVD isn't an exercise class, per se. It is a demonstration of Yoga poses - one after the next. It's up to you to create a workout or yoga session of your own, using the poses demonstrated.

I am going to return this video. It's not at all what I thought it was going to be.
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I do get some nasty back pain sometimes, the kind where you feel like your lower back is going to snap and it just makes you yelp (or it does for me). So I saw this DVD on display at Borders and thought, why not?
I tried it for the first time yesterday, after several days of being very sore and achy. I had been at least able to stand upright, so I thought I'd give it a try, go easy if I didn't feel comfortable, and see what happens.
Desiree gives an introduction, goes over posture (if you stand in a certain way you create tension in the spine, etc.) and guides you through numerous poses. There is a guy in the background doing modified poses if you're not as flexible as Desiree. Some of the instructions I wasn't 100 percent clear on (I've done a bit of yoga here and there but it's mainly a couple of warmup poses on, say, a Denise Austin workout, or I pull out a deck of yoga cards and try this or that to my suiting - no yogi am I). But the lack of clarity I felt was mainly because I am not used to planting all four corners of my feet on the floor or pressing the thighs against the bones, for example - I'm a thinker but not that profound of a thinker). But I did enjoy going through the dvd. The stretches felt good, for example, just laying down and arching my upper back - making my heart reach to the sky - and the advice was nice, too. Desiree shows wrong postures and poses (like don't point your feet out in this or that pose). But overall I really liked it. It felt good to do the cat, cow, cobra and more poses, and she has you do some strengthening moves, incorporating some crunches and leg raises. Some poses were more intense, more pretzel like, so I just modified here and there. But when I stood up I managed to stand up straight and felt pretty good. Well stretched and less pain.
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