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"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 thats best for you. Before long, your aching back will be a thing of the past.
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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.Read more ›
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.
1) NOT FOR THE NEWBIE:
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).
2) NOT FOR THE INFLEXIBLE:
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.
3) WHAT THE HECK DOES "FEEEEEL THROUGH YOUR KNUCKLES" MEAN?
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.
4) NOT A YOGA CLASS:
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.
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.Read more ›
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I've had this DVD for a long while and I pull it out whenever my back is hurting. (Thankfully, that is not often. But it means I forget a lot about the DVD in between uses. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sneaky Burrito
Yoga to the Rescue for Back Pain is actually not a DVD appropriate for people who are currently in pain. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rebecca of Amazon
This is a great DVD for home yoga for me as I have fairly severe and chronic back pain. I will say that with consistent use this has made the most significant positive impact in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nance
She is being my home therapies for the last few years, she save me from dead, living on chronic degenerative Osteoarthritis pains.Published 19 months ago by A. Breasett
As advertised, this video involves yoga and relief from back pain. However, I (mistakenly) thought it was a yoga practice that was aimed at relief from back pain, but that is not... Read morePublished 20 months ago by LDF