Yoga for Stress Relief
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Excessive stress in our daily lives is one of the greatest obstacles to achieving happiness, good health & well-being. Over the centuries, yoga practitioners have discovered simple and effective practices to reduce stress and achieve optimal health, vitality and serenity. YOGA for Stress Relief is the most comprehensive Yoga DVD ever created with over 20 routines to address mental, emotional and physical stress. It also includes an UNPRECEDENTED 30 minutes of instruction on meditation from the Dalai Lama! Never before has a DVD revealed how to overcome dozens of common physical, mental and emotional stress related conditions through the ancient science of yoga. The routines are interactive and customized for physical, mental and emotional stress reduction and led by world renowned yoga instructor Barbara Benagh. Over the last 35 years Benagh has developed an insightful style that emphasizes reducing stress and letting go of tension. According to Yoga Journal, Benagh is one of the most intelligent and insightful teachers around. This DVD was shot on location at one of the most beautiful, tranquil beaches in the world, Half-Moon Bay, Antigua adding to the overall experience of tranquility. As a bonus feature, this DVD contains 30 minutes of exclusive discussion of meditation from the Dalai Lama himself. Considered one of the greatest influencers of our time, the Dalai Lama has spent his life teaching people how to be happy. His teachings are world renowned and this special bonus discusses both the benefits and techniques of meditation, which reduces stress and cultivates happiness. This revolutionary, interactive system allows you to choose from 20 routines that range in time from 15-60 minutes and target specific stress related issues including: General Stress Relief Anxiety and worry Neck and shoulder pain; including headaches Lower & upper back pain Stomach and digestive issues Insomnia Depression and more
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.See all Editorial Reviews
Interview with Instructor Barbara Benagh
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If you suffer from any stress or anxiety, it is made for you.
There are a plethora of breathing exercise and stretching exercises, which, when used in combination work great to alleviate anxiety and stress. There are so many different routines. This is absolutely packed with self care and worth every penny of the investment into your health. If you are looking for a yoga DVD, this is many in one, and a great deal!
The DVD is appropriate for near beginners, but also can be modified for more experienced yogis. The value of restorative yoga was first presented to me in Timothy McCall's book, Yoga as Medicine, another excellent source of information. Barbara is thorough in her description of the poses, and sprinkles a good bit of her yoga wisdom throughout the DVD. She is a very insightful teacher and I am so thankful she has put this experience on a DVD and made it available to everyone. Thanks Barbara!
I didn't mind the slow pace and appreciated seeing Barbara fold the blanket or get out the other props, since that meant I didn't have to rush to do the same thing before starting the next move.
Whenever I do this work out, I have a great night's sleep. There is something about Barbara's soothing voice, the beautiful beach scenery and the focus on breathing that really de-stresses me.
My two minor issues with this DVD:
**the workout times aren't accurate.
**it would be nice to have chapters, instead of all preset workouts.
These issues don't detract from my enjoyment of this DVD.
This workout is suitable for all fitness levels. It's great for stress relief.
The instructor is soothing, and offers multiple levels of positioning.
She focuses on instruction, without demonstrating a whole lot of ego.
There is some emphasis on being gentle with your body and relaxing.
You don't feel bad about refraining from overstretching when you are still in the early stages.
Consequently you feel a whole lot better the next day.