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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My second-biggest gripe is that the poses in this film, even the "active" routines, are very passive. I find that part of what makes yoga so fantastic for relieving stress is that it makes you more aware of the tension in your body, and invites you to actively stretch and breathe the stress away so that when you are done you feel refreshed and revitalized. These stretching routines are probably good as a warm-up into some more physically active exercises, but are very weak when it comes to actually providing a workout.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something that is focused more on the meditation, breathing, and relaxing side of what yoga can provide, this DVD may be what you are looking for. These low-energy poses are probably very good for people over 50 or people who are trying to gain flexibility. There are lots of different routines to choose from, and they vary in length from about 15 minutes to an hour. The instructor Barbara Benagh has a very soothing voice, and she emphasizes the importance of being aware of your breathing while practicing yoga. She also uses lots of props, which is fantastic if you have issues with support and balance. (On a side note, I love the fact that she is not a perfectly-sculpted model simply hired to show off how to do a pose; she looks like an average, middle-aged woman in comfortable clothes who is there to teach, not to intimidate.) There is a wonderful lecture with H.H. Dali Lama included in this DVD, which is a great tool for people who are interested in learning the benefits of meditation being mindful of your spiritual health and presence. However, it should be noted that there are no closed-captioning/subtitle options for those who are hearing impaired or speak another language.
tl;dr : not sure I'd recommend this to everyone, but if you want something that has a variety of passive-pose routines this might be a good option.
I have also battled insomnia. In my case it was simply not being able to 'turn my mind off' at night. Again, the insomnia portion of this DVD has been able to do what before only potentially addictive medicines had done for me, calm my mind to the point of sleep.
I can't recommend this DVD enough. Thanks to Barbara for putting together such an invaluable tool for anyone suffering from stress related issues.
But one day when I was very sick with nausea and body aches, I tried a routine from the Stomach & Digestive series. And this dvd saved my life. This teacher hits just the right spots to settle things down and relax the whole body when it is in trauma. Same when I tried a routine from her Headache series -- it really relieved the pressure in my head and helped my whole body relax.
So the routines in Yoga for Stress Relief might best be reserved for those moments when you're really not feeling well. If you just need to unwind in general, even after a really bad day, I highly recommend Yoga for Every Body and Yoga for Inflexible People, both by the same company that produces Stress Relief. If I am feeling unwell, I sometimes start with a Stress Relief segment, then switch to one of the other dvd's for a quick general stretching routine.
P.S. Although I'm not a Buddhist, I really enjoyed the Dalai Lama's talk on meditation at the beginning of this dvd. I do recommend watching it.