Yoga for Stress Relief
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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.
Interview with Instructor Barbara Benagh
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A breakdown of the DVD is listed below. The headings are the items found on the main menu, and the bullets indicate submenu items. The times for each practice are given as they appear on-screen, but I've added times in parentheses based on my own review. I've included brief descriptions of each individual practice.
Discussion of Meditation by HH The Dalai Lama (35)
Interview with Barbara (22)
Beginning and Ending Your Day
* Begin Your Day Slowly, 25m (24.5) - starts slowly on the floor and gradually moves into more active postures, including sun salutations
* Wake Up! 60m (58) - nice, slow flow combining seated breath work, sun salutation/standing postures, and seated forward bends
* Evening Revival, 40m (35.Read more ›
While I was aware of my body absorbing the toxins of people's nasty attitudes, violence on TV and in the newspaper,etc, I chose to persist in the exingencies of my work and studies ignoring the calls of my ailing body.
In that my work and study centers around stress relief and I am a student of the Dalai Lama, I decided to check out this video.
In my experience this is one of the best yoga videos among the now 1,055 yoga videos now listed on Amazon. It combines meditation instructions from the DVD A Path to Happiness by the Dalai Lama and a host of stress relief combinations from gentle awakening to more vigorous awakening to working on what malady our bodies are using to signal us that we are out of balance.
The instructions are clear and concise without undue explanation. (For students who seek more understanding of the poses, the videos of Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, John Friend and many others are out there.)
The instructions are for the average person. There are no Sanskrit names. There is excellent attention to proper alignment, appropriate focus and attention and use of props. Her breathing instructions are the best that I have heard from any yoga instuctor.
As I practiced these routines I could literally feel toxins depart, my stiffness start to leave and my "energy" flow more freely.
This is the video of a seasoned Hatha Yoga instructor and practioner and yoga practioner. If you want to learn complex advanced poses and their Sanskrit names, don't buy this video. If you want to detoxify, and restore balance to your life, this is the video for you.
***BEGINNING & ENDING YOUR DAY***
Beginning Your Day Slowly (25 min.)
On your back in reclining cobbler's pose.
Lying back , wave breathing.
Modified downward dog.
Standing at the head of your mat, standing forward bend, sun salute movement.
Sitting, Shoulder stretch series (great!).
Sitting in cobbler's pose, forward bending.
Sitting cross legged, breathing.
Wake Up (60 min)
Lying back, wave breathing.
Sit on heals, then wide leg child pose.
Standing at the head of your mat, full sun salutation.
Standing, tree pose.
Standing, wide legs, triangle pose.
Standing, wide legs, side angle pose.
Standing, wide leg, twists
Sit in cobbler's pose, forward bending.
Seated wide angle pose.
One leg, revolved head to knee pose.
¼ dog pose (kneeling on all fours & on forearms).
Sitting cross legged, breathing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite yoga video.
The instructor is soothing, and offers multiple levels of positioning.
She focuses on instruction, without demonstrating a whole lot of ego. Read more
I am absolutely stunned by the number of routine options on this DVD. I think there are twenty, and there are a wide variety of routine lengths and focuses to choose from. Read morePublished 28 days ago by KittyWarriorPrincess
I would never buy "gentle" yoga DVDs because I thought it was a waste of money. I realize now that I should have always had dvds like this in my collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christine Snyder
More meditation than exercise, but I did enjoy. Makes for a nice start to a busy day.Published 2 months ago by S.D.P
I enjoyed this workout. It is enjoyable and calming.
Do not like this at all. Lots of variety of poses but too many detractors for stress relief. First instructor spends time with every scene folding blankets. Once is enough. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donna Ernst