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Basic Yoga for Dummies

 Unrated   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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A workout that balances both the body and the mind can be found in the Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies. Fundamental postures are explained and demonstrated slowly with an emphasis on breathing and motion. Sara Ivanhoe teaches 12 basic poses that are termed the "daily dozen" and offers challenges and modifications to each of these moves. Ivanhoe presents these concepts in an approachable and calming manner that adds to the overall relaxed feeling that this session exudes. Newcomers to the practice of yoga will learn jargon, essential postures, and focusing techniques. Experienced participants may find some information redundant, but Ivanhoe offers such thorough explanations about each posture that you can't help but expand your existing knowledge of yoga. As the mountain pose, standing forward bend, and downward facing dog are explained (not to mention the nine other poses within the "daily dozen"), proper body alignment becomes the focus. Meticulous attention is given to the connection between breathing and body movement with several reminders to keep the spine in "neutral alignment." This session ranks great for safety and content and makes yoga accessible to anyone who "always wanted to, but never did." This is a substantial program that can introduce the basics and build your understanding of yoga. --Olivia Voigts

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This workout will de-mystify the mystical so that anyone can experience the fabulous benefits of yoga. Today, many people use yoga to help alleviate back pain, reduce stress, and increase flexibility.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners! Sept. 15 2003
By Cheliz
I wanted to gain flexibility and had heard yoga can be beneficial. I ordered Basic Yoga for Dummies, and think it is fabulous. I was concerned about doing the excercises properly without the aid of an instructor. This video provides step-by-step instruction explaining and illustrating the correct spinal alignment for each pose. It also explains where you should be feeling the stretch. The video is user friendly and has made me feel confident about practicing yoga. I have found the poses are harder than they look! I was actually sore the next day. I will continue working with this video over the next couple months, and will then try Beyond Basic Yoga for Dummies! I definitely recommend Basic Yoga for Dummies for any beginner!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to yoga March 11 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Twelve basic yoga postures are presented here in non-intimidating language. Ivanhoe calmly goes over the fundamentals of each posture as well as the importance of breathing. Anyone who thinks that they need to be initiated into a secret philosophical organization before they can do their first yoga posture will be relieved by this video.
Throughout, a narrator makes points about common misconceptions, "Bewares" (or common mistakes) and helpful tips and tricks.
The big downside to this tape is that it takes quite some time to get through the twelve postures (just a little over 45 minutes). While most absolute beginners would do well to spend that much time listening to all of the tips on alignment and breathing, slightly more advanced beginners (e.g., they've read a book or even gone to a class) may not derive as much benefit. Even the brand new beginner will probably outgrow this tape sooner rather than later.
Having said that, Ivanhoe is a very good instructor on this video, balancing calm and humor. Again, no one will be intimidated by her approach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the best beginning yoga DVD! Oct. 9 2002
i ordered this at the same time as a few Yoga Journal beginner DVDs. Yoga For Dummies actually treats you like a beginner and assumes that you're not necessarily flexible (and that you may need modifications to some poses). It's refreshing to have an instructor who's very clear and encourages you to bring humor to yoga practice!
The first part which focuses on 12 poses is helpful even if you've had a few yoga classes. The instruction is slow and purposeful but doesn't bog you down. The intermediate portion, salutation to the sun, is awesome too.
If you're a true beginner, you'll appreciate this DVD because you won't feel completely uncoordinated or full of frustration--you'll feel encouraged enough to enjoy learning yoga!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Beginning Beginner! Nov. 14 2002
By A Customer
-This is for the Beginner who has yet to begin, lol. Buy this tape as a pre-yoga instructional. The workout focuses on 12 basic poses, and is very easy to follow along with. The explanations accompanying each pose are excellent!
-I was amazed when I learned the correct way to breathe during YOGA! She explains perfectly how to breathe, move, change positions, etc.
-For a very first-timer, this will give you a workout. You will feel a tiny bit sore in certain areas the next day, but not too bad. I suggest buying some other beginner YOGA tapes/dvd's for after you master these 12 basic moves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great workout video Aug. 21 2003
I lack flexibility and this video was a great buy. It's a great video for beginners. I've improved my flexibility and I feel peaceful and serene. The instructor isn't annnoying at all; in fact she really helps make the inner peace come out. Great video.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect do it yourself Yoga! Sept. 15 2003
By Azzna
I bought this after trying 5 other yoga videos/dvds. Not only does this spell it out for your very simply, it makes it easy. I love doing this tape. I honestly only do the yoga with the DvD once a week. The rest of the week I use the list in the Dvd case and do the positions myself. Included on the Dvd is the beginner 12 yoga positions and the intermeddiate yoga. I am not that far along yet, but I have already bought this Dvd for friends. I HIGHLY reccomend this Dvd.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gives the Tiny Details, but Lacking in Routine June 8 2004
This tape is -- as everyone else has mentioned -- an good tape for the beginner. What also needs to be mentioned is that it is a technical tape. Not technical as in jargony and difficult to understand, but that it gives the details of how to do and not to do a pose. The upside to this is that it explains to beginners the poses. The downside is there really isn't any flow, so the tape isn't meant to be used for daily practice. It should be seen of as an adjunct and complement to your daily yoga tape, not your routine. A book could fill these shoes just as easily, and there are lots of excellent books out there. Try something by Rodney Yee for beginners instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Relaxing Daily Dozen Feb. 27 2004
"Yoga is a marathon, not a sprint; slow and safe persistence gives you the best results. The main thing is to have fun and keep your sense of humor. Enjoy and you're more likely to stick to it." ~Sarah Ivanhoe
You may be pleasantly surprised to see Sarah Ivanhoe as the yoga Instructor in this video. She is a certified yoga instructor who presents exercise in a caring, cute way. I love her teaching style because it is nurturing and she never makes me feel rushed.
If you have read any of the "Dummies" books you will recognize the quirky little icons. This video is a bit like a book because pages turn and there are little icons that appear with additional information. The bong, bang, zip of the little icons appearing on the screen do get your attention but might not amuse everyone. I was actually not overly enthusiastic about that situation at first, but my mind seemed to start to ignore the zing, zang, zip of the little icons. Jargon Alerts, Myth Buster Icon, Remember Icon and Alerts appear more at the start of the workout than at the end.
The modification sections appear in a split-screen format and can be helpful for beginners. The slower pace and extended time for poses present possibilities for beginners. If you are new to Yoga, this might be a great place to start.
Intermediate and Advanced users may enjoy the extended time for deeper stretching. Each pose is held for six breaths, but even more time is given due to the explanations. Each yoga instructor has a unique perspective and you pick up new tricks and tips when exercising with a good variety of instructors. Sarah presents a non-intimidating program and explains yoga in easy-to-understand language.
Sarah teaches you twelve poses/exercises:
1. Cat Pose
2. Mountain Pose
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a great starter video fantstic for streching and for keeping you relaxed.
Published 20 days ago by steve silcox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as a gift!
It was a gift for my spouse who was interrested in the concept of yoga but wouldn't do it in public. He like this DVD as it was well explained and easy to follow. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for and more
I wanted a simple DVD on yoga that would provide a good basic explanation to my 9 year old and this is it. Sara Ivanhoe gives very basic instruction in a very pleasant manner. Read more
Published on April 19 2010 by D. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good intro to *safe* Yoga
This video is really good, totally worth it. Not only is the teacher an engaging (and really cute) person, but she puts a lot of herself in the video and that's quite encouraging... Read more
Published on April 3 2010 by Rafik Zidour
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner tape
This was my first yoga tape, and my introduction to yoga. I loved it, and still use it occasionlly, though I've moved onto a more challenging workout. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for getting started with Yoga
I purchased this DVD to try and understand what all the Yoga hype was about. I found the instructions easy to follow, a little slow at times, but overall presented very well. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Yoga For Dummies / Sara Ivanhoe
I found this DVD to be extremely useful and informative. After having been a yoga practitioner in my youth, I decided to return to yoga at my retirement and found this to be an... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Robert L. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Yoga DVD I'm not turned-off by!
Normally I can't stand Yoga DVDs because they have that hokey serene music and the instructors are way too New Age for me. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Lori Keam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Yoga Video for Beginners
I was very satisfied with this video. It was my first try at Yoga. Sara Ivanhoe did a great job of explaining the correct form of each position and kept reminding the viewer to... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by "lyzz_1"
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to do yoga with optimal effort
Sara Ivanhoe is a beautiful practicioner and gives clear, easy to understand instructions on the basic foundations of yoga. This is a staple for your video library.
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Meaghan Townsend
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