Body and Soul : Yoga for Beginners
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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.
How are these DVDs different from other 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.
Product Description From the Editors of Body + Soul Magazine comes a new line of DVDs designed to excite, inform, inspire and encourage your quest toward a balanced and healthy whole life.
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS is the perfect way to be introduced to Yoga and it helps you to explore and experience the numerous benefits of yoga. There are 8 routines to help build strength, increase flexibility, improve your health and vitality and transform how you look and feel.
Routines are led by renowned instructor Barbara Benagh who expertly leads you through tailored workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes. YOGA FOR BEGINNERS was filmed on location at one of the most beautiful, tranquil beaches in the world, Half-Moon Bay, Antigua, which adds to the overall experience of tranquility.
-8 Customized, Targeted Routines
-Exclusive Interview with the Instructor
-Routines from 10 - 60 Minutes
-Includes articles from Body + Soul magazine
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She steps you through various poses (sitting, lying down, breathing, standing, sun salutations and others) and then leads you further into routines and adds some more moves. This DVD can be done by anyone and there are enough options and choices to start you off that you can work with some things and as you gain flexibility with some of the easier things you can practice others.
Although it is great that she is giving us something to aim for, it is very disheartening to watch the instructor move into a pose that you can't achieve. Ironically, the instructor often says not to get discouraged, but it would be more encouraging for her to build on the routines and shape them into more challenging poses. I also found that I had to struggle to keep up with what the instructor was saying; her instructions were hard to follow at times. I actually paused and re-played parts to see what she was doing, and then attempted the pose.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Have another DVD of Barbara's so got this one as well. Great yoga instructor with a lot of different routines to try and not get bored. Awesome.Published 18 months ago by wat.cowboy
just what I was looking for - yoga stretches - beautiful scenery at home perfect for working out great pricePublished 21 months ago by Gerry Lazar
This is a good DVD with lots of options but I sure wouldn't say it is for beginners. For more advanced people it would be great.Published 21 months ago by Karen
I really enjoy practicing yoga with Barbara Benagh. The routines are designed to lead you through the yoga postures in a safe and informative manner. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2013 by Gayle
This is the first yoga DVD I've tried since I'm a complete beginner and haven't done yoga before. It's perfect for me and for what I was looking for. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2013 by Skye