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Body and Soul : Yoga for Beginners

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Product Description

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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing DVD Nov. 12 2007
I received this DVD as a present and I absolutely love it. I had never done yoga before and this DVD has been very rewarding. I love the instructors slow, thoughtful way of speaking. It really draws me in to tuning into what is going on in my body. My body is definitely feeling less stiff and more open. I have found this DVD a great resource for beginning yoga. I now feel confident to start going to a local yoga class. Higly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Aug. 12 2008
By Annie
I had attempted to get into Yoga in the past many times, but had found all the other tapes I ordered to be too difficult for a beginner and someone over 40. This dvd is wonderful and I am now totally dedicated to doing Yoga each and every day. This dvd has so many different programs to pick from and the routines are wonderful and easy to follow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Learning DVD June 23 2009
Barbara clearly presents the material at a pace that was easy to follow. I was concerned about yoga requring more flexibility than I had and that maybe I was too old to start yoga, but it turns out it was really not something to worry about based on my experience with the DVD.

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.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for absolute beginners (a little daunting!) Dec 10 2009
By Kelly
After trying various yoga routines on my own (patched together from free videos on YouTube), I decided to purchase this video based on the positive feedback and reviews. The production quality of this video is great, and it does have a good variety of routines, which the instructor is obviously very good at performing. That being said, I was very disappointed in this DVD, mainly because it is does not actually target genuine beginners. Many of the poses are awkward, and instead of starting easy and becoming more challenging, they begin as challenging poses and the instructor then suggests modifications if you are finding it difficult. Watching the instructor and trying to copy her movements reminded me of when I was a kid trying to keep up with the flawless cartwheels of my neighbour who was in gymnastics class. Yoga is intimidating because of the flexibility and stamina it requires. I chose a DVD aimed at beginners as a comfortable introduction, but I found myself very frustrated as I tried to bring my left hand behind my back and grab my right thigh during a spinal twist! A modification to the Tree Pose does not help me when I've already lost my balance trying to put my heel all the way up on my inner thigh.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Beginners DVD Sept. 1 2010
This starts off with a couple of nice relaxing breathing exercises which helped me calm down and get used to the thought of yoga. I did not find myself in anything that was uncomfortable or straining. Then there are selections of various poses to work on as you feel like, some standing, somee sitting and so on. Each of these sections are explained well and I will work through them on different days. Somedays I feel that one thing is something I can do and other days other things appeal to me. If is fun as you progress and this is great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax any time of Day Jan. 11 2012
General feeling about yoga is that you have to be well balanced and flexible. I am 58 and started yoga 12 years ago with classes, but my instructors have moved elsewhere and I am now retired. I read about this Yoga DVD and hoped it would meet my needs. First Barbara instructs from beside the Caribbean Sea and takes you through each movement with precision. She also provides modified moves which helps when you do not feel as able to complete the entire movement. This DVD has given me the impetus to get off my butt and do something for myself that is fun yet provides relaxation. I am so pleased I purchased this DVD and have invited my neighbour to join me so she can get her shallow breathing into a stronger and deeper breath.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant For Beginners May 23 2009
Great DVD that really leads you through the poses which I liked alot as a beginner.

First level has basic routines while the next one adds more. Even if you have not done yoga before, the are routines to start you off just sitting or lying down, with a nice relaxing one in the second level in fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites so far June 22 2014
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The instructor has a great voice and style. She's a little older, not a supermodel, but has a friendly appearance so it feels like working out with a friend. Her voice is soothing, and she focuses on the stretching and breathing without the New Age spirituality. She holds the stretches long enough for it to go deep into the muscles. I like that it's broken up into targeted sections, so that I can work on the areas where I feel I most need it on any given day. There are some exercises that are strenuous and challenging, and some that are relaxing, combining gentle stretching with deep breathing. She shows modifications for many of the stretches, so that you can progress as needed. It's a good, straightforward, simple yoga workout, without a lot of bells and whistles, but just good exercises you can do any time of the day.
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