For Dummies - Basic Yoga [Import]
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.
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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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.
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!
-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.
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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Most recent customer reviews
Yes just what I was looking for a true basic, very easy to follow. In no time I will know what I am doing.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's a great starter video fantstic for streching and for keeping you relaxed.Published 17 months ago by steve silcox
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2013 by Anne
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 morePublished on April 19 2010 by D. Marshall
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 morePublished on April 3 2010 by Rafik Zidour
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 morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 7 2004