Yoga for Stress Relief
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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 Over the centuries, yoga practitioners have discovered the secret to achieving optimal health, vitality and happiness. For the first time, this path to living a longer, happier life is revealed on a single DVD. Excessive stress and negative mental attitudes in our daily lives are the greatest obstacles to achieving serenity, good health & well-being. This DVD teaches step by step, easy to follow practices to reduce negative thoughts & emotions while promoting positive thinking. With over 20 routines to address negative mental, emotional and physical issues, this DVD is the most comprehensive DVD of its kind. This DVD also includes an UNPRECEDENTED 30 minute instruction on meditation with the Dalai Lama! This exclusive discussion of meditation with the Dalai Lama himself appears only on this deluxe edition DVD. Considered one of the greatest influencers of our time, the Dalai Lama has spent his life teaching people how to be happy and promote positive thinking. His teachings are world renowned and this special bonus discusses both the benefits and techniques of meditation to promote positive thinking and cultivate happiness. Never before has a DVD revealed how to overcome dozens of common physical, mental and emotional conditions through the ancient science of yoga. This revolutionary, interactive system allows you to choose from 20 customized routines that range from 15-60 minutes and target common issues.
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Yoga for Stress Relief is a revolutionary, interactive system that allows you to choose from over 20 customized routines ranging from 15-60 minutes to help with common stress related issues.
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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 notes on some of the practices that I have already tried; I plan to edit this review with additional notes as I use more of the vast material on this DVD.
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
* Wake Up! 60m (58) - nice, slow flow combining seated breath work, standing postures, and seated forward bends
* Evening Revival, 40m (35.Read more ›
ADDITION: After months of using this CD I can still say it is enjoyable and beneficial... the instructor's warmth and authenticity stands up to repeated viewings, even though I am a guy trying to maintain some masculinity while doing yoga!
I was able to glean a few Yoga techniques to help relax, but not much more. I would have liked to see more stretching exercises. Instructor Barbara Benagh is perfect for demonstration techniques and the overdubs were relaxing with a great ocean/beach background. The biggest lesson I learned was that one needs to slow down and take the time to do even the simplest techniques.
The 30-minute segment with the Dalai Lama was interesting at first, but the audio (or my poor listening to dialects) was distracting. I respect the Dalai Lama but felt that this segment was extraneous - more of a filler. I would not dismiss this DVD for anyone, however I just didn't connect with it. The next thing I am going to do is enroll in an actual class where I can concentrate completely with an actual person.
There is something here for everyone, and I really love the breathing exercises. Amazing on how breathing can help calm you down.
The section for neck and back issues is another favorite. Cars and computers have put some strain on me, and these exercises have helped me feel alot better.
The Dalai Lama interview is a great bonus section. He seems so approachable and warm and his message ties in well with the rest of the DVD and what it helps you accomplish.
If you have pain, feel hectic or are just looking for something to relax, you should have this DVD.
Initially I considered this slow flow DVD to be suitable for all levels and felt it was accessible to beginners. However, after reading through all the reviews, I realize that although Barbara does a masterful job in guiding one to release tension there may be a learning curve as those new to yoga find their inner connections. A little patience with oneself and persistence in following Barbara's guidance will surely bring many lovely results.
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Received the video on time. I haven't completed all of the routines but I have done several of them. They are very good and deliver what they promise. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kim Campbell
Very relaxing and a good way to move tired stressed out muscles at the end of a long day! The scenery is very relaxing as well.Published on Nov. 18 2013 by Happy Customer
I love the different routines designed to easy all the different areas of the body and mind All you need to do is pick what you would like to work on then follow the carefully... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2013 by Gayle
This is my most favourite DVD. I use it all the time. It's great if you've had a bad day and just need some calming exercises to relax or have a stiff neck, shoulders etc. Read morePublished on July 18 2012 by Jessica
This DVD was a life saver! I had to stop work for a few months due to depression and anxiety, and once I got into the habit of doing the routines from this DVD every day, I started... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2011 by Heidi
I'm pleased with the Yoga for Stress Relief tape.
The delivery of this product was faster then expected.
I would recommend this product.
After reading several reviews on this website, I decided to buy this video for those days when I don't have the time or energy for power yoga (I also bought Bryan Kest's Power Yoga... Read morePublished on April 12 2011 by karhysma
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