Yoga Zone: Flexibility & Tone [Import]
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Alan Finger gently guides you through 60 minutes of basic yoga postures with beginner and advanced modifications (two instructors skillfully demonstrate both levels). You'll need a mat, one or two towels, and strap or belt to assist in certain poses. The best part of this video is Finger's specific and explicit instruction on breathing techniques to build energy and heat in the body's system. He cues each breath, and you can watch the instructor's rib cage expand and rise on the inhale, release and lower on the exhale. With breathing as a focus, a dozen yoga postures are introduced and practiced, including potted-palm series, cat, down dog, mountain, sunburst and worship, proud warrior, scale, and cow's head. Many of these poses are also practiced in Finger's Introduction to Yoga video, although Yoga Zone: Flexibility and Tone offers more advanced variations and poses. If you are interested in the mental and physical benefits of yoga--increased flexibility, conditioning and toning of muscles, stress reduction, and relaxation of the mind--this video is a keeper. --Christine Aiken
Top Customer Reviews
Everything about the video, the spartan studio, the low-key music, the slightly pudgy, sweet faced, pleasant voiced instructor Alan Finger, his two beautiful silent assistants, is soothing to me. Not to imply that this tape is a snooze-fest! In fact, it's quite strenuous as my aching muscles can attest after returning to this tape after my two month hiatus. When I finish this routine my mind and body feel refreshed and de-stressed and I always feel like I've done something incredibly good for myself.
The instructor and his assistants lead you through a (roughly) 50 minute routine that stretches and strengthens nearly every muscle in your body using seated stretches, downward dog, cat pose, sun salutations, proud warrior and many other challenging (but not overly difficult) poses. The tape ends with "corpse pose", where I must admit, I usually fall asleep because I'm so relaxed at that point. However, I don't think beginners should start out with this tape without first trying one of the Yoga Zone videos made specifically for the beginner.Read more ›
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I love Yoga Zone videos! This one is a little more challenging and I definitely feel a workout!Published on Feb. 9 2002 by Sheryl M. Gomez
I had never done yoga before, but on the recommendation of a friend, I purchased the Yoga Zone box set (4 videos). Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2001
This video is great for beginning baby boomers who wonder why they have backaches, headaches, and fatigue easily. Read morePublished on July 12 2001
I was a bit disappointed with the title of this video -- and it can appear very misleading. As an aerobics addict and yoga novice, I was looking for something that would challenge... Read morePublished on July 10 2001 by Yoga Girl
I have done yoga off and on for over 20 years and this is one of the best videos I have found--good for beginning-intermediate yoga practitioners or someone like me who is... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2001