Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|30 Days to Spiritual Well-Being|
Actor: Norris Chumley
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Norris Chumley presents a fully interactive and personally customizable DVD-guided program of exercises and activities for the body and soul including yoga postures, praise dances, stretches, meditations, nutrition tips an... more »
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Laureen B. from MC LEAN, NY
Reviewed on 10/11/2011...
Great video. Very helpful for those of us who define ourselves as spiritual but not religious. And especially interesting for the over 50 crowd.
Renew Your Spirit
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 10/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've lost 150 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years with God's help and total commitment to diet, exercise and a full life. ~Norris J. Chumley
Norris J. Chumley was once 400 pounds. The pictures on his website show how he has not only been able to lose the weight, but in his new picture his face is just radiant. This is a true success story. In his workout DVD, he also radiates a healing energy that I found to be very comforting. Finally, someone really seemed to care about my inner being, not just my exercise routine. Norris J. Chumley presents a gentle and playful program that not only helps you lose weight, you feel totally loved. I've found that when you feel loved, your body can heal.
When I first found this DVD, I had not idea what to expect. What happened next is truly worth telling. I spent hours on a Saturday connecting with my spiritual self in ways I had not done in years. I chanted, meditated in a more spiritual way, danced, walked, prayed, breathed more deeply and sang to my creator.
Normally when I exercise, I put in a workout video or get on my treadmill and there is a total lack of spiritual practice 90% of the time. Through this DVD, I realized that the addition of spiritual elements can make you feel good for days and days afterwards. In fact, it could change the way you view exercise.
There are many ways you can incorporate these exercises and spiritual practices into your life. You can select individual activities or choose from over 30 days of combined activities. The activities are filmed in a church filled with candles and some scenes are filmed outside in pastoral settings. The main sections include:
Yoga - Triangle, Tree of Life, Forward Bow, Cobra and Bow of Praise. These poses and exercises are perfect for anyone just starting a yoga practice.
Praise Dances - You may feel a little silly at first (wake-up wiggle made me laugh), but then you feel a sense of freedom as you dance before your creator. Make up any dancing you want and flow with the music. Beautiful pipe organ music is a treat and rare to find in a workout. You could also just walk during this time. I'm learning that to grow spiritually, you have to be open to new things, like praise dancing.
Stretching-This is a combination of mild aerobics with movements that make you feel great. You can walk slow or fast, but you definitely move your arms and get your circulation going.
Meditation- Beautiful contemplations near water
Prayers - Asking God to heal and help you, giving your problems to God. Norris recites Psalm 23 which is very healing.
Eating Well - An introduction to becoming more aware of what you are eating.
Breathing - Ancient breathing techniques like Pranayam
Chants - Soul soothing chanting.
This DVD is filled with practical ways to incorporate spiritual practices into your workout routine. Now you can worship God while you are losing weight. You don't have to be sitting still to pray, you can enjoy a prayer walk out in nature. Suddenly God becomes more alive because you are moving and flowing with the energy of the universe.
A sample day:
Each activity is different and combined in a unique way. You may want to chant for minutes at a time or do all the yoga workouts at once. It is really up to you.
Norris J. Chumley has wonderful gifts to give the world and I hope he continues to create wonderful workouts that incorporate love, healing and meditation as movement. This is highly accessible spirituality. I went through the entire 150 minutes in one day and felt immensely grateful to Norris for creating a healing space where I could renew my spirit.
~The Rebecca Review
This is really different
Rebecca Johnson | 02/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got this DVD. Although I have only used it a couple of days, it's amazing. It gives me peace, guides prayers, and at the same time is very energizing -- there is dancing and singing, and yoga. This is a total workout, and very easy. I feel great from it. I awake wanting to do this, which is unlike any other program I have ever tried."
Completely new and simple way to lose weight and be peaceful
Rebecca Johnson | 07/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this has a lot of prayers, chants, easy yoga, singing, ti[ps, real easy exercises meditations and is really new in the way you can pick what you want or stick to a day to day set of recomendations. the host is nice and sincere. its like having church, dance studio, garden and a gym all in your tv room. this is a very very new way to exercise. spiritual and christian but not preachie. it took me a while to get into it but i am really hooked. it can be about a half hour a day or a few minutes. i lost about 10 pounds really simply and have done it every day for about 2 months. i want another one with more that is my highest recommend."