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|Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners|
Actors: Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
DVD INCLUDES — Two full-length yoga workouts for — beginners — On-screen pose training for perfect form — Secrets to overcoming the most common — yoga mistakes — Audio Selection for each program full or — pose only instruction — P... more »
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The best beginner yoga DVD
Mark Twain | USA | 03/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased several yoga DVDs designed for beginners and/or inflexible people, and this one is by far the best. The pose section leads you through about 10 key poses, providing clear guidance on how to do them properly, and noting common mistakes. Going through this section a couple of times is very useful, and a good workout in and of itself. The additional two workout provided on the DVD are GREAT, and give you several options for voice-over narration--detailed instruction when you are still learning, more low-key or inspirational voice-overs once you've got it down. Get this DVD before getting any others."
Not for true beginners
i4detail | 06/20/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD based on the rave reviews of how appropriate this DVD is for beginners. With the exception of one yoga class many years ago, I consider myself a true beginner and was looking for a DVD that would start with a thorough introduction to the basics. While the section on poses does a good job of focusing on common mistakes, the camera angle is awkward and sometimes cuts off when you are trying to follow along. With that said, the attempt at fancy camera work hinders the ability to follow along in true form, and this continues into the workout section. For instance, some shots only display Rodney's head and arms held up, but will omit the position he takes with his legs. I was not able to complete the first workout section; the pace was quite quick and unless you have the poses memorized by name and form, you would not be able to keep up with Rodney. This DVD is best for advanced beginners who are already versed in yoga poses and only need additional instruction to correct form. Discouraging DVD for the true beginner!"
AM & PM yoga w/40 min instructional pose guide
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 06/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love Rodney Yee as well as only a handful of other instructors such as Rainbeau Mars, Seane Corn, etc. who have a real passion for yoga to help balance the body and the mind.
This has 2 about 20 min workouts, Rodney doing the morning & Colleen doing the evening. They both use only basic beginner poses that have a relaxed, slow pace. The great thing about this dvd is the 3 different audio instruction. You can have basic overall instruction that Rodney uses in the past which gives you the pose name, basic instruction about posture, as well as some inspiration teaching such as not being hard on yourself that you aren't doing the best you've ever done, etc. You can choose "pose only" which is just the music & Rodney/Colleen only saying only the name of the next pose. Or you can have the "inspirational" mode which tells you the pose & how it helps your body & other inspirational ways the yoga pose helps you through life in a more positive way, by noticing the positive in your body, etc. This is a great idea to get larger target audience who might all have different taste in instruction, or different needs depending on the day. I think all workout dvds should do this, even offer even more varied choices, especially "instruction only" in case you don't like the music, but do want the instruction, etc.. Most dvds now only offer instruction w/music or just music which is too limiting considering the technological possibilities, dvd reviews will get much less complaints due to varied user's tastes & much more sales. *hint hint*
The pose 42 min guide has Rodney & Colleen taking turns being the teacher/model in a total white studio for poses like: mountain, side bend, back bend, standing fwd bend, downward dog, triangle, wide angle standing fwd bend, side angle, warrior 1, cobra, cobbler's/butterfly, seated twist, seated cross legged fwd bend, seated fwd bend, reclined easy stretch figure 4 ankle crossed over knee then pull to chest, happy baby, reclined twist, bridge, reclined rest with knees up, total rest. They mostly focus on common thing people do wrong & quick basics on how to do it right. There could have been more instruction, but this is good for people who get bored fast.
If you want really deep instruction that answers questions you wouldn't even realize to ask about muscle alignment/use during a pose, I would suggest Seane Corn's Vinyasa Flow Yoga - Uniting Movement with Breath.
Video clip: Youtube under "Rodney Yee Yoga for Beginners"
& quick trailer at Gaiam com"
When the title is accurate
C. J. White | Los Angeles | 04/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one case in which the title does not mislead. If you don't have much background in yoga and need to have all the various postures explained in some detail, this is the DVD for you. Even if you do have some experience with yoga, they will take you back to the basics where you might need a little correction here and there. Also, on the disc Rodney Yee and his partner take you through the steps of two yoga workouts that will lead you in the end to a wonderful feeling of relaxation."