Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Stott Pilates Simple Stretches|
Actors: PJ O'Clair, Beth Evans, Laureen Dubeau
Director: Wayne Moss
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
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Don't let the word "SIMPLE" in the title fool you! GREAT STR
AussieGal | Victoria, Australia | 06/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although this dvd runs for 111 mins, only 45 of these are the actual stretch workout - the rest are very informative 'how to do it' sections and previews of other workouts in their huge series.
The stretches are billed as pilates/yoga infused stretches - I saw very little pilates, it is more yoga. The stretches are wonderful, but not simple as the title would suggest although some modifications are demonstrated. The shoulder and leg stretches are my favourites.
The quality of the dvd is great, beautiful to look at, great sound (with options to turn off the instruction if you want it quiet) and cued to perfection. The only slight nit-pick I have is there are too many 'downward dogs' (or inverted V's to some), but that is a personal thing - it doesn't warrant any removal of stars.
I'd highly recommend this dvd for anyone with reasonable flexibility - true beginners may be a little overwhelmed, even with the modifiers. I do a lot of step, cycling and jogging and this has really loosened my muscles to the point that I can reach well beyond my toes and can put my forehead on my knees - something I could nowhere near achieve 3 months ago."
YogaKat | Oregon United States | 04/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this routine and use it a couple time a week in the morning to get by body ready for the day. You start with a very nice warm up for breathing, neck stretch, eagle arm stretching, hip rotations and cat stretches. Then, you move on to downward dog, high lunge series, pigeon, and forward stretching. Then brief children pose rest, and on to more yoga poses including forward bends, thunderbolt, knee to chest, side twists, bridge, then ending in savasana. The pace is very good and you hold the positions for the perfect amount of time. My whole body feels fully stretched after this routine. Also, you get clips of all of Stott's other DVDs which is very helpful. The only downfall to this DVD is the chaptering as the other person mentioned (too much chaptering). Also, I wish the savasana was a bit longer and I wish they didn't come on afterwards and starting talking when I would have like the quiet time. I look forward to trying the other 2 DVDs for this series."
eugene | Harrisburg, PA | 06/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I find this workout very beneficial. The instructor's voice is very calming, and relaxed. The backgroud looks also calming. Everything seems to be in perfect balance in this DVD. Some exercises are a little hard to do but then again you can measure your progress. I would definately recomend it."
Too much talking
L. Bank | 10/23/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm quite disappointed with this video: the routine itself is okay (though nothing outstanding), BUT the instructor P.J.O'Clair (who is not the one on the cover b.t.w.) talks throughout the WHOLE video with about TWICE the speed you'd normally speak with - this was so distracting I couldn't concentrate on the actual yoga at all. I mean, who can do yoga if someone talks to them ALL THE TIME?!
I just can not.
There is an option on the DVD to just listen to the music, but that didn't make sense for me either as I missed the transitions into the next pose when I wasn't looking at the screen (like in down dog). Additionally the music was enervating as well because it consists of a short piano sequence that is repeated from the beginning to the end of the routine :-(...
(and everytime you put the DVD into the player you have to watch the introductory advertisement again!)
conclusion: unusable for me & my first and last video from Stott"