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Yoga For Beginners
Yoga For Beginners
Director: Michael Wohl
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
NR     2004     3hr 0min

Yoga For Beginners features 12 routines of 20 - 30 minutes, making it the perfect DVD for the person with limited time to work out. It is the ideal way for anyone to explore the beauty and power of yoga. Each routine emp...  more »


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Director: Michael Wohl
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Sub-Genres: Yoga, Stretching
Studio: Bodywisdom Media
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/01/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 3hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A good start
luv2wkout | 02/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't have too much time to workout but I wanted to try yoga because I heard so many good things about it. I was surprised on how simple it was to follow and it offers plenty of workouts that I can do with just a few minutes of my time. And even though the workouts aren't long, you can still feel it working! This is a great buy for beginners."
Too Much Too Little
D. Sherman | 06/01/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I did not like this DVD at all. It requires too many props such as bricks, belts, towels, blankets, chairs, etc... Each pose takes too long due to lengthy explanations. As a beginner I find this too boring and studio based and unable keep my attention. I feel it was a waste of money and don't recommend it."
Decent workouts, bit slow/boring, but a lot of content
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 09/09/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD contains about 2 workouts from 6 of their other DVDs. Production quality is decent & has good menu options including interviews, text about the instructors & about the title disc. Their site at bodywisdommedia com lists all their titles available but only a few video previews.
The workouts are very slow/relaxed with very muted simple music & a lot of narrated info since this is made for people who have never done yoga or cannot do mainstream yoga because of physical limitations.
So far I've only done the following but will add as I do them:

J.J. Gormley (50s, thin woman) instructs this series & there is an additional 6 min lesson about the basics of yoga as well as some breathing & pelvic alignment for proper back posture. It's set in a very large studio? that looks like a wealthy, old fashioned library/study w/plenty of open space complete with a fireplace behind her.
GOOD MORINING 25 min: sitting indian style, spinal flexion/extension, spinal twist, side stretching, bound angle/butterfly stretch w/o moving torso, self massaging your feet & rotating the ankles, thunderbolt pose/sitting on your heels, hero's pose/sitting butt in between heels (hard for those with tight hamstrings/quads/hips). Layind down, stretch leg up, out & across, ankle on knee to chest stretch & end in corpse pose.
OH MY ACHING NECK 30 min: laying on your back, arching & contracting back lightly, spinal twist moving knees side to side several times, basic crunch hold for little over 30 seconds, relax, slow stretched arms from outward to upward above head, neck stretching, eye muscle exercises, hands resting on top of head to relax upper torso. Sitting up, contract/flex spine, spinal twist & side stretching. Standing sun salutations 3x (feels a bit rushed), moutain, forward bend, right leg back lunge, hands/knees for cat/cow, downard dog, left leg back lunge, forward bend, moutain. Laying down, bridge pose, deep lake pose/laying down legs against a wall & moving legs wide or crossed on wall, laying down normal again neck rolls/stretches. Ends in corpse pose for 4 min, with her asking how your body is & calling out other characteristics of solids or emotions randomly.

Mary Pappas-Sandonas (30s athletic woman) does these lessons in the same place J.J. Gormley does & also gives a 7 min lecture about basic posture, how to move in/out of some poses & what to watch out, etc.
GREET THE DAY 20 min: Starts with sun salutations 3x, the 1st time slow: moutain, standing foward bend, downward dog, upward dog, downward dog, standing fwd bend, mountain. Taught slowly with a lot of detail: extended triangle pose, extended side angle pose & warrior II. ends with a long foward bend & moutain.
SEATED POSES 20 min: Start kneeling w/blankets & child's pose, sitting 1 leg head to knee stretch, sitting spinal twist. Laying down, suported/modified bridge pose using blankets that doesn't require much muscle use. Ends with sitting foot on foot spinal twist.

PILATES COMPLETE FOR INFLEXIBLE PEOPLE w/Maggie Rhoades (40-50, avg size woman)
SEATED POSES FOR THE LEGS 35 min: Sitting cross legged style, then sit with legs straight out, then back to cross, then back to straight agian & again. Butterfly w/o leaning down, then sit on heels, raise arms up, sit in between calves (hard for most people), raise arms to stretch, then sit cross legged again. Standing w/chair in front, use chair for downward dog, then use for standing fwd bend, mountain, wide legged stretch. Then sit wide legged using the chair to keep them apart & stretch to chair seat, sit w/legs out straight & stretch to chair seat. Lay down, stretch each leg up 2x. Saitting on chair, spinal twist. Sitting cross legged on floor, spinal twist. Laying down, spinal twist w/foot to knee & ends with both knees to chest spinal twist.
SPINAL WORK IN 3 DIMENSIONS 27 min: Mountain, standing fwd bend, lunge, all fours, downward dog, all fours, upward dog, downward dog, lunge, standing fwd bend, moutain, repeated one time. Laying down, cobra a few times, one side arm & leg up & other side, then alternate arm/leg up like swimmer, buth arms & legs (locust) & then child pose. Sitting in a chair, spinal twist, then sitting on floor, spinal twist. Laying down, foot to knee spinal twist, then both knees to chest spinal twist.

YOGA FOR INFLEXIBLE PEOPLE w/Judi Rice (20s, athletic woman)
BASIC 17 MIN: Sitting with legs straight, lay down with rolled sticky mat under shoulders. Laying down mountain pose, laying down eagle pose, laying down knee to chest spinal twist, hero's pose/sitting butt between feet (hard for most) & stretching arms up & also outward, ends in child's pose.
HIP OPENER 15 Min: Sitting in a chair w/wide legs, lean torso on thighs then hands on floor. Standing w/1 foot on chair, stretch/hang down, then holding foot pull it back behind butt & then do other leg. Standing fwd bend using chair. Sitting in chair, foot to knee & learn fwd. Ends in laying on floor, calves/feet on chair seat.

POWER YOGA FOR EVERY BODY (Vinyasa flow narrated by Barbara Benagh):
A 20-30s athletic man demonstrates on boring green stage w/barbara Benagh narrating & barely audible light music playing. Use of props is shown for those who need it, but not necessary if flexible.
QUIETING 20 min: reclinging butterfly, reclining leg stretch up & to sides, reclinging foot on knee stretch, reclining spinal twist, sitting spinal twist, sitting butterfly, sitting 1 leg forward stretch, sitting wide-legged stretch, sitting forward both leg stretch, slightly different sitting spinal twist & ends in kneeling.
ENERGIZING 20 min is just sun salutations modified using a chair: Moutain pose, standing foward bend using, lunge, downward dog, upward dog, standing forward bend & moutain all done with a chair 3x. Laying down on stomach relaxing, modified 1 leg up only locust pose, 1 leg & 1 arm up locust, slow tutorial step by step to cobra & ends in child's pose.

YOGA FOR ATHLETES w/Barbara Benagh narrating & same guy demonstrating
STANDING 20 MIN: long detailed traingle, warrior 2, side angle, warrior 1 & intense hip standing stretch.
STRETCHING 20 MIN: all fours, downard dog, standing fwd bend, chair/powerful pose, upward dog, staff pose/sit legs straight out & then all fours do modified push up, plank & then go closer to ground (hard), boat & ends with child's pose."
Caroline Locke | Martha's Vineyard, MA United States | 06/01/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I was also disappointed with this DVD, as is seemed to be a popular choice among amazon shoppers. I think the title, "Yoga for Beginners" is misleading, as this DVD contains many advanced yoga routines. Also, on the back of the DVD it said it contained a "Core Workout 20 Min." but no such workout is actually on the DVD!

I purchase the "Pilates for Inflexible People" at the same time as this DVD, and I much prefer it. Although, I wish I'd known that two of the workouts from the pilates DVD were on the yoga DVD before I bought them both.