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|Yoga Inside Out The Healing Way |
Actor: Paula Tursi
Director: World Dance New York
Genres: Educational, Exercise & Fitness
Yoga Inside Out - The Healing Way focuses on yoga body mechanics and optimal alignment as the keys to unlocking the healing power of yoga. The program consists of a lesson on yoga body mechanics and an 80-minute beginner-... more »
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Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 01/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
The instruction on this DVD is classic, and so incredibly helpful. It doesn't stray too much from the Hatha yoga I learned from an Indian nun decades ago, in its simplicity and deep health benefits, with the additional advantage of Paula Tursi's knowledge and teaching abilities, which are exceptional, as she makes us understand the "why" as well as the "how." You will need 2 small blankets to fold or roll to accommodate yourself and be comfortable in some of the asanas, a strap or thin scarf about 4' long for a leg stretching exercise, and a mat or rug to lie on. Tursi has 2 other people demonstrating with her who are on different levels of accomplishment, so you have a choice of following either one, and it's made clear that you are to acknowledge your own uniqueness and work at your own level.
After the introduction, and a section where Tursi explains (with a skeleton) how important hip mobility is with a few exercises, we get the main instruction, starting with a terrific breathing lesson, which gives us inner clarity and total relaxation. Tursi then gently begins with floor work to increase flexibility and strength, leading up to the basic "Sun Salutation," and going on to much more, slowly increasing in difficulty. The lesson is planned perfectly, with a balance that keeps building without ever causing stress. The final meditation is beautiful, and you can feel your body healing as you relax.
Well produced, the demonstrated movements are always easy to see, the music good, and the meditation visuals a delight, should you want to keep your eyes open. Tursi's soft voice and excellent enunciation makes her instructions easy to follow and pleasant to the ear, and she is aesthetically wonderful to watch. This "Yoga Inside Out" DVD is about as good as you will ever find, and with 90 minutes of superb instruction, you really get your money's worth."
A great journey!
Seir | USA | 02/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paula Tursi demonstrates her yoga program with variations for individuals new to yoga or for those who are at different places in their yoga practice. As individuals, our bodies are different, and therefore paced differently, and she illustrates that beautifully!
The program begins with a great introduction about working with the body and mind, resistance versus acceptance in a new experience.
Following is the tutorial on the body lesson. Anatomy of the pelvis, spine and hip functions; understanding their movement to avoid injury and stress during any challenges in exercise.
The breathing segment, this is where the mind meets the body and centers;
3 options, using mats, blocks, all designed for personal preference while lying on the back, using belly and chest breathing.
The warm up begins with hip and hamstring stretches, great for opening tight muscles where most tensions is accumulated. Then, up on your feet and learn to stand properly for simple sun salutations.
The flow series, is gently paced taking you into standing cow and cat poses, warrior one and two poses, lunges, down dog, plank, cobra.
The balance segment is awesome; my favorite, for balance is everything for us dancers. This incorporates strength and flexibility while grounding to the earth. Poses includes balancing on one leg while stretching the other, variation of king dancer, chair pose, arms stretches.
The floor segment becomes slightly challenging, again pace yourself. The poses include down dog, split dog, pigeon poses, forward bends, strengthening the spine, rotationing and opening of the pelvis and strengthening the thighs.
Back bend and Inversion poses segment, these poses are gentle, opening the shoulders, chest and flexing the spine using plough pose, shoulder stands, rotating the hips bridge poses.
The program concludes with a great rest and deep relaxation which is a lesson in letting go of all tension, and fleeting thoughts, a journeying into rest and peaceful relaxations by deepening the breath.
The bonus "go deeper segment" allows for a deep exploration into yourself using props, such as a mere wall, a rolled mat and of course your breath, a great reminder to leave the comfort zone and try new challenges using pigeon pose, forward bends .
This program is open to beginners up to intermediate levels, mostly welcoming the beginner. There are no frills or ocean views ; only great benefits in healing body, mind and soul through a journey into yourself, in your own time, in your own space, and at your own pace.
Great tips on relieving sciatica, creating mobility in the hip joints. This is not a rigorous work out or flow session, it is gentle yoga laid down in basic blocks from which one can attain a realistic personal practice. Loved it!
Some Problem Points
Melissa Smith | 04/06/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This video does cover great moves for hip flexibility and it's most helpful that Tursi has two other practitioners demonstrate various degrees of accomplishment, vs. just stating what a less flexible person than she could do to modify the move. As a Beginner, though, I found the following quite troublesome:
1. Tursi and her two helpers have on black yoga pants which don't contrast with the dark background, thus making it difficult to see their various leg positions.
2. The music is too close in volume to her voice level (vs. being a lower, background complement), so that when she does explain a position in detail, you have to really listen (or re-listen) to be clear on what part should be where.
So, just a warning to Beginners or maybe even Advanced Beginners (which this video says it's for), I think these are MAJOR issues to consider before purchasing."
Excellent instruction - highly recommended
Isabelle M. C. Yeterian | NY, USA | 01/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The quality of instruction on this DVD is outstanding. I have been practicing yoga for 10 years and am often frustrated by the poor quality of the instruction on many yoga DVDs (of which I have tried quite a few). Although it is dubbed a "beginner-intermediate" level DVD, it is appropriate for all levels as it is very accurate and encourages an in-depth approach to the practice of yoga. I found the background music a bit tiresome after a while and the setting a bit dull (I like to pretend I'm not in my living room practicing when I'm in my living room practicing!) but otherwise this is a great yoga DVD. I especially like that the sections are clearly separated so you can do whatever you're in the mood for/have time for on that particular day, or go to the instructional sections for more information. Overall an excellent choice for a guided home yoga practice."