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|Yoga Journal - Yoga Practice for Flexibility|
Actor: Patricia Walden
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Flexibility Yoga - DVD with Patricia Walden — Yoga Journal's more advanced offering of yoga stretching exercises presents two routines for flexibility:back stretches and front stretches. Each routine begins with a short war... more »
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If you're not already flexible, don't bother
Chris Theimer | Bellevue, WA | 02/21/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I found this tape particularly frustrating. It emphasizes backbends and nothing else. If you're trying to get overall flexibility(including your arms and legs), it's inadequate. Worse yet, if you've never been able to do a backbend, even as a child, you'll feel incompetant in no time.If you want a good series (a) for more overall flexibility, and (b) with less intimidation, check out the Linda Arkin series."
An excellent video, but not for beginners
Chris Theimer | 05/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This tape was a wise investment for me. I am 47 and although the poses are challenging, they are all achievable. I have been doing some of them in a YMCA yoga class for about a year, but have found my attendance dropping off as it didn't fit my schedule too well. Having that small amount of practice was enough to encourage me to try Patricia Walden's workouts on Yoga Practice for Flexibility, and I have found them to be very beneficial. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in maintaining and/or increasing flexibility."
Get Flexible, but feel challanged
Lizzie R | Earth | 03/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is definitely a challanging video (and only the second session seems like a beginners practise to me)- but, it has become one of my favorites. I was a cheerleader in highschool and very flexible, but, hadn't done any flexibility exercises in *years*. Poses you learn and do:Downward facing dog, Standing forward bend, Mountain pose, Warrior pose, Triangle pose, Revolved Triangle pose, Side angle stretch, Wide angle forward bend, Camel pose, Cobra Pose, Upward Bow pose, Staff pose, Heros forward bend, Heron pose, Head to knee pose, Seated forward bend, and Seated wide angle forward bend. I still find the first segment challanging, but after doing it for a few months (no more than once a every other week- its so challanging that I *dread* it) and practising some of the poses on my own, I can now do the first segment well. I would warn those though- the last segment in the first series is very challanging. Although it is not too difficult to do camel several times, it is *very* difficult to do an upward bow pose 5 times (once supported)! Each time focusing on a different feeling from the practise. When I first got this video, I found the first practise hurt my wrists. Also, be sure to really release the lower back. If you are weak in the lower back, the series of upward bow poses is very hard. The rewarding part of the first session is she does go into a detailed explanation of the primary yoga poses- like downward facing dog, warrior, triangle pose, etc. As far as the second segment "forward bends"- this is one of my very favorite yoga practises. This is why I gave this tape 4 stars. I do this one every week, and do some of the stretches after I do aerobics, too. I found this practise easy to learn, and feel very relaxed afterward (compared to feeling just plain exhuasted after the first one!). The props used in this practise make it easier for beginners than the first practise, and I believe you see and feel results quicker. After doing this practise for three months, I was doing side splits like in high school. Also, I feel like doing this practise also helped me ease into Pilates. I have been doing this practise once a week for almost 8 months. I just love it! So, if you want to learn some yoga poses, and get your legs more flexible, you will enjoy this tape... but, if you are buying it as a total yoga beginner, you are going to feel really really challanged. I rank the first segment a 2, and the second a 5."
Not for beginners!!!!
Ara Lyman-gregg | spokane, Wa | 02/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am glad to see that the dvd is not touted as a beginners workout like the vhs was. I also really do not recommend practicing yoga without taking classes, if classes are not available to you then read as many books as you can on the subject particulary paying attention to alignment principles. You will eventually injure yourself if you do not fully understand how to do the asanas. Look for an Iyengar teacher as they are excellent in teaching alignment. Use this dvd as a complement to your classes.
This workout has two sections, forward bending and backbends, as they are complementary to each other. The forward bending workout is more attainable for beginners, and Patricia Walden provides excellent instruction. The backbending workout is more challenging and if you do not have sufficient strength it will be impossible. I would recommend doing bridge pose instead of upward bow until your strength is improved. Also Patricia instructs you to "step your feet in" Once you are up in upward bow to shorten the distance between hands and feet to intensify the backbend. This is pretty advanced and most people won't be able to do this. My yoga instructor has not taught us to do this yet as a lot of people in my class just have a hard time getting into the pose. So don't do this until you are totally comfortable in the original position!
Another reviewer said that the workout didn't provide enough warm-up before the difficult part and I like to do some sun salutations from Shiva Rea's excellent dvd Yoga Shakti before doing this workout. I still do build a lot of heat by really focusing on the preliminary poses in this dvd though.
I would give this dvd five stars, but because it is not stated as a more advanced workout and could be misleading, I gave it four. I really love this dvd, I believe I get the best workout in the shortest amount of time of any dvd I own. I love the instruction, and the length of time the poses are held. You really get acqainted with the asana! For me, this is the next best thing to my classes."