Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Father Thomas Ryan
Director: Barbara M. Gangi
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary, Exercise & Fitness
As many as half of Americas estimated 15 million yoga practitioners come from a Christian background. On Yoga Prayer: An Embodied Christian Spiritual Practice, Catholic priest and yoga instructor Thomas Ryan shows viewers ... more »
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Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 2/25/2009...
I got a decent workout for an overweight woman. I found the knees section hard on my knees, and I had to skip the one involving balancing on one leg. I know I was not posing like he was but it was a good start and not too hard to maneuver into that position. Sometimes I found his directions confusing, or the direction he was moving was more confusing than other exercise DVDS I have used. Very relaxing and positive.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Such a lift!
Dani T | DC Metro | 04/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I still haven't done this whole DVD, because I just recently received it. But, I tell you, this is a beautiful and uplifting experience.
I love that Fr. Thomas Ryan is visible in the Catholic community, showing us that it is right and good to care for and pray with our bodies, so that we may be whole beings in communion with our Lord.
I also strongly recommend the book, Reclaiming the Body in Christian Spirituality.
I can't wait to read his other work and, hopefully, make it to a Paulist retreat!
Great concept; advanced choreography
Amie Hartnett | Arlington Heights, IL United States | 03/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am an experienced yoga practitioner. As a Catholic myself, I thoroughly enjoyed Fr. Ryan's introduction and the pairing of his vinyasas with the wonderful liturgical music of my youth (i.e. St. Louis Jesuits from 1970's). The settings for each Yoga Prayer are quite serene, if not at times austere.
However, I honestly feel that music with lyrics can be distracting when I try to practice, plus his choreography is not for beginners as it moves rather quickly.
The intrinsic value in this dvd is to allow Christians (and other people of faith) to open their minds and hearts to the notion of using their bodies to glorify God each day through both fitness and relaxation. It is a beautiful, healthful, peaceful concept that I hope more people will come to experience in some way."
Excellent; very well done
Anthony J. Warren | Cincinnati, OH United States | 05/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am 48 and a runner. The yoga taught in this DVD is excellent for both your body and spirit. Our bodies our temples of the Holy Spirit -- so that is an excellent way to tie in two very important aspects of life centered on our bodies: excercise and prayer. When I do long distance run, I do some of the routines both before and after my run -- and it is very beneficial. The routines are also very calming. If you are new to yoga, this is a great way to start."