Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Yoga for Surfers Vol 1|
Actor: Peggy Hall
Director: Peggy Hall
Genres: Sports, Exercise & Fitness
Whether you're new to surfing, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in between, you'll find that practicing yoga will do more than just improve your surfing; it will enhance every aspect of your life! Features avid surfer and cert... more »
The Natural Connection between Surfing and Yoga
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 01/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Yoga is accessible to anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. Yoga isn't just about flexibility - it's about awareness, about being fully alive in each moment." -Peggy Hall
Top professional surfers swear by yoga and now see the infinite sea of possibilities in taking up yoga in addition to their favorite sport: surfing. They rely on the advice of instructors like Peggy Hall who writes articles for "Surf Life for Women."
In the Fall 2002 issue, she introduces some of the poses she has incorporated into her new workout video. She is an avid surfer and certified yoga instructor.
Peggy created the "Yoga for Surfers" video series and teaches yoga clinics and private classes. This is a unique workout because it is especially designed for surfers and their specific needs. Expert yoga instruction is interspersed with surf footage.
"Every surfer should discover Yoga." -Rochelle Ballard ("Blue Crush" stunt surfer)
"Yoga changed my surfing - and my life." -Taylor Knox (a noted big-wave charger admired for his powerful, fluid surfing style)
The Setting: Filmed at Ballard and Knox's favorite surf breaks on the North Shore in Carlsbad, California.
The Level: Beginner to Intermediate
The Poses: Classic yoga with a few very creative twists I hadn't seen before. Intriguing. I really loved the poses and the pace.
The Results: Injury prevention, increased strength, flexibility and focus. Helps you to avoid chronic pain and has specific moves that will sharpen your mental focus.
I loved the soundtrack, which is pleasant and calming.
Volume I has three sections:
Pre-Surf Session: Flexibility and Focus
You can use this routine to warm-up before surfing. It is an energizing routine that flows from one pose to the next and can be done at the beach. At home, a "sticky" yoga mat and a towel is recommended. This section of the workout will help you avoid injury, ease neck, shoulder, or back pain and sharpen your mental focus.
Water Session: Energy and Confidence
These are simple moves you can do while on a surfboard out in the water between sets. They can also be done at home while seated as most of the poses are for the upper body. It is fun to do the poses in your living room with the aid of the "top of a step" between
two chairs (so adventurous). There is a segment where you should really be sitting or on a surf board and it was not difficult to incorporate most of the poses into an at-home workout. If you live at the beach and can see your TV from the sand, then
you have it made.
Post-Surf Session: Stretching and Rejuvenation.
This is my favorite section. It is just so relaxing and you could do this section after a long
day because it helps to calm your mind and rejuvenate your body.
Yoga will also enhance other areas of your life and make you feel more in control of your inner world. This video has been very well received in surfing and yoga circles.
Highly Recommended because this workout not only gives you a great workout, it will help you to find a deep sense of well-being and increase your energy level.
A workout lifestyle to give you the flexibility to surf better, longer.
Also look for Volume II: Fluid Power Yoga for Surfers which is a 40-minute routine to strengthen and stretch all your surfing muscles while improving stamina, balance and mental focus.
~The Rebecca Review
Author of Seasoned with Love: A collection of
best-loved recipes inspired by over 40 cultures"
A great yoga program...pricey though!
Rebecca Johnson | 11/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this little gem up based on a recommendation from an online fitness friend. I wasn't disappointed. The 3rd yoga session (about 19 minutes) on this DVD is THE reason to pick this one up! Excellent side and back stretches...my lower back feels soooo relaxed after doing this "post-surf" session! Peggy's voice is very positive and soothing during the relaxation pose. I didn't want to get up....ever!Session 1 (pre-surf) is a nice 9-minute vinyasa series. I like to use it after running...it's quick and it gets the job done. However, I have to occasionally look up at my TV screen during certain poses because the instruction in this session is not quite detailed enough to follow by Peggy's voice alone.Session 2 (water) was a big waste of time for me. Tt's a 6 minute session while the surfers are in the water waiting for waves (I don't surf). The stretches are pretty much all upper body. However, I would imagine that surfers could get something out of this session...just not me!...If you have a bit of money to burn, though. This is a great little yoga DVD!"
Great Yoga Practice and Beautiful Music
YogaKat | Oregon United States | 04/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music alone is worth the money on the DVD. Very upbeat. The practice is a flowing easy to follow Hatha Yoga. Peggy Hall has a very postive attitude and doesn't talk too much. Easy to follow, quick work out. Peggy has a lot of interesting variations. The practice is broken into 3 segments: Pre-surf Session of flexibility and focus, Water Session Energy and Confidence, and Post-Surf Session Stretching and Rejuvenation. You can do each session separate for a short session or together for a longer session. You can even do the water session and pretend you're on your board! I'm not a board surfer, but I love the ocean and the surf. This is a beautiful, well made DVD. I practice yoga everyday and I love mixing this practice into my week. I have the "Special Edition" and I think this means the music quality is a lot better.Please check my other reviews on Amazon for Yoga DVDs. I'm a Yoga Video Enthusiast ;o). This is a good one and well worth the $ whether you're just starting to learn yoga or have some experience already."
K. Garrone | greenwich, CT | 05/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I hate excercise dvds, yoga dvds, and instructional videos. I do Yoga for Surfers every night. Its really the only decent, tolerable video out there. Im getting in shape to get back into surfing and its really helping me. It makes my muscles nice and long, lean, and loose. The relaxation part really is fantastic and helps me stay focused to reach my goal of being a surfer again. My only complaint is that its slightly talk-ey for me. I could do with less talking. Overall though, it has lovely music, Peggy Hall is a great teacher, and its very relaxing. I would say its a great purchase for any level."