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3/15/10 7:19 P

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I have just bought Patricia Walden's "Flexibility Yoga". I am hoping it will demonstrate some of the basic asanas as I have just started doing yoga again after a gap of many years.


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Through my Netflix account, I have recently sampled some DVDs I really love ...

* Yoga Zone Yoga for Strength and Endurance with Lisa Bennett
* Baron Baptiste Yoga Journal Great Instructors Series:
Foundations of Power Yoga
* Transform Yourself with Jivamukti Yoga
* Shape up with Sharon Yoga/Pilates

In particular I own and use:

Yogilates with Jonathan Urla - Advanced Vinyasa Core
Yogilates with Jonathan Urla - Intermediate workout

My strength level is earliest Level II, per a studio or latest standards ...and I MUST love DVDs enough for them to get me away from my home practice which is done not even to music, and is lengthy as well. The home practice had been reborn through use of flash cards ...

And since I go to a studio here and there, they must cross train me at the strong level of the studio.

The Pilates work and blends are very necessary for the yoga I do. My yoga teacher knows I do the core work ..

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I have now used both the AM and PM workouts and they are okay. Not difficult enough for me, but a good spring board as I usually do some of my favorite poses at the end to round out my workout. Any way, this new DVD has been fun for a slow weekend as I allow my muscles to rest from all the interval training I do Mon-Fri.

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first. - Shakespeare


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3/13/10 9:37 A

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After a quick scan of this thread, it looks like the name Sarah Ivanhoe is a name to look up. I wish I lived someplace where I could do a yoga class. I think I would really like the human connection.

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3/12/10 1:48 P

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Oh, I am so happy. My Ali MacGraw Yoga tape is still in good condition! Yay!

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3/12/10 1:39 P

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I am a happy girl! This morning in the mail came Gaiam AM and PM Yoga. As the title indicates, there is a session for morning and evening. I hope to try this out this weekend. I'll let everyone know how is goes.

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3/12/10 8:13 A

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Yes, I have that one,too ! It is a very calming and energizing session at the same time, don't you think ? It's definitely a little different from what other DVDs offer ....

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Well, I don't know if this available on dvd, but I have a tape I used to use (and I'm hoping to today if the tape is still good) named Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind & Body. I remember that I really enjoyed it. I hope the tape is still playable.

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3/9/10 6:36 P

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Polly at Yoga is Yummy is my favorite.

http://www.yogaisyummy.net/?page_id=34

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i like sarah ivanhoe videos. she has some good basic and advance ones as well.

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2/22/10 7:07 P

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I like Seane Corn's Vinyasa flow DVD's & Rodney Yee.

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Anything with Sarah Ivanhoe or by Yoga zone highly reccomended. Good pace, easy instructions, calm setting and wonderful teachers !

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2/13/10 1:15 P

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Netflicks lets you rent yoga dvds so you might want to try some out there. Personally, I really like the Ana Brett & Ravi Singh(kundalini) ones. I also use Bryan Kest (power) and the Lotus Foundation (Total Yoga)(hatha) ones. It depends on my yoga mood.

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2/11/10 9:47 P

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I use the Yoga Zone dvd's. I used to watch/practice their 30 minute show on Fit TV until our cable company stop carrying the channel. But I have always enjoyed them. Very informative and I like all of the instructors and the founder of Yoga Zone, Alan Finger.

Debbie

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i check different ones from my local library. I started with the for dummies and advanced dummies featuring Sara Ivanhoe. There is also some from the Crunch series: FAt burning Yoga, CAndlelight Yoga, Joy of Yoga.
There is also a newer series from sara ivanhoe that has 20 minute yoga routines.


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1/22/10 1:59 P

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Thanks, Shrlzi! I'll have to check that Strong Knees DVD out. I never thought of using the blocks to sit on, either, so I'll have to try that trick.

YMUnderwood--I have DirecTV, but we don't get Exercise TV. We do have FitTV (part of Discovery Health) but the Yoga shows on it are a bit more advanced than I am. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

Jennly1--I'll check out myyogaonline.com; maybe they have something for me, too.

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1/21/10 8:21 P

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I joined www.myyogaonline.com and for $9.99 per mo you can watch videos on demand for yoga, pilates, meditation, belly dance www.myyogaonline.com



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Exercise TV 30 minute Yoga Fitness

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1/20/10 7:34 P

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Christy,

I have an arthritic knee, so I sympathize with your issues! I don't know how "advanced" your arthritis is, or whether the stiffness comes and goes for you as it does for me (barometer in the bones, my grandma used to say).

Anyway, I got a dvd from gaiam.com called Strong Knees -- it has some exercises I have had prescribed by a physical therapist; some yoga I have found helpful in the past, and some new ideas. It deals with hips as well as knees, since hip strength affects alignment of the bones in the knee. I would have included some ankle and foot strengtheners as well, since they are also part of the "functional kinetic chain" of standing, walking, kneeling, etc.

Last year my knee was particularly bad -- stiffness made it impossible to do virasana even with a block. I could just barely sit on 2 stacked blocks. Could not do a warrior pose because of pain when the arthritic knee was in front. I kept working at a program similar to the "Stong Knees" dvd, and sat in virasana with a rolled towel behind my knees **and** blocks stacked between my feet to sit on, for just a few seconds at first then after a few weeks for a minute or more, then using blankets instead of blocks so I could lower them gradually... Today, I can sit on my heels (most days), can do warrior poses and lunges, and have a lot less pain in my knees.

Has yoga 'cured' my arthritis? of course not -- but yoga has reduced its power to limit my life! Will it help you? impossible to say, but probably worth a try! Check with your rheumatologist to make sure these exercises are safe for you.

Best wishes to you.

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1/20/10 2:56 P

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CarolJean--Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried the rolled-up blanket/pillow but it doesn't help much, and of course I DON'T do the positions that require sitting back on my heels because I CAN'T!
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1/19/10 10:46 P

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Two suggestions: Put a pillow or rolled up blanket between your thighs and calves...or don't do positions that require sitting back on your heels.

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1/19/10 11:52 A

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I REALLY need help in the "abilities" area! I have terribly arthritic knees, and I'm unable to sit back on my heels as some of the poses require. Any suggestions?
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Queen MotorMouth of the Bodacious Benton Belles, chapter 75211 of the Red Hat Society.
www.orgsites.com/la/bodacious-benton
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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, a glass of wine in one hand and a Godiva chocolate in the other, loudly proclaiming "Holy $#!+...What a Ride!"


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I do yoga along with free online yoga classes by Anmol Mehta-Mastery of Meditation, Yoga & Zen.
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1/17/10 3:42 A

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Thanks Carol Jean, I'll check out those dvd's.

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
being.publicradio.org/programs/2010/
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What a thoughtful complete and wise response, SHRLZ. There are two DVD's which manage to avoid the abilities issue. Paul Grilley has a Yin Yoga DVD that has four different ability/body types demonstrating the poses. Grilley draws special attention to the differences body and ability makes by having the "models" show variations. He also has a great video on Yoga Anatomy that helps yogas and yoginis understand how their body type influences their ability to do a variety of poses

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p.s. I like the clips and tips at
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Good that you've already had some classes. You will have a sense then for how to modify the poses you see on the dvd.

I use dvd's myself sometimes, so I'm not saying they are a bad thing. The issue that I have with them is that, the 'teacher' is demonstrating a series of poses without regard to the abilities of the people who may be watching. Obviously, since they can't know ahead of time who will be buying.

The thing is, most of the people who 'star' in these dvd's are former gymnasts, dancers, or other athletes - there is no way an average person can do the poses as they are demonstrated. Without an understanding of how to safely modify the poses, it's possible to work your way into injury.

How to avoid that? see a teacher as often as you can, and get feedback on how you are doing your practice. Find a class you can drop in on, or take a private lesson once in a while.

Going against what people often think, don't work as hard as you can. This gets more important the older you get -- over 30 your recovery time starts getting longer, and you get injured more easily.

Sampling many different tapes is a good idea, that way you don't get stuck in the same routine and overwork whichever body parts are emphasized in a particular tape.

Be super adventurous -- try doing your own practice without prompting from a tape. Go to your mat a let your body speak to you. A rule of thumb I learned early on is, include standing poses, forward bends, back bends and twists.

Most of all, have fun with it!

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
being.publicradio.org/programs/2010/
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1/16/10 2:38 P

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Let me add that if you have a Netflix account, they have a big selection so you can try before you buy, or just try a new one each week (or month.)

Also, check your local library. Mine has a few good ones.

Practice, and all is coming.
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The very first DVD I ever did was Crunch Fitness Fat-burning Yoga with Sara Ivanhoe. It is a decent medium flow, suitable for beginners and Sara has a pleasant, calming demeanor.

Sara Ivanhoe also has out a series called 20-minute makeover and each 20 minute segment focuses on a different aspect of yoga. It's okay but I got bored with it and sold it on Amazon.

I recently got Rodney Yee "Yoga Burn" and it's pretty good. It's a very slow flow but it's nice and meditative.

I also really like Yogadownload.com. You can download or stream MP3s of practices of varying lengths. There are a lot of good ones, though at times they are difficult to follow as most are all audio. They did just start making their own videos though. A monthly membership is $10.

I have a friend that swears by Yogaglo, which is streaming videos from a studio in California. The classes are actual classes full of people... it costs $18/mo.

Practice, and all is coming.
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Rodney Yee's stuff is good.

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I might be ending my gym membership and I take weekly yoga classes there so I'll be missing out on that. Any suggestions for good, worthwhile yoga DVDs?

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