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Excellent Gentle Yoga DVD - Over 3 Hours Of Expert Instruction - Incredible Outdoor Location - Recommended
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2015
Gentle Yoga - 7 Practices For Your Day is actually 7 yoga routines and a separate Relaxation totaling about 187 minutes (over 3 hours) of instruction. All the routines are instructed outdoors in an absolute gorgeous mountain location (Glacier National Park) often standing in front of a lake with the mountains in the background or along a river or among trees along a trail. Jane does the routines alone and her instruction is by voice over. Her instructions are clear and never blocked by the gentle music in the background. The camera work usually shows her from head to toe and takes in the scenery in the background. If you have a large screen TV you will appreciate it. You will mirror her meaning she will tell you to move you right arm and she will move her left so that it is like looking in a mirror and this makes it really easy to follow along. The DVD itself is very easy to navigate from the main menu. Jane's opening and introduction is separated so you don't have to play that every time before you get to the routine you want to do.
The practices with a few notes are below:
1. Lying Full Body Practice (34 Minutes)
Filmed amid large trees on a path/trail. All done on the floor on a yoga mat. Lots of stretches, twist, hugging knees to chest, leg lifts, leg circles and more. I found this to be an exceptionally relaxing routine and didn't want it to end. This routine alone, in my opinion, would be worth the price of the DVD.
2. Morning Energy Practice (18 Minutes)
Filmed by a river with trees in background. All done standing. Jane is barefoot on the grass but I found a yoga mat useful. Lots of stretches, twists, breathing with arm movements, and more.
3. Desk & Computer Work Relief (19 Minutes)
Filmed in front of a mountain lake with mountains in background. Combination of exercises sometimes sitting in a chair and sometimes standing. Lots of twists, stretches, face massage, shoulder rolls, quad stretch, wrist exercises and more. A great routine for any time and or purpose.
4. Improving Balance (22 Minutes)
Filmed in front of a mountain lake with mountains in background. A chair is used for part of the routine but could be utilized more if you have balancing issues. Exercises include tree pose, leg circles and more. I liked her exercise of standing then putting on imaginary socks and then imaginary shoes.
5. Standing Poses - Flow & Traditional (23 Minutes)
Filmed in front of a mountain lake with kayaks out in the water and mountains in background. You will need a yoga mat and chair. In this routine there is more emphasis towards traditional yoga poses which are modified from what you would often see in a regular yoga class. Using the chair as a prop she does standing forward bends, plank, downward facing dog, warrior 1, triangle, and more.
6. Core Strength & Flexibility (34 Minutes)
Filmed in front of a mountain lake with mountains in background. You should have a yoga mat and possibly a blanket. The exercises are down on the mat either sitting, on hands and knees, lying on back and lying on stomach. You'll do staff pose, boat pose, cat/cow, cobra, child's pose, forearm plank, bridge pose, a traditional downward facing dog, and more. There were two poses that I never came across before and which I really enjoyed which she calls Lizard and the other Half Twisting Camel. She also goes through a relaxing lower back massage technique where you lie on the mat and move your pelvis.
7. Evening Relaxing Practice (29 Minutes)
Filmed in front of lake with mountains in background. You should have a yoga mat, chair, yoga strap, and optional blanket. This routine is done sitting in the chair, sitting on the mat, and lying on the mat. You'll start off with modified down dog, modified forward bends, sitting twists, shoulder rolls, eagle arms, neck stretches. Sitting on mat exercises include sitting forward bends, and cobbler pose. Lying on the mat includes leg stretches using the strap, lying twists and a short relaxation.
8. Relaxation (8 Minutes)
Filmed in front of a mountain lake. All done lying on a yoga mat. You may want a pillow and a blanket to roll to place under your knees. Jane guides you through a relaxation so peaceful you may have to consciously choose to remain alert or you may drift off to sleep. This relaxation could be done on its own or added to any of the routines above.
In summary, I find this DVD to be outstanding. The instruction is expert, the location and filming is exquisite. the DVD is easy to navigate, you get lots of choices of routines and over 3 hours of instruction. To be clear this is Gentle Yoga, not athletic or power yoga so it goes at a slower pace and is not physically exhausting. This DVD will stand the test of time as there is little about it that will make it appear dated from the outdoor location to Jane's choice of attire. I have collected hundreds of exercise DVDs over the years and this one will be one I will return to many times when I am looking for a slower paced meditative style yoga. Great job Jane Adams!