This is my first experience with yoga and love winding down my day with the relaxing flow! I am a weight lifter and very inflexible so this has been a great addition to my physical health and fitness. The flow of the routine is great and Jessica explains each step very well. I tried the energizing flow once so far and I wouldn’t say it was easy for a first timer but I was able to complete it. I enjoy the scenery of the video and Jessica is great! Definitely worth the value!
I sensed that as I've made my way through my 50's that flexibility has reduced, especially through the hips and shoulders. And that just doesn't do wonders for the golf swing.
Jessica provides two 30-minute sessions, energizing flow and relaxing flow. Energizing flow is the more quickly paced of the two - not quite a cardio workout, but I'm breathing pretty deeply by the end. It's a great workout to start the day. I actually do the relaxing flow more - plenty of stretching, but this one is designed to shake off (literally) the stresses of the day. By the end, your muscles are warm and you're ready to enjoy the evening.
Both sessions are suitable for a beginner like me (IMHO), as Jessica gives the "easy" option, and then usually a deeper stretch once you've mastered basic. I started with the beginner stuff at first, but I'm happy that I've progressed to at least the next level in several poses.
For this 56-year old guy that wanted more flexibility, this DVD is making that happen!
I stumbled across Jessica's videos while shopping on amazon. I noticed they had great reviews and that she also had free videos on her channel jessicasmithtv on YouTube. So I checked a few of her videos on YouTube to see how strenuous her workouts might be as I have bad knees. I liked what I saw so I purchased a couple of her videos here at Amazon. Before I ever received my videos I got an email from Jessica thanking me for my purchase and offering her assistance if I had any questions. She wanted to ensure I was completely satisfied with my purchase. Then after I received my videos I got another email from her offering some tips and again making herself available if I had any questions or concerns. I love the fact that she seems genuine in her commitment to helping people. I've only had the video a couple days but am very happy with my purchase. I highly recommend this product and any others by Jessica Smith.
I have been doing gentle yoga for years so I am familiar with the poses Jessica does. The AM routine is perfect for me. I feel exercised but it it not overly demanding. The PM routine is very relaxing, the 30 minutes flew by I didn’t want it to be over. I have 5 other Jessica smith dvds they are all wonderful, some harder than others but I really like her.
I started using this wonderful DVD in the spring to help me cope with chronic low back pain. My ability to exercise was limited by my back pain, and this DVD was SO helpful in helping me develop core strength and balance. I still have pain issues, but they have been much improved by this yoga DVD. I had never done yoga before. I was careful to modify my moves until I gained more mobility (a great feeling when that happens), and Jessica gives suggestions how to make the poses easier at first, until you can get more range of motion. Now, I really look forward to this routine. The instructions on breathing with the moves is very calming. So, it calms while it energizes. I am so glad I found this DVD!
Have never been very flexible so through the years did body pump, spin, step, power walking, you get the point, anything but yoga. Now that I'm over 50 needed to work on flexibility. Jessica moves you so easily through the poses. Slow enough for a beginner to follow but def not a snoozer. Felt challenged in the poses and room to grow and improve. I would highly recommend .
This DVD is great for beginners. I am more into Pilates than Yoga but the same principles apply. For me the PM Yoga works best for my spine and neck issues. When I am done I feel wonderful. I do the AM portion as well and it works well. The instructor is very clear in her description of the moves. I have several of her DVD"s now and Jessica Smith is one of my favorites. She had done wonders for this 57 year old body.
I love this workout! I have had back problems for a while from recovering from a slipped disc in my lower spine. So many of the yoga poses/stretches in this video were ones I did in physical therapy for my spine. The energizing workout is a wonderful way to start the day. With some muscle aches and pains in my back when I first wake up, after stretching first thing with the energizing workout, my back feels amazing. The relaxing workout at the end of the day is so great to relax from a stressful day and breathe out all anxiety for a restful evening. The instructor moves slow enough for proper stretching and for those not used to yoga. Highly recommend this video!
I've done yoga on and off for a couple of years now, so I'm not completely new to it. I would love to take classes in person but my busy schedule and my love for naps (on the weekends) prevent me from doing so. The next best thing would be for me to get a dvd and then I can work out whenever it suits me. Previously I have purchase another "beginners yoga" dvd, but it turns out it really was for more advance yogis. Because of that experience, I really was hesitant to buy another yoga dvd. After moving up to the Midwest and gaining 10 pounds AND dealing with being stuck inside because of the cold, I started looking around for workout dvds. I came across Jessica Smith's and read the reviews and decided to take a leap of faith. So far I have done a couple of sessions and I absolutely love it. It really is for beginners and beyond. I love the way she guides you through each move and pretty much everything about her. The sunny Miami background is a plus when it's been weeks of below freezing temps.
Very good instruction. Friendly and positive, but without the 'bubbly annoying ditz' attitude one finds so often in workout videos. She shows you how to do the beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions of stretches, but certainly doesn't make you feel bad about doing the easier ones. Calm and easy to follow. Great stretches.