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Yoga For Beginners
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on November 22, 2016
This was my first experience with yoga. I am mid 50's and was feeling really inflexible because I run daily. I was hoping this would balance that out. It is so much more than that. I have been following the same routine now for over 8 years and it works just perfectly for me. Just enough that I feel wonderful and stretched out after following the beginner segments. I have not even ventured to the more advanced tracks, I am so happy with the beginner ones.
The instructions are very clear, and if you put a full length mirror in the room where you practice, you can easily see how your pose looks compared to the DVD and adjust accordingly. A lot of the beginner poses are still challenging for me, I know I can still improve. It's that feeling of relaxation and contentment that I feel afterward that is impossible to put into words.
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on October 7, 2017
I bought this a year ago, at the age of 67, having never done a single bit of yoga in my life. At first I said "that's impossible for me" when attempting some of the exercises. Having used the DVD several times a week for the past year, I can see my improvement, and can actually do some of the "impossible" ones, which is a great confidence builder. There are several more advanced sequences when you are ready for them. Barbara Benagh explains and encourages effectively, and she is not one of those fast moving, fast talking 20-somethings trying to be cute. i recommend this DVD if you'd like to try yoga for the first time.
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on August 5, 2016
I love this DVD. Barbara explains everything in understandable wording. It's perfect for a beginner and someone out of shape!
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on March 28, 2018
I watched this tape for about 15 minutes and turned it off. I purchased as it said for beginners but she seemed intent on showing her flexibility....something I couldn't even begin to do as a true beginner and found it discouraging rather than inspiring. Seated, reaching around her back and grabbing her other thigh, to me, is not a beginners technique. The first exercise she filmed, she had her back to the camera and it was difficult to even tell what she was doing. Thank you.
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Having never had a Yoga class in my life and having never seen, much less bought a Yoga tape or DVD in my life I began my search. Yogo was recommended to my by my physicians and physical therapists some time ago and after much putting it off, decided to do something about it. One of the DVDs recommend to me was the one being reviewed here. You can imagine my surprise and absolute confusion when I read the many reviews here. Some said it was not for the beginner, others said it was for the beginner. Some said it was too fast, others too slow. Some said the instructions were great while other said they were horrid...and on and on and on and on. It was like three or four different programs were being discussed.

Well I read the review here by Beth Cholette. This reviewer has never led me astray before so I figured that I would go ahead and give it a shot based on her extremely detailed review and description of the product. Reading her words made the DVD sound precisely what I was looking for. It was.

Thank you Beth!

I am an older male with hip, back and neck problems which have not responded to injections, physical therapy or medications. This is horrid as I had reached a point where the pain and stiffness was interfering with my life. I lead a rather active life for my age and I am not inclined to change my living habits all that much as I pretty well enjoy my life the way it is...or was, in this case.

I have been working with this program for four weeks now and I can already tell a difference in my movements and the pain is becoming less and less as each day goes by. I found this type to be absolutely perfect for my needs. I found the instructions to be extremely specific and had no problems following them.

Now after almost seven decades there is no way in the world I could perform all of the positions described in this DVD right from the start. To be honest, I would have hurt myself had I tried. The instructor on the DVD though have plenty of methods to adjust each and ever move to your specific requirements. All it required on the users part was a bit of common sense. I found the pace to be perfect for my needs.

Now this is not a work-out program. It is a set of precise positions at first; focusing of breathing of course, and then presents workouts ranging from 10 to 50 minutes. I found I could sort of pick and choose what appealed to me on a daily basis. I liked the fact that Barbara Benagh was not yakking constantly while she was herself performing each stance...her voice was in the background.

If you are considering purchasing this tape I strongly suggest you read Beth Cholette's review. She has told us what is on the DVD so much better than I would ever be able to do. I have found that each of her statements and observations to be completely spot on.

Will this be the last Yoga DVD I purchase? Goodness no! I have already bought another. I have found that I actually like this stuff!

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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on March 19, 2018
I've always been intimidated by yoga... until now! The instructor made me feel totally comfortable and "okay" with a simply approach, wonderful breathing instructions with constant affirmation by my just beginning!! I've never worked out a day in my life. At 50+ years young I'm feeling stiff and with just three of the beginner sessions i could already feel my muscles loosening and back extending. My knees and back are in bad shape so I ordered a 4" gym mat to go under my yoga mat which helps also. I also like this dvd because you can customize your workout before going into the more 60-70 minute advanced workouts. This instructor tells you not to rush; sometimes it takes a year to really get the hang of it. Whew! No pressure at all. If you've never done yoga and want to get into shape while gaining strength, endurance, increased joint movement, etc I highly recommend this DVD!
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on November 27, 2013
Before going to a yoga class at the gym, I wanted to watch a DVD or two so that I'd KINDA know what I was doing. I tried a few others from Netflix and this one. This was perfect. Some of the other yoga DVDs were better at showing you what the basic poses were but this one is the best at actually providing routines for a beginner to practice yoga to. I especially like that there's more than one routine so that you can either do one per day or mix and match a variety.
If you're primarily looking for a weight loss yoga DVD, this probably isn't for you. Like others have said, the instructor does go slowly. That's nice for learning and stress relief but not for burning calories. But, if you're looking to ease into a yoga practice, this is almost as good as taking a beginner's class at a studio.
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on July 11, 2016
I'm a yoga novice and this has been good for me. Her instructions are fairly easy to follow and I really enjoy the array of routines available. I'm still doing many of the introdcutory routines but I appreciate that they are typically 20 mins. long which is perfect when you're short on time.
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on April 7, 2014
I'm pretty new to yoga, not overweight, but not flexible and I don't know the names of almost any poses, so I wanted something gentle and simple to begin with. This DVD goes at a nice, slow pace, with plenty of time to hold the poses, and lots of modifications to make them easier or harder. I really enjoyed the first sequence which teaches you Yogic breathing and how to actually relax. I find that the time goes really quickly and even though each routine is not that many poses, I always feel a lot better when I get finished. I think even the most beginner of beginners would have an easy time with this, but yet I feel that this DVD has enough to offer to be worth it for most anyone.
Also, the instructor's clothing is very appropriate and not distracting, and the scenery and setting are beautiful and relaxing. The instructor's voice is neutral and calming.
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on May 3, 2018
A noon doesn't know what 'Asana' is, how to perform the posture. The instructor assumes you have 'some' knowledge of yoga, but doesn't consider it from a virgin'so view.
The instructions are rather muddled and she seems to striving for meditational value more than instruction of postures.
I found myself paying more attention to her 'soothing' voice than the actual exercise, and it seemed rushed. Granted, they had a limited production budget.
It's not a BAD video, and the price I paid wasn't aweful, I just think that she should 'dumb it down' for us newbies.
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