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A.M. and P.M. Yoga For Beginners [2004] - 11.69

Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):

Rating: 4:
Brilliant! Not too long, and perfect for beginners : I love this DVD. I bought it in February, when I had never done any yoga before, and have used it 4 days a week ever since!

The workouts are not too long (AM- 20 minutes, PM- 25 minutes) so you can fit them into your day easily.

They are great for beginners and have some optional extras if you are more flexible.

The relaxation element, which is what I started yoga for, is excellent and my only criticism is the lack of explanation of useful breathing techniques.

I would highly recommend this DVD to all yoga beginners, and suggest you also buy a mat, bricks and strap to make things easier. (The set costs about 10).

Well done to Gaiam, Rodney Yee and Patricia Waldren for a brilliant DVD!

Rating: 4:
Nice and mild for beginners, but... : This is a lovely calming introduction to the world of yoga, nice and simple (as it goes).

The difficulty lies in following it if you are a true beginner, ie beginning here and now. For this reason I recommend watching it through a couple of times before you first want to take it on as it is hard to follow instructions on DVD when your head is upside down and you are propped up on your toes (you can't see what they're doing when you're following a lot of positions)! This follows on from a long tradition of exercise videos which assume we pick things up really quickly.

Once you've got the hang of it it is highly recommendable but for the above reason not particularly calming the first time over! Don't let it put you off though, they're very good guides and workouts.

Rating: 5:
A.M and P.M. yoga for beginners : Excellent DVD! Highly recommend it! Both workouts, which last about 20 minutes each, are super. They help you to be more limber as they stretch the stiffest areas of the body as well as work with balance and strength. As yoga often does, it also seems to magically stimulate the inner organs to detox and normalize functions, so is a real all-round health booster! Both workouts are well narrated, so you don't need to keep your eyes glued to the television set to figure out what you are supposed to be doing next. This is one DVD that I will be using for many years to come! I should add that my 20 year old daughter finds the movements too slow (but she is a dancer who does pilates to relax) while they are perfect for middle-aged me.
There is a third and excellent workout routine if you are just a little too stiff for the extreme poses and need the blocks and straps, which gives a nice variation or bonus. In all, a recommended purchase.

Rating: 4:
Great for beginners : I have done several yoga dvds and I found this one a bit easy, but it's great for beginners.

When I am feeling to lazy to do a long workout, but still need to do something, I will do this dvd. It's till enough to give me a good stretch and I find both workouts quite relaxing.

I also look Rodney and Patricia- they are easy to listen to and their directions are clear.

Good dvd!

Rating: 5:
Excellent introduction to yoga : I have very little background in yoga. Consequently, I wanted a gentle introduction to yoga from this DVD that would teach me something about the practice and would be feasible to incorporate into my day.

I thought it was excellent. The AM yoga session with Rodney Yee is my favourite and is very gentle yet I have found it effective. After a short while I've noticed distinct improvements in my flexibility at my circuit training class which is highly motiviating.

The PM session with Patricia Walden is more challenging but that's good as it gives you more insight into what's needed to progress in yoga practice. The main difference for me between the AM and PM workouts is that a beginnner would need to use props for the PM. It would have been helpful for me to have had someone less advanced alongside Patricia for the PM programme as I couldn't get near to some of her positions but that's a minor quibble and wouldn't be to everyone's taste.

The bonus features are also excellent, there's instruction is using yoga props and an additional workout that allows you to practice their use which is very clearly explained. I'm surprised the producers don't make more of this in the promotional material and I would recommend trying the bonus workout and practising with the props before trying the PM workout. The bonus features also include interviews with Rodney and Patricia which give you an insight into their yogic and teaching philosophies which puts things into context.

This is the best thing short of a class that you could hope to find for a beginner. I would recommend this to anyone thinking of taking up yoga or anyone who feels they need more flexibility to achieve their athletic goals. The latter may wish to skip the relaxation parts. In my lay opinion, it's not suitable for intermediate or advanced practitioners.

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