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Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility

  • ELEMENT-YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF & FLEXIBI (DVD MOVIE)

Studio: Tcfhe/anchor Bay/starz Release Date: 12/07/2010 Rating: Nr

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  1. Amy Hilliard says:
    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beneficial Yoga Practice, December 7, 2010
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    Amy Hilliard (VA, United States) –
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    This review is from: Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility (DVD)

    I love all the Element DVDs. I either own or regularly check all of them out from the library. I own Ashley Turner’s previous yoga video Element: Yoga for Weight Loss. One of my fitness goals is to improve my flexibility, so I was excited to discover Element was releasing this video with her as an instructor. I find her to be a very supportive instructor and her Yoga for Weight Loss DVD to be beneficial. You can select play yoga for stress relief (about 36 min), play yoga for flexibility (32 Min), or play complete program. (66 Min),

    Yoga for Stress Relief

    The Stress Relief sequence uses breath, longer holds, and forward bends to “encourage the body’s relaxation response.” You start with several minutes of breathing, centering, and relaxing neck. Stretch arms overhead and lean to one side for a few breaths, and then switch to the other side for a few breaths. Reach arms overhead and slowly twist to one side and hold a few breaths. Switch to other side. Then, move on to a series of seated twists. Next, while remaining seated, bring your knees close to chest and slowly alternate between rounding and flexing your back. Re-center for a few breaths. Allow both knees to fall to side and flex feet. You do a series of twists with legs in that position on one side. Re-center for a few breaths. Do same series on opposite side. Re-center for a few breaths. Stretch one leg straight out and bend other knee so that the foot is flush against straight leg. Flex foot and do forward bend. Change position of bent knee so that foot is on ground. Wrap arm around bent knee. Twist far as you are comfortable and bring that arm as far as you can across the knee. Sit with both legs crossed. Fold forward for a few minutes. Stretch second leg straight out and bend other knee so that the foot is flush against straight leg. Flex foot and do forward bend. Change position of bent knee so that foot is on ground. Wrap arm around bent knee. Twist far as you are comfortable and bring that arm as far as you can across the knee. Sit with both legs crossed. Fold forward for a few minutes. Seat yourself on your sit bones as you stretch legs into splits, as far as you are comfortable. Reach forward as far as you are comfortable. Bend one leg so foot is against opposite leg. Lean sideways as you stretch arms overhead. If you are able, grab foot with both hands. Hold a few breaths. As you are folding over, move to center and roll up. Switch sides. Re-center with a few breaths. Then you pinch your nose while breathing? The next move is one I have never seen, and is hard to describe. It starts in a position similar to child pose, but head is placed so crown is on floor. You move your neck so one shoulder is on ground and opposite arm is bent. It is like your neck is being stretched. Hold for a few breaths before switching sides. It probably sounds painful as you’re reading this, but it’s not. Lie on back and hug knees to chest. Alternate between hugging your knees to your chest and pushing them away. Next, add in the following moves: as you push knees away, go into frog position, and as you hug knees towards chest, bring knees together. Do a series of side twists as you are lying on ground. Bring knees to forehead. Lie on back with knees and arms falling to each side. Breath for a bit. Bring knees to forehead. Stretch legs straight out. Bring hands into prayer position and place thumbs on forehead. Massage face for a few breaths. Let arms fall to side. Breathe for several minutes. Sit up into cross-leg position with hands in meditation pose. Take several breaths. Bring hands into prayer pose. Take several breaths.

    Yoga for Flexibility

    You start with several minutes of breathing and centering. Stand up with feet a foot apart and do forward bend. Keep legs as straight as you feel comfortable, but bend them if you need to. Settle into comfortable position. Grab elbow with opposite hand. Hang like a rag doll. Take a few breaths. Grasp hands behind back. Straighten arms behind back as high as is comfortable. Let go and do forward bend with head towards knee. Look forward with chin raised so you have a flat back. Go back into forward bend position. Alternate a few times. Roll up as you shake like a rag doll. Take a deep breath and stretch arms overhead. Bring hands into prayer position. Re-center.for a few breaths. Go back into forward bend position. Go into lunge with knee on the ground. Lift up knee. Alternate between bringing head towards knee and raising head to ceiling. As you raise your head, go into a deeper lunge. Place knee on floor. Stay in lunge position and make sure abdominals are tight and knee in 90 degree angle. Gently and comfortably go into as deep a lunge as you are able and then slowly pull back. Alternate. Add arms by stretching them overhead. Bring them around in circle so you are flexing your…

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  2. Midwest Book Review says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent, low-impact workout for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, December 9, 2010
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    This review is from: Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility (DVD)

    Yoga instructor Ashley Turner hosts Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility, an inexpensive DVD offering two yoga programs to improve one’s physical and mental health. The “Stress Relief” program emphasizes controlling one’s breath, longer holds, and forward bends in order to heighten mental acuity and foster higher quality sleep. The “Flexibility” program lives up to its title with vinyasa techniques have enhanced agility, dampened pain, and promoted greater freedom of movement for countless generations. An excellent, low-impact workout for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility is an excellent addition to any fitness DVD library. 73 min.

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  3. Michelle Garringer says:
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    yoga for stress relief.., January 21, 2011
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    Michelle Garringer (Overland Park KS) –
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    i love element dvds but the Stress relief section workout became a favorite in the short half hour i did it. its a simple accesable to all fitness types but enjoyable workout to help us deal with the effects of outside stress on our bodies AND spirit.. i havent done the other, i just got it yesterday.. but Stress relif truly helped me untense head to toe the muscles in my neck and shoulders that daily take a beating, and i truly didnt realize how much tense breath can affect your body! it teaches you to take a few minutes to unwind and breathe slower, and on my “day off” i want to do it just because it left me feeling refreshed and calm. i couldnt recommend this segment more for anybody who thinks they are stressed!

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