Yoga Journal’s Beginning Yoga Step by Step: Session One – Three

Yoga Journal’s Beginning Yoga Step by Step: Session One – Three

Yoga Journal's Beginning Yoga Step by Step: Session One - Three

Studio: Bayview/widowmaker Release Date: 07/24/2007 Run time: 330 minutes

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  1. Rebecca Johnson "The Rebecca Review" says:
    45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Complete Yoga Practice, October 27, 2007
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    Rebecca Johnson “The Rebecca Review” (Washington State) –
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    This review is from: Yoga Journal’s Beginning Yoga Step by Step: Session One – Three (DVD)

    DVD 1 – Inspired Instruction

    Yoga can help you fully relax and prepare for meditation or just feel more relaxed while reading or cooking. Your mind will be cleansed and while the world surges around you in all directions, there will be an inner calm you can carry with you all day.

    Natasha Rizopoulos has a beautiful teaching style that allows you to fully experience the body mind connection. She encourages you to experience yoga in order to balance your life. After watching her Yoga demonstration you may start to think of Yoga as an art form and not just an exercise routine. She turns yoga into ballet and her upper body strength is astounding.

    This DVD has interesting menu options. There are really two main parts:

    A 35 minute Instruction Session – You explore the postures in depth
    20 minutes of uninterrupted flowing practice

    You can follow the Instruction Menu, Practice Menu, go straight to the Yoga Chalk Talk (a great way to explore the poses) or Medical Commentary. The Practice menu has four sections:

    Begin Practice (Different from Begin Instruction)
    Follow Jason – This is an excellent option if you want to use props like blocks.

    Practice with Medical Commentary – A discussion of the nervous systems of the body and why stress hormones can affect your immune system.

    Practice without Music

    If you are completely new to Yoga, you might want to start with the “Begin Instruction” for the first few days (so your wrists get used to the poses) and then move on to the Begin Practice or practice along with the Chalk Talk to master the poses.

    Natasha Rizopoulos teaches you about ujjayi breathing, then teaches you how to move skillfully into downward-facing dog, cobra, upward-facing dog, simple cross-legged pose, chair pose, plank, warrior I, warrior II and extended (right) angle pose.

    You will need blocks and a mat for the first practice session. The orange mats, rich wood furniture, lamps, sage walls, sun filtering through lavender shades and a beautiful wood floor make this a beautiful and inspiring space in which to develop your own home practice.

    DVD 2 – Hatha Yoga for Flexibility

    I’d consider myself to be intermediate and the workout on this DVD seemed to be an intermediate workout with some challenging bending and twisting poses. It is a healing workout that may be enjoyed by intermediate yoga students who are looking for challenging backbends and twists.

    I’d “highly” recommend buying two beveled foam yoga blocks (if you have yet to buy them) and a yoga strap along with this DVD. Modifying the balancing poses with props is advised.

    This DVD has interesting menu options. There are really two main parts:

    A 35 minute tutorial – You explore the postures in depth
    20 minutes of uninterrupted flowing practice – a vigorous vinyasa flow sequence

    Begin Practice (Different from Begin Instruction)

    Follow Jason Crandell – This is an excellent option if you want to use props like blocks. Jason demonstrates modifications for those who have less flexibility.

    Practice with Medical Commentary
    Practice without Music

    DVD 3 – Finding a Balanced Life

    This DVD is for students of yoga who have mastered the first two instructional sessions. The third DVD is a challenging and healing workout that may be enjoyed by intermediate yoga students who are looking for challenging balance poses that increase your focus and energy. Upper body strength will be especially important in this DVD.

    During the handstand section, I had a good giggle because I could not get upside down on the first few tries and then my feet made a rather loud noise as I finally was up against the wall. I think I may have startled the neighbors. On subsequent attempts, I was able to get upside down more easily when I used a little momentum. While upside down I could really feel the weight of my body and some of the exercises may be slightly wrist intensive if you have not been doing yoga for a few years.

    This DVD has interesting menu options. There are really two main parts:

    A 35 minute Instruction Session – You explore the postures in depth
    20 minutes of uninterrupted flowing practice – a vigorous vinyasa flow sequence

    You can follow the Instruction Menu, Practice Menu, go straight to the Yoga Chalk Talk (a great way to explore the poses) or Medical Commentary. The Practice menu has four sections:

    Begin Practice (Different from Begin Instruction)
    Follow Jason – This is an excellent option if you want to use props like blocks.
    Practice with Medical Commentary
    Practice without Music

    Natasha Rizopoulos teaches you about how to use a wall to assist with balancing upside down. She gives safety tips and modifications. I personally think this is…

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  2. Angel Lee "Liocorno Amethyst Moonstone" says:
    34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Before you ever take a class – best buy for just the chalk talk, November 8, 2007
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    This review is from: Yoga Journal’s Beginning Yoga Step by Step: Session One – Three (DVD)

    I have no idea what avocat is talking about. I am wondering if we even have the same video or the person never looked at it in full. I don’t see how doing a sun salutation is advanced. While to 2nd DVD (intermediate) includes stuff like shoulder stands, headstands, and crow; it walks you through the process including something called chalk talk that shows you common errors and how to fix them. While these poses do take some amount of strength and balance, there are warm-ups and modifications show. I always recommend going to an in-person beginning yoga class before using any video, this is actually one I would “watch and study” BEFORE even going to a class. Why? Because I learned more from this video than I ever did in any, of the many classes (at least 30), I took including over 10 different instructor with a least a half dozen different styles such as
    Kundalini, Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara, Jivamukti and Yin.

    In fact, I think watching this video should be a required by all yoga instructions on how to do poses right and help others correct theirs.
    Out of all these classes I took most paid very attention to helping the class do the poses correctly. Unfortuely, In most of the classes I’ve been to the instructor just shows the poses without even looking up to see if people are doing it right. I am amazed I didn’t get hurt in some of them, even when the instruction did pay attention to these more complex and potentially dangerous (for an unskilled, unfit beginner with limited flexibility and balance) poses. I know I wasn’t doing them right and I defiantly now see how I could over time develop injures from repetitive doing poses (including the basic variety of sun salutations) wrong. It’s now also no mystery to me now how people get injured in yoga so easily even when their not pushing too hard especially if they have some kind or physical limitation.

    The 3rd DVD video is advanced in the selection of poses, and nothing I would encourage an beginner to do. You need lots of classes (and/or videos) and a good deal of strength and balance to do these. However, when you are ready, the instruction is excellent. However, I will say that I wish this series had more poses for the inflexible and not so strong beginner. I would thrilled to see them release another DVD (or set) with a bunch more of truly beginner poses. I can understand why they choose these however, because these are poses are often done incorrectly and that have the most chance for error and injury. All in all it’s definitely worth the price for just the chalk talk. You can always buy the DVDs separately, and get just 1 and 2 or even just rent it from Netflix.

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  3. R.AMSEY says:
    48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a yoga snob – actual begginer here, November 6, 2009
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    This review is from: Yoga Journal’s Beginning Yoga Step by Step: Session One – Three (DVD)

    For those of you who bag on the begginers comments my chosen title was for you. Anyway…..I feel it is worth adding my two cents here; I am a very new beggining yoga student and found this is NOT for me… “yet”. If I wanted a DVD that would show me all the poses for the routine to follow, without getting to the routine until much later, this would be the DVD for me. However I do not want to just do the poses one at a time for a few weeks then again try to follow the instructor as she quickly (without much description from pose to pose) moves on while I try to catch up. As a begginer I feel I have an idea of what many beggginers may expect; 1) I would prefer a slow enough pace to allow me the time to move from pose to pose. 2) a clear verbal description of what movements are necessary to enter the next pose. This way I don’t have to be distracted watching every toe, arm, and leg movement of the instructor, which she takes for granted. In my opinion she doesn’t take into account the actual begginers needs – for example she often gives the name of the next pose without the way to achieve the next pose. 3rd) a program that varies depending on my flexability, strength, and conditioning (asking too much here I know). At this point I am going to take a class, even though I bought this “begginer DVD set” to avoid the cost of classes and travel time. To give you an idea of my abilities; I am 41 yo 6’1″ 220lbs, surfing for 25 years, mtn bike, and have been told by my tennis instructor I correct body mechanics issues quickly. In closing this DVD set will be great after I don’t have to focus on watching the instructor, have the breathing technique as second nature, and poses the flexability that allows me to quickly move from pose to pose. Good luck if you buy this DVD as a begginer – just plan to take some classes too unless you spend many hours trying to overcome the above mentioned issues I have run into.

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