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    1. Yoga for the Rest of Us with Peggy
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    2. Living Yoga - Back Care Yoga for
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    3. AM/PM Yoga for Beginners
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    4. Leisa Hart's Fit Mama - Prenatal
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    5. Prenatal Yoga
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    6. YogaKids
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    7. Crunch - Fat Burning Yoga
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    8. Yoga Fitness For Kids Ages 7-12
    $16.95
    9. Tai-Chi for Health
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    10. Jane Fonda: Yoga Exercise Workout
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    11. Living Yoga - A.M. Yoga for Beginners
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    12. Crunch Yoga Mama - Prenatal Yoga
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    13. Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains
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    14. Living Yoga - Abs Yoga for Beginners
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    15. Dixie Carter's Yoga for You: Unworkout
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    16. Yoga Journal's Yoga for Meditation
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    17. Balance Ball Fitness - Abs Workout
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    18. Balance Ball Fitness - Upper Body
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    19. David Carradine's Tai Chi Workout
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    20. Tai Chi for the Mind & Body

    1. Yoga for the Rest of Us with Peggy Cappy
    list price: $19.95
    our price: $17.99
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    Asin: B00008G91Q
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 24
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    "You don't need to be thin, young, and a contortionist to do this program," says instructor Peggy Cappy. Yoga for the Rest of Us is a yoga practice for people who might be inflexible, out of shape, or feeling aches and pains. Cappy presents three 20-minute routines that work separately or together. Part 1 is a series of warm-up seated stretches. Part 2 presents standing poses, holding a chair if needed. Part 3 is a flowing series of Sun Salutations, building stamina, and again using a chair if necessary, followed by relaxation. Public television yoga instructor Cappy teaches gently and quietly, accompanied by demonstrators of various ages and conditions. Recommended for people who thought that yoga was beyond them because of age, medical conditions, or fitness level, especially those with functional challenges, such as not being able to bend down or reach for a top shelf. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great for the Beginner and out of shape
    This is a wonderful tape for all of us who are out of shape and no longer limber.
    Peggy targets those of us who want to get started but cannot keep up with the tapes designed for the already physically fit.
    It is broken into 3 sections so even the most out of shape can do at least the first part.
    My 79 year old mother did the first 20 minutes of this tape with me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent yoga video
    This is an excellent yoga video. It is easy to follow with good instruction and it is versatile for various body types and abilities. Highly recommend this video.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction course for beginners!
    For a student of the Indian classical dance like me, this DVD proved quite helpful, especially the breathing instructions, although I would prefer to see some more spiritual explanations (yoga is not aerobics, after all!), and the psychological meaning and effect of the postures.
    Peggy Cappy's presentation is very clear, and covers the basics. I particularly liked the Sun Salutations series, as these are practised by all professional Bharatanatyam dancers, who have to produce rather complex postures. I know I will never be as flexible and as agile as the young professional dancers, and I will hardly ever dance as effortlessly and gracefully as Medha Hari in her DVD, but Peggy Cappy's excercises will make you stay fit and healthy, if this is what really matters for an amateur dancer like me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    This was a wonderful discovery that has really transformed my entire life. It proved to be much more useful to me than the Pilates Beginning Mat Workout and the Living Yoga tapes I had gotten because I used to be fairly glued to the couch due to my weight. But this low-impact and low-stress approach to physical fitness has really created a whole new world for me to live my life in now with tremendous opportunities for self-expression and fulfillment. With this as a building block for physical change, I was able to move onto a great new diet approach with South Beach, and subsequently my husband and I found new sparks in our intimate life with the aid of the magnificent "New Sex Now" video training -- an experience that really got our hearts pounding like never before. All of these life-transforming products come with heartfelt thanks and the highest recommendations. Life is too short to waste it sitting on a couch watching the world pass you by. Do something to make your world a better place!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yoga with a Chair
    I saw Peggy Cappy on Public Television during the December 2003 fund drive. I was impressed with her ability to teach yoga to a diverse group of students. The class is primarily attended by persons over the age of 50 years that have limited mobility. Peggy uses chairs to enable students to stay safely on their feet while attempting unfamiliar ways of moving their bodies. The video covers most of the basic standing poses (tree, triangle, warrior I and II, downward facing dog, upward facing dog as well as a simple sun salutation). this is a must have for yoga teachers and for all others that have joint stiffness, limited mobility (because of age, infimity or weight). She has said it most aptly, Yoga for every body. ... Read more


    2. Living Yoga - Back Care Yoga for Beginners
    list price: $9.98
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    Asin: 0945671636
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 446
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    Yoga focuses on keeping the spine open and supported, so it is understandable why millions of people turn to yoga for self-care of their back, explains instructor Rodney Yee in Back Care Yoga for Beginners, a gentle, easy 30-minute introduction to yoga. Its 20-minute yoga workout maximizes the movements of the spine and Yee carefully demonstrates the back-strengthening yoga postures, sometimes using a chair (sitting in it or standing and propping one foot on it). His form is beautiful, his explanations clear. If you're a beginner, realize that you cannot begin to approximate his degree of flexibility. Your goal is not to get as deeply into each posture as the instructor, but to reach your own comfortable limit. Cautions are given for pregnant women. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for bad backs
    I have a bad back due to an accident. It makes it hard to get around. I'm also overweight. other videos hurt my back or were too complicated with the moves.

    I decided to give yoga a try.
    Rodney Yee's video was AMAZING. He doesn't talk while doing the yoga- he has a voice over that goes along with you. He is not annoyingly peppy nor is he so boring that you want to fall asleep. His voice is relaxing in just the right way.

    The positions are simple enough for ANYONE to understand. I got it my first time through. Most of the movements were so easy to do that I could focus on doing them rather than looking at the TV trying to figure it all out. Also, they recommend that you have a yoga strap to do these poses, you can easily use a belt, piece of rope etc. I didn't have to buy anything extra to do all the positions in this video.

    I have discovered that I really like yoga- my back felt GREAT after I was done. I will buy more of Rodney Yee's yoga videos and I recommend that any yoga beginner's & people suffering from back pain try this video.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but be careful!
    Be careful when doing this video! If you are like me, your back is okay a good majority of the time, but occasionally, you "throw your back out" and spend 3-5 days recovering(thus the need for continual back care exercises). I tried this video as part of my "recovery" and severly injured my lower back muscles. During a few of the exercises, I experienced severe burning pain. I rationalized this by thinking I was using/stretching muscles that aren't normally exercised. I thought this might actually be a good thing. I tried the tape again a second day and experience the same problems. Finally I wised up and stopped using the tape. I went back to my old recovery exercises(pelvic tilt, crunches, stretching, etc). It took 2 months before my muscles finally started to recover. I'm still not back to 100% and it's almost been 3 months.

    I do plan on using this tape again once I'm fully recovered. I can tell from what I've seen, this would be a good tape for back care. He does move pretty quickly through the exercises so it will take you a couple of times before you can keep up.

    Remember, if you feel pain, don't continue the exercise!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Twenty minutes well-spent
    These comments respond to several made in earlier reviews.

    This video does more for my back pain than any medication doctors prescribed. It's a good idea to pre-view a new exercise video before you start. For this one you'll need a chair and a fabric strap of some kind (I use a bathrobe belt). Any exercise coach worth their salt will tell you if it hurts, don't do it. I certainly don't have the flexibilty Rodney displays, so I just do what I can and know that over time things will improve.

    When it's time to rewind, only go as far back as the beginning of the exercise segment so you don't have to watch the disclaimers and promotional announcements over and over.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Back care to keep your healthy back healthy
    From my personal and professional experience I can tell: this is not recommended if you ve a serious back problem, in that case go for "Somatics"...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Back Flexibility-With a Tummy Tuck Bonus!
    I have been using this video for some time, and have found it to be a great way to stretch and strengthen the muscles in my back, especially my lower back. I have what is primarily a desk job, and this video has helped improve my posture significantly, as well as helping with my flexibility. As an added bonus, as my lower back muscles became stronger and posture improved, I noticed that my stomach was pulled in tighter and my spine was straighter. I highly recommend this video to anybody who sits at a desk all day-use it every other day for two weeks and see how you feel.

    Rodney Yee uses a clear style of presentation, but be sure to watch the video through a couple of times before trying it, so you don't keep trying to twist around and see what he's doing. The postures are done with a chair, and I found that a basic, plain old kitchen table chair worked great. ... Read more


    3. AM/PM Yoga for Beginners
    Director: Ted Landon (II)
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 094567189X
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 334
    Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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    This yoga set is perfect for busy people who need to work in a way to relax. On the a.m. tape, Rodney Yee takes you through a 15-minute morning yoga set, while Patricia Walden leads a 20-minute evening routine on the p.m. tape. The a.m. tape was filmed on a beach on Maui at sunrise, providing a soothing background for this gentle workout. In the morning, Rodney tells us, "the body is rested but stiff from inactivity." The stretches he demonstrates are designed to increase circulation, improve mobility, and bring clarity to your mind. The movements are easy to follow (they include a conscious relaxation, the a.m. workout, and a guided meditation), and the set is short enough that it can be squeezed into the most hectic of morning schedules. The p.m. video was filmed at sunset in Death Valley. Patricia's yoga set is designed to quiet the mind after the stress of the day and to help you make the transition from active to quiet. She uses a combination of a centering series, standing poses, forward bends, and restorative poses to help you ease into night. You will need some firm blankets to sit on and a yoga strap (although a belt or scarf will serve the same purpose) to perform these movements. Perfect for the beginner and for the overworked. --Jenny Brown ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars *GREAT* This is 20 Minutes to a Healthier Life!
    A great video set for people on the go!! The 15 - 20 minute routines are easy to incorporate in your daily schedule. The beautiful scenery, voice-over, and music will calm your mind, while the gentle stretching poses will relax your body. Both videos begin and end with gentle stretching and meditation.

    "A.M. YOGA" offers a very basic and relaxing yoga routine. Rodney Yee's yoga routine mainly consists of supine (laying on your back) positions and hamstring stretches. Please be advised that he uses a yoga strap for the hamstring/leg stretches, but a piece of fabric or belt could work as a substitute. Patricia Walden's "P.M. YOGA" routine mainly consists of lunges and balancing poses focusing on stretching the legs and back muscles. Other postures include child's pose, dog pose, proud warrior, and forward bends. The P.M. YOGA balancing poses are somewhat challenging, but should be easily accomplished by the average healthy person. My only criticism is that these yoga programs seem rushed. You do not hold the poses for a very thorough stretch. In a yoga class, you would normally hold a pose for 2-3 minutes. So this boxed set is no replacement for an hour-long yoga class.

    All in all, I found both yoga routines straightforward and easy to integrate in my hectic daily schedule. After using the videos, I always feel energized and ready to take on the day!!! After several weeks of practicing this routine, I now feel motivated to continue exercising and to seek a more advanced fitness routine. I highly recommend this boxed set for beginners and those who just want a quick stretch.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Way to Start your Day and Relax at Night.
    I purchased the am/pm yoga for beginners duo because my gym only offers yoga three days a week. I desperately needed something for the off days, and treadmills and steppers were no the answer i was looking for. I have always been an "atheletic marshmallow", however at the same time always a super flexible person. Yoga proved to be the happy medium in my life. It provides me with some type of exercise and at the same time allows me to relax. Rodney Yee has the most soothing voice. While I do find it troublesome that he often confuses "left" and "right" when giving directions, I try to remain conscious of those mistakes. I love that the am portion of the tape consists of gentle poses that ease one into waking up. I look forward to rising 30 minutes earlier each day to do the tape! Patricia Walden's pm session allows me to stretch out and release all of my day's tension and stress. I would like to see a bit more time spent on down facing dog in the pm video, but it is something I have added to my routine once the video is over. I would recommend this video set to a beginner, but I would definitely advise that you watch it more than once if you are new to this form of exercise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful workouts
    These are great workouts. The am workout gets me up and ready to start the day and the pm workout is perfectly relaxing. Boxed together they are a real deal.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very Difficult
    Pm Yoga is not for beginners. I ahve never done yoga before and when I tried to do Pm Yoga it was very difficult. The AM yoga is a little easier but you need ot have the equipment to go along with it. This tape seems like a Step 2 tape for beginners. Not the best for someone new to the yoga sensation.

    3-0 out of 5 stars am good, pm bad
    first of all, rodney yee is an excellent yoga master... his instruction is necessary, easy to follow, and not intrusive... i enjoy his program very much...
    on the other hand, patricia walden's idea is totally different, and obtrusive... she blathers on incessantly - you may think a peaceful moment is at hand, but it is soon lost when she busts in with her monotonous and annoying voice... she shatters any feeling of serenity you may glean from her program... she gives too too much information - i am surprised she doesn't tell you when to blink... it is completely distracting, and frustrating... in both programs, the actual poses are easy to moderate, and do require a certain amount of expertise to accomplish... with mr yee's program, i do always feel refreshed, and better centered... i usually end up doing the am twice a day, and nixing the pm... ... Read more


    4. Leisa Hart's Fit Mama - Prenatal Workout
    list price: $14.98
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    Asin: B000083C59
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 233
    Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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    Description

    Buns of Steel instructor Leisa Hart continues to create dynamic programs that are safe, fun and effective to get you the results you deserve! Her warm, approachable personality and impeccable cueing has motivated millions to embrace exercise. As an ACE and AFAA certified instructor with over 19 years fitness industry experience, Leisa specializes in Prenatal Exercise, Lifestyle & Weight Management, Yoga and Toning.

    Prenatal exercise will help you:

    - Ease back pain
    - Improve digestion
    - Avoid calf cramps
    - Increase energy levels
    - Avoid excessive weight gain
    - Ease emotional highs and lows
    - Prepare for labor and delivery
    - Bond with your baby
    - Bounce back more quickly after delivery

    Stay fit through each stage of your pregnancy with International Fitness Expert and expectant mom Leisa Hart. This innovative method helped her stay fit and energetic during her first pregnancy. FitMama Prenatal Workout follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Leisa will help you increase your self-confidence with your changing body and feel great from conception to delivery! ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very easy but still a lot of fun
    I haven't found a pregnancy video yet that makes me feel like I've had a good workout, but at least this one comes close. I can't say that I get my heart rate up, but I guess it's better than doing nothing. The salsa dance is easy to catch on to, accompanied by good music, but rather mild in intensity level. So it's advised that experienced exercisers do the yoga fat burn afterwards. The main benefit of this section is toning (thighs) and stretching (back and sides) but it moves really slowly. I don't mind all the repetition in the video since it makes it easier to learn the moves, but I wish it had a bit more oomph to it. I still do my usual exercise videos and even step aerobics (at almost 6 months) but I think I'll be using Fit Mama more and more as I get bigger.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for ANY type of pregnant exerciser!
    I have to agree with Lois, Jennifer from Georgia is SO wrong!

    I am 6 weeks pregnant. Before this, I worked out about 2-3 times a week with weights and cardio using The Firm. I bought this video last week and did my first routine on Saturday. I was so incredibly pleased by the workout and Leisa, that I couldn't wait to write a review on it.
    First - Leisa Hart is an amazing instructor. In the beginning of a pregnancy, you feel more fat than pregnant. She makes you feel beautiful. She says many times to be proud of your growing body and even says "let me see your bellies." It is very uplifting and really boosts your self-esteem just with that alone.
    I have a background in dance, so I LOVED that it started out with Salsa dancing. If it's not getting your heart rate up, then add something to it, maybe weights on your ankles. However, it did get my heart rate up, it made me feel good. Leisa is very peppy, and you want to keep going because of her.
    The time goes by quickly because you have things to focus on. The fun dance, or Leisa herself. The stretching sections are good, and overall, I give the tape an A+ and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone of any exercise background.
    Pregnancy isn't what it used to be. Working out isn't bad. Having too high of a heart rate is bad though. But if you don't have a tape and you're concerned about possibly gaining too much weight (as we all are) then get this tape. You won't be disappointed, and I am VERY picky about what workouts I do.

    Not only will working out help keep you in shape, it also helps speed your metabolism and lower your hunger cravings. You are only supposed to get an extra 300 calories a day during pregnancy, without working out, there's no way I wouldn't overeat. Lisa also explains in the beginning anything you may have questions on.

    Drink lots of water, and have a safe and pleasant pregnancy.
    Dena

    5-0 out of 5 stars best prenatal video ever!!!!
    FITMAMA Prenatal is no doubt the BEST EVER prenatal made to hit the market. I LOVED IT. Leisa Hart is a guru with fitness programming, I loved her BUNS OF STEEL videos a few years back and loved it when I saw that she did a prenatal video, expecially after doing a few others that bored me to tears. This was fund, the Salsa dancing got my heart rate to a great level, the yoga was new and fun, a great variation that Leisa explains well and it toned my hips and legs and got my back ready to deliver another healthy baby, this is a TWO THUMBS UP video!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great pregnancy workout -- even if you hate to exercise!
    I was so excited to find Leisa Hart's prenatal workout DVD. With my last pregnancy, I took up walking and tried doing whatever prenatal workout I could, but my well-meaning husband got me a prenatal yoga video that I just HATED to do. It felt a little too much like work, forcing myself to do it. Now 4 months into my second pregnancy, this DVD has been a lifesaver! Not only do I not mind doing it, but it's actually FUN! Plus, with the DVD format, you can pick and choose what type of workout you want to do ... from the fat-burning yoga one day to the Salsa dance (my absolute favorite) the next. Plus, there are lots of prenatal stretches and relaxation techniques. I especially like how fun and upbeat Leisa Hart keeps this workout ... not at all boring or "meditative" like some. Just a great prenatal workout in general! Five stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars love this prenatal workout
    i love this prenatal video, the instructions are ideal, i don't have to follow a bunch of unnecessary choreography, and the personality of the instructor Leisa Hart is great....i highly recommend this workout, i never get bored doing it and always feel very refreshed and good about my workout, plus my darling hubbie thinks i am a FitMama!!! ... Read more


    5. Prenatal Yoga
    list price: $19.98
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    Asin: B00004U8H5
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 213
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    The best thing about this prenatal yoga tape is that there is a modelfor each trimester. Instructor Shiva Rea demonstrates each of the stretches andexercises for the first trimester, and two pregnant women show modifications forthe second and third trimesters (they're even dressed in different colors foreasy reference). This removes the self-doubt home-exercisers often have aboutthe safety of certain moves--especially in that cumbersome final stage ofpregnancy. Using gentle voice-over instruction, Shea and her assistants takeviewers through a half hour of meditational stretches using blocks and chairsfor support. She follows that up with 16 minutes of floor work: lunge pose,bridge pose, child's pose, plank pose--all with the necessary adjustments. Shewinds things up with a four-minute guided relaxation on her back--thetraditional position--with the second-trimester woman on her side and the thirdon her side with one leg up on a chair. By including the different adaptations,Shea has made a tape with the flexibility to carry an expectant mom through herentire pregnancy--and beyond, if she wishes. --Kimberly Heinrichs ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Purchasing
    Prenatal yoga is worth buying for pregnant women looking for an at-home guide to stretching. The scenery and music are pleasant, and the instruction is easy to follow. It features one women for each trimester, who adjust the yoga exercises accordingly. I do it once a week, in addition to 3 days per week of one-hour cardio exercise/light weight-lifting sessions at the gym. I wish I had the time to do Prenatal Yoga more often; it's hard to find an hour to myself with my 2 1/2 year old son. This video seems to help ease backaches and stiffness associated with pregnancy. I view this yoga video as a convenient but important complement to my multi-faceted exercise rountine.

    3-0 out of 5 stars ok. It depends...
    The usefulness of this tape depends on what you're looking for. If you haven't been exercising a lot before pregnancy, this is likely suitable. You'll certainly get a good amount of toning and relaxing-stretching that will make you feel pretty good.

    Unlike some reviewers,I didn't mind the fact that the tape uses voice-over, but i found the instructor to be a little too "relaxed" for my taste --that is, she doesn't convey enough energy to get me going. I was a regular exerciser before I got pregnant (pilates and running) and so, I found this tape to not really be enough. If you have time to exercise 2 hours a day, you might combine it with a brisk walk or light run to get a more satisfying workout. But, if you're like me, an hour max is all you can spare. Actually, I haven't touched this tape since getting Leisa Hart's "FitMama". The latter includes yoga along with some fun salsa-dance aerobics, as well as kegels and stretching--it just feels like a more complete, efficient workout.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I started this workout in my second trimester, and I loved it! It helped me to relax and eased some of my aches and pains in my third trimester. It also helped me to not gain as much weight as I might have. I found the breathing practice VERY helpful during my labor, and I give credit to this workout for my short labor and 15 minutes of pushing. It is great for strengthening the muscles you need for labor, and I lost weight very quickly afterward since I was in great shape before. I have several other prenatal yoga tapes, but this is the one I grabbed the most and found to be the better workout.

    4-0 out of 5 stars better than most prenatal DVDs
    I agree with an earlier reviewer who was annoyed at her pronounciation of exhale ("eggsale"), but other than that I rank this far higher than Zen Mama (ug!) or even the seemingly beloved FitMama's yoga portion. This is much more like real yoga classes I've taken, and I think that you DO hold the poses enough to get a workout, for sure. I'm in my 8th month and this is the video I reach for when my back or ribs are sore. I always feel better afterward, and usually sleep better too.

    1-0 out of 5 stars poor workout, terrible audio
    the moves in this wokrout are too short to be effective, whether you are prego ro not....Shiva seems to be a nice lady, but she teaches with voiveovers and that annoys you so much. She is not confident and doesn't help you relax before, during, or after the workout. This is so average it will not inspire you or help you unless you are totally desparate. ... Read more


    6. YogaKids
    list price: $14.98
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    Asin: 6304192703
    Catlog: Video
    Sales Rank: 1152
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    Young bodies will thoroughly enjoy toning their inner and outer selves during this half-hour of easy, playful exercise. Designed for ages 3 to 10, YogaKids introduces children to the ancient art of yoga in a very modern fashion. Instructor Marsha Wenig teams with a group of youngsters who confidently demonstrate each pose against a backdrop of eye-popping foliage and quiet, inviting beaches. As the children repeat each of the 20 poses--everything from the butterfly pose to the volcano pose--Wenig gently explains the strength derived from each exercise. Since yoga does not require quick feet or strong arms, young viewers of all skill levels will be able to accomplish the majority of these poses on their first try. Lessons in belly breathing, relaxation, and balance are given equal time with the benefits of stretching and strengthening. Finally, a few nicely placed words about self-respect and respecting others make this video a well-rounded choice for any family's fitness collection. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars My son loves this video!
    I bought this video on the recommendation of several different people. My son (who is 2.5) loves it, and i love it too. He enjoys doing the 'tree pose', 'snake pose', and 'lion pose'. People should be warned though, it is new agey (which doesn't bug me at all, since i am pretty new agey myself! LOL!). The yoga-mama talks about how we are all interconnected, and you learn how to say "Ommm...", etc. The songs are sweet and gentle, and each pose is illustrated by different images of animals or nature scenes. We play this video for a little bit at a time, since it is divided into sections you don't have to watch the whole thing at a time. It is a very gentle and lovely...it is the only video that my son watches.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My kids love these videos!
    This set of videos featuring Marsha Wenig, founder of YogaKids, was developed for children ages 3-8. Kids sing silly songs while performing assorted fun and funny yoga asanas. Children learn basic yoga techniques presented in a relaxed setting. This is especially suitable for younger yogis who may not have a long attention span or an interest in holding a pose for long periods of time.

    In addition to exercising their bodies children are given the opportunity to expand their minds with mini lessons that open them up to the world around them. Little animal lovers will enjoy performing poses that mimic the movements of seals, snakes, and lions.

    These tapes are a favorite of my five-year-old daughter Sarah and my almost three-year-old niece, Ashlee. --Michelle Smith

    2-0 out of 5 stars I was not happy with this video
    I purchased this video for my 8 and 9 year olds thinking it would be a true introduction to Yoga. This video bored my 4 year old neice to tears! This is defintely for the 3 year old age group. Thinking it would be a mini work out was a mistake. More time was spent acting silly, looking at zoo animals and learning about nature than was spent on actual fitness. If you need to keep very young children entertained for 20 minutes - this is for you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars For under age 8 - GREAT
    My daugher has been using this from age 3. While she does have a good ability to concentrate, each indiviual pose (except headstand) is something she can do alone (meaning without assistance). She loves the music and the gentle tone of the narrator. We got it for Christmas and have given it to 2 other friends. My husband thinks its "dorky" just like he thinks Barney is dorky, but frankly, this video is not for adults, its for kids, and they seem to love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice quality kids yoga
    We have tried several children's yoga videos with varying degrees of success. This video has a nice clear picture and sound. All the poses (with the exception of the handstand) are possible for both parent and child to do without any practice. My daughter has been using this video since she was 2 and is now almost 5. When she was younger she would often get bored during the video transitions between poses. Now she can make it through the whole video without running off to do something else. But she loved doing the poses and we both enjoyed the playful way the poses were presented. We recommend this one, as well as Yoga Fitness For Kids Ages 3-6. ... Read more


    7. Crunch - Fat Burning Yoga
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    Welcome to CRUNCH Fitness! Combine an ancient discipline with an ancient problem and what do you get? A current solution? Try yoga. To burn fat, you must burn calories, and in this program, you can! With Fat Burning Yoga you can tone and re-shape your entire body, increase energy levels, feel lean and limber, and it can help you maintain healthy weight levels. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Energizing Yoga Workout
    I loved this tape! I thought the instructor was motivating and a real person. Fit without being too intimidating. She explains all the moves really well and reminds you to breathe in sequence, which I found very helpful. I didn't think yoga could be "fat burning" but I was sweating and energized at the end of the workout. Plus I was sore in all the right places the next day. I really like the Crunch series of tapes because most of them are 30 - 45 minutes which is alot easier for me to squeeze in to my day. This tape will become part of my regular schedule. I highly recommend it for beginners and intermediates. It probably wouldn't be suitable for advanced yoga enthusiasts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Workout
    I just got this tape yesterday and decided to try it this morning. I hadn't completely bought into the "fat burning" part of it because I didn't really believe I'd even work up a sweat during the workout. It was fantastic and I was definitely sweating by the end. The instructor is very likeable and the routine she guides you through is easy to follow yet demanding. She also included a 6 minute yoga abs bonus at the end and a short stretch and period for relaxation. I highly recommend it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Exercies
    I must say that when I first seen the video without doing the exercises I didn't appreciate it. The poses are basic yoga: downward facing dog, plank pose, cobra and simple back bends for floor series. For standing series: triangle pose, warrior poses and modification of side stretch poses.

    The beauty of this tape and Power yoga in general is that the flow of movement along with proper breathing helps to create energy and burn fat. I never though I would sweat that much from such simple poses.

    The instructor is helpful and calming; she reminds you constantly to breathe, which is quite important because usually you tend to focus on perfecting the pose and neglecting your breath.

    Note that you need to practice with the tape for two to three times before you can do it smoothly and without looking into the video.

    I would recommend this tape for beginners and even for intermediate yoga students. I have been practicing Hatha Yoga for a year and half and find this tape helpful. I would've however liked it if it was a bit more challenging.

    4-0 out of 5 stars yoga for busy people
    -Do buy this tape if:
    A)You are pressed for time-the workout is 30-35 minutes or so long
    B) You are looking for just a hint of a challenge(only really tough part is lunges)
    C)You dont mind an instructor who does alot of explaining/talking and such
    D)You are a newbie
    DONT buy this tape if
    A)You are looking for a serious 'isometric" type routine (I.e.Brian Kests Power Yoga from 1995 tapes)
    B)You are REALLY looking to sweat hard
    C)You are looking for really challenging poses (i.e. crow,one arm balance,dancing shiva,etc..)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Yoga Video
    This is an excellent workout for people who don't have 60-90 minutes that many slow-movement exercise programs require. It's 45 minutes of relatively-simple poses. Ivanhoe does a great job of reminding the viewer of the most important aspect of yoga - the breathing. this would be a great program for beginners who are looking to ease into a routine. As an intermediate yoga practioner, I do this tape 4-6 times a week! ... Read more


    8. Yoga Fitness For Kids Ages 7-12
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fun for all
    My group of kids ages 6 -11 all love this video. It's a riot to see them all trying the different poses. They ask for this video on an "indoor day" when it is snowing or raining. Even the most awkward kids enjoy trying because it is very low key and presented as a learning experience. They are often surprised at what they can do!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Boring and slick.
    I've been practicing yoga on and off for about 3 years, and I found this video to be not kid-oriented enough. The set is lush with sweeping curtains, tall windows and chandaliers, the instructor is dressed in a buxom-enhancing babe-like fashion. Her delivery is not fun but patronizing. I'm going to keep searching because my son who is 8 wants to do yoga but found this princess girlie-style video to be completely uninspiring.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yoga for Kids
    This video was great. My son loves doing all the poses and is suddenly a yoga practioner!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice beginning level regardless of age
    Although this is geared toward children, I wished I had watched this when I first started Yoga. Each and every one of the poses/positions is named and labeled on the screen, which seems to make it easier to remember. My daughter, who is 9 had tried doing Yoga with me on one of my adult tapes, only to get bored and walk out of the room.

    Leah Kalish is an excellent instructor for children, very encouraging style, kind sounding voice. Although my daughter "thought" it was simple, I noticed it was difficult initially to hold the poses for any length of time. Children have way more flexibility, but balance is another thing.

    The moves were easy for her and her friends to understand and over time, I've seen their balance improve tremendously. Nice job, I enjoyed it myself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great yoga starter for kids
    I bought the video and kit for my daughter for her recent birthday. She enjoys the idea of practicing yoga with me, but not surprisingly found a lot of my tapes hard to do. We were both extremely frustrated with YogaKids, so I crossed my fingers when I bought this kit for her.

    Leah Kalish speaks very calmly, but not condescendingly- a delicate balance when teaching children. The poses were challenging and interesting for young yoga novices- particularly Flower and Bug- but weren't so complex that they scared my daughter off. However, her favorite pose of all was Corpse, and only her birthday party later that afternoon convinced her that shs shouldn't give in and doze off.

    The production quality, setting and sound were excellent; clear, but not jarring. The set reminded me of the set used in the Ana Caban Pilates tapes, and the music reminded me of the Beginner's Balance Ball tape, all by Living Arts. The combination worked very well on this tape.

    I was very pleased that my daughter enjoyed the tape, and I also felt relaxed and nicely stretched by the end of the tape. I look forward to continuing this tape with my daughter- and her younger sister- and hope that it's the beginning of her yoga collection. ... Read more


    9. Tai-Chi for Health
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginner's Tai Chi Video
    Here's a video I go back to over and over again as reference for basic moves in Tai Chi. It's a down-to-earth, easy to follow video that tells you want you need and want to know.

    The pace of this video is perfect. While some tapes spend so much time on "warm-ups". Warm-ups are here, but they don't get in the way of your jumping into the Tai Chi moves that you really want to learn. Some tapes are so full of various production trappings that it becomes confusing when watching the split-screens and their almost psychedelic methods of transition. This tape is a straight-shooter that doesn't bore you, confuse you, or have you doing things early in the process that only turn you off from learning Tai Chi.

    If there's a negative, it's that it seems the primary demonstrator, Yvette Wong, who does such an outstanding job on this video, seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. When you start watching, you see that this tape is referred to as Vol. 1, but I've never seen Vol. 2. Maybe I need to do more searching. Also, this would be great in a DVD format, and I wish someone would reissue it in that format.

    This is a real gem, it makes you want to learn, it never annoys you, it's just the best. To Yvette and the second demonstrator Ray Van Raamsdonk, I say BRAVO.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tai Chi tape
    Very easy to follow and learn from. This is an excellent video, the best Tai Chi tape I've found. Unfortunately, it is the short form which only lasts around three minutes, but you can do it over and over. It really feels good and is taught well.
    I love this video.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL RELAXING MOVEMENTS
    ENJOYMENT: I have really enjoyed this video and will never part with it. It shows very slowly, step-by-step how to do a beautifully choreographed Tai Chi set lasting approximately 3 minutes total time. (Once you get to the end, you can start all over again so you can make it last at long or as short as you want.)

    ACCOMPLISHMENT: Tai Chi is an art you CAN learn and feel PROUD of yourself performing. When you watch the beginning of the video and see them doing the complete set it will really motivate you to learn Tai Chi due to its grace, elegance and beauty; personally, my jaw dropped to the floor! I was amazed and very impressed.

    FREEDOM: To be really good at Tai Chi requires daily practice in the teacher's opinion. That is probably true but shouldn't deter you from trying Tai Chi. You can "be your own boss" so to speak and do whatever movements you like and enjoy the most--making your own routine shorter or longer, if you prefer. This was my first Tai Chi video so I followed the teacher. What makes this so easy to learn is that she turns with her back to you so you do EXACTLY what she does without any confusion!

    BENEFITS: Tai Chi is a very beneficial workout for the body and the mind. It reduces stress while also toning muscles and improving flexibility. Tai Chi is a very effective way to control arthritic pain (something that runs in my family), promote cardiovascular fitness and lose weight. Tai Chi is for EVERYONE of ALL ages. It provides all the benefits of a rigorous workout but it is gentle and relaxing. It is known that a mild exercise performed daily is more beneficial to the body than a strenous exercise done 2-3 times a week.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you want an exercise workout that doesn't leave you sweating and exhausted but instead relaxed and calm, this is what you've been searching for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Egoless Fundamentals
    I learned more about the basics of Tai Chi from this video than the dozen or so other videos I've seen, most by more famous presenters. Here, the fundamentals are covered slowly and systematically. Whatever the Tai Chi style, this is a good place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This video is an excellent introduction to Tai Chi.
    I have watched many other Tai Chi videos, and this is my favorite by far. Each exercise is explained very well and is shown from different angles. This makes the video easy to follow and understand. If you do not have any previous knowledge of Tai Chi, then this is a perfect introduction. ... Read more


    10. Jane Fonda: Yoga Exercise Workout
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    It was probably inevitable that Jane Fonda, who played such a defining role in the aerobics boom of the 1980s, would be on the yoga train as well when it started rolling in the 1990s. And on this tape (recorded in 1993), she does a good job of it. The focus is on the "sun salutation," a connected series of poses that builds strength, flexibility, and balance, and with repeated practice this offers what Fonda calls "an excellent full-body workout." The program is divided into three sections, any one of which can be practiced on its own. The first breaks down the various poses comprising the sun salute, while the second is devoted to several repetitions of the salute itself; three variations are offered, two incorporating some of Fonda's own techniques and one that's closer to the "classical" or "Series C" salutation. The final section (which might actually be a better place to prepare for your practice than to finish it) focuses on relaxation and breathing. Fonda's manner is brisk, but her instructions are clear and concise, and while the tape isn't especially difficult, it should prove challenging enough for beginners and most intermediates. --Kelly Welldon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Introduction to Yoga
    "Jane Fonda's Yoga Exercise Workout" is not only the most wonderful introduction to Yoga, but it makes you want to come back for more. Although I work out several times a week, I am new to Yoga, and was absolutly amazed at how I felt after just the first class. It gave me energy, improved my balance(when you get to be a "certain age", these things start to dwindle), and
    left me feeling like I'd done a real workout.Even my abs felt it!

    Jane encouragingly guides you through the three segments of this tape. In the first segment she takes you through the most gentle yet invigorating 20 minutes of stretching and toning in which you will also be introduced to the movements and the terminology.
    There are times when the level of movement is increased, but Jane reminds us to just do the level we feel most comfortable with and there are insets showing the different levels we can follow.

    In the next segment you'll be learning the Yoga Sun Salutation. It is a progressive routine that picks up the pace as it goes along, but again Jane let's you know it's okay to go at your own pace. This segment lasts about 15 minutes, but it's a truly effective program.

    The last 15 minutes may be the most wonderful 15 minutes you can spend in a day. The time is spent strictly on relaxation techniques, that will make you feel wonderful as well as relieve stress. This is a section that you can do anytime you feel the need, as no warm up is required.

    I have had this tape some time now, and although it took me a few times before I completed the whole tape, each time I used it I felt a renewed energy and good about myself. Five stars to Jane and this class for turining me from a skeptic to a believer. I started out adding this just once a week to my work out program, I now incorporate it twice weekly and I really look foward to those days. It's truly a great workout for any age.

    I also think you can't go wrong for the price. If it's something you've been wanting to try, you can do it without investing too much, and after a while if you decide you want to move on to a more powerful workout, this tape has given you a great start!

    What a Feeling!...enjoy...Laurie

    4-0 out of 5 stars A gentle, but still intense workout
    I do not consider myself an expert on yoga, I've learned what I can and try to do what's best for my own body and limitations. Ms. Fonda's yoga tape, although the moves are very basic, still made me work up a good sweat.

    The movements she does here can be found on pretty much any good, basic yoga tape. I have other yoga tapes in my library, and the movements here have been modified for the "non-yoga" practicioner. Still, Ms. Fonda's soothing alto voice, clear instruction, and encouragement to "do your best" make this video worthwhile. It's actually a nice contrast to doing something like Bryan Kest's Power Yoga 1. You can still get the intensity and benefits of a good workout without the rapidity. There is also a section of deep breathing exercises, followed by a relaxation section. The relaxation section of this video is very soothing and made me feel alive, loose, and energized. You may want to use a pillow for your head during this portion.

    I alternate this tape along with Mr. Kest's, as well as Dixie Carter's "Unworkout 1 and 2". I take one day off a week, but even on that day off, I do the evening portion of "Unworkout 2".

    I recommend this tape for anyone who wants a gentle, but still beneficial, yoga workout.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gentle, Yet Effective
    This was the first yoga workout tape I ever bought. At first when I started doing it, I had to keep looking at the tv to make sure I was doing the moves right. But I after did it several times, I got to where I could do it without having to look at the tv. In fact, she says you will get to where you can do it just by following her voice. She gives excellent cues for each move and breathing. I do this workout at least once a week and have really increased my felxiblity. I really love stretching exercises, and this is an excellent whole body stretch. I love the way she has you flow from one position to another. It's almost as if it is all one move. Great for anyone that is just beginning in yoga, or for someone that has been doing yoga for awhile and wants a nice change of pace.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great beginner tape.
    This workout is excellent for the beginner, and the not terribly flexible. Alternate positions are shown and you can progress at your own rate. This is very important with any exercise program. I have not perspired with this one (I've had it two years) but if I neglect my workouts, it does make my muscles a bit sore. The instructions are easy to follow. After the first couple of times, you should be able to do the routine without looking at the screen. Jane even tells you when and how to breathe. This is a great plus because your breathing is very important in Yoga, or any other exercise. Overall, you can't go wrong with this one, no matter what your fitness level.

    2-0 out of 5 stars so slow.......
    I do not have anything against Ms. Fonda but this tape, even with the use of sun salutations, is slow slow slow. If you like Power Yoga, by all means stay away from this one as it is slow and you will not enjoy it. If slow is what you are looking for, you may want to give this one a try but then again the basic Living Arts tapes are still much much better than this. ... Read more


    11. Living Yoga - A.M. Yoga for Beginners
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    "The morning is a precious time," says the narrator of A.M. Yoga for Beginners. "Just as the sun rises and falls, so do our natural rhythms. The morning is perfect time to open our bodies and center our minds." This 20-minute yoga practice with supple instructor Rodney Yee is the perfect way to start your day by energizing your body and calming your mind. Filmed on the beach at Maui at sunrise, the video starts with a 4-minute Conscious Relaxation focusing on breathing, then glides into a 14-minute series of yoga poses that are simultaneously relaxing and energizing. It ends with a 2-minute seated Guided Meditation to center your body and mind. Yee's instruction is detailed and gentle. The video is beautifully filmed: you watch the waves roll in as Yee demonstrates yoga poses on a sandy beach. The yoga practice awakens and stretches your muscles gently, leaving you balanced and focused. "Yoga is the foundation of my day," says Yee. "A few minutes in the morning will help give meaning to your day." --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect morning wake-up for anyone.
    I found this tape in a discount bin somewhere and bought it because it was cheap and I wanted something to alternate with my Ali McGraw Yoga tape. This tape is geared towards beginners, but it is really suitable for anyone who wants to add a light stretching routine to their morning. It's very brief, but gives you just enough to get your blood going. You won't be panting or sweating, but you will find a feeling of relaxtion and peace to start your day. He combines basic yoga with stretching and "active meditating" for a really nice morning wake-up. The music is lovely and very hypnotic and the scenery is breathtaking (beach scenes). It's a well done video- no cheapo production values here, and Rodney does a great job of clearly explaining everything in a soothing yet inspiring tone. I highly recommend this for all levels, especially for people who have a hard time working out in the morning or just waking up. It's only about 20 minutes total, only 12 of that is active yoga. For beginners, this is a terrific tool for being introduced slowly to yoga - which is sometimes intimidating or daunting. A beautiful tape.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ** GREAT for those with BUSY Schedules & Neglected Bodies!**
    This is a great video for people on the go. The tape is approximately 15 minutes and easy to incorporate in your daily routine. "A.M. Yoga" offers a very basic and relaxing yoga routine. The beautiful scenery, voice-over, and music will calm your mind, while the gentle stretching poses will relax your body. Rodney Yee's yoga routine mainly consists of seated positions and hamstring stretches. Please be advised that he uses a yoga strap for the hamstring/leg stretches, but a piece of fabric or belt could work as a substitute. There is also a nice, relaxing meditation at the close of the routine--which could easily put one to sleep. =) My only complaint is that he does NOT hold the poses very long for a thorough stretch and the routine does seem a bit rushed. In a yoga class, you would normally hold a pose for 2-3 minutes.

    I found the routine straightforward and easy to integrate in my hectic daily schedule. After using the video, I always feel energized and ready to take on the day!!! After three weeks of practicing this routine, I NOW feel motivated to continue exercising and to seek a more advanced fitness routine. For me, this video was the perfect starting-place!! I would recommend A.M. Yoga for *beginners* and those who just want a quick stretch.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great beginners yoga tape.
    This video was recommended to me by a friend. I knew that I could fit 20 minutes into my schedule. I have been following the video for two weeks and find that it is very easy to do. There are several movements that I am unsure about, but I think that time and practice will clarify that. Rodney Yee's instruction is very clear. I didn't realize just how stiff a person can be in the morning. A.M. Yoga leads the viewer through a series of stances that stretch different parts of the body. My intention is to work with the a.m. yoga tape for a few more weeks before beginning the back care yoga tape with Rodney Yee that I also purchased.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Relaxing
    This yoga tape is much better than other ones rated highly on Amazon. I felt relaxed, calm and happy after doing this tape, although I am a high-strung person. It is not much of a work out, but there are a lot of stretches and a lot of meditation. I would definitely recommend it. Also, I think that this tape is very good for beginners. This tape is not strenuous, nor are the moves difficult. It might also hold something for the more advanced yoga students because the meditation piece of it is so well done. Just remember that this tape is short, only 20 minutes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent routine for handicapped person
    I love this tape! I am handicapped (post-polio right leg, lower back weakness) and find that I can do or approximate most of the stretching positions on this tape (there is very little standing involved which I find difficult without my cane). I recommend it for a reasonably ambulatory handicapped person. It is a gentle beginner's routine that is easy to memorize and take on the road with you for, say, your hotel room. No, I can't do all of the moves perfectly but I get as close as I can. As the instructor, Rodney Yee says, you may not notice a great benefit at first (although I did from the first day) but if you stick with it, the long term benefits are great. It is good for my blood pressure in the morning and centers me for the day. I also find my walking endurance has improved. I actually look forward to getting up and doing the routine.
    PS: I also tried the P.M. Yoga tape with a different instructor and would not recommend that one for the handicapped. It requires far too much agility and flexibility for a beginner and I think a disabled person would find it well nigh impossible. Stick with Yee and the A.M. Yoga program. ... Read more


    12. Crunch Yoga Mama - Prenatal Yoga
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    Crunch, a New York-based gym, keeps bringing innovative and hip exercisevideos to VCRs across the country. You don't have to be in a metropolitan areato experience cutting-edge fitness trends and formats because Crunch: YogaMama delivers an effective (and chic) pre-natal workout that can be done inthe comfort of your living room. Instructor (and pregnant woman) Sue Elkindleads this 40-minute workout with concise descriptions and a healthy knowledgeof yoga as it relates to pregnancy. The content here provides a workout that isboth safe and efficient, with great attention to participants' individualfitness levels. This session is presented with a backdrop class (consisting ofwomen in various stages of their pregnancies) that demonstrates modified andmore challenging options to each pose. Pregnant participants may find it moreappropriate (and less annoying) to take direction from another pregnant womanrather than an ultra flexible, ultra thin (non-pregnant) instructor. Basicpostures within yoga are taught with intensive focus on breathing, flexibility,and the constant connection between mind/body (and mother/child). Some poses arealtered to accommodate the roundness of the midsection with constant awarenessof spine alignment. Elkind gives special attention to balance as she slowlyincreases the intensity of postures. After a series of basic poses areperformed, Kegels are practiced (which strengthen the pelvic floor), andmeditation closes out the workout. This basic format is friendly for beginners,pre- and post-natal women, or anyone who requires modifications. Thissafety-conscious video offers a simple, straightforward workout with realpotential for increased strength and flexibility. Props needed: a blanket orpillow, a mat, and (especially if you are expecting) a chair. --OliviaVoigts ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a good stretch, an easy workout and some inspiration
    I'm currently in my 19th week and have been using this video for about 6 weeks. I alternate this video with Rocki's Prenatal Yoga. This is the one I pick when I'm feeling less motivated and want a good stretch, an easy workout and some inspiration. I feel good afterwards, both in body and attitude. I'm VERY inspired by the different body types and love seeing the bare bellies on so many of the moms-to-be. I prefer Sue's personality and style to Rocki's, but I feel more "worked out" from Rocki's video.
    I only wish this workout was available on DVD: I suffer from insomnia as part of my pregnancy symptoms and I have found the 2nd half or so to be exactly what I need (at 2am) to tune out my stress and relax my body. Also, I am a work at home mom with a toddler and sometimes 15 minutes is all the time I can make (the full workout is 45 minutes but I find I can break it into 3 segments when I need to). DVDs make it so easy to skip ahead and there's no need to rewind!

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent prenatal yoga practice
    Although I wouldn't call this the perfect prenatal yoga practice, it has some distinct strengths over other prenatal yoga videos I've seen. Visibly pregnant Sue Elkind leads a class of about a dozen women of in all stages of pregnancy through a well-chosen series of yoga poses. One woman demonstrates modifications for the less flexible, but most of the women do the program without modification, even in late pregnancy. The instructor talks through each pose, giving special attention to the balance and posture changes of pregnancy and emphasizing the connections between body and mind and mother and baby-to-be. This constant commentary makes the poses easy to follow even when not watching the screen, but may distract from the meditative quality of yoga practice.

    Yoga Mama is most appropriate for women with no or limited yoga experience and no exercise constraints. It may also be helpful for intermediate level women in late stages of pregnancy, for tired days, or as the easy part of a rotation of practices. Advanced yoga students, however might find this video frustratingly basic and prefer to develop a personalized yoga practice using books (try Preparing for Birth With Yoga by Janet Balaskas). Women who need greater modification might want to try the Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga program instead. Props: sticky mat (or carpet), folded blanket, folded towel (for wrist pain), chair (for modifications)

    Personal Experience: I used prenatal yoga videos several times a week in addition to prenatal classes in a yoga studio once or twice a week. Although no video can equal a live class, this one captures some of the spirit of practicing yoga in a room full of pregnant women of all shapes and sizes. For home practice, I could choose between Yoga Mama and Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga video. Although Shiva Rea's video is longer and has better production values, I plunked this video in the VCR more than twice as often. I preferred the selection of poses in Yoga Mama (though I wish each pose lasted longer) and I preferred following Yoga Mama's visibly pregnant instructor (skinny Shiva Rea demonstrates first trimester poses with no hint of a belly). In addition, I found it much more motivating to see the whole class perform without modifications in contrast to the extreme modifications in Shiva Rea's program (the third trimester woman does most of the poses seated on a chair). To my surprise, I was able to comfortably and safely perform Yoga Mama without modification up until a few days before delivery. Practicing prenatal yoga helped minimize back pain, leg cramps, and other pregnancy discomforts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite prenatal yoga workout
    This is a great tape! I have been doing it for almost my entire pregnancy (I'm in my 8th month) and I love it. It isn't the longest workout (about 40 minutes) and it isn't the most challenging, it is just the most fun and gives you the best feeling. Sue Elkin is awesome and the tape is just great! Get it, you'll love it!

    1-0 out of 5 stars horrible video, poor quality, poor instruction
    Crunch is a neat brand, but they missed it with this prego video. The instruction is poor, the set is dull, and the workout is below average.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Relaxing and fun
    I really like this video. It gives you a gentle workout, not too difficult, but still worthwhile. The instructor and all the other women in the video are pregant and they give you modifications on all the harder stuff. Overall, if you want a 1/2 hour - 45 minutes of gentle yoga with some stretching and a little strength work, this is a great tape for you. It is my favorite. ... Read more


    13. Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains
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    Even if you've never done yoga before,you can benefit fromthis gentle program. If you suffer from arthritis, back pain, neck painor pain from an injury, this yoga program may help you ease yoursymptoms. The series of simple exercises focus on pain management andthe gentle increase of range of motion to your spine and joints. TheHealing Yoga series brings into your home Lisa and Charles Matkin'sextensive hands-on experience and work with leading physicians in usingyoga to help people with chronic injuries and illnesses. Regularpractice of this yoga program can be beneficial for a range of specificconditions while helping you bring flexible, fluid movement in yourwhole body. About The Instructors: Charles and Lisa Matkin are experts in therapeutic yoga and have over 16years combined experience as yoga professionals. They design custom yogaprograms to help their clients address chronic injuries and illnesses.The Matkins founded and direct the Mind Body Therapies department at acomplimentary health care center in New York City and have taughttherapeutic yoga programs at Beth Israel Hospital and New YorkPresbyterian Medical Center. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Yoga for my body
    In just one week I can see a difference. My pain level has dropped dramatically. This isn't extremely physical and is easy to do. I have fibromyalgia and the muscles are always tight. Shoulders are the biggest problem area for me, and this video has the best pose for the shoulders that I've ever tried.
    If you are in pain, this video can help.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very well done workout but with limited application.
    I've been practicing yoga with videos for some time now, and I thought that this would be a relaxing workout which would help with my frequent headaches. However, I discovered that the video is more focused towards bodily aches and pains--namely neck pain, back pain, arthritis, or injuries. For someone suffering from one of those conditions and who has only a limited range of motion, this tape might be useful. It is a led my a husband and wife team, Charles and Lisa, and broken into three 10 minutes sections. The first, in which Lisa demostrates and Charles provides voiceover, is a series of seated poses on a chair with a strong emphasis on breathing. Charles leads the second section with Lisa's voiceover; this section includes gentle standing postures using the chair for assistance. In the final section, Lisa again leads, this time demonstrating a series of floor poses for relaxation. Anyone who has some prior experience with yoga is likely to find this video to be much too easy, but for those who are absolute beginners and/or those who have chronic pain, this workout could be beneficial.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent yoga video
    This video is excellent in every respect. Good instruction. Clear images. Wonderful ambience. Very useful for its intended purpose: healing and wellness. Also useful for any yoga practice. Highly recommend.
    To the two yoga instructors on the video, if they read reviews: Part of yoga practice is an emphasis on modest attire during practice. The skimpy top worn by Lisa Matkin does not seem to fit that tradition.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good beginner DVD
    This is a good beginner DVD that slowly moves through each of the positions and focuses a lot on proper breathing. Other DVD's (Yoga for inflexible people & Yoga basics) that I bought talked about breathing but not as well. I'm in my mid 50's and have lost a lot of hearing - this DVD has a feature that allows you to turn off the background music so that you can hear just the voices. When I turn up the volume on the other two DVDs above the music gets louder and I still can't hear the female voices except for my wifes saying turn down the volume. This DVD has only one yoga routine, whereas the two others have numerous - reason for a 4 versus a 5 rating. If you are in your mid 50's or older and have lost a lot of flexiblity - I would recommend this DVD, then Yoga for inflexible people and then Yoga basics by Gaiam. They are all good beginner yoga DVD's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for back pain
    This tape is great. Granted it is not for the advanced but more geared for what the title states. The instructors walk you through the moves and take into account injuries that cause you to not be as flexible. My husband has re-occuring back pain from a herniated disc and we have tried different yoga videos but they all caused him more pain and frustration from not being able to do the moves. This one however, by addressing all the issues associated with chronic pain and injury, has actually begun to make his back feel better and he doesn't feel inadequate because he can't do the moves. I'm planning on buying another copy to send to my mom, in addition to their other video. ... Read more


    14. Living Yoga - Abs Yoga for Beginners
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    Rodney Yee leads Abs Yoga for Beginners from the serene Death Valley. The gentle sands of the desert lend to the calming mood of Yee's supple movements, which are designed to firm and strengthen your abs while providing a soothing respite from your hectic lifestyle. Beginning with 4 minutes of conscious breathing, moving into 13 minutes of abs yoga workout, and ending with 3 minutes of deep relaxation, the tape is an introduction to yoga for those who would like the added benefit of targeting their abdominal regions.The poses are, for the most part, simple to follow, although the beginner may need to ease into some of the positions; lowering straight legs to the ground is challenging, but of course, as in all of Living Arts yoga tapes, you are encouraged to move at your own speed. A blanket to sit on is required. --Jenny Brown ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A different kind of ab workout--no crunches necessary!
    This tape was my first introduction to yoga; I had absolutely NO experience with yoga prior to purchasing this video. Although it doesn't involve many traditional yoga poses, the exercises flow together in a way that is unique to yoga. When I first tried this tape, I wasn't quite sure when the warm-up ended and the "real" workout began--the transition was that smooth and gentle.

    The workout begins in a seated position and focuses on breathing, then moves on to hands and knees for a back stretch (Cat pose). The majority of the workout is performed lying on your back, where you will do simple yet challenging leg extensions and twists to challenge the abdominal area. After a quick rise to a standing position, the workout returns to the floor to end with lying relaxation poses.

    The moves become gradually more difficult, but I think that most beginners will be able to perform the majority of this workout. I believe that this workout has helped me to developed stronger abs (though I haven't seen the miracle-like results that other reviewers have mentioned). Rodney Yee is a wonderful instructor--he has a calming voice, his instructions are clear and precise, and he is not overly "new age-y." I would definitely recommend this tape for anyone looking to exercise their abs without doing crunches for a change.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Goodbye abs of steel tape!
    If you are expecting something like a hardcore ab workout then guess again... this is yoga. It's well rounded with breathing techniques and relaxation on top of moves to strengthen and tone your abs all in 20 mins... great for doing before bed or first thing in the morning. Rodney Yee's voice is soothing, giving good instruction so you don't have to look at the TV very often, and the photography is so beautiful. I'm a yoga virgin so a lot of moves are quite hard to master, but who said that it would be easy?

    If you're looking for something different to do rather than the traditional way, try this video out. The relaxation and breathing techniques are great for reducing stress and let you feel refreshed. Creating a tranquil atmosphere (like candles or soft lighting)whilst doing the tape can help enhance the mood it aims for. Rodney Yee does it, he's in a tranquil place on the video and not in a studio.

    I use this more for relaxing than a full on ab workout.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent ab routine
    Excellent workout but too hard for many beginners.

    When I fist started yoga I found some of the poses too taxing for my back (so I skipped or modified them). Now that I have gotten stronger I really like this workout. It starts easy and gets more difficult. If you do what you can you will make progress and be able to do more.

    Definitely heed the warnings of other reviewers: if you have lower back problems be very careful and modify some of the poses.

    If you are a beginner and have not done other ab exercises before you might find this video very challenging. If you have some ab strength already this will take it to the next level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great relaxing workout
    This tape is phenomenal. I never thought I could find an ab workout relaxing, but that's exactly what this tape offers. There's a strong focus on breathing and some of the new age things you come to expect with yoga, but it definately provides a great ab workout in a short amount of time.

    Yee's voice is soothing and he's very discriptive about what he's doing so it's easy to follow along. There are no insane poses that are impossible for beginners. I have problems with my lower back, but I have no difficulties at all doing any of these poses. You have options other than the boring standard crunches and situps and it's wonderfully refreshing.

    If you're a little more advanced, this may not be the best tape for you, but if you're just starting out or if you're looking for something specifically for your abs to ad to your program, this is great. I found that I can do my more rigorous tapes during the day and do this just before bed.

    If you're limited on time and would like to do some type of exercise at night, but don't want to get too wound up that you can't sleep, this is a great tape for you. It's short. It does what it promises and it's relaxing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for abs if your BACK is strong
    Definitely great for beginners to yoga! My only caution is that your BACK must definitely be strong in order to comfortably work the abs- in this or any other *abs* workout- so if you are really out of shape, I'd highly recommend spending the time and money on a good back exercise video.

    Yoga has been one of my greatest teachers. I'm middle aged, fairly flexible, and have been doing other forms of yoga for years, yet I had never focused on my *abs*. Due to medical problems, I had never really worked this mid-section of my body, and they were terribly out of shape. Yet for years, I have done a great deal of yoga to strengthen my back, and I have the flexibility of a MUCH younger person due to yoga.

    Yoga is never really about spot-training any individual part of the body. It views the body as an integrated whole, movement connected to breath, with an awareness that is often absent in other popular forms of exercise. Moving into the postures -the asanas - brings centering and balance to your movement, serenity and peacefulness to your state of mind.

    Rodney Yee's *Yoga For Abs* lives up to the best in the Iyengar yoga tradition. He begins this workout with an emphasis upon the breath, connecting the breath to the center of the body, where all the movements in this video originate. There is a quiet, meditative warm-up focused on breathing, which lasts about 4 minutes. Then follows the more intense, yet still quiet, part of the workout, which lasts about 12 minutes. No pumping here! Most of the video is done on the floor, lying down, with many legs lifts and Yee again emphasizing the breath. The most difficult asanas for me are the variations of the *bow pose*, and I must do a modification, as I am not yet strong enough to do these. Your back must be strong to effectively do this part of the workout. The video ends with a cool down and a relaxation, which lasts 3-4 minutes. The entire video is filmed in a beautiful desert, with Yee surrounded by sand dunes and mountain sky, and his voice-over is peaceful and soothing.

    If you are still young and in relatively good shape, and used to doing heafty cruches for your abs, you will probably be bored with the meditative quality of yoga. Rodney Yee's style is soothing and focused, allowing you to work into the more intense, yet quiet asanas. I've been working with this video, in combination with other yoga videos several times a week for a couple of months now, and I can definitely feel and see a difference. I look forward to exercising with this, and I feel fantastic when I come to the end of this video! ... Read more


    15. Dixie Carter's Yoga for You: Unworkout II
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Get This Video!
    A dear friend of mine bought me this video 4 years ago and I am still using it to this day. Unlike other yoga videos, Dixie Carter takes the time to explain the beauty and pitfalls of each position. As beautiful and graceful yoga is, if an instructor does not explain how to properly do the positions, you can get hurt. (I am speaking from past experience on this one...ouch!) I appreciate Dixie's warm and conscientious approach. Trust me: You will never tire of her morning or evening routines. I feel incomplete if I miss a day. Dixie Rocks!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Soothing, easy to follow yoga postures
    What's great about this yoga video is that the program is divided into two 20 minute series -- so you can spend 20 minutes in the morning, and 20 minutes before bedtime. Postures are easy to moderate, and Dixie gives good descriptions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great, yoga tape for beginners, instant results!
    I found this tape at my local library. I've tried others that were too fast, too challenging & too boring. I though I'd never learn to like yoga. After checking it out a few times, I'd found I was adicted & had to get my own copy. It's a great stress reliever, it just stretches away the day's tenison. There is a morning & evening routine so you just do a few minutes morning & night. There's even a meditation at the end. Dixie's video is challenging, yet not too difficult. Try it & you'll love it too. I reccomend this to everyone who has never done yoga, but has always wanted to learn.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dixie Carters Yoga Tape, the unworkout
    I find her style and humor very relaxing and easy to do. Highly recommned it to any of the more mature ladies just getting started and who don't want to spend a lot of time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good but won't advise to beginners who are flexible
    I agree that this video is good one for beginners, but although I am a beginner myself I feel the poses are not challenging enough in general. Because the video is made into 2 sessions, one morning session and one evening session, there are 2 cool down sessions as well. The actual work out is rather short.There aren't many motions for the upper body (shoulders, neck, abs) either; Dixie focuses on the bottom half.
    If you are looking for light exercise and good stretches, this is it. It does help you relax.But if you can sit on the floor with the sole of your feet touching each other and bend forward with your head almost touching the ground, I say get something more challenging. (This motion is easier than it sounds.) ... Read more


    16. Yoga Journal's Yoga for Meditation
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    "Meditation is a time-honored practice that reduces stress and revitalizes the body, mind, and spirit," explains Rodney Yee, instructor for Yoga Journal's Yoga Practice for Meditation. "Meditation is awareness of posture, ease of breath, and attentiveness of the mind." In this beautiful video, Yee quietly and expertly leads you through five yoga practices that release bodily tension, improve posture, and open up breathing. The setting is grand and gorgeous Yosemite National Park, where Yee demonstrates poses in a meadow flanked by trees and cliffs, or at the edge of a lake or waterfall. The rewards of meditation are "living more calmly, more fully, with strength and grace," promises Yee. The practice is divided into five segments: Mountain, a series that moves from pose to pose, used for making the transition from daily activities to a sitting meditation (12 minutes); Garden, gentle movements done in a chair that open the hips and stretch the back (10 minutes); Tree, four sitting poses, using props to modify the poses to your personal flexibility level (10 minutes); Wind, with the focus on the movement of breath, releasing tension, and relaxing deeply (10 minutes); Sky, a meditation focusing on posture and breath, and "inviting the mind into the present moment, time and time again" (8 minutes). --Joan Price ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A place to learn about meditation and yourself.
    In this tape Rodney Yee Takes you through an easy to follow set of poses That Quiets the mind and body. This video will help you to acheive the inner stillness we all look for.Rodney Yee is by far my favorite of the Living Arts Instructors. He has great ability,clear instruction, a soothing voice,and kind eyes.All his videos seem to move right along so it will keep your interest. The only problem with this tape is that it should have ended with a few min. of music so you can stay in the stillness if you like. Instead it Goes right into a commercial for the Yoga Journal Series. Otherwise this tape gives you the foundation to begin a meditation practice. However You will want a book to go beyond the tape.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good beginning
    Rodney Yee is one of the best professional Yoga teachers out there today doing videos. He knows his stuff. Witht this meditation video you never feel lost and you understand the basic principles. This is an excellent tape for the beginner that can't get to a class.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect start to building a meditation yoga practice
    In this video, master yoga instructor Rodney Yee guides the viewer through gentle yoga poses designed to allow you to focus your attention inward. The practice is divided into 5 segments:

    1) Mountain. Rodney describes this as a "quiet flow series," and it contains about 12 minutes of simple stretches to warm up the body.
    2) Garden. This 13-minute section focuses mainly on hip opening postures such as twists and forward bends performed while sitting on a chair.
    3) Tree. In this section, Rodney spends 10 minutes reviewing 4 basic seating postures used for meditation: cobbler, hero, sage, and lotus. Each pose is practiced with and without a block for variation.
    4) Wind. The purpose of this section is to concentrate on breath while in reclining postures; 10 minutes.
    5) Sky. In this final 8-minute section, Rodney leads you through a seated meditation. His soothing voiceover instruction reminds you to turn your attention inward and to focus on your breathing.

    Although I tend to concentrate on postures rather than meditation in my own yoga practice, I found this video to be enjoyable and restorative. I particularly liked the third section, as Rodney's breathing instruction helped me to really feel a tingling sense of deeper relaxation in my body. Rodney is an excellent instructor; his beautiful form while practicing is a perfect compliment to the gorgeous background scenery. This video would work well for anyone looking to add the benefits of meditation to their yoga practice without having to simply sit quietly in a lotus position.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed
    I was reluctant to try something that involved meditation, because I'm more interested in flexibility and posture than meditation. But this has been an excellent introduction to getting comfortable with yoga, and I am now dedicated to branching out into more challenging tapes. Because the emphasis is on breathing properly and relaxing deeply, my body actually feels better in a totally new way: like I worked out at the gym, but without strain and with only the flush of circulation and relaxation. Yee is an excellent teacher and speaker: after several viewings, his voice is still calming and the settings are still beautiful (Yosemite Park) -- not that I see them, because my eyes are closed most of the time. Only one session requires a block to sit on, but I am now dedicated to practicing yoga regularly enough that I made the investment in one. For someone looking to "get started" with yoga at home without strain, this is the perfect tape.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super!
    This tape is awesome. He goes at a good speed and it's not too difficult. Great for beginners. I've never done anything like this. It leaves you feeling good. I have a really hard time winding down and this is a huge help! Check it out. You'll be happy you did. ... Read more


    17. Balance Ball Fitness - Abs Workout
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    There are plenty of ways to work the abs using a stability ball, and instructor Suzanne Deason uses them all. Deason is a yoga and Pilates instructor who incorporates both disciplines in this rigorous, slow-paced workout for the abdominals and back. Deason instructs soothingly and interrupts the workout several times for needed stretches and rest breaks, but your abs will still scream by the end of this 45-minute video.

    You'll need a BalanceBall or other stability ball (large, inflatable, exercise ball). If you've never used one before, don't worry--Deason spends time showing you how to sit on it using your balance muscles so you don't roll off. Then she uses the ball in many different positions: sitting on it, lying on it belly up, lying on it belly down, holding it, rolling it, lifting it, bouncing it, even kneeling on it. The moves start out simple and get progressively harder. The result is an intense abdominal workout. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Abs Workout
    I love this video. The first time I did it, it didn't feel like I was working anything, but I did the whole 30 minutes nonetheless. Later that evening, I couldn't believe how much I had worked my abs. They actually hurt when I laughed! And I couldn't work them for a few days. Since then, I can do the tape every other day or so and I can see a lot more definition. I feel great and refreshed on the days that I do the tape.

    Also, it is a very relaxing setting and Suzanne is very calming which is good if you're not looking for a high energy workout. Very yoga-like.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Requires some advanced yoga
    This video does work just that its a yoga based video. Because of this you will not get results unless you use proper breathing. Also some of the yoga moves, especially towards the end, are particularly advanced. I have not mastered them yet but I think with continued use of this video I will. I like all the videos in the series because aside from just getting a good workout, they help me relax and I feel generally soothed after each one. This video is difficult so do not try it unless you have patience because you probably will not be able to do all of it the first time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Feel refreshed after doing this
    I thoroughly enjoy working through this tape. I've only been doing it for about 2 weeks, and I can already feel my progress. After working out, I feel tall and my abs feel tight (a small feat after 3 kids). The yoga mood is relaxing too. I look forward to doing this one day, then a Zone tape the next.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Suzanne Deason rules!
    I first bought the balance ball kit with the sample video. I did that for a while so I could get used to using the balance ball. I then bought all three of the tapes that go with the balance ball. This ab workout is really great. It really works all of the ab muscles without being too hard on the body. I like this workout as a nice change of pace from aerobics, etc.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great after a long day at work
    This is a great abs workout and very relaxing. The method involves lots of stretching and focusing on breathing. Lots of different exercises are introduced. Some are easy and some are more difficult. My mom says that there's no way she'll ever be able to do the move where you lie on your back with the ball between your feet and then put your feet and the ball over your head, but she can do all the other moves. Because there aren't many repetitions of each move, it doesn't seem like the workout is that hard, but I can definitely feel it later. This is not one of those ab workouts that will make you sweat or cry in pain, but it is still very effective though a little slow and long at times. An added bonus is all the stretching and relaxing over the ball which makes this a great workout for after work. ... Read more


    18. Balance Ball Fitness - Upper Body Workout
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    Yoga and Pilates instructor Suzanne Deason combines moves inspired by both disciplines and adds the extra balance challenges of a stability ball in this 40-minute video. The exercises target the chest, arms, shoulders, back, and abdominals, with special attention to the core postural muscles. (Whenever you're balancing on the ball, you're working your abdominals and back together with the other muscles you're targeting.)

    You'll need a BalanceBall or other stability ball for this workout. Deason shows you first how to use and feel comfortable with it, then she progresses through a selection of exercises: ball squeezes with the forearms for the chest, upper-body lifts from a draped-over position for the back, pushups (legs are on the ball, hands on the floor, midbody in the air, abs tightly contracted), and more. You'll feel long, lean, and strong after this workout.

    Deason is a soft-voiced, patient instructor, explaining clearly and demonstrating beautifully. The scene is a wood deck overlooking a woods and stream. Quiet music plays in the background. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good for shoulder back area
    I've had this video for two weeks and I can already see some definition in the sholder region and especially behind my upper arm. I like the yoga style of this video as well of the relaxing effect afterwards. This isn't an energizer but it does work. If you are looking for a video that tones the bicep/tricep area I would suggest against this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great workout!
    After the first time doing this, my arms and upper body were sore for 2 days! This tape works muscles I didn't even know I had. Suzanne's yoga syle of exercise is very relaxing too. After the workout, you'll feel refreshed and energized. Pair this tape with another BalanceBall workout, and you'll have a great hour of exercise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very effective
    Another great Deason workout. Really challenges those upper body muscles. Great for the arms, back, abs, etc.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful & Creative Idea on Workout!
    It combines yoga & pilates by using just a ball which in turn is loved by my 5-month old boy. It's creative & helps create awareness in movements. Unlike weight-training, this ball-exercise is more interesting & efficient. Bravo! ... Read more


    19. David Carradine's Tai Chi Workout for Beginners
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    While the title might seem like something more likely to be found on oneof Letterman's Top 10 Lists ("Future Careers of Movie Has-Beens" or"Reasons to Wear Pajamas in Public"), David Carradine's Tai Chi Workout forBeginners is nothing if not completely serious. Carradine narrates and helpsa certified tai chi instructor lead three students through the Chen style,considered by some to be the original style of tai chi. Against an ever-changing(and distracting) nature video backdrop, the 60-minute tape breaks the exercisesinto sections: "Opening the Gates" loosens and warms major joints; "SpecificHealth" movements relieve headaches or soothe joints, for instance; "Stillness"harnesses the mind's powers; "Linkage" shows how to combine the moves; and in"Coil & Flow" you see how it's supposed to look once you know what you're doing.It'll take repeated viewings to master this ancient and complicated martial art- -the number one reason to own this video. --Valerie J. Nelson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars appealing and soothing instruction
    This was the first Tai Chi video that I tried out. Basically I bought it because I liked David Carradine as an actor and thought I would enjoy his instruction style. It is a beautifully produced video with soft music and nature scenes to get you into the mood. David's teaching style is very appealing and soothing. As a beginner, I appreciated the fact that there are only nine moves to learn and that they are repeated on both sides of your body for even development.

    While I really enjoyed the teaching and music, I did find it somewhat difficult to learn some of the moves because you are watching for the most part from the front and have to reverse the moves to be going the same direction as the instructor and students. Another thing is that David is teaching the Chen style, which I found difficult to find on another video for further study (that was before I found amazon.com.) I tried a few more Tai Chi videos and found the one that was the easiest to follow was the Tai Chi for Health with Terrence Dunn. He has a video on both the long and short form of Yang style Tai Chi. His instruction is excellent and slow, you view him from two angles simultaneously, and you get 108 positions in the long form which should keep you busy and you will not have to spend more money on a Tai Chi video for quite some time.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow at first....
    I was encouraged by the beginner pace when I first began viewing this tape, but I found that as the video progressed, the movements were more difficult to follow. I am very familiar and comfortable with Chi Kung and was very interested in learning a Tai Chi form. I consider myself well coordinated and a fast learner. I've heard that you can't really learn Tai Chi from a video, but with my hectic schedule, I'm still hopeful I'll find the right video.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best!
    I checked this video out of the library once when I was having severe muscle stiffness. I'm a mesomorph, and tend to get very musclebound when I train. When I saw it for sale, I had to have it!

    The workout is not at all strenuous, but is excellent for joints, flexibility, and muscle tone. I like to use it in combination with Rodney Yee's "Yoga Conditoning for Athletes," on days when I don't train. I also recommend this tape to sedentary people, because the gentle, no-impact moves are excellent for circulation and stress relief --- plus they feel great!

    If you're interested in learning classical Tai Chi as a martial art, the best thing to do is find a good (live) instructor. However, if you're looking for gentle exercises to improve flexibility, circulation, and muscle condition, this is one of the best workouts you can get.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Possibly a motivating tape for anyone with an illness
    I am about half way through this tape. The video starts off with a testimonial from a woman who feels that tai chi helped her beat cancer. David claims various moves should cure or prevent various ailments and keep specific organs healthy. If you have an illness, this might be a very motivating tape because you certainly will not feel alone and you may develop a re-affirmed feeling of hope and motivation.

    My main objective was to relieve back pain. I liked the first two sections of the first tape better for this purpose. The rest of the first tape is proving difficult to follow. Kinda of like learning dance steps without being able to see the instructors feet.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Everybody.
    I've had this video sitting around for about a year now and just recently decided to check it out. I'm very happy with it, and look forward to my routine every day. Yes, as others have pointed out, there are 9 movements and it does take a week or two to get each of the movements down and in good form, but once you do, this little workout produces great results. The only thing I wish is that they had spent more time at the beginning of the video demonstrating each of the movements because it is hard to coordinate them, but that's a minor complaint. ... Read more


    20. Tai Chi for the Mind & Body Fo
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I have to say I wanted to hate this video
    I have to say I wanted to hate this video. I mean David Carradine, b-movie actor, chinese wannabe, 1970's kung-fu guy ...who would have thought this video would be anything other than a joke. But....I was forced to eat my words, and feelings. The video, most likley do to Arnold Taiam and his direct connection to Real Chi Gong and Kung Fu, actually make a good , easy to follow, video that is more than benificial to the viewer than 90 percent of the other videos ive seen on the topic.
    There are a few glitches I do have to say, as when David isn't really preforming the moves as his teacher is, and also how he doesn't always tell you he's changing side (from right to left or vice versa) but then you could argue that was done on purpose to keep the viewer "in the class"...hmm... well none the less if you want to get your foot in the door with either Tai Chi or Chi gong, and you want a tape you can use every day, to give you that in class feeling... you can't go wrong with this one!

    Good going Goldhil...keep it up !

    Maybe if they make a Ninja workout they can get Michel Dudikoff to host it -- i mean its not like he's been in much lately.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Kung Fuy
    This guy really irks me; always trying to pass himself off as a Martial Artist just because he starred in the TV series "Kung Fu". He's a joke in the Martial arts community. His forms are atrocious, and his advice should never be listened to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars David Carradine's Tai Chi for the Body and Mind
    This 2 tape set is an excellent introdution to Tai Chi Chuan by David Carradine. Well photographed and expertly choreographed; Mr. Carradine leads the viewer on a brief and simple (And very beneficial) calming workout that leaves one relaxed and at the same time, invigorated. An excellent companion video set to Mr. Carradine's Tai Chi for Beginners and Chi Kung Workout. The viewer will get that close knit one on one feeling with Mr. Carradine, and feel that this workout was created just for them. Excellent job David. ... Read more


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