Deep Stretch/ Yin Yoga with Mimi Solaire

Deep Stretch/ Yin Yoga with Mimi Solaire

Deep Stretch/ Yin Yoga with Mimi Solaire

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The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners

The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners

Many seniors are searching for ways to improve their quality of life and remain active as they enter midlife and later years. Nationwide, people are recognizing yoga for its ability to slow down and reverse the aging process. A complete health system, yoga not only restores vitality to the body, but also expands the mind and soul. Yoga transforms the years after 50 from a time of deterioration to one of increased perspective and illumination. In The New Yoga for People Over 50, readers will

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  1. YogaKat "YogaKat" October 19, 2012 at 3:31 am
    37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Yin-like Yoga Routine, March 15, 2009
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    YogaKat “YogaKat” (Oregon United States) –
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    This DVD includes three 20-minute Yin-like Yoga segments + one bonus 10-minute section. You can do each one separately or together for a full 70-minutes of Yin-like Yoga. It is not traditional “Paul Grilley” Yin Yoga (where you hold postures for 3-5 minutes with passive stretches and specific postures that are connected to meridian system), instead Mimi holds the postures for about 1 minute and somewhat passive like traditional Yin Yoga. All of the routines are entirely on the floor (no standing postures). The music is lovely, but a bit loud (especially on the first segment) and it is a bit difficult to hear her describe the postures.

    Here’s the line-up:

    Session 1: Back Stretches
    Session 2: Legs and Hips
    Session 3: Neck and Shoulders
    Bonus: Challenging Poses

    This is an excellent routine and I especially like using it in the early morning and a wake-up routine. It can be used by all levels from beginners to intermediate Yogis.

    Also check out Mimi’s other DVD called “Back in Shape” which is an excellent theraputic practice. Also, please check my other Yoga DVD reviews on Amazon.

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  2. 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dancing with Grandchildren, December 10, 2008
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    Thom (Sewickley, PA) –

    I read the positive review submitted by the 60-year-old dancer. Although not a professional, I am a 60-year-old Grandma who loves to dance with a grandchild in my arms. Until I discovered Mimi’s BACK IN SHAPE program, back pain curtailed my dancing. I’ve been following Mimi’s healing routine for years, and while I’ve never tired it, I am thrilled now to add DEP STRETCH to my repertoire. “Feel pleased with your efforts and confident,” says Mimi as she guides gently, clearly throughout the DVD. I am now playing DEEP STRETCH in the background as I write this comment. The music fills me with calm as does Mimi’s encouraging voice. “Flexibility gained through intelligence is more permanent than that gained through force,” she says. And thus I am filled not with a regret for what I cannot do, but with anticipation of possibilities…the promise of dancing with grandchildren for years to come. Thank you, Mimi.

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  3. Beth Cholette "doctor_beth" October 19, 2012 at 4:39 am
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice DVD offers three relaxing yoga practices, September 14, 2009
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    Beth Cholette “doctor_beth” (Upstate NY USA) –
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    This DVD offers three relaxing yoga practices, each focused on a different area of the body. While this is not true Yin yoga (ie, most poses are held for two minutes or less, not three to five to ten minutes, as is traditional in Yin yoga), instructor Mimi Solaire did study under Yin yoga teachers Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, and you can certainly see their influences here. I also find Solaire’s style somewhat similar to what we see from Barbara Benagh in her Yoga for Stress Relief and AM-PM Yoga practices.

    As the Main Menu plays, Solaire explains that you will need a towel and a strap for the routines (a yoga mat is helpful as well, although Solaire herself practices on a fuzzy white rug). The Main Menu offers the following options: Full Program – Back Stretches – Hips & Legs – Neck & Shoulders – Bonus Super Stretch. Solaire provides voiceover instruction during the practices, and (with the exception of the bonus segment) she generally does not name the postures. She comes to relaxation pose (savasana) at the conclusion of each practice and encourages you to remain there for as long as time allows. I have broken down each segment in greater detail below.

    BACK STRETCHES
    This entire sequence is performed on the floor in either a reclined or seated position. Solaire begins with a lying stretch, then moves into reclined knee-to-chest pose. Flipping onto her stomach, she performs several repetitions of a gentle cobra pose, and then she comes to hands and knees for cat/cow stretches. A seated twist follows, and then it is back to the floor for bridge pose, finishing with a reclined twist and relaxation.

    HIPS & LEGS
    Solaire begins here with reclined cobbler’s pose. This is followed by a thread-the-needle stretch and a thread-the-needle twist. She then uses a strap for an extended reclined leg series, stretching the hamstrings from several different angles. Next, Solaire comes to seated for head-to-knee pose, and she concludes the practice with relaxation.

    NECK & SHOULDERS
    This practice begins by using a rolled towel under the neck as a “jelly roll.” Solaire relaxes here with the arms out to the sides as well as with the hands on the forehead. Removing the towel, she performs a stretch with one arm moving underneath and across the back; this is followed by a reclined twist. Additional stretches include child’s pose with one arm stretched across the body and eagle arms performed on each side. This sequence concludes in a lying position with the rolled towel placed under the shoulder blades as a bolster.

    BONUS SUPER STRETCH
    Solaire cautions that you should not attempt this segment unless you have warmed up with the other sections of the DVD first. She begins with a backbend, bow pose, and then moves into a very intense stretch, reclined hero’s pose (no modifications are shown). This is followed by downward-facing dog, full seated forward bend, and an eagle legs reclined twist. A slightly longer relaxation ends this sequence.

    With the exception of the Bonus Super Stretch (which personally, I believe should have been left off this DVD, as it really does not fit with the other routines and is significantly more intense), the practices here are very accessible and would be appropriate for those new to yoga; furthermore, Solaire herself is very non-threatening and non-intimidating. I would definitely recommend this DVD to both beginners and more experienced yoga practitioners who are interested in short, focused yoga stretching practices targeted to different areas of the body. My overall rating is 4 1/2 stars.

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  4. 73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    AN EXCELLENT TOOL/GUIDE FOR ANYONE OF ANY AGE!, May 19, 2000
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    This review is from: The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners (Paperback)

    My aunt (a flourishing over-50 yoga devotee) recently sent me (a very stiff 33-year old beginner) a copy of Suza Francina’s marvelous book, The New Yoga for People Over 50. I previously acquired Mira Mehta’s authoritative How to Use Yoga, which I find quite instructive and aspire to begin using (yoga isn’t as easy as it looks, folks!). However, I don’t believe anything could inspire me as much as seeing and reading the testimonials of so many over-50 yoga practitioners in Francina’s book; their execution of some of the more challenging postures is absolutely mind-altering!

    Francina’s book and her work in general are truly a blessing. Bolstered by the knowledge The New Yoga for People Over 50 has given me I have begun “converting” my mother, who frequents the weight machines at the gym. She is a fit and vibrant 54-year old, but her hectic lifestyle, which includes a six-day work week (she owns a business) needs the addition of yoga to ensure her health and longevity.

    This book is a wonderful, invaluable tool for everyone, regardless of age. I hope to catch up with Francina’s octogenarian students within a few years! With Francina and her students as examples, I expect I will do just that – and anyone who reads this book will be motivated to set a similar goal: feel better and live longer with yoga!

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  5. Carin A. Seebold October 19, 2012 at 5:23 am
    63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Beginers?, June 9, 2000
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    This review is from: The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners (Paperback)

    I wish I had read the review “Yoga or Yada” before I purchased this book for my 74 year old mother. I feel the books set up is out of wack ( the bleep on breathing is in the back of the book ), and the pictures are very intimidating. I thought this book would be a little more for beginners, like the title suggests, with easy yoga poses and more detail on breathing. Instead I read and saw expert Yoga students and teachers showing off their limberness and writing of the author’s greatness and their own. I would return this book to Amazon but by the time I paid for the postage it would be a waste. The Yoga book I bought for myself (The Little Yoga Book) I feel is much more appropriate for all beginners regardless of age.

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  6. 31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Response to Previous Review, March 22, 2006
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    Carin A. Seebold (Beaumont, CA) –
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    This review is from: The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners (Paperback)

    After recently reading Amazon review by “More hype than hope”, I would like to counter her negative opinion with a few positive thoughts on “The New Yoga for People Over 50” by Suza Francina.

    I first read this book (and subsequently reviewed it) in 1999. My enthusiasm has not waned. This, to me, was and is the most common sense yoga book I have ever read.

    Its purpose is to inform the reader about various issues affecting those over 50 and the ways yoga can help. It is a serious and helpful resource for older students and teachers who instruct seniors. The “success stories” (term used by reviewer) are meant to inspire and encourage and do not include any specifically by the author (to glorify herself as suggested by the reviewer).

    Yoga classes are not “elitist” (term used by reviewer). They are commonplace in many locations and range from YMCA, gyms, senior centers, etc. Additionally, many yoga studios offer instruction for all ages and levels of ability, from beginner to advanced.

    I still feel this book is an inspiration to learn and practice yoga. The models are real people, over 50, which in itself is an incentive. While some are longtime practitioners and famous teachers (like BKS Iyengar who wrote the foreward), many began yoga while in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Perhaps someday “More hype” will meet Ms. Francina in person. She is an empowering teacher as well as a talented author.

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