Yoga for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

  • General Stress Relief
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Neck and shoulder pain; including headaches plus lower back pain
  • Stomach and digestive issues
  • Insomnia, Depression and more

Over the centuries, yoga practitioners have discovered the secret to achieving optimal health, vitality and happiness. For the first time, this path to living a longer, happier life is revealed on a single DVD. Excessive stress and negative mental attitudes in our daily lives are the greatest obstacles to achieving serenity, good health & well-being. This DVD teaches step by step, easy to follow practices to reduce negative thoughts & emotions while promoting positive thinking. With over 20 rout

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  1. Beth Cholette "doctor_beth" January 11, 2013 at 5:51 am
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent, versatile DVD providing a variety of programs to address various stress-related conditions, January 17, 2007
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    Beth Cholette “doctor_beth” (Upstate NY USA) –
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    This is an extremely versatile DVD by renowned yoga instructor Barbara Benagh. She has combined short posture segments into a series of 20 different practices addressing a variety of stress-related conditions, from energizing after a long day to coping with aches and pains to relieving various digestive conditions. The practices, which are slow-moving with a mostly restorative focus, range in length from 15 to 60 minutes, making it easy to fit yoga into even your busiest days. Barbara frequently uses props; in addition to a yoga mat, I would recommend that you have at least one blanket on hand (preferably 2-3), with pillows and an eye bag being optional.

    A breakdown of the DVD is listed below. The headings are the items found on the main menu, and the bullets indicate submenu items. The times for each practice are given as they appear on-screen, but I’ve added times in parentheses based on my own review. I’ve included brief descriptions of each individual practice.

    Discussion of Meditation by HH The Dalai Lama (35)
    Interview with Barbara (22)

    Beginning and Ending Your Day
    * Begin Your Day Slowly, 25m (24.5) – starts slowly on the floor and gradually moves into more active postures, including sun salutations
    * Wake Up! 60m (58) – nice, slow flow combining seated breath work, sun salutation/standing postures, and seated forward bends
    * Evening Revival, 40m (35.5) – starts in child’s pose and moves on to standing postures and then shoulder/back stretches on the floor
    * Letting Go of the Day, 40m (37) – a series of floor and restorative postures, including reclined cobbler’s, supported child’s pose, and seated forward bends/twists
    * Insomnia Series, 35m (36) – relaxing postures to help prepare for sleep; starts with simple standing poses and moves on to seated forward bends, supported cobbler’s and child’s pose, and legs-up-the-wall

    Neck, Shoulder, and Back Issues
    * Easing Neck & Shoulder Tension, passive, 20m (19) – a series of reclined postures allowing passive relaxation of the neck and shoulders
    * Easing Neck & Shoulder Tension, active, extended, 30m (29) – more active stretches of the neck, shoulders, and upper back from both seated and standing positions; ends with legs-up-the-wall
    * Lower Back Tension, 35m (35.5) – reclined and prone postures to open up the back
    * Hip Pain (SI Joint), 25m (36) – a series of gentle hip-opening postures including reclined leg stretch, open half lotus, and prone postures
    * Tension Headaches, 45m (44) – a combination of sequences from both the passive and the active neck and shoulders segments above; ends with legs-up-the-wall plus a lengthy relaxation

    Easing Your Mind
    * Breathing Exercises to Calm the Mind, 15m (15) – a slowly moving series of different breathing techniques while lying
    * Restorative Poses for Relaxation, 15m (13.5) – three simple postures to facilitate deep relaxation (supported cobbler’s, heart opener, legs-up-the-wall)
    * Deep Rest, 20m (18) – reclined breathing combined with a lengthy relaxation segment
    * Mood Uplift, 30m (32.5) – offers a combination of calming and more active postures, starting with standing postures and moving to supported bridge and supported heart opener
    * Serenity in Stillness, 35m (40.5) – combines elements of the digestive, hips, and neck practices; my favorite so far, especially with the supported bridge
    * Anxiety Relief, 50m (40) – focuses largely on breathwork to calm the mind; also includes prone poses, reclined twist, and supportive postures

    Stomach and Digestion Issues
    * Constipation, 25m (27) – gentle prone postures to stimulate the stomach combined with standing and seated twists
    * Improve Digestion, 30m (28.5) – sun salutations plus standing and seated twists; ends with half shoulderstand
    * IBS, 30m (26.5) – starts with reclined breathwork and moves on to seated forward bends; ends with half shoulderstand and legs-up-the-wall
    * Diarrhea & Indigestion, 30m (25) – nice series of gentle supported postures to open the upper back and release the stomach, ending with supported bridge and legs-up-the-wall; another favorite!

    One final important note is that not all of the practices end with the traditional relaxation pose, or savasana: some conclude with legs-up-the-wall pose, others end in a relaxed seated position. Overall, this is an excellent yoga DVD well-suited to a wide range of practitioners, from those fairly new to yoga to more experienced yoginis like myself. Highly recommended!

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  2. Dr. Jan B. Newman January 11, 2013 at 6:51 am
    263 of 271 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    As good as it gets for stress relief, April 15, 2007
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    Dr. Jan B. Newman (Clinton, Mt. United States) –
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    I have to confess I had become a lapsed Hatha Yogini. After years of practice, a few intervening accidents and life intervened and my Hatha Yoga practice was sacrificed in the caldron of daily life.

    While I was aware of my body absorbing the toxins of people’s nasty attitudes, violence on TV and in the newspaper,etc, I chose to persist in the exingencies of my work and studies ignoring the calls of my ailing body.

    In that my work and study centers around stress relief and I am a student of the Dalai Lama, I decided to check out this video.

    In my experience this is one of the best yoga videos among the now 1,055 yoga videos now listed on Amazon. It combines meditation instructions from the DVD A Path to Happiness by the Dalai Lama and a host of stress relief combinations from gentle awakening to more vigorous awakening to working on what malady our bodies are using to signal us that we are out of balance.

    The instructions are clear and concise without undue explanation. (For students who seek more understanding of the poses, the videos of Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, John Friend and many others are out there.)

    The instructions are for the average person. There are no Sanskrit names. There is excellent attention to proper alignment, appropriate focus and attention and use of props. Her breathing instructions are the best that I have heard from any yoga instuctor.

    As I practiced these routines I could literally feel toxins depart, my stiffness start to leave and my “energy” flow more freely.

    This is the video of a seasoned Hatha Yoga instructor and practioner and yoga practioner. If you want to learn complex advanced poses and their Sanskrit names, don’t buy this video. If you want to detoxify, and restore balance to your life, this is the video for you.

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  3. YogaKat "YogaKat" January 11, 2013 at 7:08 am
    255 of 266 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very mellow yoga and great for relieving tension., June 22, 2007
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    YogaKat “YogaKat” (Oregon United States) –
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    I love this DVD. It is by far the best overall relaxing yoga sessions you can find. The segments are pieced together and are repeated in different sequences depending on your need. They are very Yin Yoga like / very gentle yoga sessions. Barbara Benagh leads you through the sessions and has a calm, soothing voice. She reminds you to breath, slow and steady. You get a total of 20sessions on the DVD. It is beautifully filmed at Half Moon Bay Resort in Antigua (much better than a boring yoga studio!). My only critic is that I would have liked to have a matrix where I could create my own sequencing from all the individual segments (like Shiva Rea’s DVDs). Also, they should have published a booklet describing each session with the DVD, so here’s my version ;o) Print this out and keep with your DVD. I highly recommend this DVD, it is well worth the money.

    ***BEGINNING & ENDING YOUR DAY***

    Beginning Your Day Slowly (25 min.)
    On your back in reclining cobbler’s pose.
    Lying back , wave breathing.
    Modified downward dog.
    Standing at the head of your mat, standing forward bend, sun salute movement.
    Sitting, Shoulder stretch series (great!).
    Sitting in cobbler’s pose, forward bending.
    Sitting cross legged, breathing.

    Wake Up (60 min)
    Lying back, wave breathing.
    Sit on heals, then wide leg child pose.
    Standing at the head of your mat, full sun salutation.
    Standing, tree pose.
    Standing, wide legs, triangle pose.
    Standing, wide legs, side angle pose.
    Standing, wide leg, twists
    Sit in cobbler’s pose, forward bending.
    Seated wide angle pose.
    One leg, revolved head to knee pose.
    ¼ dog pose (kneeling on all fours & on forearms).
    Sitting cross legged, breathing.

    Evening Revival (40 min.)
    Sitting on heals, then wide leg child pose.
    Standing, wide legs, twists with arms outstretching
    Standing, wide legs, triangle pose.
    Standing, wide legs, side angle pose.
    Standing, wide legs, hinge over twits, then hang down.
    Sitting, Shoulder stretch series (great!).
    Lie face down, cobra series, 4 times (great!)
    Revolving head to knee pose.
    Sit cross legged, breathing.

    Letting Go of the Day (40 min)
    Lying on floor with feet on floor, knees bent, tune-in, breating.
    Reclining cobbler’s pose.
    Sit on heals, wide leg child pose.
    Cobbler’s pose, then 1 leg forward bend (head to knee pose).
    Cross legged, seated twist.
    Knees bend, seated twist.
    Savasana

    Insomnia Issues (35 min)
    Standing, wide legs, inversion
    Modified downward dog
    Cobbler’s pose, then 1 leg forward bend (head to knee pose).
    Supported resting cobbler’s pose.
    Supported child pose.
    Legs up the wall pose.
    Complete yoga rest.

    ***EASING NECK AND SHOULDER TENSION***

    Easing Neck & Shoulder Tension, Passive (20 min.)
    Bolster across neck & shoulders, prayer on forehead.
    Lay on back, knees bend, 1 arm under back stretch.
    Arm across chest twist, lying on back (on your side)

    Easing Neck & Shoulder Tension, Active, Extended (30 min.)
    Sit or stand, side neck stretching.
    Sitting, Shoulder stretch series (great!).
    Lie face down, cobra series, 4 times (great!)
    Standing, wide legs, twists with arms outstretching.
    Standing, wide legs, hinge over twits, then hand down.
    Legs up the wall pose.

    Lower Back Tension (35 min.)
    Reclining cobbler’s pose.
    Wave breathing.
    Reclining leg stretch.
    Lying face down, crocodile & locus.
    Upper back bolster.
    Quarter dog pose.
    Savasana

    Hip Pain, SI Joint (35 min.)
    Reclining cobbler’s pose.
    Wave breathing.
    Reclining leg stretch.
    Sit cross legged, open ½ lotus pose (aka square pose).
    Lying face down, crocodile & locus.
    Sit on heals, wide leg child pose.
    Modified downward dog.
    Savasana.

    Tension Headaches (45 min.)
    Lying on floor with feet on floor, knees bent, tune-in, breating.
    Bolster across neck & shoulders, prayer on forehead.
    Lay on back, knees bend, 1 arm under back stretch.
    Arm across chest twist, lying on back (on your side).
    Supported child pose.
    Legs up the wall pose.
    Complete yoga rest.

    ***EASING YOUR MIND***
    Breathing Exercises to Calm the Mind (15 min)
    Lying on back< knees bent, breathing.
    Lying on back, knees bend, tune into breathing.
    Lying on back, twisting with breath.
    Wave breathing.

    Restorative Poses for Relaxation (15 min.)
    Supportive resting cobbler’s pose.
    Supported heart opener.
    Legs up the wall pose.

    Deep Rest (20 min.)
    Lying on back, knees bend, breathing.
    Complete yoga rest.

    Mood Uplift (30 min)
    Wave breathing
    Standing at the head of your mat, standing forward…

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