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Backyard Series Beginning Yoga - Erich Schiffmann
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The beginning is the best place to start, or return to, when practicing yoga. Master yoga teacher, Erich Schiffmann, guides you in this practice designed for beginners and anyone who desires a gentle, well-rounded class. Seated opening poses, sun salutes, standing poses, lotus preparation, backbends, forward folds and twists lead up to a deep relaxation. Produced and edited by Erich, this video provides a safe introduction or valuable refresher in the art of moving into the stillness of yoga.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, extremely versatile yoga DVD accessible to all levels, September 20, 2006
By Beth Cholette "doctor_beth" (Upstate NY USA
This review is from: Beginning Yoga: Erich Schiffmann's Backyard Series (DVD)
With the exception of the beautiful Ali MacGraw - Yoga Mind & Body (with Ali McGraw), this was my first Erich Schiffmann video. During the introduction at the beginning of the practice, Erich explains that the entire video was created by him--not only the instructing, but also the filming, editing, etc. Therefore, he notes that since there is no camera person, the camera angles might sometimes be a little off, but I did not find this to be a problem at all. Although you won't find the amazing production values of YM&B here, I still thought this DVD was nicely produced, definitely more than adequate for my needs.
The DVD is very well-chaptered into 10 segments which could easily be mixed and matched to create your own customized practice. I've included a brief overview below along with my own comments (all times are approximate).
1. Introduction, 7.5 minutes. From a seated position, Erich leads you through forward bends, side bends, and twists.
2. Mountain series, 7 minutes. Similar to the first segment except in a standing position; ends with a forward bend and squat.
3. Cat/Dog series, 3.5 minutes.
4. Half Salutes, 9.5 minutes. Erich performs half sun salutes and then flows into a series of standing postures, including triangle and wide-legged forward bend with a twist.
5. Reclining lotus preps, 13.5. From both a reclined and a seated position, Erich leads you through a series of wonderful hip openers such as thread the needle and rock the baby; my favorite segment!
6. Shoulder stretches, 14.5 minutes. Another great segment; Erich presents a great series of shoulder openers while seated in hero's pose (these include, but are more comprehensive than, the shoulder exercises which appear in his book, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness).
7. Locust series, 4 minutes. A shorter series of gentle backbends.
8. Half Dog, 3.5 minutes. Shoulder stretch (also performed in YM&B).
9. Bridge, 6.5 minutes. Includes several bridge variations plus a reclining twist.
10. Savasana, 5 minutes. The credits start rolling about 1.5 minutes into this segment, but the music continues, so you can easily continue your relaxation until the chimes sound.
Like virtually everyone who has tried Erich, I really enjoyed this DVD, and I know I will get a lot of use out of it. Also, I can't wait to try other videos in the Backyard series!
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