Renowned vinyasa flow yoga teacher Annie Carpenter provides students of all levels with the tools they need to learn how to release tension and prevent injury in the neck, back, and shoulders. These are the essential poses and methods for achieving and maintaining a strain- and injury-free back. Annie Carpenter leads vinyasa flow classes, in-depth workshops, and teacher trainings at Exhale Yoga in Venice, California. Having studied anatomy, kinesiology, and developmental movement, she has created classes informed by her knowledge of the body's structure and mechanics. With the perfect balance of fluid movements and rigorous discipline, Annie's instruction focuses on proper alignment as a gateway to well-being. Two 45-minute sequences target the major problem areas to help students build awareness both on and off the mat. 1. Neck, Upper-Back, Shoulders Saver: Sequence One will strengthen the upper back and shoulder girdle, providing the stability you need to keep your neck pain- and tension-free. The sequence will leave you feeling relaxed yet supported from the inside out. 2. Lower-Back Reliever: Sequence Two teaches you the optimal alignment for your lower back while sitting, standing, and moving. You'll stretch the hips and thighs, strengthen the small muscles that support the spine, and twist to create balance in the back. Unravel aches and pains as you find proper postural alignment once and for all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for Total Back Care, January 13, 2011
By booneberry - See all my reviews
This review is from: Yoga Journal: Yoga For Total Back Care With Annie Carpenter (DVD)
As a new yoga instructor, I am always looking for yoga DVD's and books to inspire and teach me new ways to share yoga with my students. Yoga for Total Back Care did not disappoint me. I have dealt with upper back and neck pain on an on-going basis for the past several years and have used yoga to help me keep my aches and pains under control. I like the idea that this DVD focuses solely on total back care. I specifically liked Annie Carpenter's style and instruction. I could tell that she really knew what she was teaching which makes a huge difference in the quality of the product and workout. I do hope she makes other yoga DVD'S in the future.
I enjoyed the pace and feel both relaxed and challenged by this DVD which I find is sometimes a difficult combination to create with yoga. I also enjoyed the background music as it added to my focus and relaxation seeming subtle to me. The DVD has two segments, each are 45 minutes. There is one for the upper back, neck and shoulders and also one for the low back. You can do them together or do each one as your schedule permits. I personally have been switching between the two for time purposes but I am partial to the upper back series simply because that's where I need it the most. I would definitely recommend this DVD to my students or anyone with or without back issues.