Instruction for Home Practice, December 3, 2004
Yoga can help you get rid of nervous energy so you can fully
relax in meditation or just while reading or cooking. Your mind
will be cleansed and while the world surges around you in all
directions, there will be an inner calm you can carry with you
While this CD may seem to be for absolute beginners, it seems to
be more for students of yoga who want to "begin" their
own home practice. Yes, you can follow the instructions if you
are an absolute beginner because there are variations if you are
just starting yoga. I'd consider myself to be intermediate and
the workout on this DVD completely heated my body and was
challenging at places.
Natasha Rizopoulos has a beautiful teaching style that allows
you to fully experience the body mind connection. She encourages
you to experience yoga in order to balance your life. After
watching her Yoga demonstration you may start to think of Yoga
as an art form and not just an exercise routine. She turns yoga
into ballet and her upper body strength is astounding.
This DVD has interesting menu options. There are really two main
A 35 minute Instruction Session - You explore the postures in
20 minutes of uninterrupted flowing practice
You can follow the Instruction Menu, Practice Menu, go straight
to the Yoga Chalk Talk (a great way to explore the poses) or
Medical Commentary. The Practice menu has four sections:
Begin Practice (Different from Begin Instruction)
Follow Jason - This is an excellent option if you want to use
props like blocks.
Practice with Medical Commentary - A discussion of the nervous
systems of the body and why stress hormones can affect your
Practice without Music
If you are completely new to Yoga, you might want to start with
the "Begin Instruction" for the first few days (so
your wrists get used to the poses) and then move on to the Begin
Practice or practice along with the Chalk Talk to master the
Natasha Rizopoulos teaches you about ujjayi breathing, then
teaches you how to move skillfully into downward-facing dog,
cobra, upward-facing dog, simple cross-legged pose, chair pose,
plank, warrior I, warrior II and extended (right) angle pose.
This is the first DVD in a series of three high-quality yoga
packages. You will need blocks and a mat for the first practice
session. The orange mats, rich wood furniture, lamps, sage
walls, sun filtering through lavender shades and a beautiful
wood floor make this a beautiful and inspiring space in which to
develop your own home practice.
I can highly recommend this DVD and the entire Yoga Journal's
Yoga Step By Step series to beginners (if they follow the
initial modifications) and intermediate students (if they want a
flowing practice session to warm and energize their bodies).
Advanced students may enjoy this as a refresher course. Even
after years of yoga practice, it is exciting to find out there
is so much more to learn. This is a must-have series for anyone who is interested in yoga.
~The Rebecca Review
Tea and Yoga, March 20, 2005
Yoga Therapy is a revolutionary new approach to working with
common physical and mental ailments. ~Peter Van Houten, M.D.
& Gyandev Rich McCord, Ph.D.
There are many reasons people experience sleeplessness. The
causes could range from emotional stress (anger, jealousy,
worry, fear, insecurity, resentment, hurt), watching too much
stressful TV before bed, pain in your body from injuries,
anxiety, depression or drinking to many cups of coffee during
the day. Insomnia can also be an age-related problem and it does
seem that the older I get, the more difficult it is to get to
sleep. Having a new kitten has taught me a lot about the joys of
sleep and Meesa also seems to love sitting on the edge of my
yoga mat while I do yoga.
I have noticed a direct correlation between emotional stress and
a lack of sleep. When the mind is overly active trying to solve
problems, it can be very difficult to fall into a restful sleep.
Even answering e-mails later in the evening seems to keep me
Yoga can magically alleviate emotional stress and give you a
center of calm and a place to relax completely into the moment.
It is a way of loving yourself and nurturing your body and soul.
Yoga is very much about "time for you." It is a
beautiful escape into your own personal power and into a place
where you can feel complete peace and a sense of joy.
This book contains excellent advice from an acclaimed
professional yoga teacher and an experienced medical doctor.
You will find information on the reasons people can't sleep,
what the body does while we sleep, how sunlight and darkness
affect sleep patterns, how to create good sleep habits, the
secrets of a great night's sleep, relaxing Ananda Yoga Postures
and affirmations, breathing exercises to lead you into sleep,
what to do when you wake up in the middle of the night and want
to go back to sleep and if you should consider a snack before
bed and what type of snack?
So, if you are tired of taking sleep medications, give yoga a
try. You can incorporate this into your regular exercise routine
or daily routine. I like walking first to get the nervous energy
out of my body. Walking also seems to make me happier and when
I'm happier, I sleep better.
Yoga is a healing therapy that can truly help you to sleep. That
is why I generally do relaxing yoga workouts in the evening.
There are many different styles of yoga and you may find that
one style invigorates your body, while a gentle practice will
lead you to a place of complete joy and peaceful sleep. A cup of
relaxing herbal tea and a quiet space with candles also seems
essential to the process.
Gyandev McCord has also created videos to teach the Ananda Yoga
routines. Look for Yoga for Busy People and Yoga to Awaken the
Chakras. I found that imagining colors inside your body is
actually very healing and relaxing. It might sound different,
but it definitely works for me.
~The Rebecca Review
Bed Top Yoga
Plan - Good advice for staying young and balancing your
Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind & Body
- Hypnotic musical score.
Candlelight Yoga - Relaxing candles and soothing stretching
Hemalaya Behl's Yoga for Urban Living - Evening Bath helps you
Flexibility & Stress Release - At the end of this
workout I can truly say I enter a state of bliss.
Moon Water Fountain
Yoga as Modern Art, February 26, 2007
Yoga Radiance is a collection of invigorating vinyasas for
intermediate to advanced practitioners who enjoy the beauty of
yoga as much as the energizing and healing benefits. The
delicate lighting slipping through the sheer vanilla curtains
and shades, shimmering wood floors, black sheets up against the
wall and artist studio type settings give the workouts a classic
stylized mood. An empty apartment and women who look like models
exercise with precise movements.
This invigorating challenge with narration makes you feel like a
dancer and the balance challenges are advanced. Cat, Downward
Facing Dog, Cobra, Warrior 1 and Chair are included, but this
goes much further. Crane/Crow posture tests your arm strength
and the "Trivikramasana/Three-stride-posture" and
"Half Moon/Ardha-Candrasana" provides incredible
balance and flexibility challenges.
Each section focuses on a seasonal theme and there is also a
beautiful Lunar segment with candles surrounding a mat with a
bamboo plant. Cat, low lunge, pigeon provide a slower pace and
yet I still found this segment to be warming.
During the Autumn section, it is helpful to know that you should
first spread the toes before attempting to stand on one leg in
Warrior III. The dancer's pose is also easier if you have
learned this technique. In the section on Winter, the tortoise
stretch and backbends provide a space in which to develop
As an intermediate who enjoys trying out advanced exercises, I
found this to be invigorating and exciting. If you are looking
for a new challenge and enjoy "Vinyasa" or flowing
yoga style workouts, I think you will love this series of
workouts. Due to the inclusion of a few more complex exercises,
this workout will be giving me challenges for the next few
~The Rebecca Review