Many people are under the misconception that yoga is just for the young, athletic and/or flexible, so I’m always excited to discover and share information about yoga DVDs that are accessible to beginners or all ages and abilities. Yoga Chi for Energy with Suzanne Andrews is just such a DVD.
Yoga Chi for Energy combines basic yoga poses with flowing tai chi movements to create a gentle invigorating workout appropriate for beginning exercisers of all ages, sizes, and abilities. Think of it as ‘Yoga Light.’
Suzanne Andrews is an occupational therapist and functional fitness expert who lost 60 pounds since beginning to practice yoga. Her practical approach to functional fitness coupled with her sincere desire to help others discover the powerful physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga creates a routine to vitalize your body, mind, and spirit.
Set beside a lake, this one-hour program is divided into:
Part 1: A 7-minute warm-up and breathing exercises to get your blood flowing.
Part 2: A 21 minute rejuvenating workout of standing poses designed to strengthen and tone while improving balance. This is a total body series incorporating movements for both the upper and lower body.
Part 3: A 13-minute routine of floor exercises to stretch and strengthen your core.
Part 4: The final segment is an 11 minute relaxing guided meditation set before a fireplace with soothing background music.
Bonuses include a non-narrated 11-minute energizing workout and a 4-minute introduction to the power of laughing yoga.
The pace of this DVD is slow and controlled with lots of expert instruction to keep you safe and motivated. Modifications for some of the more challenging poses, such as downward facing dog, are demonstrated. It’s a fun, accessible workout appropriate for all ages and abilities that will leave you feeling refreshed, not depleted.
Yoga Chi for Energy with Suzanne Andrews helps prove what I believe: Everyone - not just dancers and athletes - can benefit from practicing yoga.
Here's a video review by some of Suzanne's students:
Basic Yoga for Dummies Video - by Sara Ivanhoe - a great introduction to yoga video by a world class instructor - available on Youtube.
OM Yoga Guide to Daily Practice - Detailed review of a fun introduction to yoga book
Yoga for People with Curves - Review of a great beginning yoga DVD for people with curves by Larry Payne
The Many Powerful Health Benefits of Yoga - The health benefits of yoga are many. Learn more in this informative article.
Yoga for The Rest of Us - Review of a great beginning yoga dvd by New Hampshire based PBS instructor, Peggy Cappy
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