Yoga for Stress Relief (With The Dalai Lama)

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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 routines to address negative mental, emotional and physical issues, this DVD is the most comprehensive DVD of its kind. This DVD also includes an UNPRECEDENTED 30 minute instruction on meditation with the Dalai Lama! This exclusive discussion of meditation with the Dalai Lama himself appears only on this deluxe edition DVD. Considered one of the greatest influencers of our time, the Dalai Lama has spent his life teaching people how to be happy and promote positive thinking. His teachings are world renowned and this special bonus discusses both the benefits and techniques of meditation to promote positive thinking and cultivate happiness. Never before has a DVD revealed how to overcome dozens of common physical, mental and emotional conditions through the ancient science of yoga. This revolutionary, interactive system allows you to choose from 20 customized routines that range from 15-60 minutes and target common issues.

Yoga instructor Barbara Benagh has practiced and taught yoga for nearly 35 years. She discovered yoga while living in England and began teaching there. She moved to Boston and opened The Yoga Studio on Beacon Hill in 1980.

In addition to her local classes Barbara teaches yoga seminars throughout the US and internationally. She is a regular contributor of articles to Yoga Journal magazine. She has several audio CDs of live classes available as well as DVDs, the latest being Yoga for Beginners released by Body + Soul magazine, and Yoga for Stress Relief that includes a discussion on meditation from the Dalai Lama.

Barbara was kind enough to answer some questions from about this unique line of yoga DVDs.

How are these DVDs different from other yoga DVDs?

I was drawn to working with Bodywisdommedia because they produce DVDs they are interactive. Rather than a "one size fits all" single routine that is typical of most products, these DVDs offer choice, allowing the user to customize and change their yoga practice to suit their needs. No two persons are the same so the ability to change your practice - easing shoulder tension one day and an invigorating morning wake up the next - come as close as possible to allowing you to address your individual needs at home. Not only do people have different physical needs, but they have different time constraints as well. If you have only 20 minutes, there is a practice for you but there are longer practices as well (some as long as 90 minutes) that address the total body/mind connection. The sheer number of yoga sequences offered on each of these DVDs is a first. They are incredibly comprehensive.

How were you able to get the Dalai Lama involved?

This project dovetailed perfectly with the Dalai Lama's message that modern stress is one of the greatest obstacles to our mental happiness and physical wellbeing. Because we are long-time sincere practitioners, having a 30-minute lecture of the Dalai Lama teaching how to meditate on the Yoga for Stress Relief DVD was a perfect fit. Bodywisdommedia also has a broader relationship with the Office of Tibet and are releasing historic lectures with "A Path to Happiness" being the first one.

How will potential buyers of these DVDs know which one is right for them?

The titles are very indicative of what appears on the DVD and therefore a good guide. I really enjoyed making Yoga for Stress Relief because it is incredibly relevant. We strove to make the sequences accessible to as many people as possible, whether they are a beginner or long time practitioner. Yoga for Beginners is a great, non-threatening place to get started and includes lots of sound technique developed over my 30 years as a yoga teacher. Power Yoga for Every Body is a bit more challenging taking you from the beginning level and gradually progressing to much more demanding routines.

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

Customer Reviews:

  • The best yoga dvd ever!!
    I am obsessed with this dvd. It is just as spiritual as it is physical. It has made an absolute difference in my life. When I do it I could do it for so long. One time I was meditating with this dvd and I literally felt like I left the earth. I didn't stop for over an hour and a half. I didn't want it to stop. First of all, the setting is unreal. She's on the beach and the waves are crashing and there's birds tweeting. It just relaxes you to watch this. She is a wonderful instructor and talks you through all the moves and offers modified versions in case you have a weak back or knees, etc. There is so much you can do on this dvd. The list goes on and on. There's stuff you can do for 15 minutes if that's all you have or you can do as much as you can like me. I feel so centered and peaceful when I work with this dvd. It's perfect if you're like me and don't feel comfortable in a class. I'm not sure I would be able to meditate the way I do! Well great dvd, I am working collecting ALL her dvd's!...more info
  • Another Good DVD
    I really enjoy Barbara's DVDs.

    Her instruction and speaking always is relaxing and helps me enjoy what she is presenting.

    I love the breathwork routines alot, easy to do and are very relaxing and the routines to help with neck and shoulder tension are very effective.

    Another beautiful DVD and the Dalai Lama's discussion of meditation and how it affects us is very interesting....more info
  • Don't waste your money
    [...] The title is misleading, but it is everything that this DVD is NOT - relaxing, well rounded, and filmed in a good manner. The reviewed product was jumpy, with each pose being edited in, NOT smooth or relaxing at all. In fact, I could only handle about 15 minutes of the dang DVD before I got off and shut it off and threw it in the trash. NOT relaxing or restful, or well made. Terrible production quality. Plus her instructing was off and her voice is not soothing. [...]...more info
  • Good and Helpful
    I found this to be a good addition to my yoga practice to help focus on certain area where I carry tension from time to time - usually from being in front of a computer alot I develop tension in my back and shoulders, so I do the routines in the neck, shoulders and back section (the three tension ones primarily) and it helps. These routines alone have made the DVD worthwhile and the instructor is good like on her other DVD I have.

    And I also occasionally had gotten some bouts of insomnia and the insomnia series has helped - I do that one a couple times a week and have been falling asleep easier. I am still pretty new to yoga and everything on the DVD is easy to do....more info
  • Just What I Needed
    This video covers just about every stress related issue you could have. The yoga practices average around a half hour with some longer and some shorter but lots to choose from close to the half hour range.

    The instruction is well thought out and she gives good pointers along the way of things to keep in mind when performing the various poses.

    The beach setting is a perfect choice for the stress relief. The section with the Dalai Lama discussing meditation is a nice addition too....more info
  • Marvelous Yoga DVD
    I bought this DVD because I had already tried AM PM Yoga from Benagh and really had enjoyed it. The reason I started practicing yoga with her DVDs was because I was suffering from serious lumbar spine and sciatica pain. Gradually, over the last two months the pain is subsiding and I'm able to perform my daily tasks with much less suffering. I'm forever in debth to her. The sequences are done slowing so we can enjoy the practice fully and all of them consist in very good options for the daily practice. Depending on your time available you can choose from 20 minutes to 60 minutes classes without loosing the benefits of the practice. Very nice DVD, I highly recommend it. I LOVE IT, I do it everyday....more info
  • Great Selections
    Yoga For Stress Relief is a great addition to any yoga practice based on what it does - helping to reduce stress as the title says it does. It does it with well instructed and easy to follow yoga routines that are broken down into a few catagories.

    Beginning and Endng Your Day (routines to energize or wind down as needed), Neck Shoulder and Back Issues (routines to help target areas that can lead to headaches, shoulder pain, etc.), Easing Your Mind (poses that are generally relaxing/meditative in nature, including 3 routines of 15-20 minutes that are great to do no matter what) and Stomach and Digestion Issues.

    For the times you need something to further help reduce stress or certain physical issues that come up, this is a good DVD to have....more info
  • Thank You I Feel Better
    I had purchased another DVD about 6 months ago by Barbara and loved it. It really did start making me feel better. I spoke about it to others, and I guess my husband thought I was hinting for things for the holidays. I had intended to purchase another of Barbara's titles, but my husband beat me to it.

    So far I have not done everything on the DVD, probably about 1/2 of the routines due to the amount of material, which is extensive, and I am still working on my other DVD. Others have provided details on how many things this DVD targets and how it has helped them with various things, so I will not do that here, but the DVD does include routines such as Insomnia Series, Easing Neck & Shoulder Tension, Lower Back Tension, Tension Headaches, Anxiety Relief and Improve Digestion, and they deliver to help the things that their names indicate. Even if only one routine is what you are looking at in particular, for instance you have insomnia, and did nothing else on the DVD it is a worthwhile purchase.

    I am going to keep working on my Yoga and learning from my other DVD, but there are days when I feel a bit more stress that affects me (it usually either goes to my neck or my stomach) in different ways and I have reached for this DVD.

    Thank you also to my husband, but I really wasn't hinting ...much....more info
  • Headache Relief and More
    The headache routine has worked wonders for me. Good relaxing DVD that has helped me reduce stress....more info
  • Well done
    This has become my outlet for stress and I highly recommend this to anyone who suffers from neck pain, back pain, insomnia, etc. ...more info
  • Relaxing and Beneficial
    I enjoyed this DVD a great deal. Perfect to help with various ailments that we get from stress that we feel.

    My tension headaches have been reduced in how often they occur and their serverity, so those exercises alone were worth it to me.

    This DVD does what it says and I would recommend it highly....more info
  • Nicely done
    There is something on the DVD for everyone. It covers just about everything that could be stress related. It's very easy to use, just pick your issue and then choose the routine that best matches what you need to work on today. I appreciate that most of the routine are around a half hour give or take. It makes it manageable and easy to fit into my day. ...more info
  • Superbly Beneficial!
    I am new to Yoga, and ordered this DVD last fall. I was primarily interested in flexibility, but to my amazement, this DVD has been extremely helpful in dealing with stress. I feel so refreshed after doing the routines, and there are a variety of them, ranging from 15 to about 70 minutes in length. There are some that are primarily breathwork, which are super relaxing, and some that have breathwork and stretching to ease muscle tension. The ones to begin your day are very calming, but also do challenge your flexibility.

    I never thought I would see the day I would like yoga, but this DVD, and her other one, "Yoga for Beginners" have made me a real fan. ...more info
  • Soothing And Healing
    I have a few DVDs now by this instructor and enjoy them all. Like the others, this one is broken down into 4 main sections covering the general subject (Beginning and Ending Your Day, Neck, Shoulder and Back Issues, Breathing Exercises to Calm the Mind and Stomach and Digestion Issues), with a good selection of routines and poses in each section. Has helped me with aches and pains in the areas....more info
  • Works Well
    This is a very good set of yoga practices for relieving and coping with the effects that stress has on your body and mind. The routine titles make it easy to find what you need. The instruction is clear. The practice is appropriately paced. If you are interested in yoga as a way to manage stress issues then I would recommend this DVD highly....more info
  • I use this more than any other
    Every day or two, no matter what else I've done in the way of exercise and/or yoga, I do one of the shorter sessions on this DVD. Barbara Benagh is a very relaxing instructor with a convincing and kind voice. I find the passive upper back and neck very helpful as I often ache there after a day hunched over the computer. The insomnia and the letting go of the day routines are amazingly relaxing. Actually I like all the shorter routines.
    I own a lot of yoga DVDs and I practice four or five days a week, usually from a half hour to an hour, usually Rodney Yee or that wonderful Ali McGraw DVD (Eric Schiffman teaches) Sometimes I do the long AM yoga session on this DVD. (For this I take her instructions to move the shoulder back in one of the twists with a grain of salt as this is one way I can hurt my stiff shoulders. I find it better to concentrate on the twisiting of the torso and take the shoulder and arm back very gently.
    It's wonderful to have so much wonderful stuff to choose from on one DVD. A true bargain. If I could only have one yoga DVD, this would be it....more info
  • Great Stress Reliever
    Barbara is great in teaching how to reduce stress using yoga and how to use yoga to relieve physical issues. The DVD is orgaanized well so you can find what you need to do.

    The breathing exercises are wonderful, very relaxing as you work on proper breathing and the lower back relief works well for me also. All in all a very good selection of routines to help with what ails you with excellant instruction on how to do the poses....more info
  • Good yoga RX for mental and physical ailments
    A few days ago I got my DVD order for Barbara Benagh: Yoga for Stress Relief.

    The DVD shows the same lovely beach in Half Moon Bay as in her Beginners Yoga DVD, but in this one, there is also very soft, gentle guitar in the background. You can barely hear it and it does not drown out the sound of the waves. So that is nicely done.

    Barbara also has a rather longish interview where she talks about modern life being overloaded, and how yoga will help slow things down. And about how hard it is to slow down at first. Tell me about it! :)

    The interview on meditation by the Dalai Lama contains great information and HH's soft, gentle humor. It is hard at times to understand what he is saying and one requires a slight bit of patience to understand some of this section.

    This DVD has such a wealth of options in it, and all for helping with mental and physical conditions: headaches, shoulder/neck tension, opening your heart, digestive ailments, lower back pain, hip pain, anxiety, some AM and PM routines, an insomnia set, mood uplift, serenity work...

    So far I tried these sections:

    Easing Neck Tension, passive variation (20 mins) - Soft Spanish guitar music, everything lying down, mainly body twisting. Very sweet and restful.

    Restorative Poses for Relaxation (15 mins) - soft new Agey music, three supportive poses: cobblers, heart opener and legs up the wall. Pretty much the same set as on Barbara's Yoga for Beginners DVD (the rejuvenate one) but without the centering/breathing part. Also, this one suggests more uses of the blankets and having an eye bag. As I got an eye bag as a gift, I was prepared. But you only really need three blankets/pillows for this section.

    Lower Back Tension (35 min): This was the best one yet. With my period cramps it was incredibly soothing to my lower back/stomach area. We used a blanket, strap and eye pillow for this set. A bit more active than the two I tried above, this has locus pose and a great let stretch with the strap.

    Hip Pain section(35 min): Essentially the same routine as the Lower Back Tension, but with two changes. One was the reclined half lotus and the other was something where you sit on your knees, then spread the hips wide, and lean your head forward to the floor. These were very nice poses for my menstrual cramping and this session took away the lingering pain I had.

    Other than that, the footage is just sliced from the back pain one, with the same modified down dog, locust, hamstring stretch with strap.

    We used a strap, and eye bag in this one, but no blanket was needed.

    New Agey music, very gentle, as in the back pain one. You can still hear the ocean and even some birds.

    Serenity in Stillness (35 min) - lovely section that really opens the sacrum and relaxes the entire body. There was quite a bit of repeats from the back pain and hip pain segments, including the reclining half lotus, but it all came together well. The supported backbend at the end requires a yoga brick. I really enjoyed this pose. New Agey music with a vaguely Hawaiian theme.

    So many choices in this great DVD - it will be hard to get to them all! It's all all presented in a lovely beach setting and accompanied by Barbara's soothing, healing voice.

    Highly recommended for yoga practitioners to use (as needed) for various physical/mental ailments. There are also a few AM/PM type routines in this disc, as a bonus for anyone wishing to add this DVD to their regular yoga rotation. ...more info
  • This is great
    This is a very good DVD if you want to do yoga to relax and rid yourself of tension. It's shot on a beach and that is nice to hear the waves in the background. The instructors explains the poses very well and it's easy to follow. She suggests modifications and in parts tells you to just go as far as you can that day. I hadn't really planned on getting this DVD. I wanted the Yoga for Beginners and when this one was paired up with it at a discount I got it too. I'm enjoying doing yoga with these DVDs and I hope you do to. ...more info
  • Yoga Dvd
    This is the first dvd I've bought for yoga having done it in a class and on my own for many years I was impressed that it has many different sections and lengths that you can choose and covers most levels. I regularly do the morning hour as it covers most things and have found the sections helping each part of the body invaluable to help with the stresses and strains we all get especially the lower back - brilliant! I bought it partly because of the intro from the dalai lama and have also been impressed by her meditation at the end of the sections....more info
  • For those that are a stressed - highly recommended
    I bought another DVD from this teacher, which I loved and gave to everyone last year as a gift. I checked out this stress relief DVD (and who doesn't need this now??) and love it - I will be getting this one for a lot of people this year. It is a great DVD with tons of great routines on it....more info
  • Excellent!
    This dvd has been very helpful in relieving tension in the muscles. Your whole body is stretched and you do feel beneficial relief. The setting for these exercises is very beautiful and calming. The yoga Master is excellent....more info
  • Very Versatile
    This DVD is perfect for many conditions that cause discomfort during your day. Barbara explains the poses very well and the poses are easy to do. Her ability to know where people may have issues and offer suggestions as she is intructing you is well done.

    I have been trying to meditate more and the Easing Your Mind routines are really nice for this. Her interview about yoga and stress provides some good information on how yoga is helpful and how stress affects us. Well worth the 20 minutes to watch that section....more info
  • A Fantastic Video
    This DVD really stands out in my collection - not just because of how much is on the video, but how effective the workouts are at relieving stress and helping me relax. I am a big fan of this matrix idea in general and this one is really exceptional. A great DVD. ...more info
  • Relief For Stress Issues
    Another wonderful DVD by Benagh with a great selection of practices for a variety of stress related conditions.

    The routines here are geared more for specific physical issues such as headaches caused by tension. It also includes a section for morning and evening routines, though the AM PM DVD is probably a better choice if you are looking solely for morning/evening type routines.

    This DVD is a good DVD to have even if you just want to supplement your workouts when you need extra focus on specific areas, though it also provides enough to use generally.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • Perfect Stress Relief
    This DVD actually works. I love the fact that there are multiple workouts to choose from, and each one has a specific purpose. There are workouts to help alleviate back pain, migraines, stress, neck pain and more. I have suffered from chronic neck pain for years, and this DVD includes workouts that truly help alleviate my discomfort. In addition, this DVD includes routines for general workouts. Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour, you will find a program to fit your needs. Great buy!...more info
  • An excellent DVD
    This is an excellent DVD for home use. The production values are high, there is a broad range of routines available and the music is great. I felt stretched and relaxed by the end of the routines I've tried so far. I look forward to trying more.

    I would compare it to spending $$$ at a professional yoga studio. Loved it and would highly recommend it.

    My only wish is for Barbara to do a postnatal yoga DVD (for mum-n-bub). ...more info
  • Helps me sleep
    I bought this to deal with my Insomnia which was severely affecting my quality of life. After buying, I following the evening relaxation routine and it help me got to sleep. It does work more often than not. I would highly recommend it to anyone having sleep issues. ...more info
  • Works for me
    I recently took an introduction to yoga session offered at the community center. It really helped me relieve some of my current stress issues so I wanted to continue and started looking for DVDs to do yoga at home.

    This DVD was the perfect choice. It's easy to follow and for me, the routines seem to be working. The ones dealing with neck and shoulder problems (especially the tension headache routine) and sleep problems are what I've been using the most. ...more info
  • I don't get it
    Based on these glowing reviews, I was expecting a fantastic program. My first minor complaint is the voiceover narration. I can understand why yoga instructors choose this format, but I guess I'm partial to live instruction. Perhaps I would have found the voiceover narration more tolerable had this dvd been setup differently. A mix-n-match option sounds like a potentially great idea, but the routines on this dvd are choppy and repetitive. My biggest complaint is the constant use of props. I bought this dvd to relax and relieve stress. I did not buy this dvd to fold towels in thirds.. place pillows here and there.. etc...

    This is a hugely overrated title, in my opinion....more info
  • Good addition to my collection
    If you're looking for a yoga DVD specifically to work on reducing stress and dealing with the effects of stress on your mind and body this is a good choice. The instruction is very easy to follow and Barabra's voice is calm and even. There are routines for the morning and evening, for insomnia, neck pain, digestive issues and many other things.

    This has been a nice addition to my yoga DVD collection and I've recommended it to several friends....more info
  • VERY relaxing video
    I purchased this video as a gift, and am not a yoga expert. In watching it with my friend, I found the instructor and images almost hypnotically relaxing. None of the frantically energetic tone of exercise videos, none of the exotic terminology (which is often interesting, but perhaps not relaxing!?), none of the para-mystical approach. Just simple instructions in stretching, calming, and stress reduction. If that's what you want, I recommend this video highly. ...more info
  • Helpful maybe, but don't use this DVD as your primary yoga practice
    This DVD is quite different from others that I own, I'm not sure that I'd really call it yoga? More like stretching. I haven't tried the morning or evening practices, just the ones for specific ailments. I can see how this might be helped my tension headache temporarily. But it seems like this DVD may have been made for older adults or for those simply looking to use yoga to help with certain issues. Not for people who are looking for a regular yoga practice. I will still probably pull this out when I have a specific issue, but won't use it otherwise. It's pretty slow. She pretty much just holds poses for lengthy amounts of time, and a lot of these aren't your typical yoga poses. This felt more like stretching and conscious relaxation than yoga. But the scenery is beautiful, the ocean is relaxing, and overall I think this is a well made DVD. ...more info
  • Give this to your college student
    My stress reliever the first 3 years of college was a few drinks and adding in a party on the weekends. That wasn't working. My mom got me hooked on yoga this summer and sent me back to school with a few choice DVDs. Yoga for Stress Relief is my new favorite. Anyone who has way too much going on and under pressure to get it done and do it well can relate to insomnia, digestive issues and general fatigue. Getting this DVD has helped alot this semester. ...more info
  • A little choppy
    So far it has done all the benefits that I had hoped it would...quieting my mind and easing my stress. Helping to take life a little less serious. My migraines are even thank you!! :)
    The only complaint is it is a little choppy. The segments are pieced together b/c they use them in other sections of the dvd. One minute you are lying on your mat and the next she's standing up. I'm sure once I have become familiar enough with the dvd, I'll know what to expect and it won't seem so disruptive. ...more info
  • Needed DVD
    If you're stressed, you need this DVD. I have had anxiety for years and coped through medicinal ways. After becoming sick of taking pills to calm down, I turned to this DVD, and now look forward to it every evening. Barbara teaches you ways to train yourself to remain calm throughout the day, not just during the practice. My husband who isn't the type to do Yoga, will even lay down and attempt some of the moves, after seeing my transition to calmness after each practice. I'm so thankful for this DVD....more info
  • Booooooooooooooo!
    Hmmmm...I bought this Yoga DVD based on all the awesome reviews but I really don't like it. I don't like that each pose is taped separately and there is a pause between each pose where the video goes black. It looks like they just filmed one pose at a time. It bugs me. They also spend a long time on each pose. This will go on the back of my shelf....more info
  • Not for beginners
    Not good for beginners unless you're already very flexible. Found the Dalai Lama portion boring, it just went on and on....more info
  • Helps Alot
    This is my second DVD with this teacher, while the first one was an introduction to yoga, this one focuses on yoga for various ailments.

    The workouts cover various physical issues (headaches, digestion, shoulder pain) plus general calming down/peace of mind (insomnia) and have been very helpful to me.

    Well done DVD and very good to have those times you need help to feel better....more info
  • Finally, a yoga practice for relaxation.
    The best thing about this DVD is that it actually takes poses that are easy to accomplish, and lets you hold them for long periods of time. no sun salutations, no flow, just great stretchy poses and a lot of relaxation. I love this one - especially the lower back relief practice. After doing it 3 times a week for about 2 weeks, I am noticeably more flexible through the hamstrings, and always feel great after doing even a short "workout" from this DVD.

    I have lower back problems, which I'm sure can be partially attributed to tight hamstrings, so this one is a winner with me....more info
  • Excellent way to reduce stress and be healthy
    I wasn't experienced at yoga, but knew I wanted to find new ways to unwind. This DVD made me fall in love with yoga. I am especially impressed with the large variety of routines of varying lengths. There are several routines to deal with digestion issues, anxiety and stress relief, back and body pain, insomnia, and more! I have noticed a difference in my stress level and overall health since I bought this DVD....more info
  • Very Good
    Another good DVD by Barabra which focuses on particular stress related issues, with some general relaxation sessions.

    Beginning and Ending Your Day - 5 routines to start/end your day

    Neck, Shoulder, and Back Issues - 5 routines focusing on stress in theose areas, including a very good routine for headaches.

    Easing Your Mind - 5 general relaxing sessions.

    Stomach and Digestion Issues - 4 routines to work on digestion.

    If you have AM/PM by her, the routines are different here and just as enjoyable and work as a good addition. The other sections are invaluable for the times you need what they offer with the Beginning/Ending Day sections and Easing Your Mind good for general use also....more info
  • Helpful
    This is an excellent DVD, it has really helped me with anxiety relief and insomnia. The instructor talks you through the poses and she lets you breath at your own pace instead of making you feel like you have to do a certain style of yoga breathing. This is a good DVD to use before bedtime....more info
  • This is the best relief I've found for stress and headaches and every thing else that accompanies stress.
    I love the background beach and relaxing waves. I can do simple stretches or more advanced yoga and my stress goes out with the waves of the sea. ...more info
  • Versatile DVD Targets Stress
    If you are new to Yoga or even have been doing Yoga for awhile and want to be able to really work on areas where you feel the most stress, this DVD is wonderful.

    Whether you need to relax in general or if you need to help your stomach feel better it is on this DVD.

    The intructor offers valuable view points and how difficult stress can be for us and it makes you feel not alone when you hear it. Often I thought it was just me who felt that way, and knowing that it is more common than I thought makes me feel like I can get past it....more info
  • Makes me go ahhhhhhhh!
    I have done a few different kinds of yoga over several years. Every style and every instructor provides something different... which is why I love yoga. Whatever I need I can always find it in yoga.

    I felt the need to slow down recently and anything with "stress relief" is attractive to me. I carry all my stress in my neck and shoulders. I picked this DVD because it had a section just for that purpose. The "ease your mind" list was also appealing. The routines are effective and they do what they say they will. Every one that I've done so far ends with a relaxation pose. Very nice after working through the issues. ...more info
  • Pretty good dvd
    I purchased this dvd based on all the great reviews. While it is wonderful to have such a wide array of choices for each yoga session, I found it strange that each yoga pose is a separate piece. There's a delay between each pose...they don't flow from one to the other. I guess this helps the makers of the dvd customize each segment but it's not really conducive to a yoga session. Also, some of the poses seem very basic and then suddenly the instructor is working at a very high level and twisting her arm around to the other waist from the back.

    However, I do really like this DVD, but I'm tending to use the one where the poses flow from one to the other a bit more. ...more info
  • Very Good
    I have this DVD in regular rotation and I would say it's a must-have for anyone who has made yoga a part of their life. Since it's intended to be used to improve stress related issues it a great to have as part of your yoga workout type.

    The pace, instruction and focus are perfectly suited for the purpose and make it something that people at various levels in their yoga can do and benefit from. ...more info
  • very relaxing
    I like this DVD a lot. It has a ton of different routines. Some are specifically designed to ease stomach problems, back and neck pain, or just help relax you at the end of the day. The music is soothing, and the instruction is simple. I think it's a really good value....more info
  • yoga
    This DVD is somewhat disappointing: a long and rambling interview with the Dalai Lama, and a series of yoga postures that may be helpful to some, but were not so to me. My wife was reluctant to go through the program even a second time, as she was not really taken with the postures....more info