Yoga for Seniors with Jane Adams: Improve Balance, Strength & Flexibility with Gentle Senior Yoga. Includes 3 complete programs for different levels of ability.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Parcel Dimensions : 19.1 x 13.49 x 1.4 cm; 81.65 Grams
- Media Format : DVD + Blu-ray
- Run time : 2 hours and 10 minutes
- Actors : Jane Adams
- Producers : White Cliff Productions
- ASIN : B00PR2IC8I
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Improve strength, balance & flexibility with these easy yoga routines filmed in a beautiful flower garden. Designed to help seniors live fuller, more active & independent lives, this DVD has 3 complete yoga practices to meet the varying needs and abilities of people over 70. Level 1 (26 minutes) is done all seated in a chair, and emphasizes gentle movements to improve strength, range-of-motion, joint health, and posture, and works the body as fully as possible while seated in a chair. Level 2 (40 minutes) alternates sitting in a chair, with standing alongside and holding onto a chair for stability. Level 2 works on developing strength and flexibility evenly through out the entire body, and includes many movements to improve balance and increase foot, ankle and leg strength. Level 3 (55 minutes) also alternates sitting in a chair with standing, but is an overall stronger and longer practice than level 2, with more time spent on the standing and balancing poses. Level 3 is broke down into 6 shorter segments for greater choice. All these routines place special emphasis on working the muscles and joints most needed in everyday life, and to help prevent falls. They all emphasize good posture, full deep breathing, and end with a short relaxation and meditation for a more alert body and mind. Designed and taught by Jane Adams, RYT 500, a yoga practitioner since 1976 who specializes in yoga for healthy ageing.
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Let me start off by saying this DVD is excellent and has so much to offer. The target audience is Seniors but middle aged people and people with some limitations and/or beginners will also benefit and enjoy this DVD. The setting is outside in a beautiful garden in Kalispell, Montana. Jane does the routines alone outside on a sunny day in front of a stunning border of flowers with every color you can imagine that starts at the lawn level and runs to about 6 feet high. The camera is usually set showing her doing the moves from head to foot with only a few closeups when necessary so it is much easier to follow along. She instructs by voice-over and the instructions are clear and easy to hear as the music is lightly playing in the background. You will mirror her meaning she will tell you to move your left foot and she will move her right so that it is like looking in a mirror and this makes it really easy to follow along.
There are three separate routines listed in the main menu which I will briefly outline below:
1. Level 1 - Chair Yoga (26 Minutes)
This is the least challenging of the three routines. It is all done sitting in a chair, no yoga mat is required. At a steady pace you will complete gentle twists, leg lifts, arm circles, wrist circles, ankle rotations, neck stretches and much more. Easy to follow and you won't even know that a lot of the moves are yoga modifications. The session ends with a short relaxation. You never stand or even get up from your chair for Level 1. (Look for the cat wandering into the routine).
2. Level 2 - Chair & Standing By Chair (40 Minutes)
This routine is a little more challenging than Level 1 and in it you will do exercises sitting in a chair but you also will do exercises standing behind the chair and on each side of the chair. When standing the chair is to steady you. If you did Level 1 prior to this one you will notice it builds upon what you did in Level 1 and introduces the standing balancing poses. It is completely new video footage from Level 1. Again, Jane does not get into using yoga language but those familiar with yoga will recognize the modifications of the usual yoga poses such as modified down dog and forward bends using the chair.
3. Level 3 - Stronger Chair & Standing (55 Minutes)
This is the longest and most challenging of the 3 routines on this DVD. This time you benefit from a yoga mat in addition to a chair, and possibly a second chair for added stability. All the routines are done either sitting in a chair or standing. There is less reliance placed on using the chair for stability than in Level 2 but it is completely at your option. Level 3 is all new video footage and does not recycle from the previous Levels 1 and 2 but you will feel familiar with some of the exercises. Level 3 can be further broken down into sections as follows;
3a. Standing Warm-ups (6 Minutes)
Bends, stretches, and more demonstrated without the chair.
3b. Seated Core & Foot Warm-ups (6 Minutes)
All sitting in a chair. Includes gentle twists, stretches, ankle openers, and more.
3c. Standing Balances (13 Minutes)
Lots of standing balances using chair as needed
3d. Seated Upper Body (6 Minutes)
All sitting in a chair. Includes fingers, arms (eagle arms) and more.
3e. Standing Poses (16 Minutes)
Those with yoga experience will recognize modified Sun Salutation ( Warrior 1, Down Dog, Plank, Forward Bend all modified with the chair) and Triangle and Warrior 2. Those without prior yoga will learn and follow by Jane's expert instructions.
3f. Seated Finishing Poses (8 Minutes)
All done in the chair. Easy spinal twists, stretches and more. Ends with a short relaxation.
In summary, I find this to be a very good DVD with expert instruction. It is truly a bargain as you get 3 classes totaling over 2 hours of instruction. The outside location is an added bonus. I can see myself using this DVD many times and am glad I purchased it.
We started with three Moving With Mike DVD's, which all have the same routine with slightly different exercises
for balance, stretch and strength. We then bought Jane Adams' Balance & Strength DVD, and later her Yoga for
Seniors DVD. I find Jane's routines exruciatingly slow (I prefer Mike's pace), although I feel worked out when done. We also have a couple of cardio oriented DVD's, Angie Miller's Cardio & Strength Training Workout for Seniors and Sue Grant's Older & Wiser Workout for Active Older Adults, but I am the only one interested in the cardio bit.
All that said, we find Jane Adams' Yoga for Seniors DVD useful because it offers a variety of exercises at different
levels: Level 1 (26 minutes) done all in a chair, Level 2 (40 minutes) alternating sitting and standing by the chair,
and Level 3 (55 minutes) with more challenging standing poses. We have done only Level 2 so far, but my wife claims that after two sessions her hip is no longer reluctant to move.
Difficult to offer a rating, because it would not suit all tastes, but for seniors who are not avid exercisers it serves a very useful purpose.
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Key differences between the first and second edition's middle workout: The sound is set louder on the first edition. If you're using headphones that aren't always loud enough, the first edition could be better. The second edition shows multiple camera angles, so you can better see what you're meant to do. Ms Adams has modified this workout a little bit. In the end it's four minutes longer. You might think 36-40 minutes is a long time and worry it'll become tedious, like I did. After doing it for a few months, my mother still looks forward to it every day and it still surprises us both how quickly it goes by.
My mother's posture, back pain, balance and endurance have improved. Between them, my parents have had years of professional physical therapy (both in-home and at rehab facility) and I've never seen a significant improvement like this. Unfortunately, we had a bit of a set-back last month where her knee was hurt (considerable pain for a few weeks but nothing fractured, broken or torn). Now we're quickly getting back to where she'd been--I credit this workout (which she still wanted to do despite the pain) for the speedy recovery, perhaps preventing a worse injury.
The middle workout is the perfect gentle, yet serious nudge toward better health and fitness my mom needed. You or yours won't do every exercise with effortless perfection. It might take weeks to work through the whole workout, as it did for us. And if this becomes too little of a challenge, the third workout (which we've only tried once, not quite making it halfway) looks fantastic too.
I thought so highly of the first edition that buying the second edition for Seniors, then another Jane Adams DVD for me was a no-brainer. Nothing is for everyone, but I'll bet this comes closer to disproving that than anything else. The value is far greater than anything I've bought in this millennium.
My personal practice focuses on Somayoga, a combination of somatics and hatha yoga. I find this DVD actually has elements of that built in or that I can easily somatize myself. It works on foot, ankles and hands, as well as a lot on balance. BTW, balance work is core work for those who want to work on that. I like that there are 3 levels and progressively longer workouts so I can pick the one I want to do based on my available time. When I do these, I just make sure to focus on my edges and not go beyond my current range of motion, while also keeping my core activation in mind. I move slower than she says sometimes but doing the same movement mindfully. It is a great addition to guide my at home practice on days I don't want to guide myself. It is a safe yoga DVD as long as you know how to focus on your own body signals about your edge of stretch or pain (don't go into a full stretch, only to the edge).