I previously reviewed Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains by Lisa Bennet Matkin and Charles Matkin. Today’s review encompasses another video in the same series, Healing Yoga for Common Conditions. A sample of the video is above courtesy of YouTube.
This video is a low key yoga session that is meant to help promote general healing. It is meant for someone with a full range of physical motion though it’s definitely not meant for someone who is already strong and well versed in yoga. The session gave my lower back a great workout as well as my upper legs and upper arms as it included sun salutations, downward facing dog, warrior pose, lunges, twists and more. It was honestly a bit more than I can physically handle at this point, but I knew to stop when my body was not able to go further so that I didn’t injure myself.
The narrative focuses on healing, and the positive attitude it shares is really uplifting. The narrators ask the user to work toward their best, and frequently remind us of the importance of incremental improvement. There’s no judgment, and there’s no urging to push one’s self too far or too fast. It’s a compassionate approach to sharing yoga and healing.
I only had a few critiques of the video. The instructors are both in fabulous physical shape, so they don’t present accommodations for some of the asanas that are difficult for someone with extra body fat. Those would have been helpful for me. As with the other video of theirs I reviewed, I wish there was more music at the end for additional meditation, though this is rectified by keeping a music player nearby to turn on after the video ends. The music that was playing during shavasana had water running, and that is one of my pet peeves about relaxation music: For many women, myself included, running water makes us want to pee. It’s not relaxing!
This video is available on Ebay and Amazon through independent retailers. It may also be available in local libraries. Several of the Matkins’ other videos are also available on YouTube, too.
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