"I ordered this item based on the previous reviews, it turned out to be exactly what I needed to get back to practicing
yoga. I haven't practiced for about 5 years and now that I am pushing 70 decided to ease my way back into it, this is a perfect
new beginning. I am particularly interested in balance issues and the way Mr. Halperin presents those poses make them both
comfortable and effective. I would recommend this to anyone particularly people my age as a good way to begin. Mr. Halperin
has a very nice way of talking you through the poses in a non intimidating way. I am very happy I bought this DVD."
"This is a new yoga DVD and new instructor to me so it was a bit of an "experiment" to buy it and try it. My family and
I like Kripalu style yoga and have several other Kripalu yoga DVDs; we are not "experts" by any means but have some familiarity
and experience. We have found Gary Halperin's DVD to be very useful and one we will use often for our home practice. The instruction
is clear and well paced and the postures are innovative in some ways, although also based in familiar postures. In keeping
with Kripalu style, there is emphasis on breathing and, as the instructor says, self-acceptance throughout the practice. It
is appreciated in that it does not overtax any single body part - for example, having one remain on the knees for protracted
period of time, yielding very sore knees, as some yoga DVDs do - but it does involve the entire body. It contains some excellent
balancing poses and some handy tips for establishing foot placement in some poses. I thought it also contained the very best
way I have learned for moving into and out of downward dog and I appreciated that very much! The instructor's voice is carefully
modulated and clear; the setting is beautiful and calming. The three people featured in the video are appropriately dressed
and of "normal people" ability. The relaxation phase of the practice is wonderful and nicely guided by the instructor, with
the calming, low sound of the ocean waves in the background. My only question of the practice came with the instruction to
"bend at the waist" for some poses, rather than the usual "bend at the hips", for protection of the back. We just bent at
the hips anyway and it was fine. It's a nice practice and a good addition to one's yoga DVD video library. We did "feel better
now" after doing this DVD practice! Recommended."
"I am also a Kripalu yoga teacher, in Minnesota. I have dozens of books, CDs, and DVDs. I was looking through my collection
for one to recommend to my students when I pulled this one out and watched it again today. It feels perfect to me, a slow-paced,
meditative yoga class, that works on balance, strength, flexibily, stress reduction, and relaxation. The people in the DVD
look like normal people. The poses are ones anyone can do. The instructor does a wonderful job not only leading us mindfully
into the pose, but also speaking of what to notice in the pose, and then leading us to mindfully release the pose. His voice
is soothing, the water setting is relaxing."
"I have the Feel Better Now yoga dvd by Gary Halperin. It's great.
The quality is really, really good.
the colors that they chose, the red and white clothes against the ocean and sand background are a good, clean, clear image.
I like that the 3 participants were of varying ages and abilities. And the green grass and sailboats were cool.
as the workout itself, it was easy to follow. I appreciate that. His voice was clear and stable and his cues were simple and
short. That's perfect for a beginner.
The time is a good amount for a beginner. I feel like I got a full body workout.
I like the phrases "do as best as you can today" and Gary's other comments were reassuring.
I would recommend this dvd
to any of my friends or students who want a good full body stretch. I use it in combination with my jogging twice a week.
It's a good, high quality production. I am really glad I bought it."
"I own this DVD and have given it as a gift to friends because it is a good way to get into practicing YOGA regularly.
They agree. I use it to fill in between classes and when on vacation, so my instructor is never far away. The DVD is beautiful,
real people are doing YOGA with the instructor, and the setting is a beautiful beach. Even though it seems easy to do all
the poses and stretches, it is amazing that by the end you know you've done something good for you body. I definitely do feel
better when I'm done and I recommend this DVD to anyone who is currently practicing YOGA or wants to begin practicing. You
won't be sorry."
"I love this DVD and I feel better now! The yoga instructor, Mr. Halperin, makes it a very pleasant experience. It is
extremely relaxing, especially with the soothing words of this very skilled instructor, and the wonderful musical background
and the beautiful scenery. An altogether positive experience in every way. Thank you very much for this excellent yoga DVD.
You can do it at home or with a group and get a lot of benefits from it. It's great for reducing stress, gaining flexibility,
and feeling better in general. Bravo! I highly recommend it."