Yoga Inside Out: The Healing WayPaula Tursi
Year Released: 2007
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The set reminds me of a stage. There is a green flowing sheet in the back drop. Pretty minimal.
Quiet, instrumental. Works very well with the sequences.
Body Lesson: The Spine (explores anatomy of the pelvis and shares the causes of tension & body aches)
Program: Breathing Practice-Warmup-Sun Salutations-Standing Flow-Balancing Poses-Forward Bending & Inversions-Deep Relaxation-Meditation (you can jump to any one of the chapters within the program section, so if you choose to do the Standing Flow only you can easily go to that section)
Deeper Explorations (here Paula guides the participant through various poses one on one. You'll learn different variations using a wall as a prop)
Beginning with the breath, you'll set your intentions for your practice. Paula and her 2 assistants, Jay and Sylvia, demonstrate 3 different options. The warmup is gentle. Deep stretches for the lower body safely prepare you for the more active sun salutations. Paula offers lots of guidance which will help ensure beginners enjoy a safe session. This practice is for beginner/intermediate yoga students. Paula places a special emphasis on yoga poses to improve the lower back, hips and knees. (personally these are 3 areas that I need to work on) The sun salutes are slow and precise. (this benefits beginners who will be able to learn this at their own pace & help them with proper alignment) Paula blends the sun salutations right into the standing postures. It flows beautifully (and the standing poses will also help tighten & tone the lower body). The balance poses will help develop your balance and strengthen your core. The forward bending has some wonderful hip opening poses. The deeper stretches will reduce tension and muscle fatigue. Both the forward bends and inversions are done on the floor (and they are a compliment to one another as one works the front body and the other the back body). Paula concludes with relaxation and meditation.
This is a well developed sequence that will benefit beginners & more experienced yogis alike. You'll develop better flexibility and balance, tone your muscles and relieve everyday stress.