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16 March 2008 @ 01:18 pm
Review of "Yoga Just My Size" and a question about modifications  
Hey all: I thought you might be interested in a review I wrote of Yoga Just My Size. Full disclosure: I do get paid a little by Associated Content  (and by "a little" I mean a few pennies for every 100 people who click on it) for you viewing it, but that's not why I'm posting it here. I thought it was pertinent to the community.

Also, since we're on the subject, it's my impression that at least a good chunk of the people on this community use the video on a semi-regular basis, and I wanted to know what, if any modifications you may use.

Megan Garcia mentions several modifications herself in the DVD. For instance, she recommends:

-Sitting with legs out in a wide V if sitting cross-legged isn't comfortable
-Making fists when you're in cat/cow position if palms flat hurts your wrists
-Spreading your knees for Child's Pose to accommodate a belly and/or breasts
-Putting a towel or pad under your knees for knee-down lunge

I use some other modifications and have talked to others about modifying the routine either for comfort issues, or to make it more challenging after you've used the DVD for a while and have started to master it.

For comfort:

-Modifying the pose during the relaxation sequence at the end. Some people find corpse pose uncomfortable on the lower back, particularly if you have a particularly round rump. You may find lying with your legs up a wall more comfortable, or, alternately, lying next to a couch or chair and putting your calves on the seat/couch.

-Changing the breathing pattern for the leg pump sequence. To me, it makes more sense to breath OUT when you're pulling your knee into your chest and breath IN when you're looking up and extending your foot out behind you.

For more of a challenge:

-Raising arms up during knee-down lunge. The routine has gotten a little easy for me after repeated use, so I like to find ways to make it a little harder, and this is one.

-Spreading my feet even wider during the warrior poses, so that my ankles are almost under my wrists.

So, you folks who use "Yoga Just My Size"- what modifications, if any, do you use? I'm curious.
withoutscenewithoutscene on March 16th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say I use it regularly, but I've used it enough to be able to comment.

I always use these:
-Sitting with legs out in a wide V if sitting cross-legged isn't comfortable
-Spreading your knees for Child's Pose to accommodate a belly and/or breasts

I TOTALLY agree with you on this:
-Changing the breathing pattern for the leg pump sequence.

In fact, I have found it's easier throughout a lot of the video, just to breath however it feels right.

For relaxation, I usually lay with my legs bent so that my back is flat and I am comfortable, but I like your suggestions as well.
Alix: (tsubasa) Mok Flappinggypsyriver on March 17th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm going to use your last suggestion the next time. I do all the others you mention here, but have been struggling with laying flat and never thought to change it. Thanks for suggesting it!
Annissaannissa on March 17th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I don't use any modifications, but I do fast forward through the whole "mindfully standing/sitting" bit. It's hard on my knees and I find other transitions easier.

Overall I love that DVD though, and it's a very relaxing sequence.