Yoga Therapy for the Whole Body

Beginner II

This combo class has something for everyone. It is designed to relieve tension and help remove scar tissue in your neck, shoulders, upper back, hands, wrists, forearms, hips and feet! You will likely find spots and movements in your body that you did not realize could use extra attention. These exercises will increase strength and range of motion to bring ease to your day, at work and at home.

 

Included Short Classes: 1) Yoga Therapy for the Neck and Feet; 2) Yoga Therapy for the Hands, Wrists and Forearms 3) Yoga Therapy for the Shoulders and Upper Back 4) Yoga Therapy for the Hips

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amy374
October 17, 2021
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5
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Would love more of these - appreciated the therapy for the whole body.

NATS 77
July 4, 2021
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I think this is an awesome practice to reacquaint ourselves with the nitty gritty of our bodies! Wonderfully therapeutic and just what I needed. Thanks so much, more please from a teacher who clearly knows her body very well, loved it :)

Cathysanford77
June 13, 2021
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The poses in the class were excellent. This class will please people who prefer a faster paced class. A slower pace works better for me. A suggestion. The only prop listed is a block. The instructor used other props such as a chair and ball and I had to scramble and stop the video. Perhaps you can add these to the class description.

anniebell
May 1, 2021
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Great stretches and relief after a day in the garden.

SadieJem
April 26, 2021
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These stretches were great for me, and relieved a lot of pain, after having been fairly sedentary for 6 weeks due to illness.

smiragli
March 7, 2021
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Thanks, Erica. I really appreciated the therapeutic nature of this class. It felt like it was getting more deeply into the "stuck" parts like in the neck and feet. I especially liked the chair sequence. Such a great alternative to free-standing lunges, which I find hard on the knees.

Eleanor Heaphy
April 12, 2020
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I just did this class for the first time and was a little confused when it ended at twenty minutes!!?? I fast forwarded to see what else there was, and it seemed to be a repeat of the part I watched!!?? Do I watch it twice??!! Thanks!!

brindmore
April 8, 2020
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good stretches but I found her wavering unsure drawn out voice annoying
sorry - just too hard to listen to

Maralepp
February 10, 2019
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After doing this class, I’m interested in finding a yoga therapist locally. I love this class, as it helped me go deeper into the areas that always feel neglected. Namaste.

Deborah Lilly
July 4, 2016
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Great class, thanks Erica! I enjoy paying attention to the specific areas that are often overlooked, such as stretching the hands and fingers, toes, etc. I was interested to read your comments about scar tissue - I hurt my knee, probably tendon, doing the V day "Break the Chain" dance on the beach (against domestic violence) on Feb 14th, and 5 months later it still hurts. I've been babying it during yoga and feel it does need more gentle stretch even when it hurts. Sadly the link to article by Dr Joshua Akin doesn't work and I can't see the full name of the article on the link - please could you let me know so I could write to Dr Akin and ask for a copy. Many thanks for your thorough work.

Dakota Drummer
March 20, 2015
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This may be a VERY helpful class but...
Do people commonly have scar tissue in these various areas of their bodies? Maybe if they have had injury or surgery, yes.
Can you please link me to some articles or studies that indicate that yoga or any exercise can remove scar tissue? Otherwise, some different wording under the class description would be more helpful and accurate while maintaining credibility.
Thanks

Erica Fritch
March 21, 2015
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Hi Dakota,
Thanks for your quesion about scar tissue. It's a good one! The name 'scar tissue' is a bit misleading, and most of us have heard of it in relation to a trauma (injury or surjury, like you said). But the same tissue, the same response is taken by the body in response to overuse. Dr Joshua Akin, a chiropractor in Chicago, describes soft tissue 'injuries' as:

"When a muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve is damaged from overuse or trauma, the body will
attempt to repair the damage with scar tissue. Scar tissue contains the same protein (collagen) as the tissue that it replaces, but instead scar tissue is made up of very tough, fibrous material. This material binds itself to the damaged tissue, resulting in a thick mass of fibrous scar tissue.
When scar tissue forms around an injury site, it is never as strong nor as functional as the tissue it replaces, resulting in compromised flexibility of the tissue. These scar tissue adhesions left untreated perpetuate the cumulative injury cycle. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, nerves can become trapped, and it can most often lead to muscle or joint dysfunction. This can cause
reduced range of motion, loss of strength, pain and muscular inefficiencies. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness."

Read his full article here: http://www.chicagochirosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/SoftTissue…

"overuse" could explain most of our movements in contemporary life! Small movements, limited range, limited diversity of movement, are together a recipe for overuse. And it explains why someone working at a keyboard all day long would get scar tissue in their shoulders, hands, even upper back. Similar to how an athelete will get tennis elbow - not a direct injury, but build up from repetitive motion.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you want to discuss more.
Erica

SerenaAnn
February 7, 2015
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I'm a professional classical pianist, and this is the FIRST yoga class that has addressed all of my trouble spots: upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, feet... I wish I found this class sooner. It has helped me tremendously. Thank You!

Erica Fritch
February 10, 2015
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Hi SerenaAnn,
So glad to hear that these are working for you! I was working on getting yoga therapy into the music conservatory here, but the timing was not right for it. I'm so glad to hear that you took the time to devote to this part of your lifestyle - it gets so easily overlooked!
Spread the word to your fellow musicians, and keep practicing!
Erica

VirginiaR
December 30, 2014
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Hi Erica,

I found the hands, wrists and forearm segment really helped to loosen up those areas. The hip segment with the chair I found awkward so did my own versions of lunges and pigeon poses on the mat instead.

Maybe this is a preference, but I'd recommend reshooting the segments but use the mirrored left-right instructions as I found it hard to watch your set-up in the poses while listening to the left-right instructions that were opposite!

Next time I'm going to try your shorter videos that focus on specific body parts - it's great to have the options to increase mobility and reduce joint stiffness. Thanks!

Erica Fritch
January 1, 2015
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Hi VirginiaR,
Thank you for your feedback - it is very helpful!
I love that you used your mat when the chair was too much. I always point out to my classes that an advanced student is the one who knows when and how to change the pose to suit where she is at and can gain from the movement, rather than add tension when trying to fit someone else's practice or suggestions.

And, yes, mirroring is very useful. Sometimes I get so mixed up doing it, but that's part of my practice as a teacher.

Thanks again for your comments, and I hope you continue to get some mobility in your body!
erica

Cornelia
September 28, 2014
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feeling champagne bubbles all over, and having nice warm feet.
time went really fast and for me just the right tempo.
thank you!

Erica Fritch
October 1, 2014
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Wow - champagne bubbles!
That might be the best feedback I have had on a class! Glad to hear you had such a immediate, positive body experience from the class. Keep practicing!
Erica

Cornelia
October 1, 2014
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dear Erica,
that's not all, I start to feel much more flexibility in my hands an feet, in a way making them feel more alive, and that after doing this lesson only two times!
I'll be back :-)

c2t
October 1, 2013
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This video has helped me a great deal. I have had pain from injuries for years from my neck to my shoulders to wrist, hip, knee & ankle from many years of dance training, tennis & car accidents. I didn't take very good care of these injuries throughout the years & it's has been aggravated from various daily activities. This video has helped greatly. I'm grateful I found this video. It has really helped the pain I have dealt with for a long time. After doing this routine, I has allowed me to move more freely, preparing me for more challenging routines. Thank you so much for this wonderful video.

govinda
July 17, 2014
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Ah, c2t, those words and sentiments are music to my ears! I'm so glad you found relief from your pain through these exercises. It's amazing what we can 'put up with' before we start listening to what your body is asking for! I'm so glad you found this.

So much gratitude for your sharing, and keep on practicing,
Erica

biased_perspective
June 20, 2013
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I felt that this would be a good practice for older individuals as there are many props used although even if you are older you would still need to be nimble enough to get into and out of some of the poses. I am an intermediate/beginner practitioner and simply did not get much out of this practice. I won't be doing it again but it might be the right practice for someone else.

govinda
July 17, 2014
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THanks for your honesty! I agree that no practice is for everyone, so I'm glad you recognized that right away. I hope you found something that works for you where you are at. And I agree, you do have to pretty nimble for some of these. Props do not always mean 'easier' - part of my mission as a teacher is to bring that knowledge to people and to use props as a tool in new, interesting ways.

Thanks for trying, and keep practicing, whatever yoga you find!
Erica

MindB0dy
May 20, 2013
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This is a great video for absolute beginners to stretch in places you wouldn't normally stretch. There are some great routines I'll keep with me like the toe and foot sequences. Other parts drag on a little bit but that is why this is a beginner video.

govinda
July 17, 2014
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HI MindB0dy,
"stretch in places you wouldn't normally stretch" - that's why I love these movements! They yield all sorts of surprises.
Sorry to drag on! Us yoga teachers can do that sometimes. Thanks for that feedback, too. Always good to have some perspective on my teaching.

Thanks for practicing,
Erica

torontoga
April 21, 2013
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I'm a full out, never before tried yoga beginner. Is this video a good place to start? Any recommendations for a total noob?

Thanks!

David Procyshyn
April 21, 2013
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Yes, this is a great video to begin with, although you still may be quite sore the next day due to the length. I would recommend starting with gentle, short classes, such as the one of the shorter Yoga Therapy segments or A Stretch Class for Beginners (I or II).

If you're looking to get a good stretch and you're not worried about being sore the day after, try Melissa's Twist and Stretch or Bend and Stretch, as well as David's 30-Minute Class for the Shoulders or Yoga for Hips, Hamstrings and Back.

Any of the Restorative classes would be suitable as well. Simply choose 'Restorative' under Style.

There are so many places to start! I can keep going, but I think you have enough to go on. Fire me an email through the Contact Us page if you have any more questions.

Take care,

David
DoYogaWithMe.com Founder

Cathartica
April 20, 2013
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did I miss something? is there a part two? It was FANTASTIC and I'm going to incorporate some of these stretches with my clients, but my lower body except for my feet is feeling neglected!

govinda
July 17, 2014
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Hey Carhartica,
Sorry to leave you hanging. There were many factors that went into deciding how to film this one, so it may have been a bit of a different experience than another one of my yoga therapy classes would be. Maybe add another round or two of the lunge and hamstring stretch - I know that usually does it for me for legs!
Good luck, and let me know if you come up with a creative solution!
Erica

Simran
April 7, 2013
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Great video. My body feel thoroughly stretched in places I didn't realize needed it.

Dana Hanson
March 8, 2013
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Love this beginner's video. My neck is very bad and the simple neck exercises are great