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The sharpness of the mind, strength of the body, and the clarity of the spirit are all essential for health and vitality. Chi Kung exercises work on all three. Chi Kung training combines the quiescent state of meditation with graceful Ta Chi-like movements in order to form energy building exercises.
So effective are these exercises that today in China, Chi Kung is prescribed for ailments and illnesses as readily as medicine is administered in the West.
So powerful are these exercises that for centuries Martial Artists have use Chi Kung to empower their fighting and athletic abilities.
Yet these exercises are simple, gentle, easy-to-learn and are for all ages and levels of fitness and coordination.
76 mins. (2009)DVD - All Region
The Care and Feeding of a Dancer DVD is a must-have guide for dancers who want to take it to the next level.
Join us as Toni Branner, exercise physiologist, author, and (most importantly) mother of a dancer, presents the latest research on free radical damage and oxidative stress in dancers and athletes.
Develop your free radical defense system by eating foods with the right nutrients. Learn real and simple solutions to improve your family’s nutrition. Prevent disease, enhance your immune system, and achieve optimal health.
Research regarding the prevention of memory loss, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and aging will be shared.
This is your chance to impact your future and your dancer’s future in the most meaningful way.
65 mins. (2009)DVD - All Region
The secret is knowing exactly how to take care of these important joints when they’re hurting and while they’re healthy. This simple strengthening and stretching routine targets the muscles that protect your knees to avoid undue stress and strain. It also targets painful areas to speed in their healing.
Physical therapist Chantal Donnelly created this gentle routine to help you exercise your way to good knee health. Features: "7 Minutes to Save Your Knees" abridged workout; exercise modifications for all fitness levels; and bonus exercises and techniques.
49 mins. (2008)DVD - Region 1 (Canada, United States; U.S. territories; more)
Both outrageously entertaining and poignant, the story finds Carr exiting her acting career to film her encounters as a newly diagnosed cancer patient. Turned off by cancer’s doom and gloom image, she teams up with her band of crazy, sexy “Cancer Posse” girlfriends — from a luminous Glamour editor to a fiery rock-concert tour producer.
Together they film the dark and scary as well as the “silly, fun, real and practical” sides of living with cancer. You’ll cry and you’ll laugh out loud as these brave women learn how to salvage their dignity, spirit, style, and sense of humor when the “hospital ball” turns their lives inside out.
Over one hour of special features including: 25 minute healing yoga routine and guided relaxation with award-winning instructor Rodney Yee; ways to find your Om; Get juiced — in the kitchen with Kris Carr; simple detox methods; and deleted scenes and extended interviews.
Kris Carr is an award-winning actress, best-selling author, filmmaker and subject of the inspirational documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer. The film, which she wrote and directed, chronicles her four-year adventure of living and thriving with stage-four cancer.
It premiered on TLC (The Learning Channel) and Discovery Health. Kris shares every step of her journey to wellness in a practical, funny and endearing style, wearing cowboy boots into the MRI machine, no less.
She has been featured on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and many more.
90 mins. (2008)DVD - Region 1 (Canada, United States; U.S. territories; more)
Through our often sedentary day-to-day activities – sitting at a computer, driving to/from work, relaxing on the couch – we weaken our otherwise healthy backs and develop poor posture.
Yoga for Back Care was designed to strengthen your back and help counter the ill effects of our busy lives. Through a series of stretches and postures, internationally acclaimed yoga instructor Rodney Yee teaches you to develop a stronger, healthier back. As you progress through the workout, you’ll move from sitting to standing to floor exercises. Together, these exercises will help lengthen and loosen your spine for greater agility and flexibility.
Props Recommended: Chair, Mat, Strap, Brick, Bolster, Blanket.
Rodney Yee was a professional ballet dancer who later studied Iyengar yoga. He travels nationally and internationally to teach workshops, teacher-training and retreats. Rodney has been designing and performing in Gaiam programs for over 10 years. He has been featured on Oprah and other national programs.
30 mins. (2008)DVD - Region 1 (Canada, United States; U.S. territories; more)
From standing and seated stretching options to partnered or individual workouts, Millennium Stretch Classic Gold Edition has something for everyone and is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.
The Original Millennium Stretch Workout: Feel the stress melt away as you explore transformational movement therapy, qigong, tai chi, yoga, stretching and guided imagery. This delectable blend of healing arts is designed to improve flexibility and release blocked energy.
Millennium Stretch for 2 - Partnered Relaxation: Pair up for increased strength, flexibility, body awareness and trust. Couples, friends, family members, trainers and clients – any two people can enjoy this powerful program. Beyond the 8 Poses of Empowerment: Explore the mysteries of Scott’s world-renowned 8 Poses – what they are, where they come from and how they can work for you.
120 mins. (2008)DVD - All Region
Each program includes: An informative 30-minute conversation with Mayo Clinic Specialists; a consultation with Mayo Clinic dieticians to teach you what to eat and what to avoid with respect to your condition; an instruction by Rodney Yee which guides you through condition-specific relaxation poses and mediation exercises, designed to help relieve tension and enhance circulation; and a 52-page stress-management workbook.
90 mins. (2008)DVD - Region 1 (Canada, United States; U.S. territories; Bermuda)
When your back hurts, the rest of your body hurts, too. Discover strategies for safely stretching and strengthening your back, nutritional plans, and many other natural options to help lessen nagging back pain.
Wellness Solutions for Arthritis is based on the fact that early intervention is one of the keys to combating the aching, swelling and pain associated with arthritis. Learn the essential nutrients for joint health as well as how to get moving and stretching to help significantly relieve your symptoms.
Menopause is inevitable, but it doesn't have to be unbearable. Women's symptoms can vary greatly; learn how to identify yours and make informed decisions about hormone replacement therapy and other strategies for coping with frustrating symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and fatigue.
While there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways to manage - and maybe prevent - the condition. Find out how body weight affects diabetes and discover lifestyle changes that might make your condition just a little easier to live with.
When you're suffering from insomnia, worrying about not getting enough sleep makes it even worse. Discover how environmental factors could be causing your sleeplessness, and learn essential coping skills, such as stress reduction, meditation and dietary changes.
Some risk factors for heart disease, like family history, can't be changed, but the power is in your hands to change other factors - such as exercising, eating right and maintaining a healthy weight. Take action right away with strategies for keeping heart disease from getting worse or preventing it altogether.
Hypertension is a "silent killer" - millions of people don't even know they have it, and it inevitably leads to other serious conditions. Adopt a maintenance plan that works for you, including natural ways to lower your blood pressure, such as healthier eating, weight loss and relaxation.
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