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ERIC Number: EJ859393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
A Healthy Balance
Shorr, Manya
Library Journal, v134 n14 p28-30 Sep 2009
Yoga and Pilates are everywhere these days, and it's no wonder. Innumerable medical studies have shown that yoga and Pilates not only help people improve their fitness levels and slim down but also help them to alleviate asthma symptoms, manage arthritis and carpel tunnel pain, decrease cardiovascular risk factors, and improve one's emotional well-being. But yoga and Pilates classes can be expensive, and with the recent economic downturn, fewer people are able to afford individual or even group instruction, making DVDs for home practice an especially popular option. There are plenty of yoga and Pilates discs available to fulfill the various needs of library patrons, especially those who are new to these traditions. Beginning and intermediate students will be the best served by the selection as advanced practitioners demand a deeper understanding of the practice, which can arguably only be achieved in a classroom setting; it is far more difficult to find a DVD that will fulfill the requirements of an advanced practitioner and yet also be appropriate for a starter collection. Therefore, a core collection should focus on the needs of the basic user. Several sites, like www.yogajournal.com, offer streaming yoga and Pilates videos for a monthly fee, though also be on the lookout for free offerings. That site, for example, which also features podcasts, celebrity playlists, and widgets, sends everyone who subscribes to its newsletter a link to a free full-length video. Free clips of yoga/Pilates DVDs as well as several web-exclusive routines can be found on sites like YouTube and www.collagevideo.com. And podcasts for smart phones or MP3 players, too, are usually free. In this article, the author offers some yoga and Pilates titles for beginners, all ability levels, and special audiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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