Gift ideas: Stress-reducing DVDs
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Trudie Styler's Warrior Yoga( Gaiam Americas )
By Melinda Fulmer
A few people on your gift list probably need relaxation more than anything else.
If you can't afford a spa vacation or even a spa day, consider a stress-reducing DVD. (Come to think of it, you could probably use one yourself after all that shopping.)
We reviewed the year's video releases to come up with our list of the best blood-pressure-lowering, calm-inducing workouts for every body.
Trudie Styler's Warrior Yoga
Ready to take a mental vacation? How about a 45-minute yoga retreat at Trudie Styler and husband Sting's Tuscan villa, Il Palagio?
In this video, Styler and her fitness guru James D'Silva lead you through a flowing sequence of sun salutations, standing poses and forward bends set to some soft acoustic versions of Sting's music.
D'Silva's instruction is solid and soothing as he guides you to "yawn it out" in more strenuous postures and conducts period body awareness checks to make sure you're in alignment.
However, this DVD is probably best suited for intermediate yogis with endurance and a wider range of movement. (The moves are not illustrated with props such as straps or blocks.)
Included on the disc are a 25-minute express workout and two pleasant five-minute guided meditations for further relaxation.
Price: $14.98; available online and in stores.