Gift ideas: Stress-reducing DVDs
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Element: Tai Chi for Beginners( Element )
Learning tai chi from a video often can be more frustrating than relaxing. But this video, starring Samuel Barnes, founder of Tai Chi Works in Beverly Hills, does a great job of breaking down the postures, as well as the subtleties in the gestures, shifts in weight and breathing. And the excellent camera work captures the movements clearly, zooming in close when needed.
Throughout the 23-minute instruction, Barnes moves as a mirror image to you, coaching you on how to synchronize your breathing with the movements.
"Go to sleep with your energy on the exhale," he instructs, as hands sink down in one of the classic postures, such as "ride the dragon" or "guard the temple." A flowing 11-minute sequence follows the instruction and can be done separately.
However, just as important for the Type-A person on your list is the 19-minute qi gong breath-and-movement meditation to relax and loosen up tight muscles and joints.
Price: $14.98; available in retail outlets and online.