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Old 01-01-19, 12:18 AM  
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Night-time relaxation for inflexible

I have several night-time yoga workouts I enjoy (Jason Crandell and Sara Ivanhoe come to mind), but dh has shown interest in joining my workouts. So far, the yoga we've tried together has been frustrating for him. He's stronger and has more stamina than I do (goes to the gym for strength/circuits), but flexibility is challenging.
I know he doesn't have to do yoga, so I'm looking for something that would help to unwind, and possibly, increase flexibility. Maybe qi gong? Something else?
I don't know how long his interest will last and want to make the most of it.
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Old 01-01-19, 12:51 AM  
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My husband joins me every other day to do Jane Adams Gentle Yoga Desk and Computer Work Relief. Not sure your husband would like this one...but maybe!

Oops - just realized you wanted a nighttime practice. Sorry!
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Old 01-01-19, 11:04 AM  
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I like Barbara Benagh's Yoga for Stress Relief.

There is gentle stretching as well as relaxation segments.
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Old 01-01-19, 01:28 PM  
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My martial arts teacher tells me not to do Qigong at night because it is stimulating. This might just be something that is just his personal experience but I thought I would mention it. I haven’t had that experience because I do qigong in the morning.

I just started doing yoga again so a I can’t think of anything that would be especially good for an inflexible person but I agree with the recommendation for the Yoga for Stress Relief one.

ETA: Maybe Pure and Simple yoga by Eoin Finn?
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Old 01-01-19, 03:55 PM  
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I did the Evening routine from Jane Adam's Gentle Yoga last night and I think that would be a good one. No poses that are tricky to get into and you just go to where you can with them. You will each need an armless chair and a strap, maybe a blanket to sit on for forward seated bends. Also, the floor routine from that would be good. I've done it in the evening. It has some work for your legs that might give him some positive feelings about his abilities. No props unless you want something under your neck.

J. Brown's Yoga DVD is also one I'd recommend, if you stick to the 7 or 15 minute routines. They are just edited from a longer routine, but go slowly and he really encourages going at your own pace if you choose the With Instruction option.

The Garden section of Rodney Yee's Yoga Journal Yoga for Meditation is hip openers done seated on a chair. He's in a meadow in Yosemite. I like it for before bed. Rodney is very flexible, though, in case your DH feels he must do as they do or is competitive.
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Old 01-01-19, 06:04 PM  
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I'm a fan of J Brown's dvd too. Not big into the longer practices, but his general philosophy of how to practice seems to have found its way into whatever else I do, so it's all good.

I especially like the fact that he really doesn't want you to push yourself to your limits. Lots of other instructors say that but don't really seem to mean it.
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Old 01-01-19, 07:57 PM  
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Lee Holden has the bonus section from his Qi Gong for Deep Sleep on You Tube. I haven't done it for a while but I do remember it being relaxing.

He also has one of his so-called 7 Minute routines on there. It's the Health one, which moves more slowly and leaves out a couple of harder things that bother the arthritis in my hands, as I remember. I used to do that one regularly. Maybe I'll do it tonight while waiting to get the DVD of his new 30-day program.
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