For Some People Learning Yoga On Cd Rom Is A Stretch

For Some People,​ Learning Yoga on​ CD-ROM is​ ​ a ​ Stretch

As if ​ to​ ​ lend weight to​ ​ my contention that your computer can,​ in​ ​ theory,​ teach you anything,​ along comes a ​ pair of ​ CD-ROMs called Wellness Yoga and Shiatsu Relaxation.

Lithe young women demonstrate these ancient Eastern techniques while mellow-voiced narrators speak over somnambulant music,​ the​ better to​ ​ relax you and make you all well.

Most of ​ us are familiar at least with the​ concepts of ​ yoga,​ its slow stretching exercises and its often almost unattainable physical positions. Wellness Yoga is​ ​ a ​ nicely designed program that packages 74 asanas,​ or positions,​ into several packages such as the​ Quick and Easy Course,​ the​ Beauty Course and the​ Health Course.

The program consists largely of ​ what it ​ calls procedure screens,​ in​ ​ which each position is​ ​ demonstrated in​ ​ one window while described textually in​ ​ another. a ​ narrator reads that same text aloud. in​ ​ addition to​ ​ the​ usual tape-recorder buttons to​ ​ pause,​ stop and restart the​ action,​ there is​ ​ a ​ graph that displays the​ approximate duration of ​ each segment of ​ the​ routine.

The practical difficulties of ​ using this CD-ROM are fairly obvious. the​ manual,​ dragged kicking and screaming into English from its Japanese roots,​ advises the​ user to​ ​ First practice forming the​ pose while watching the​ screen and try memorizing the​ whole procedure.'' This,​ unless you have a ​ 24-inch monitor or keep your monitor on​ the​ floor,​ is​ ​ likely to​ ​ be difficult. Clearly the​ actual learning of ​ the​ poses could be more readily done with a ​ videotape.

On the​ other hand,​ you can hunt around in​ ​ the​ CD-ROM,​ choose from the​ positions you want to​ ​ learn,​ and collect them into personal groups. And maybe you've got a ​ really big monitor,​ and a ​ cordless,​ long-distance mouse.

This is​ ​ a ​ nice program,​ well-made and instructive. My only complaint is​ ​ that it ​ does not emphasize clearly enough that unless you are as slender as the​ model executing the​ poses,​ you are not going to​ ​ be able to​ ​ do many of ​ them -- the​ Crow,​ the​ Heron and the​ Frog,​ for instance -- correctly. On the​ other hand,​ we​ can all do the​ Corpse.

Shiatsu Relaxation,​ which teaches a ​ massage technique clearly related to​ ​ acupuncture,​ is​ ​ another kettle of ​ fish.

The theory is​ ​ that rubbing,​ kneading or poking specific points on​ the​ body,​ called acupressure points,​ will make other parts of ​ the​ body feel better. I am not prepared to​ ​ argue that premise,​ but the​ entire procedure seems shiatsu yourself is​ ​ not clear,​ either; the​ program initially suggests you find some of ​ your own more accessible pressure points,​ but they are not all available to​ ​ your own hands and all the​ demonstrations show one person ministering to​ ​ another.

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