Yoga with Priscilla Patrick
Priscilla's Yoga Stretches, a PBS program
I have a love-hate relationship with exercise. I love it when I am doing it regularly, and can't stand the thought of it when I have not done it for a week or so. I have always enjoyed walking, aerobics, and pilates. But when someone suggested to me that I was not getting the strength training I needed, I decided to look into the ancient practice of Yoga. I found Priscilla Patrick's show on PBS, "Priscilla's Yoga Stretches."
Initially, I had rejected the idea of Yoga, based on its association with Eastern forms of meditation. I pray, meditate and read my Bible on my own, and wasn't interested in incorporating someone else's notion of spirituality into my physical health. However, the non-mystical aspect of Hatha Yoga (physical Yoga, which Priscilla Patrick teaches) was appealing to me. Now, I am hooked, thanks to a lady who has been teaching Yoga for decades.
This show is great for beginners, but also good for intermediates, as well.
What the show is like . . .
Priscilla's teaching style is wonderful. Her voice is soothing, and the setting of her tv studio is attractive without being bold or distracting. She talks you all the way through each exercise, explaining what it is doing for your body. All the while, Priscilla tells viewers to only go as far as they can go. She is adamant about safety. She says you should never force a pose. But I have found that with each time I practice a pose, I become more flexible and am able to stretch farther the next time. She also includes helpful hints about other things you can do for your health. The shows are 15 minute segments available to all PBS stations. My local PBS station shows two of the segments back-to-back so that it fills a 30 minute period from 6am to 6:30am. Look for it on your local PBS station. If they do not show it, ask them to do so!
When I began, I was an overweight, out-of-shape beginner. Sure, there are some poses that I could not even think about doing. I would just go as far as I could and try to take it farther the next time. But some poses (like the Clam) are so relaxing and feel so good, even to a beginner. Anyone at any level can benefit from her show.
You may click this picture of Priscilla (from her website) to be directed to her home page. You may read all about her, order her materials, and find out when her show is on your local PBS station!
How about you?
Do you like Yoga?
Priscilla's VHS tapes
If you would rather have a DVD, you can visit Priscilla Patrick's website and shop for them there.
Who is Priscilla Patrick?
Already an exercise instructor on TV, Priscilla reluctantly tried Yoga in the early 1970's. She immediately saw the benefit and pursued it. Several years later, she opened a studio in Columbia, South Carolina to instruct students in Yoga and started this PBS show. She is now retired, but her recorded shows are of immense value to those who take advantage of them.
You can read more on her website by clicking the picture!
What benefit have I seen personally?
I have become more flexible as I have exercised with Priscilla regularly. I also notice that the early morning sessions energize me, giving me a leg up in my energy level through the day. As a writer, I sometimes have back, shoulder or neck pain of some type. When I gingerly stretch through the exercises for those areas of distress, the Yoga stretches make me feel ten times better. Some viewers have reported that regularly doing Priscilla's Yoga stretches has allowed them to stop taking pain medications for their backs. From my personal experience with it, I can totally see how this is possible. I have also experienced a return of youthful strength to my body. Aerobics and walking are great, and pilates helps with flexibility and strength, but nothing that I have tried compares to Yoga in restoring or increasing strength. If I happen to sleep too late in the morning and miss her show, I am always disappointed! After 30 minutes (or even 15) of Priscilla's Yoga Stretches, I feel like someone has injected me with a shot of youth, life, and energy.
Just one 15-minute segment of Priscilla's show does more to wake me up than two or three cups of coffee. After two 15-minute segments, I am ready to conquer the world.