Meditative Stretching
Meditative Stretching


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Finis was featured on the television show CBS This Morning! He discussed dancing well beyond retirement age and how he inspires dancers of every age. Watch the segment!


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This video records me at age 75. Each day finds me quietly waging my own personal battle against aging. I can't let a day go by without doing my own personal regime of stretches. When I don't do my daily exercises, my body complains with pain. In this video I will show you the exercises I have found to be most helpful in keeping my arthritic hip functioning pain-free and in "unseating" those joints and muscles that become stiff and achy from prolonged sitting and inactivity. This program will benefit you the most if you would do it from start to finish. Try to make time so you can do it without interruption. These exercises are deliberately contemplative. Think about and talk to your body. It's the only one you have. Treat it well.

Once you learn the exercises and can do them by yourself, it should take you about 45 minutes to do the entire program without stopping. If you are pressed for time, do the Morning Wake-up which takes about 20 minutes.


Play this video in 4 modes: Full Class, Individual Exercises, Workout Mode where you can run the exercises without instruction, or 20 Minute Morning Wake-up.


1. Tilt your pelvis
2. Bend your knee & stretch
3. Bend your knee & stretch your hamstrings
4. Stretch your lower back & shoulder
5. Bend your knee & stretch your hip
6. Stretch your hamstrings & hip
7. Stretch your stomach, hip & thigh
8. Loosen your hip
9. Rotate your spine & neck lying down
10. Rotate your spine & neck sitting up
11. Strengthen your stomach muscles
12. Stretch your stomach & arch your back
13. Stretch like a cat
14. Swing & sway over your legs
15. BONUS : 20 Minute Morning Wake-up:
Exercise 1. Tilt Your Pelvis
Exercise 3. Bend your knee & stretch your hamstrings
Exercise 6. Stretch your hamstrings & hip
Exercise 7. Stretch your stomach, hip & thigh
Exercise 10. Rotate your spine & neck sitting up


The Wake-up runs through the following exercises without instruction:

Exercise 1. Tilt Your Pelvis
Exercise 3. Bend your knee & stretch your hamstrings
Exercise 6. Stretch your hamstrings & hip
Exercise 7. Stretch your stomach, hip & thigh
Exercise 10. Rotate your spine & neck sitting up

ALL LEVELS. ALL REGIONS DVD. 86 minutes. Taught & Demonstrated by Finis Jhung. CD Music by Scott Killian: Music for Intermediate Ballet Class, Track 1


“I wanted to let you know that 4 of my students were chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet Company when they performed The Nutcracker in Gillette, WY. The master ballet director, Olga, chose my students out of hundreds of children who auditioned because of their technique. Their technique is outstanding because I teach them what I have learned from you in your videos. The ‘how and the why’ makes all the difference in the world. Thank you again for sharing your ‘pearls of wisdom’ so we are better ballet instructors for our students. You are so gracious in your corrections. The words you choose and your tone of voice are very soothing and uplifting to the student— ‘you are the student, I know you can do this, and I’m going to show you how.’ I love way you break the movement into physics. I can correct someone, let them practice, and before they go home they have conquered their biggest fear such as turns. They get it!
— Lori Bickford, RNC, BSN, MS
Director of Services, Weston County Public Health, Newcastle, WY

"I love this DVD! It's so calming and relaxing. I really feel the stretch. I think it will also help me riding my horse as my instructor says I need to stretch my hip." — Gayle Behnke, Kaneohe, HI

"I now own a few stretching DVDs by Finis Jhung and each one is unique and irreplaceable. Each one offers an experience that is refreshing for both body and mind and that offers precious benefits. The title of this DVD is perfectly chosen for the experience it gives. This truly is movement as a kind of meditation, a contemplative series of moments in which the viewer/participant is able to slow down and reconnect with her (or his) own body. In today's hectic world, where the body too often is sedentary while the mind is overloaded, this is a crucial gift.

Years ago, when I first recognized that I had to do something to counteract the effects of a desk job and of aging on my body, I sampled a stretching tape from my local library and was frustrated by two things: first, the instructor (a very young and very fit individual from a modeling rather than dance or fitness background) clearly could not grasp how *truly* inflexible many people are. Even more disappointing, although paying lip service to the idea that stretches should be held for a long time, the tape itself rattled through at breakneck speed. Why? I have no idea except perhaps to speed up the filming process and save money.

In these areas, as in all others, Finis Jhung's DVDs rise above the norm of stretching/fitness productions. First, although Mr. Jhung (at 75!) is still more flexible and fit than many people decades his junior, he clearly has the experience, the knowledge, and the empathy to understand the limitations of others. He consistently provides full, clear, thoughtful, and helpful instruction, explaining exactly what to do and what to expect, and always reminding the viewer to work within his/her present range of motion, building carefully to increase flexibility in a safe and responsible manner. Deep thought has obviously gone into every aspect of this presentation, including a superbly paced sequence of hip-loosening exercises that gently guide the viewer into gradually deepening the stretch.

This is also the ONLY stretching instruction I have received (*including* instruction I got during "in-person" group classes) in which the stretches were actually held for the length of time that stretching experts recommend. In that long-ago VHS tape I mentioned earlier, the only option was to scramble up from a stretch in order to "pause" the tape if I wanted to hold the stretch for the length of time the instructor recommended (but didn't practice). Mr. Jhung creates a system that is both efficient and wise by having an instruction section for each stretch in which the viewer learns how to do it properly and then a demonstration section in which the viewer can simply follow along, relaxing into the luxury of long, body-soothing stretches. No scrambling up and tape-fiddling is necessary! :>) The DVD is set up so that viewers can choose to have an unbroken series of the demonstration sections once they've fully absorbed the instruction, and on hectic days viewers can even choose a twenty-minute version of selected stretches to help them prepare for a packed day or unwind from it. I'd love to think that I will always do the full version but, to my chagrin, I suspect I will make extensive use of the "morning wake-up" version also. :>)

Finally, I just have to say the beautiful music and thoughtful, wise comments from Mr. Jhung are part of what makes this DVD an aesthetic and emotional experience as well as a physical one. This DVD leaves you feeling better in *every* way. At a time when almost all of us spend most of our day sitting and when stress seems the normal condition of people's lives, this DVD is a necessity at the same time that it feels like the most pleasurable self-indulgence."—Laura Fasick, Moorehead, MN

"I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who enjoys stretching while listening to tranquil and relaxing music. My absolute favorite one is the 'face of the clock' rotations (Exercise 9) while lying down. For some reason my neck feels wonderful slowly following the movement of the arm. I have been diagnosed with herniated discs in my neck and am always looking for exercises/stretches to add to my routine. This one is a winner! This DVD has a delightful way of soothing you while stretching your muscles after a day’s work at the office. Thank you, Finis, for everything you do!"—Caroline Walton, Timmonsville, SC

"I love this video. After working the Full Class mode with Finis instructing a few times, I did the Workout mode without instruction and still felt the full results. Once again, Finis excels in presenting a sequence of gradual exercises that improve the flexibility and loosen up those joints, rustier with the passage of time and physical inactivity. Finis’s own demonstration makes it even more impactful. The pace is relaxed and his soft whispering voice creates a special atmosphere as if he were right there, next to me. I also tried the short version, the Morning Wake-up and discovered that my day started on a more optimistic mind frame whenever I managed to allow myself those 20 minutes. Indeed, you feel more in tune with your body. It is great! I strongly recommend it."—Ileana Soare, Brooklyn, NY

"This video gives me no excuses for not dancing. That is what is special about it for me. I found that when I actually practiced the exercises today that it helped to have a mantra. It was one I chose randomly from a book of meditations that someone gave to me years ago and I had never put it to use until today. The mantra for today was; master yourself - because it is fun. After the stretching exercises I worked through some of the barre exercises from the slow intermediate class and I found that my balance, flexibility and concentration were better than usual. "—Judith Chestnut, Erina, NSW, Australia