Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Hemalayaa's Yoga for Young Bodies|
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
A first-generation North American with traditional East Indian roots, Hemalayaa brings a unique combination of ancient wisdom and modern sensibility to her yoga practice. In these workouts, she mixes Taoist and classical y... more »
Same DVD, different cover?
YogaKat | Oregon United States | 03/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I believe this is the same DVD that was released about a year ago, just in a new package! It was called "Hemalaya Behl's Yoga for Young Bodies." I think it's a little weird that this seems to be the same DVD, just with a slightly differnt name and different cover. It's a great DVD, but it makes me wonder if the manufacturer is just trying to make extra bucks by packaging it new. It's a much better price and a much better buy than the previous release. If you haven't tried Hemalayaa's "Yoga for Urban Living", I would recommend it over this one!
Here's my take on this DVD:
There are 4 different routines. The first one is called Chakra Shaker and is primarily standing poses incorporated with lots of energizing breathing and runs 35 minutes. Then, Chill Vibe, which is another 35-minute practice is all floor work and can be as challenging as you make it. You can do either one separate or one after the other.
With Hemalaya's two other classmates you have a choice of three different levels. I love her pace. She holds the poses for enough time to connect mind and body. She doesn't talk too much, but enough so you don't have to look up when changing poses. These are very creative practices where she incorporates some dance moves and fun moves with lots of laughs. I felt so youthful during this practice!!!
The DVD also includes two extras. The 10-minute Stress Recess is a wonderful release when you don't have a lot of time to do yoga. Finally, the DVD includes a session of partner yoga. Many of the postures are quite challenging and fun to watch.
The music on this DVD is beautiful with East Indian flair. I really like it that you can optionally have the music off. This is a very beautifully designed DVD and a must have.
Please also see my many other reviews on Amazon for other great Yoga DVDs."
She spices up asanas
Nicole Domini | US citizen in Germany | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hemalayaa adds a touch of Kundalini yoga to traditional vinyasa and spices up asanas by adding mudras and other fun variations.
I've been practicing yoga with DVDs and videos for over ten years now. I have found that for the most part many of the instructors out there use the same poses and and just rearrange them slightly and package them up to sell as a whole new workout. One thing I really enjoyed with Hemalayaa's DVDs was this feeling that I was actually getting something completely new. She really brings her own style and a fresh new approach to yoga (well, at least to yoga as it exists in DVD -- I'm sure this approach has been around for centuries).
For example, moving in and out of the poses, as well as holding the poses themselves, is done with a lot more fluidity and creativity with Hemalayaa. Rather than remaining rigid all the time, she encourages you to keep your spine, your joints, your body FLUID. It's amazing how different yoga can feel when you practice in this way.
I'd say go ahead and try one of her videos. You don't have to give up the other ones you are already doing. I think it's fun to mix it up. When you are in a rut, or you feel like you are taking yoga or yourself too seriously, pop in one of Hemalayaa's DVDs and I really think you'll enjoy it.
Sonia J. Price | 11/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is amazing. I have tried many Yoga DVD's and the poses get to be very similar from one to the other. This one however, is different. It makes you feel happy and like a child again doing this yet at the end feel like you have accomplished something, that feeling stays with you the whole day. I highly recommend this one to anybody who loves yoga and wants to try something more laid back yet special."
A great instructional dvd
A. Hayes | Boston, MA | 04/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't usually like intructional dvd's for yoga but I really enjoyed this one. It gives you a variety of options and it feels like you are with a real instructor."