Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Jennifer Kries Hot Body Cool Mind - Waking Energy|
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
She taught you how to speak Pilates. Now Jennifer Kries, America's #1 Original Pilates expert, is ready to teach you body the language of Waking Energy! Look and feel younger with greater energy and vitality! Tone and... more »
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Deepening the work
dnk | Boston, MA United States | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is an extension of the work on Kries' other new release, Hot Body Cool Mind Level 1. While that DVD had shorter segments of everything from Dance to Yoga to Pilates to Qigong, this DVD has longer segments of Waking Energy (Qigong), the Five Tibetans and Yin Yoga and shorter segments of Pilates Sculpting, using weights, a circle and a physio ball.
The Seated and Standing Waking Energy segments will be familiar if you have used the Level 1 DVD. Here, however, she adds on more movements and more repetitions. It is even more heating than Level 1. Because there is more, the segments are somewhat longer, with about 21 minutes spent on the seated sequence and 24 minutes on the standing sequence. I found the sequences to be very calming and invigorating.
The Five Tibetans uses the same exercises as Level 1 but goes up to 14 repetitions. She also adds one exercise, Goddess or Goddess Squat (a deep second position plie). This clocks in at 11 minutes.
The Pilates Magic Circle (14 minutes), Sculpting Series (10 minutes) and PhysioBall series (10 minutes) incorporate the use of popular Pilates toys. (Please note: I couldn't find my Magic Circle, so I substituted a child's playball instead. It worked with all of the exercises she showed, so don't feel like you have to run out and buy a circle to justify the DVD.) These segments do not include anything spectacularly advanced or daunting; she shows a stability ball pike, but only as an advanced option for knee tucks/shells on the ball. The Sculpting Series will be familiar to those with her other DVDs. Having said that, it does provide an effective muscle sculpting workout- my arms especially felt this the next day.
The Yin Yoga and Meditation segment, which comes in at about 32 minutes, is more of an instructional demonstration than a follow along workout. She includes more postures than in Level 1 and explains that while she and her dancers will hold for about five to ten breaths, we're encouraged to do these on our own for five to ten mintues. I'm missing all of the postures, but among those included were Butterfly, Saddle, Side Stretch, Forward Bend, Child's Pose, Thread the Needle/Shoe Lace, Pigeon, Quarter Dog, Wide Legged Child's Pose and Savasana. She discusses the particular meridians associated with each posture and describes the practice as needle-less accupuncture. She ends with a brief meditation. Since a few of the postures are performed to both sides- and we're encouraged to insert a Child's Pose between the other postures- the full set would have been at least an hour and a half long. As it was, I found this session peaceful and stretchy, but I intend to use it instead as a guide to my own practice rather than as a follow along.
In addition to being a great tool to use to workout, the DVD is also beautiful. The film quality is some of the best I've ever seen for an exercise DVD, comparable only to the Total Yoga: The Flow Series. Production quality isn't a big deal for me- if I can see it and hear it, I'm good to go- but for those pickier it may be helpful to know.
I don't see myself using the Five Tibetan and Yin Yoga segments as done too much (and I don't think that was the intention), but I do plan to alternate the Waking Energy segments with Level 1 (great for when I'm short on time). The Pilates Toys segments are also a nice change of pace, so I see myself using those several times per month.
Another great instructional tool from Jennifer Kries."
Customer | Washington, DC United States | 01/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jennifer is a good instructor and she's very soothing. She explained in details of each movement and type of workouts. This DVD has variety of workouts and you'll need a mat, a chair, a set of dumbbells, a physio ball, Pilates magic circle, and a towel. You can do some workouts without those props. I like this DVD because this is more like an all-in-one reference workout DVD than regular workout DVDs. I can choose a workout that fits my available time. She has 2-3 other people so you can see modification. My favorite is Pilates Magic Circle workout, about 15 min long. Just fit my schedule in the morning. If I have more time, I repeat more reps. Yoga stretch/meditation is very good after a long day of works. I haven't tried physio ball workout though. I have small space to workout at home and there are no shoes required for these workouts. All are easy to follow and music is good too.
These are the workouts:
Waking energy with chair: 28min, standing 24m, 5 Tibetans with mat: 10m, Pilates magic circle: 15m, Pilates Sculpting with weights: 9m, Ball: 10m, Yoga meditation full: 30m, short: 20m.
I'm sort of lazy to exercise (short of time and space) but have to workout and am trying. I really need motivation and this one fits my needs. Oh, I also like the cover, Jennifer and her man but he's not in the workouts :( . Just another guy, not that hot like the man from the cover.
PS. Another good all-in-one workout DVD is "Pilates Complete Sculpt & Tone." It also has Pilates Magic Workout too. It's a good idea to have that Pilates circle, just squeeze between legs for inner legs or pressing/pulling with hands for arms while watching movies or TV, especially during commercials. Don't worry; you can do those on the couch."
Dazzled by WAKING ENERGY: There's YOU and there's your Energ
Jane Axelrod | Philadelphia, PA USA | 02/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am DAZZLED by WAKING ENERGY! (Jennifer's magical combination of ancient age-defying, heating and cooling work-outs) and you will be too!
Let me begin by saying that JENNIFER KRIES is always ahead of the curve and all of her DVD's are must-haves (I confess, I own every one of them). But I believe that WAKING ENERGY is in a class by itself. From the moment I insert the disc into the player, I feel like I did when I was a child after a long day at school - - I can't wait to PLAY! (And I am never disappointed.)
I begin by rubbing my palms together (the Energy Wash) and generating a little chi (my Life Force). In a blink I am all focus and into my practice. I actually feel energy awakening as Jennifer, with spot-on metaphors and breathing cues, takes me on a journey of incredible self-massage - -from the crown of my head, to my eyes and ears, to the back of my neck, all the way down to my toes, to my feet, the back of my calves, my thighs, my butt, OH, BABY! We're AWAKE and ALIVE!
Then guided by her skilled and eloquent coaching, deeper into my practice I go, breathing and melting into my innermost self until I am lost to an energetic haze: the energy of the Universe! I am energizing every part of my body. I am reaching out to the heart of the world. (Hey, I'm an ordinary person!!! and if you don't believe what I am saying, please click on the shopping cart and buy Jennifer's WAKING ENERGY, YIN YOGA, or any other of her HOT BODY COOL MIND DVD's and see for yourself! Jennifer Kries: Hot Body Cool Mind - Waking Energy
It doesn't end there! I feel an unbelievable buzz - - I am revved up and totally energized for hours after each practice (I am not exaggerating) and even more extraordinary, I feel decompressed, grounded and calm at the same time. If this is what Jennifer Kries means when she says that I am activating the chakras or opening the energy vortexes and pathways of my body, I'll be a Tibetan monk! I hereby sign on.
Sometimes I choose one of her 7 signature work-out combinations (my favorite is "THE PERFECT BALANCE," a duo of WAKING ENERGY and YIN YOGA (yang/hot and yin/cool), or if I am pressed for time, one of the intense 10 minute time-savers. (I love the Five Tibetans because it is a 5000 year old workout that is positively HOT! Ten minutes of this rigorous, cumulatively challenging total body energy work (the closely guarded secret of Tibetan monks) will keep you FOREVER YOUNG! ) (It's intense) But when my body is calling for Yang Rising Heat (for a quick energy fix) or the calming solitude and meditativeness of a YIN practice, it's easy. A little of this, a little of that. I click and customize. Jennifer's ultimate work-out is the full rhythmic and powerful (90 minute) WAKING ENERGY FLOW (truly the equivalent of going to a spa without leaving home). Invite a friend, as I have. WAKING ENERGY together is simply poetic.
Many people still think of fitness as toning and sculpting and creating a beautiful body. But the ancients knew that a beautiful body was merely a reflection of the health and vitality of the breathing, flowing, circulating body within. Ultimately, there's you (the body you see when you look in the mirror) and there's your ENERGY BODY! so WAKE IT UP! REPLENISH! SPEND IT! BEGIN AGAIN! Got that? (WAKING ENERGY makes all the sense in the world, doesn't it? You want to feel FOREVER YOUNG, right?)
I count myself among the very fortunate to have a fitness guru in my life like JENNIFER KRIES. Perhaps, like me, you are lucky enough to have visited the Philadelphia area and along with several very special ladies, instead of lunch, taken a 12 noon WAKING ENERGY/YIN YOGA class at Jennifer's studio! (a little surreal to be in her presence! I admire her so much!) You'd have heard her share in person, as we were cupping our hands and freeing up a lot of stagnant energy, many of the wise things she says on her DVD - -that all we do is pound our bodies (and ourselves) with exercise when what we need in our stress-filled lives is some subtle, profound bodywork. After class, reluctant to leave, every person raved about how incredibly energized and de-stressed they felt! So, my recommendation once again is to click on the shopping cart, buy Jennifer's WAKING ENERGY DVD and begin to WAKE IT ALL UP! [[ASIN:B000IU37WA Jennifer Kries: Hot Body
Cool Mind - Waking Energy]]
Here are my predictions: #1 WAKING ENERGY will be bigger than PILATES (although Jennifer was one of the first and certainly is the best Pilates instructor, bar-none, out there. Try her NEW BODY! PILATES Jennifer Kries: New Body Pilates - Beginners Mat Workout
And, #2: WAKING ENERGY - -this ancient organic fitness that Jennifer has created, with its incredible ability to throw open the windows and doors of our bodies and minds - - WAKING ENERGY will leap into today's lexicon of fitness and become a household word! (and as Jennifer herself would say, "The fountain of boundless energy awaits you. . . radiant, stress-free and FOREVER YOUNG!)
Not just an afterthought: The WAKING ENERGY DVD is so beautifully costumed and choreographed and so exquisitely filmed, it may as well be a feature film! The workouts, beautifully demonstrated, are straightforward, simple to learn and appropriate for all ages (I'm 56!) and levels of ability (beginner to advanced).
Stay tuned for my reviews of PILATES TOYS and YIN YOGA! Jennifer Kries, Yin Yoga
and in the meantime, WAKE IT UP!"
A Must Have
Alice DeRosa | 04/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd is a must have it is a great stress reliever that balances out your workout. I used to be someone who just did cardio, but I have started to include stretching into my routine ,and this dvd has plenty of of options to choose from I really love the pilates ring segment as well as the yin yoga segment . You will be pleasantly suprised with the toning you start to notice from Jennifer's workouts and the peace of mind I love doing a segment before work and the yin segment in the evening I love it so much I bring it away with me and have given this dvd to some of my ruuning friends to help with flexibility."