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Living Room Yoga: Strengthen And Lengthen
Living Room Yoga Strengthen And Lengthen
Actor: Eva Barash
Director: Steve Portney
Genres: Sports, Exercise & Fitness
NR     2007     0hr 48min

Have you ever come home and just not eanted to go to the gym? If so, this workout is for you. Based on lyengar's principals of alignment, this workout includes movement (vinyasa), breathing exercises (pranayama), and yo...  more »


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Actor: Eva Barash
Director: Steve Portney
Genres: Sports, Exercise & Fitness
Sub-Genres: Sports, Yoga
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 07/17/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 48min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A down-to-earth yoga practice
Beth Cholette | Upstate NY USA | 07/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In Living Room Yoga, instructor Eva Barash offers a down-to-earth yoga practice set--where else?--right in her living room (well, in someone's living room, this one being quite modern, with chrome furniture and a flat-screen TV). She describes her 45-minute yoga practice as being "not for beginners," as some of the poses are a bit more challenging, and she does not provide a lot of detailed form instruction. However, a separate section of the DVD, titled "The Library," offers almost 30 minutes of more detailed breakdowns for many individual postures. THe Main DVD menu includes the following options: Play All-Introduction-The Workout-The Library. There are also bonus materials, including "Getting the Most Out of Your Living Room" (see below), and a 6-minute interview with Eva.

As mentioned above, main yoga workout is about 45 minutes long, with Eva teaching live in a casual, laid-back manner (although surprisingly, she mostly uses Sanskrit names for the postures). The practice begins seated on the floor for some opening poses, including down dog and locust, with Eva's sequencing continuing to be non-traditional throughout. She does then move on to sun salutations, completing 10 total rounds: 4 modified, 4 full, and 2 with breathing only (no instruction). Following this, Eva performs some standing side stretches and then moves to the floor to lie briefly in relaxation pose and to perform a reclined twist. A standing series is next, starting with warrior 1 to warrior 2 to wide angle forward bend then side angle, triangle, and another standing forward bend. Next the difficulty level increases a bit with side angle and half moon postures, and then Eva finishes the standing work with dancer's pose. Moving to face-down on the floor, Eva performs half bow before moving on to full bow pose. She does a simple straight leg seated twist before proceeding to some abs work in the form of single and then double knee hugs. Bridge pose follows, adding a block under the sacrum for a supported inversion, and then the practice finishes with a brief savasana.

The Making the Most of Your Living Room segment is a shorter (12 minutes) stretching program that uses a couch for most of the exercises. Seated on the couch, Eva performs modified fish, seated twist, seated forward bend, and wide-leg seated forward bend. She then stands behind the couch for modified down dog, single leg lift, modified push-ups, and tadasana. Moving back to seated, she does a seated backbend over the arm rest and then lies on the floor with her calves resting on the couch to finish.

This DVD would be best suited for those looking for a very down-to-earth, straightforward yoga practice which is more focused on the stretching than the spiritual aspects of yoga (in fact, the DVD case calls the practice a blend of core strength and "yoga calisthenics"). I'd say that it is appropriate for advanced beginners who have a solid foundation in yoga but are ready to experiment with a few slightly more difficult postures such as half moon and dancer's pose. The bonus workout is intended as a means to de-stress without even having to change into your workout clothes, and it's certainly a nice addition for those short on time. Overall a solid DVD that is likely to appeal to many casual yoga practitioners."
Accessible and practical yoga!
Caravaggio38 | Tokyo, Japan | 11/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is by far the most accessible and friendly yoga DVD I have come across. While I love to practice with beautiful beaches on screen, I found this DVD very refreshing. I was immediately struck by the sense of familiarity, fun and humility of the video. She was doing it in a living room! You know Eva did not spend a lot to produce the video, but her sincerety, humility and sense of joy come through, and that makes her practice more enticing.

(1) Eva is so accessible - You can understand her and relate to her. Her explanations are simple and friendly. She tells you what to expect so you don't wonder in the middle of a pose whether you should be moving on to the next one. Even if you are a beginner, you will not be overwhelmed. She looks like an ordinary person (I don't mean this in a dismissive way but as a complement), who does not do "perfect" poses. Just watch when she transitions from upward facing dog to downward facing dog - she does it the way I and many other ordinary practitioners do.

(2) She seems to enjoy what she is doing. I rarely see yogis on DVD smile while practicing. In fact, I'm now trying to think of one who actually does smile while practicing.

(3) She gives instructions while actually doing the poses herself, so you know that her poses and sequence are doable. I also appreciate the fact that she doesn't do "perfect" poses.

(4) Her introduction to the DVD is very useful and practical (for example, she says that her sequence is not for complete beginners, and that if you are a complete beginner you should check the library for more explanation).

(5) Her short presentation on how to do poses using objects in your living room, while wearing jeans, is very practical and useful.

I've tried it a couple of times since I got the DVD recently, and I have no doubt that I will use it often. This is by far the friendliest, most accessible, most practical and most enjoyable yoga DVD I've had and I am glad I bought it!"
Great Purchase
richard | usa | 06/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've bought other dvds where I couldn't stand the personality/voice of the instructor and was really pleasantly surprised in this case. I just love Eva. She's totally sweet and down-to-earth and walks you through every move with some really refreshing commentary. I like the Rodney Yi dvds, but I prefer this one because she's not miles away on some fantasy island--she's in her living room and really guides you through the practice instead of just showing you how to do it and having there be all this dead silence while you wonder if you're doing it right! And for that reason too, I found the library to be really useful. It breaks down how to do all the main poses the right way. I'd definitely recommend the dvd."
Down-to-earth, friendly, beginner yoga session
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 01/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Dr. Beth Chollette & Caravaggio38 both wrote insightful reviews on both the personality, pace & content of this yoga dvd so I won't be redundant here.
The fact Eva does it in the living room is great, she's sweet, like working out with a girlfriend. She's very encouraging, she gives both the Sanskrit & English pose names, she tells you how to move your body well, she uses great analogies, "lift up your heart" & even reminders on how not to move or what to watch out for on some poses which most don't give. She also gives a lot of rests in between poses except for during the sun salutations. The extra library tutorial is great. Because of that, I think this is fine for beginner yoga practitioners or even novices. She shows good body awareness, she isn't afraid to add a unique extra stretch during downward dog that really helps open you up that I've always done on my own that's made me relax tight areas.
I'd give it 5 stars except for several reasons:
She really races through the sun salutations, but luckily that's the only place she races, she spends a perfect amount of time on all other poses. When she did it with just breathing, you see her be more aware of her body & go a little slower. She admits she races after she's done.
She has a sweet voice, but she seemed very jittery, overly chatty, racing through words, unable to be quiet though I could see she can be relaxed especially in savasana. It was a bit distracting & I couldn't relax or be more aware of my body because of it. She is silent here whereas most keep talking during savasana which is refreshing. I think it would have been perfect if she did a voice over after so she can be aware of her body during filming & relaxed voice separately. It's probably her first time, so I will look forward to her more relaxed nature in future videos.
Eva's occasional choice of words. Though she means to be encouraging & say that she knows it's hard, she kept saying "we're almost done" or etc. to remind you that it can be hard. But like anything else, if you keep your mind on connecting or enjoyment, anything hard will not seem so, or even seem easy, if you're enjoying yourself. Constant reminders don't help or tell you something is hard when you don't think it is.
The rest after sun salutations bothered me, Yes, sun salutions are demanding, but having me lay down after I'm heated up seems to defeat the purpose. Yes, I'd love a rest & more simple stretches, but there were others I could do that didn't require me to lay down as if we were done.
These are minor quibbles, those looking to work out with a knowledgeable, detailed-oriented girlfriend with body awareness will love this. The second time I viewed this, I wasn't bothered at all by her instruction & I was able to relax & sense my body easily.
Those looking for a more relaxed narration even with the same amount of info during & body awareness should look to Rodney Yee, Rainbeau Mars, Seane Corn, Better Sex with yoga, Yoga w/Ateeka, etc."