Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|MTV Power Yoga|
Actor: Kristin McGee
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
MTV POWER YOGA works for everyone --whether green newcomer or seasoned fitness pro. Incorporating beginner-to-advanced versions in one routine, the workout is all-inclusive. Shot outdoors at the beautiful Point Hilton Ta... more »
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Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 10/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kristin McGee is an instructor at "Crunch." I love her yoga workouts because she is serious about yoga and makes each workout enjoyable while still challenging you to your limit! This is a fast-paced Ashtanga-style workout.
An Ashtanga-style workout presents a series of postures that produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat to detoxify the organs and muscles. You will feel the improved circulation and no one will have to tell you to "breathe deeply" You will breathe deeply because you need to.
This is definitely an advanced workout because it moves so fast, there is really no time to actually learn the moves. You have to know what the poses are and move very quickly from one to the other. This is an outdoor workout in Phoenix, Arizona. This is quite the colorful workout. Not only are you outdoors with greenery in the background, there are red flowers, large red mats and blue/purple yoga mats.
Some of the exercises you will be doing include:
Downward Facing Dog
Awkward Chair (chair pose)
On all Fours Series
Seated Stretches & Forward Bends
Twists - Enter new levels of making yourself into a pretzel.
Pilates for Abs
There were quite a few poses that were highly creative and that I've never seen in any yoga video before.
The Special Features Section includes:
1. Position Breakdowns for half moon, eagle pose, dancing shiva, half wheel, full wheel.
2. Instructor Biographies - Nice to see Jess is now certified as a yoga instructor. I was very inspired by his level of practice in the first MTV Yoga workout.
3. Instructor Only Audio - this seems to be a unique feature on MTV yoga workouts.. You can then play your own music for variety.
4. Blue Six Music Video - Nice to play while you are flat on your back after this workout. Maybe you could say: "Ahhhhh" a few times and get in a few minutes of meditation. That is what I ended up doing. This workout is pretty strenuous and therefore the word: power.
The only problem with the special features and bio section was the back tracking you have to do to get back to the main menu. They should have had "main menu" on all those other pages. It wasn't that difficult to back track, but requires an added level of patience. Maybe that is part of this routine. ;)
If you are new to Yoga and Pilates, I can highly recommend the first MTV Yoga DVD to learn the poses. Then, try the Winsor Pilates videos. If you can make it through Accelerated Body Sculpting then the Pilates section at the end of this workout will not be that much of a challenge. It is a short section to tone and tighten, but the instructor expects you to know how to do all the Pilates moves and fairly quickly.
While the cover says: "We incorporate beginner, intermediate and advanced versions in one routine," the problem for beginners is going to be the frustration they feel at trying to not only learn the correct position, but keep balance and follow the "poses" in a fast sequence. Speed is going to be the problem. Yes, there are instructors for each level, but the speed is all the same for every level. I think it would have been amazing if they had taken this routine and made it more accessible to all levels. Say, have three different speeds, beginner, intermediate and advanced speed.
Also, you don't hold poses like "warrior" for longer than a second. I would have liked to have spent more time on each pose, but if that is also your preference, then you will love the first MTV Yoga workout. This workout seems to be more about stamina and getting the body warmed up and burning calories.
There are also some pretty intense balancing poses (dancing shiva) and strength poses (half and full wheel, imagine being on all fours upside down) that will give intermediate and advanced students some great challenges.
For those who are advanced, this will be yoga heaven. I'm probably less than intermediate and I made it all the way to the end. I just was not doing all the poses to their full extent and many of the poses might take a year to learn properly. Yoga requires a lot of flexibility and this takes time.
What I did notice was that I was stretching further than I've ever stretched before and this might have been due to the excellent warm-up sun salutation routine at the start.
I look forward to future MTV workouts because I like the music they choose and the instruction is inspirational and the workout really gives you the results you are looking for. I'd love to see Kristin make a MTV Pilates workout and maybe even a stretching DVD.
For this workout, you will need:
Yoga Mat (no other yoga tools/blocks, etc. are needed)
Comfortable tight fitting yoga outfit that sticks to you like glue, otherwise any loose clothing will get in the way of your speed. Jockey Activewear has some silky soft outfits that are perfect for this type of workout.
Enjoy! This is a great challenge and the results are a calm mind, strong body and a powerful sense of accomplishment.
You might also enjoy:
Yoga Zone Flexibility & Stress Release
Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates
The Method Dynamic Toning
The Method Dynamic Firming & Flexing
Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind & Body
Living Arts Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss
Pilates Conditioning for Weight Loss
~The Rebecca Review"
Not Yoga - don't waste your money
James E. White | 09/04/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I pre-ordered this DVD with the hopes that it would be as great as MTV Yoga, Kristin McGee's 1st yoga DVD. Boy, was I wrong. There is virtually NO warm-up, and at the beginning, she goes through an unusual sun-salutation so fast it's hard to know to keep up. I am a dedicated yoga student, and have been practicing ashtanga yoga every day for several years. This is not power yoga. None of the stretches are held for any length of time - not until halfway through the dvd is downward facing dog held for 3 breaths! Prior to that it isn't even held for one. Her cueing is not great, and everything moves too fast. Typically, power yoga moves through a vinyasa flow at a quick pace, and then a downward facing dog or similar pose would be held for 5 breaths or so to strengthen and stretch the body. Anyone looking for yoga won't get it here - it is an exercise video, not a power yoga video. The second half is dedicated to some more typical yoga poses, but again, they aren't held very long. Even the final relaxation stinks. Each pose seems rushed - her first video was far superior & is a favorite. This one is a dud!"
Good workout, but it does have flaws
James E. White | Oak Park, IL | 10/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with a previous viewer in the fact that the warmup is hurried, and the positions aren't held very long, and the corpse pose is not held very long either. However, I would not go so far as to say that this isn't yoga. If you are the type of person who is very much into the spirtual side of yoga, and a slower pace with your yoga, don't bother. Besides did you REALLY expect spirtuality from a MTV ;-)? I have been practising yoga a few years now, and I found the video challenging and fun. There are some ashtanga-like aspects to the flow (kinda like an ashtanga-lite, for those who are not quite ready for the entire Primary Series :-)). Once you get past the hurried sun-salutations, the workout gets better. I particularly liked the balance and seated poses. I especially liked the variation with beginner, intermediate and advanced versions of poses. It gave me either modifications, or a way to deepen the pose. Some of the poses Kristin does can be found in the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga (i.e. triangle, reverse-triangle, most of the seated stretching series, jumping in and out of poses, etc.). The Pilates at the end of the tape is not bad either, a good way to work on abs after a fairly intense 45 minutes. However, I don't think Windsor and other pilates gurus have much to worry about from Kristin as a pilates instructor. Overall, this a solid yoga tape for a person with experience. The level of the workout does assume you know a certain amount of yoga. I would suggest this tape/dvd to any intermediate/advanced student looking for an Ashtanga-like workout."
Challenge for newbies
J. Grieves | Baltimore, MD United States | 08/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Looking for a way to be able to break into Yoga at home I picked up the MTV Power Yoga video. The other yoga video I have was very difficult to follow as it jumped between segement and did not establish a routine. This DVD was very smooth to watch, however it was very fast paced and sometimes I felt that I didn't have enough instruction on some of the poses. However most routines were repeated so after a couple of times I could get the swing of things and expect to be able to really excel when I go back again. The workout length is perfect and I definitely worked up a sweat. I think this is more of an aerobics video using yoga positions. As I would expect from MTV, the music did enhance the video and was not the cheesy music most workout tapes/dvds have."