Search - Power to the Peaceful Yoga on DVD

Power to the Peaceful Yoga
Power to the Peaceful Yoga
Actors: Sharon Gannon, David Life, Michael Franti
Director: James Wvinner
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
NR     2008     1hr 25min

Musician Michael Franti joins instructors David Life and Sharon Gannon presenting a challenging yoga workout.


Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Sharon Gannon, David Life, Michael Franti
Director: James Wvinner
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Sub-Genres: Yoga
Studio: Acacia
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/29/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Similar Movies

Chakra Balancing Yoga
Director: James Wvinner
   NR   2009   0hr 55min
I Know I'm Not Alone
Director: Michael Franti
   NR   2006   1hr 26min

Similarly Requested DVDs

The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Unrated Full Screen Edition
Director: Judd Apatow
   UR   2005   1hr 56min
The Duchess
Director: Saul Dibb
   PG-13   2008   1hr 50min
Trudie Styler's Warrior Yoga
Director: not provided
   NR   2009   1hr 0min
Director: Alexander Payne
   R   1999   1hr 43min
From Hell
Two-Disc Special Edition
Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
   R   2002   2hr 2min
Across the Universe
Two-Disc Special Edition
   PG-13   2008   2hr 13min
Julie Julia
Director: Nora Ephron
   PG-13   2009   2hr 3min

Movie Reviews

An Enjoyable and Different Yoga DVD
Chinonyerem N. Singleton | Bronx, NY United States | 12/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is the yoga DVD I did today. I wish I had read the reviews a little more thoroughly. While I'm not a rank beginner, I wouldn't classify myself as intermediate yet. Usually, that's not too big of an issue because yoga instructors on the DVDs will offer and/or demonstrate modifications to the advanced poses. Not so in this DVD. At first, it seemed there were some modifications as a nod to folks who are not as advanced. And then the instructors completely forgot about beginners. "Next pose, head stand." They're in headstand for almost all the breaths before one of the instructors says that if you can't do it, lean against a door. And if you can't get into the pose leaning against a door? Just sit there and watch them do it!!

Anyway, I liked the DVD because it introduced me to some new poses after doing some real heat-building preliminary poses (sun salutations--fast). I wished for a little bit more or at least (like Baron Baptiste does in Trainer's Edge Yoga) re-building the heat a bit after you've been doing more stationary poses. I actually liked the music and didn't find it distracting. The instructors counted breaths which helped me keep my mind focused on breathing.

The only thing I really took issue with was Sharon Gannon pushing vegetarianism and veganism. I get it. Some folks feel the way the eat is activism and is spiritual and can change the world and all that. It's important to Ms. Gannon, I get that. Anyway, say it once and drop it. Instead, she mentioned it once. And then really pushed it a second time which was annoying. I just wish folks, especially those traveling alternate paths from the dominant practices, would let up on certain things at times and give others space to do what makes them feel best/better.

I didn't mind the other philosophical speak that the instructors shared throughout the workout because I actually agreed with a lot of it. Much of what they said was in line with my own world view. I really liked that the instructors on this video made such an effort to connect the practice of yoga in a meaningful way to our everyday living.

I skipped the mantra part in the beginning. I need to look up the meaning before I jump right in to chanting it. My relaxation/savasana was cut short by my son who woke up.

I will probably look to do this DVD again in a few years when I am more advanced. It's very different from others I have done and as much as I could, I enjoyed it."
I like it but I don't...
yogabear | East Coast | 08/06/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is for advanced beginners to intermediates because it does move fast and there are NO alignment cues.

What I found to be uncalming: the instructors count during all poses. They had the perfect opportunity to cue instead of saying one...two...three...four...The counting made me a little aggravated during the practice. They could just say, "take 5 breaths."

If you know how to do the poses correctly already, then it's ok not to have alignment cues, although they are always useful.
The practice is just under an hour and there are some nice sequences. They talk a bit rushed because they try to say a lot about being a vegetarian and Earth and other stuff...but no cues.

Overall, I would choose the music only option next time to avoid the counting because I did feel peaceful when the practice was finished. Also, the music was cool and that Michael Franti isn't too tough on the eyes either :)

Buy it if you already know how to perform the basic poses well."