Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Power to the Peaceful Yoga|
Actors: Sharon Gannon, David Life, Michael Franti
Director: James Wvinner
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Musician Michael Franti joins instructors David Life and Sharon Gannon presenting a challenging yoga workout.
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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 Amazon.com 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."