Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Strength Grace Healing|
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
This two disc set is the first in a series that features the inspired yoga of Max Strom. This practical and beautiful DVD presents an introduction to yoga that is easily accessible to the beginner-to-intermediate practitio... more »
What yoga should be
K. Bandhauer | Meridian, ID United States | 06/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am an intermediate yoga devotee (can do unassisted headstands, but not handstands, etc.). I started in 1998 with Total Yoga (Tracey Rich & Ganga White). I have practiced yoga throughout my martial arts training, through 2 pregnancies & recoveries, and I remain devoted and inspired by what yoga does for my mind & body.
While I consider Total Yoga to be the ultimate workout for a true beginner, I now consider Max Strom's workout my ultimate yoga experience. This DVD would not be ideal for a beginner, as he does not explain yogic breathing at all (Total Yoga was perfect for this), and it is a challenging series of poses. I believe I found this DVD at the perfect time for me. After years with Rodney Yee, Bryan Kest, Shiva Rea, Yoga Zone, Kripalu, and various others, I now find it difficult to do any other workout besides Strom's. No other practice leaves me feeling strong, fluid, and peaceful. What a gift! There are variations of poses that I have not seen, and the flow of the class is effortless. Strom's voice is calming, and the meditation at the end of class is extraordinary. I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough to anyone who is at least somewhat experienced in their yoga practice."
What really moves you?
Thomas Rosen | Santa Monica, CA | 01/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to say that after several Yoga DVDs, I finally found and got what I was looking for. Max Strom has such a peaceful manner about him and his class took me to a level of comfort in my body that I am always trying to create. Technically, this is a really cool DVD that is different than others I have seen in at least one significant manner. When I want more instruction at any point in the class, I can simply click an icon that summons Max to provide more in-depth instruction as if he were with me in my living room. If i don't want too much information, then I let the class go on un-interrupted. This puts the choice in my hands and I found that to be very "friendly".
I consider myself to be an intermediate Yoga practitioner. Max's class was perfect for me in that it asked me to 'show up', but also reminded me of the crucial fundamentals and the way not to get hurt. I believe this DVD would be a perfect introduction for anyone who is starting out with Yoga. Something about Max's manner was very encouraging, special. Judging from the way I felt after following Max's class, I hope to make this a more regular part of my life."
The Holy Grail of yoga DVDs. This will make you thin, witho
Lisa M. Mims | Austin, TX United States | 05/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beyond what has already been said about this DVD, the only thing I have to add is that this is the Holy Grail of yoga practices. This is the type of class that will make you thin.
I feel like a hypocrite for only talking about what this will do anatomically, but it's really all I have to add. This practice has a sequence of poses that will change your metabolism. It will also teach you how to avoid injury in any yoga class, and help you sleep at night.
First, let's talk about what this will do for the metabolic rate--the largest muscles in the body are in the back of the legs. The more muscle in the back of the legs, the more calories you burn. If you want to become slender and strong in the least amount of time, you have to do a yoga practice that is heavy on the leg exercises.
There is no problem with that here. The first ten minutes of the class are devoted to a kung fu horse stance that will leave you in tears because of the length of time the pose is held. The sequence continues with a lot of standing poses that will make you really sweat.
Second, this is a phenomenal practice because the instruction is incredibly clear. If you have even a basic knowledge of yoga, you could do most of the class without ever looking at the screen. The safety cues are superb--you will learn what you need to avoid injury in a more active practice. (The cuing is so good that, having watched this once, I think I figured out why I can't do backbends, after years of trying.)
Third, this really calming, in a good way. A lot of the more advanced power or vinyasa yoga dvds have practices that energize. That is great, if that is what you need. However, if you have a nervous or competitive personality, and you do a lot of energizing yoga, you are not going to sleep at night.
This practice, in contrast, is very slow and quiet, while being physically difficult. If what you need on a particular day is to calm down, I would do this practice before many of the others out there.
However, because it's so quiet, I can't honestly say it's all you need. It's about half of what you need: when you have done a day or two of more energizing practices--I like Shiva Rea and Rainbeau Mars--this is the best counterbalance practice I have found so far.
Shannon V. Burns | Crazy California | 01/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a yoga FANatic and a body worker, which is why I am a great critic for this dvd. I am a stickler for safety and integrity, in life and any movement therapy, which, is why this dvd is so wonderful. My teacher moved away and ever since I am practicing with this lovely fluid and graceful (like the cover says) video. I found Max to be clear, helpful and supportive. It is timed perfectly, like a true class, and I can click on specific poses to really work inside a pose instead of pausing and just standing there "checking out". For me, the most fulfilling aspects of the dvd are comprehension and logical progression. It starts with simple breathing then moves into greater effort "work" and finishes without any unrealistic or unnecessary poses. I don't like to see a bunch of super difficult poses that I am never going to achieve, nor would I even try on a whim. I value health, safety and am more interested in the overall experience. If you want a dvd that will work your core, keep your stress level down and remind you of what is important this is the dvd. Oh yeah and with GRACE!! Have fun!"