Yoga is a wonderful way to help you keep fit, relieve stress, and ease your everyday experiences. Filmed on a beautifully serene location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, these two 30-minute programs will help you realize al... more »l the benefits of yoga by unveiling a new connection between your body and mind. The AM sequence enhances basic poses with gentle repetitions to invigorate, tone, and streamline your body while reconnecting to your breathing in a new way every time you practice. The PM sequence in designed to dissolve stress as it lengthens and opens your muscles. You'll learn to use your alignment to expand your breathing capacity, nourishing your body and balancing your entire being.
About the Instructor:
Elena Brower, Certified Anusara Yoga teacher, encourages you to invite yoga?s healing beneficence into every realm of your life. She is the founder of Virayoga in New York City and author of Alchemy, A Glossary. Named one of New York City?s top yoga teachers by Fit Yoga magazine, Elena?s clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Minnie Driver, Eva Mendes, Christy Turlington and Rebecca Romijn.« less
Nice gentle practices perfect for waking up or winding down
LCW | 09/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was so excited to get this product as I have another of Elena Brower's Yoga DVD's and absolutly love it. I'm happy to say that this did not dissapoint either.
The AM workout slowly warms up and opens your body and manages to pack in quite an impressive variety of poses into 30 minutes that work your entire body without making it seemed rushed. It leaves you very invigorated and is really the perfect quick workout for the morning.
The PM workout is so relaxing, soothing, and just leaves you feeling all ooey gooey good! Elena adds a lot of breathing and centering in this workout, something I find missing or lacking in many Yoga workouts. It is a soothing workout for both mind and body, the very essence of what Yoga is supposed to be!
Here's a breakdown of the poses:
AM: -Mountain Pose w/ some gentle arm and shoulder warm ups -Warm ups w/ cat-cow, down dog, childs pose, a down dog/plank vinyassa, ending in cat cow -Twisted lunge -Gentle Sun Salutations -Standing Poses including Warrior II, Side Angle, Wide Leg Forward Bend, WLFB w. a twist, and Warrior III w/ modificaitons, side plank w/ modifications -Then you move onto floor work with the Sphinx pose, moving locust pose, boat pose, bridge pose, seated twist -Ending with a seated meditation and centering
PM: -Seated meditation and moving your body with your breath to get centered and relax -Down Dog -Plank -Cobra -Pigeon Pose -Twisted Pigeon Pose -Down Dog -Childs Pose -Breathing and Centering -Easy Twist -Seated Stick Pose (Dandasana) alternating with seated twists -Seated Forward bends -Back to Seated Stick Pose -Cobblers Pose -One legged seated forward bend -Savasana
Both workouts are perfect for what they meant to be: gentle and quick with emphasis on both the working and relaxing aspects of Yoga. I highly recommend this great DVD! "
Good, but not for rank beginners
Jon Norris | Oregon, USA | 10/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
This is a good yoga video, but it is important to realize that it is not an instructional video for absolute beginners. The poses may be easy enough for beginners to tackle, but this is not a video for teaching yoga to a novice.
The video consists of two sets of postures (poses, movements), one for morning and one for evening. Elena Brower obviously knows her stuff, and each pose is shown from a variety of angles. The narration is helpful and clear. There are some instructions for a few variations based on the learner's abilities.
While the video is well shot and the poses well done, I find it lacking in instructional value. There is too much unexplained jargon; "soften your eyes," "inhale brightly open," and so on. The yogic names, when used, are not explained, spelled out onscreen, or pronounced slowly. There is no booklet included to explain, define, or clarify any of the material. Someone already familiar with yoga, or other similar practices, could learn the routines fairly easily from this video.
This all serves to make it more difficult for a rank beginner who might want to start learning yoga from this video. The routines are great, and would be a wonderful addition to one's yoga regime. Just don't make the mistake of thinking you will jumpstart your study of yoga from this video.
With that caveat to warn off absolute beginners, I find this to be a nice presentation of a couple of great yoga routines for those already familiar enough with yoga to add to their practice. "
Very helpful for beginners :-)
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 09/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When it comes to yoga, I am definately a beginner and don't do it often because some yoga programs are too challenging for me. This one is great and I'm glad I decided to give it a go. I didn't get it the first time round but I'm finding it getting a little easier with each go and now I'll be enjoying the challenge of progressing to a higher level of it. This has a gorgeous setting outdoors by the ocean and so that in itself is nice and relaxing. The AM segment is done with standing movements to help energize you and the PM segment is more focused on relaxing and elongating your muscles and nice stretches. I find down dog and sun salutation to be my two favourite moves here. Ellen is a great instructor who has the perfect soft voice for yoga teaching and the way she describes the moves, helps you visualise them without necessarily having to look at your tv set. While I'm new to yoga, I do find this great. As I mentioned, yoga usually seemed intimidating yet this workout isn't that at all. So if you haven't tried it before (or you have and didn't like it), I think this workout will suit you. It's easy to do and relaxing. I highly recommend it."
Nice start for a true beginner
GLENN LEVY | Chicago | 09/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to start yoga for a while now, but was not sure where to start. I am self conscious about my body image, so taking a class in person was not really something I wanted to do. I have major health issues with my neck and back. I found this video to be easy to follow,understand and do the exercises. Ellen has a relaxing voice, that is clear and she explains each movement in detail. I like the way the video is split into 2 parts AM & PM, each with its own purpose.
I'm hoping this allows more flexibility and less pain, so far so good. I felt good after doing the routine a few times so far. I think this will make it easier for me to go farther into yoga as exercise without putting the stress on my body that other exercise progams have. I believe that's the idea here, and this video is a great help to start out with. I'm glad I decided to get this video. If you have any interest in starting yoga, this is a good place to start in my opinion."
Good Beginners Yoga DVD
kstars | Los Angeles County, CA. USA | 09/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have done these two 30-minute AM and PM routines.
Both come with clear instruction via voice-over from the instructor and Yoga model, Elena Brower; she is a certified Anusara Yoga teacher. Each pose slowly unfolds with modifications given. She encourages students to use a Yoga cushion, which she says may be used for various seated positions. I like the backdrop (Pacific Ocean), and her voice is soothing, as well as the music. The workouts are well-organized, and have a nice flow.
The AM routine is more the vigorous segment, to wake up to. There are a lot of "down dog" positions in this sequence, for me. These I find can be stressful for a beginner with little upper-body strength; however, all the other positions are doable, and if not, there is a modification. I just do my best. One of the most challenging of poses is "boat pose", where you get to choose various levels of intensity, all the way up to "V" pose, where you are using your core the most. Elena winds this segment up with stretches.
The PM portion of this DVD is very gentle Yoga. Basic poses. Stretches. It is relaxing and sleep-inducing. There are a few positions which are difficult for heavier people, but one can do their best. I prefer to have a bit of a challenge. Slim people will have no problem with this, and heavier people can adapt.
Overall good quality DVD. Elena Brower has taught some big Hollywood names, and, she is clearly a superior teacher.
After viewing many other beginners Yoga DVD's, this one is clearly near above average.