Highly recommended for beginners!
egaul31 | Lincoln, NE | 12/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I chose this DVD because I would definitely consider myself an "extreme" beginner at yoga. I'm not very flexible and I've always felt self-conscious about my coordination. But I also have a weak back and I know I need to lose weight and exercise more. I LOVE this DVD. Evamarie immediately sets a relaxed and very manageable pace. Her voice is soothing and her manner is very down to earth. She has no one-legged balancing poses or "pretzel" positions (thank goodness for me), but what she does have is sufficiently challenging to make me feel like I've had a good workout. She is very explicit about proper form and allows for plenty of options if any pose feels out of your comfort zone. The outdoor setting is pleasing to eye, and the classical music is ambient without being overpowering. I feel like I'm well on my way to finally get into shape!"
Don't waste your money on this!
N. Boles | 03/22/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am a yoga instructor and I bought this DVD hoping to gain insights to teach to beginning students. This DVD is NOT a real yoga session and the word yoga should not even be in the title! What I did see was a woman who was very flexible, quite possibly a dancer, doing a workout routine that incorporated some yoga movements. In most of the movements she taught, this instructor was hyperextended and moving in very fast repetitive motion.
Pass this one up!
Accurately titled -- Exactly what I needed
Carol B. | Ashtabula, OH | 09/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a newcomer to yoga, and this DVD set my mind to ease about my ability to learn yoga at home (I don't have access to group classes as they conflict with my schedule). The flow of the workout is perfect, I don't feel rushed and yet her program design and instructions keep me focused. The time flies by and I feel much more calm upon finishing. I've actually recommended this DVD to a few friends of mine who have tried group classes yet felt they moved too fast for their level of ability. I think this is a great way for a person to get their first taste of yoga. It's now been a month and I'm already feeling stronger and more flexible. I'm no longer sore upon getting out of bed and I sleep much better. If you already have yoga under your belt, you'll probably find this workout too easy. But if you really are new to yoga, this DVD lives exactly up to its title.
Good gentle start
L. Butcher | Denver, Colorado United States | 03/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I too have problems with low back pain and as suggested by my physical therapist, yoga might be a good alternative since traction wasn't all that helpful. I found that Evamarie starts her warm up with a few gentle Tai Chi-type moves and eases into some gentle yoga and ends with a meditation-type cool down. I did not find the pace too rapid, and to be honest, I didn't watch the DVD all the way through prior to trying the positions. If you are terribly out of shape, the pace might be a bit fast, otherwise no problem. I found it a nice starter DVD."