April | Parkland, Florida United States | 04/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I totally disagree with the reviewer that said these dvd's aren't really for beginners! I just started doing yoga and first I tried the CRUNCH brand dvd's for beginners and they were IMPOSSIBLE! I almost decided against yoga after that, but figured I'd try one more different brand. I chose yoga zone on a whim and am SOOOOO happy with them. The instructors start you from the very beginning and always tell you what you can do to make it easier if youre struggling. I would recommend these tapes to anyone!"
April | 10/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have just begun studying yoga in recent months at a local fitness center. With classes filling up almost as soon as they're being posted, it's harder to get into more than one class per week. While DVDs or videos never comes close to being a clear trade-off from the traditional class setting, this boxed set has helped me to study yoga on days when I can not join a class. The instructors in each segment truly emphasize the importance of breathing. The breathing in these segments are slightly different that the method that I have learned in the classroom, but the general principles remain the same: inhilation and exhilation are essential in energizing the body's cells, so properly performing breathing exercises are not just important to yoga study, but to all daily activities.The boxed set is a good value and allows the individual to pick and choose which workouts to perform. My only disappointment with the DVDs is that there are not a lot of different camera angles, and some poses require better visual aids to be performed properly by the individual."
A Good Foundation for Beginners
legadis | Austin, TX United States | 05/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed the 6 gentle workouts given in this 3 DVD set. I think it's great, clear instruction for people just starting out in yoga, with good attention to proper alignment and to the breath/movement connection. I especially liked the ab workout led by Jennifer and find her to be the best instructor. Because the workouts are short and gentle, they serve as great warm ups for more strenuous routines and/or high cardio workouts!"
legadis | 04/01/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am completely new to yoga and thought this would be a good set to try based on the other reviews. I've been doing it about three days and plan on moving on to other yoga dvd's once I feel I have more strength and flexibility. Overall these dvd's are okay although I have nothing to compare them to. The one thing I can't stand is Lisa Bennett's voice, one of the instructors. I would rather listen to someone who sounds more real and genuine, and not like they've spent hours with a tape recorder trying to get their voice just right. Doesn't seem like she's being herself. I don't know why it bothers me but it does. I'm hoping to get to the point that I don't have to have the sound on while doing the sessions.
I think beginner yoga instruction should have a segment where they demonstrate all the postures and explain the breathing technique before you go into the actual sessions. It's too hard to keep looking at the screen when your head is supposed to be down, sometimes they don't tell you they're coming out of a pose and you have to look up to see what they're doing. Even though I'm sure I will use these again I will definitely be getting other dvd's to alternate with."