Christina S. from WATROUS, NM Reviewed on 8/21/2010...
This is a good DVD for anyone who's not sure about yoga as far as the woo-woo stuff! It's purely physical, giving descriptions of which muscles are being worked how to increase your heart rate for a better work-out or how to make it a bit easier for yourself while still doing it correctly. It avoids much of the yoga talk. Filmed on location in Hawaii :) enjoy
Susanna S. (quilt938) from STAFFORD, TX Reviewed on 12/22/2007...
I love the 'sunrise' program on this! There are 2 approx 20 min long programs. I expected the 'sunset' to be more relaxing but it was fairly challengin with standing poses, lunges etc so I mostly do the 'sunrise' on mornings I can't get the energy to do a cardio workout...
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Decent AM/PM-type yoga DVD
physiologyscholar | San Francisco | 09/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The workouts are pretty good, with the first one being easier and gentle, so that you don't overwork yourself in the morning when you're stiff. The second is a little tougher, which is actually what you want for a PM workout. As an aside, I noticed that a lot of people think that PM tapes are meant to be done right before bed. This is WRONG. I've read from several sources, including Yoga Journal, Patricia Walden, Gaiam, and Living Arts that "AM/PM" really means dawn and dusk. Ancient yogis only (or really often, not certain about this) used to do their practices at dawn and dusk. Most of these titles operate on the assumption that everyone knows this. Everyone obviously does not. PM tapes are meant to de-stress you after work; they're "supposed" to be done around 3 hours before you plan to sleep.I hope this information helps."
Great, Moderate Intensity 20 Minute Programs
Yoga Dad | 09/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sunrise and Sunset was one of the first Yoga Zone tapes I came across. I had already been doing yoga for many years when I first found it at my library and I had a pretty large collection at home at that point already (now numbering over 70 yoga programs).
I was pleasently surprised by how well rounded the routines were and how much I enjoyed the vibe of the tapes. I soon ordered the Yoga Basics 5 tape set which I enjoy on the days when I don't have the energy or time to do a longer or more intense program.
The instructors are easy to follow, enthusiastic without being obnoxious and knowledgeable. They keep a nice steady flow, give enough instruction without overdoing the details (which would inhibit the flow) and demonstrate everything beautifully.
Alan Finger is basically the "brains" behind the series and his style of Yoga has some really interesting characteristics (see his book). An example would be a pose flow like Extended Cat Seal which moves from the extended position of a Cat pose (the backbend position with belly lower from a table position), then moving thru the hunched position (with the back rounded) and continuing into child's pose and then flowing in reverse order back to the extended Cat position.
Many of the movements have similar type "dynamic" flows rather than just statically held postures. Of course more static postures are incorporated as well, but they are balanced with the more flowing ones.
This particular program is of Moderate intensity, slightly more challenging than some of the Yoga Zone Basics programs (though there are some moderately challening one's there) but not as hard as some of the longer and more difficult Yoga Zone programs (and they have some tough one's out there).
I HIGHLY recommend Sunrise and Sunset for those of you who want to get a slight sweat and a wonderful overall feeling throughout your body.
Simple but effective
Happy Traveler | California | 06/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike most of the reviewers of Yoga Zone videos, I wasn't familiar with it. Never saw it on TV. Now I wish I had bought one of the bigger collections. The people are real, down to earth, not perfect. There are two 20-minute routines. It's very straight-forward, easy to follow and they go at a perfect pace. I've been doing yoga for several years but my flexibility is somewhat lmiited. The video takes place outside at a resort in Jamaica somewhere with Calypso-type music in the background. There are two instructors and one does the more advanced and the other does modified, so you can follow whichever you want. Both of the routines make me break a sweat. For me, this is a great video that I can pop in either for 20 or 40 minutes. It goes by really fast! "
Happy Traveler | 03/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Yoga Zone series are pretty consistent in offering safe and enjoyable workouts. I like doing the first practice (sunrise) early in the morning because poses offer gentle stretching and twisting of the spine to give you lots of energy. You will feel a bit taller! The second practice is a bit more vigorous. Both instructors give good cueing and show modifications plus you can watch another instructor demonstrate perfect form to assist you in improving your own moves."
Great Start for People With a Busy Lifestyle
A. McNeil | USA | 05/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a college student who was recently diagnosed with IBS. A homeopath recommended Yoga to me, but with my busy lifestyle, I didn't know if I could fit an hour or so of Yoga into my life. Then, I came across this DVD. The two different 20 minute sessions are great and easy to integrate into a busy lifestyle. The choice between morning "prepping for the day" and evening "de-stress" are excellent, as some days I have time in the morning and others time in the evening. The instructors are overall great at cueing you. They also offer moderated and more advanced forms of several of the poses, making it great for progression. The background music is wonderful as well. This the first exercise regimen I have maintained for months in my life. It's been 4 months, and I am still doing it multiple times a week. I've maintained it, not only because of the ease of integrating into my life, but also because it actually genuinely makes me feel better. My IBS symptoms have greatly lessened. I was suffering severely seven days a week, sometimes enough to have to miss some classes (I'm a very serious student). However, now I generally only have one bad day of symptoms a week, and even then I can generally make it to class. I highly recommend this DVD, and Yoga in general, to everyone, but especially to anyone else suffering from IBS."