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Solid, Basic Yoga Quickies
PostedOctober 26, 2009
You won't find many surprises in these five 20-minute yoga sequences, just solid sequencing of bedrock poses--not a bad thing in my book. The pace of each practice is moderate, with medium length holds of poses (a possible exception is the repeated cycles within the hip opener sequence, which some may find a bit quick). Despite the short time frame and leisurely pace, each sequence manages to pack a surprisingly good selection of asanas within its particular theme: standing poses, twists, backbends, forward bends, or hip openers. The standing sequence is fairly standard, but each of the other series is more creative. Twist incorporates reclining, standing, and seated twists. The backbend sequence is dynamic and graceful. The forward bend sequence includes both standing and seated asanas. The hip opener series works repetitively and progressively. Sequences can be string together for a longer practice, but only manually. The music is pleasant and unobtrusive, mostly wind instruments with some drums. The scenery is typical Gaiam-beautiful.
I don't notice anything especially "A.M." about the sequences--they can each be done at any time. If anything, all but the more fluid backbend sequence could use a warm up, so time permitting, I do a few sun salutations first, or start with backbends when linking multiple sequences. The "full instruction" audio track assumes some knowledge of the asanas, and consists mostly of cues for moving between postures and helpful alignment reminders within each pose. There is also a "minimal instruction" audio track that is nice once the sequence is familiar. Some asanas reappear in a number of sequences, allowing for increased familiarity and progress over time. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Spanish language audio track as well, well translated and cued in a pleasant voice that matched Rodney Yee's own rather nicely.
Overall, this is a decent addition to my yoga library, which I use mostly for quick fixes, lazy days, or as a stretch or cool down after a workout. I am an early intermediate yoga practitioner, but can see this being of use to most levels of practitioners, from for slightly advanced beginners (those with basic familiarity of the asanas) on. Here is my best shot at an asana list, not including linking or repeated poses: STANDING SEQUENCE: Mountain, Standing Forward Bend, Down Dog, Lunge, Tree, Triangle, Standing Forward Bend, Side Angle, Warrior 1, Standing Forward Bend, Warrior 2, Wide Angle Standing Forward Bend, Chair, Hero, Relaxation. TWISTS: Reclined Mountain, Reclined Bent Knee Single Leg Twist, Reclined Bent Knee Double Leg Twist, Reclined Single Leg Stretch, Down Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Single Bent Legged Down Dog Twist, Crescent Lunge, Standing Forward Bend, Cobbler's Pose Forward Bend, Seated Wide Angle Forward Bend, Simple Cross-legged Twist, Sage Twist, Half Fish Twist, Cobra, Relaxation. BACKBENDS: Supported Reclined Mountain, Mountain, Sun Salutations, Side Angle Pose, Warrior 1, High Cobra, Bow, Camel, Cobbler's Pose, Bent Knee Twist, Reclined Single Leg Stretch, Relaxation. FORWARD BENDS: Reclined Single Leg Stretch, Happy Baby Pose, Thread the Needle Pose, Rock Up to Sitting, Child Pose, Down Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Standing Wide Angle Forward Bend, Single Leg Down Dog, Simple Cross Legged Forward Bend, Seated Single Leg Forward Bend, Seated Forward Bend, Cobbler's Pose Forward Bend, Seated Wide Angle Forward Bend, Reclined Cobbler's Pose, Relaxation. HIP OPENERS: Cycle Repetitions of Staff, Cobbler's, and Seated Wide Angle Pose, first two also interspersed with Boat, Simple Cross-legged Forward Bend, Hip-Knee Rotations, Cobbler's Pose, Down Dog, Pigeon, Reclined Pigeon, Crescent Lunge, Simple Cross-Legged Forward Bend, Half Fish Twist, Seated Wide Angle Forward Bend, Cobbler's Pose Forward Bend, Hero, Relaxation.
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Rodney Yee teaches how to slow your practice in order to slow metabolism and build a sculpted body
 
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I have used this product for:2-5 years
Burning awareness
PostedOctober 2, 2009
This is a beautiful, mindful, and potentially powerful yoga practice. It is true that there are no big surprise poses in this sequence--all are well-known, fairly basic level poses. The main audio option contains some instruction, but mostly about moving into and out of the poses; there is not much about alignment within the pose. Complete beginners may need more instruction and modifications than available here. The other audio option omits instruction at all, containing only prompts for moving from one pose to another. The basic poses, simple instruction, and deemphasis on speed makes this dvd a good place for advanced beginners who have some knowledge of the poses to deepen their understanding of them, and for anyone, irrespective of level, to work on the mindful awareness aspect of their yoga practice.
The intensity in this dvd comes, not from speed or difficulty of poses, but from deep, slow, conscious repetition of fundamental asanas, with the time to build awareness of movement into, within, and out of them. Yoga is not meant to be a purely physical activity. The awareness aspect of yoga is rightfully considered advanced practice, and the familiar poses presented here allow the mind to take precedence. The point is not merely physical endurance (though, if done right, this sequence will also challenge the body in that way). The purpose is at least twofold: physically, to develop long and lean muscle through slow repetition of simple postures, and mentally, to use the simplicity of the poses as a platform for developing presence and awareness with each pose. Yoga is, after all, about the mind-body connection, and this practice aims at allowing the time and space for working on this crucial element. For those ready to move their yoga practice beyond the physical dimension while still developing the body, this is a lovely practice dvd.
The asanas are presented in small cycles of three poses or so with about three repetitions each, so it is hard to present an exact sequence, but here is a list of poses, roughly as they appear in the practice: Staff, Flying Crossed Legged Pose, Cobbler, Half Boat, Boat, Simple Crossed Leg Twist, Cat, Down Dog, Plank, Cobra, Single-legged Down Dog, Triangle, Warrior 2, Standing Forward Bend, Chair, Standing Side Stretch, Warrior 1 and 2, Low Lunge with backbend, Low lunge with hands in reverse prayer, Bow, Cobbler with forward bend, Head to Knee forward bend, Wide Angle forward bend series, Seated Forward Bend, Back Stretch, Reclined Bent Knee Twist, Bridge, Reclined Leg Stretch, Reclined Crossed Leg to Chest, Corpse.
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IvySantaFe's Questions
 

What are the dimensions of this mat?

What is the length, width, and especially thickness of the mat? Is it PVC? Thanks!
4 years, 6 months ago
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 Restorative Yoga for Vitality Kit <br/><small>with Rodney Yee</small>
Restorative Yoga for Vitality Kit <br/><small>with Rodney Yee</small>
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What audio options are available on the DVD and is there a preview clip?

Are there audio options such as minimal instruction or Spanish language on this DVD? Is there a preview clip or separate information for the DVD sold separately? Thanks!
4 years, 6 months ago
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IvySantaFe
 

How does this compare to Yee's Abs Yoga for Beginners?

Does the strength building portion of this DVD differ from the Abs Yoga for Beginners DVD, and if so, in what way? What are the instruction/language audio options for this DVD? Thanks!
4 years, 6 months ago
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IvySantaFe
 
 Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss DVD with Suzanne Deason
Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss DVD with Suzanne Deason
Suzanne Deason leads this award-winning DVD
 

Does this DVD include a Spanish audio track option?

It would be helpful if you included alternate audio track information on your order pages.
4 years, 6 months ago
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IvySantaFe
 

What is DVD included with this beginner's kit?

You mention above that item 05-53391 is the DVD included with this kit. Is it the same DVD as available separately? If not, what is the difference between the two DVDs? There seems to be a pose instruction on the standalone DVD not mentioned with the kit. What audio track options are available with the kit DVD? Thanks!
4 years, 6 months ago
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IvySantaFe
 

Does this DVD include a Spanish audio track option?

I recently purchased AM Yoga for Your Week and was pleasantly surprised to find an optional Spanish track. It would be helpful if you included alternate language information on the DVD specs.
4 years, 6 months ago
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IvySantaFe
 

Does this DVD include a Spanish audio track option?

I recently purchased your AM Yoga for Your Week DVD, and was pleased to find a Spanish track. Does this DVD also have one? It is a help if you include alternate language track information in your DVD listings!
4 years, 6 months ago
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