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Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with John Scott DVD

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, The Primary Series is a valuable practice guide for the beginner through to Full Primary level practitioner. Take a 15-minute class with John Scott and begin your personal yoga journey, or follow John through a complete 90-minute Full Primary Series. John Scott is an inspired and advanced practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He has been a direct and continuing student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, South India since 1989. Certified to teach by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, John's teaching is very precise and follows the traditional method of counting through the correct vinyasa for each asana. This is a great opportunity to practice with a teacher who teaches from the heart. Join in and practice with John's dynamic balance of strength and grace; share his knowledge and enthusiasm for passing on the joys and techniques of this ancient form of yoga. Features: - Full Primary Series - Practice level selection - Chapter selection - Voice-over soundtrack (English, German, Mandarin, Japanese) - Audio soundtrack - Asana names shown as subtitles


Product Details

  • Actors: John Scott
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 100.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BFHDY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2012
First of all, I cannot recommend the practice of Ashtanga Yoga highly enough. With its set series of asanas (postures) it is suitable for practice at home. Once you have learned the basic poses, which are probably best learned from a live instructor, if you cannot or do not want to attend class every day, using a DVD is a great option.

This DVD offers a beautiful visual demonstration. Some poses (asanas) may be unattainable for a beginner, but they look exemplary in their execution. I like the clean and simple photographic backdrop, and the lighting is excellent catching the nuances of every pose.

Sound-wise, this DVD features very heavily amplified breathing. The heavy breathing sounds are a constant (some would say over-powering) backdrop to the verbal instructions. In my view these sounds were calibrated to an excessive level of loudness, compared to the spoken instructions. However, as "shutting out the world, and focusing inward" are a key part of Ashtanga yoga practice, some may enjoy the challenge of letting go of that distraction. It is merely something to ignore, just like when one is "trying hard" to meditate in a noisy house or with thoughts racing.

The instructor speaks non-stop. Lots of talking might be an advantage for a relative beginner, helpful in its level of detail. But for those already familiar with Ashtanga practice it might be a bit much, especially if all you want is something to help you keep an even pace, to not give up in the face of fatigue, and to complete your practice every day.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Keil on February 21, 2009
John Scott is an amazing teacher, unfortunately not as well know in the US as he is in the UK. John's focus to breath bandha and dristi is unmatched. This video is great for those of you making your way into the Ashtanga practice. You can break it off in small chunks by choosing your level of practice. This seems to be the best presentation of the traditional method for learning the poses slowly over time on a DVD. No one should learn everything from a DVD but this a very nice supplement to your practice. John has a calming melodic voice that brings a bit of softness to a very demanding practice... truly from his heart, you can't go wrong with this DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By louienapoli on March 19, 2012
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Along with David Swenson and Richard Freeman's DVDs this is in the top three for Ashtanga yoga practice of the primary series, but I give this DVD a special round of applause because it teaches what's called full vinyasa krama as opposed to the more prevalent half vinyasa krama. For those of you who know the difference, 'nuff said. For those of you who don't, K. Pattabhi Jois, who may be considered the originator or certainly the father of Ashtanga yoga, originally taught what's called full vinyasa. This means coming to standing in mountain pose/tadasana/samashtiti after each seated pose, and performing a sun salutation from the "A" series between each seated posture where you alternate sides. As Ashtanga grew in popularity and students began to overflow from the practice room in Mysore, the half vinyasa style became prevalent, in which one remains seated during the seated series of poses, though there are plenty of sun salutations. Swenson and Freeman show the half vinyasa style, which is far more common. Scott demonstrates the full vinyasa style, as does his book. For that alone the DVD is excellent. But he's also a wonderful teacher (as wonderful as you can be on a DVD), and while I wouldn't give up my Swenson DVDs, I love Scott for showing the full vinyasa style, as does Lino Miele's DVD, though that is apparently available only in PAL. Which is not to say that full vinyasa is better than half. Jois, or Guruji as he's called by his students, would sometimes prescribe one over the other, and each has its advantages. But I have a preference for the old ways and feel that if I learn something in its most comprehensive form I can more readily remove pieces than add. The DVD lets you select from five levels from beginner to the full primary series. And it offers four language selections, English, German, Mandarin, and Japanese. I like Scott's book, too. I am lazy and need things to inspire me to get to the mat, and a great DVD like this one can do that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Siemens on September 12, 2009
No variations are given but this DVD provides several shorter versions of the Primary Series (in addition to the whole thing) for the less advanced.
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