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Ashtanga Yoga: The Primary Series

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Nearly 70 postures to ignite your inner fire and awaken your nervous system to its natural, vital state.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Freeman
  • Directors: Oliver Henry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sounds True
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NIVNKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful By foolish bibliophile on June 21, 2008
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Wow! I'll never bother with a yoga instructor after this gem. Richard's words perfectly instruct your progress - as if he were there in the room - to assure that you learn the primary series correctly. He must be a very experienced teacher as his analogies and what he says keep you focused on the breathing and exploring all parts of the posture(s) together. I really learned a lot from what he said, discovering more and more each time (which is good because you don't look at the screen much while you're doing it!).

One especially high-quality feature of this DVD is the variety of starting points. You can start with 1. a poetic opening chant, 2. an informative introduction, 3. a discussion of breathing, 4. Sun Salutation instruction, 5. The complete 90 minute primary series, 6. Standing postures, 7. Seated postures, 8. Finishing postures and 9. contact information.

This DVD will last me several years, as I can only follow him for the first half hour so far. But if you want to see the absolute limits of the human body, watch through to the end of the 90 minutes. He's not a circus freak - it's way beyond that, stuff that will really take a good sense of humor to even approach. But he makes it look effortless.

I also tried Baron Baptist and while Baron is sincere, Richard is the real thing. My body has changed internally, with the proper form from practicing this regularly. I can't express the relief I feel now with a liberated lower spine, neck, legs, abdomen, breath, etc - except to say that everyone should do the work it takes to feel this way. It takes time but then it lasts.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Raghuram Krishnaswamy on March 28, 2009
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I must say that Freeman touches the stars with his knowledge and practice of Yoga. He does it like a Yogi should. His props are simple (there appear to be some snow peaks on the sky blue prop which tells me that he believes himself a yogi seeking to be in tune with the greatest yogi who permeates the pulse of the universe, Shiva, and whose abode is the Himalayas :-) ). Is this a DVD for beginners, probably not if you have never ever had any exposure to yoga or if you have some physical symptoms that require the hand and guidance of a teacher, but I cannot see why a beginner would not aspire to learn and practice yoga as he does. Watching it certainly propels you to inspiration. He has three DVD's and one of them is for beginners. But they are all EXCELLENT

There are a lot of yoga DVD's (not to mention programs) out there that profess to sweat your "fat" and "power" your system...sweating was not an intention of the Yoga asanas (although it is a result of it)...as yoga is union of the mind and body and only should be practiced as such, and not as a power tool for egotistical ends. It is a powerful tool no doubt but it should be practiced in accordance to the philosophy it seeks to convey, namely understand who you are relative to your environment, how best to live in it and how to lead a life where positive action leads to positive reaction (Karma Yoga)

There may at best two or three people that have put out DVD's of value for the money. This is definitely one of them to learn from.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dancing Shakti on March 20, 2009
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The primary series is a wonderful practice. And a very complete one. It has standing poses, forward bends, seated postures, arm balances, inversions... And Richard Freeman is a suberp teacher. His decades of practice are evident. Every instruction he gives takes me deeper into an asana. I find this practice extremely calming. It may have to do with the amazing sequence, with Freeman's relaxing voice and with his focus on the dristhi (gaze) and breath. Throughout the dvd the length and rhythm of the breath is kept constant. Freeman marks each inhalation and exhalation and he never gets ahead of himself or slows it down. Then, the drishti. He also explains, in every pose, where you should be looking at (usually between the eyebrows, the tip of the nose, or the thumbs). And in hatha yoga it is said that 'when the eyes are steady, the mind is steady'. I do find it quite calming, indeed.
The whole series is about 1 hour and 50 minutes long in this dvd. I have been doing yoga for over 3 years and I still can't do all of the poses of the series. I modify some. Freeman doesn't show most variations, but if you have practiced yoga for a while you will probably know the easier variations. All in all it is quite an intense session. Luckily, the dvd comes conveniently chaptered.

The main menu looks as follows:
-Opening chant and practice guidelines
-Introduction
-Ujjayi pranayama
-Sun Salutation instruction
-Complete primary series practice session (1h50min)
-Sun salutations & standing postures (36min)
-Seated Postures (51min, divided in 2 segments: 27 min of forward bends and twists - paschimottanasanas.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Howard on August 18, 2007
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For the best Ashtanga teacher in the US, look no further than Richard Freeman. This DVD is a little slow at first, but if you watch carefully, will give you many slight adjustments that will help you in the long run as you advance in this vigorous and rewarding yoga practice. The instruction is clear and direct. There isn't a laugh track, so it's hard to tell at times, because his delivery is DRY, but Richard is also very funny. Highly recommended.
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