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Bryan Kest Power Yoga Complete Collection (2004)

Bryan Kest , Randee St. Nicholas  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryan Kest
  • Directors: Randee St. Nicholas
  • Producers: John Hopgood, Diane Sillan, Greg Isaacs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWYC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bryan Kest Power Yoga Complete Collection" on IMDb

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1. Energize - Beginner Level
Feel the power. Be the power. Unlock the strengthening, slimming, detoxifying and reenergizing of Power Yoga. Bryant Kest leads you in vigorous workout based on the robust Ashtanga style of yoga.

"If you're doing the best you can, you're doing this class perfectly," Kest explains. After instructions on proper breathing, the session begins, taking you and an on-screen class through a variety of flowing, dynamic exercises (salutation, lungs, balancing, spinal stretches and more) augmented by Kest's demonstrations of the poses.

2. Tone - Intermediate Level
Challenge your muscular strength aerobic endurance, flexibility, balance and mental stamina with Tone.

An innovative series of lunge moves provides the primary activity in this workout that emphasizes finding your personal edge - the maximal yoga pose that still permits proper yogic breathing. Kest guides you and an in-studio class in a total-body regime that helps maintain flexibility and suppleness while building strength and well-being. Features comprising various poses are described so that you can add elements as you become more adept.

3. Sweat - Advanced Level
Looking for an advanced yoga routine? Then get ready to sweat.

"This program is definitely challenging," Kest admits about this maximal power-up session that builds upon the strength, stamina and flexibility cultivated in the first two Power Yoga programs, combining a vigorous lung series with extended standing balance and floor stretch moves, the routine flows from one pose to the next while working toward total body/mind harmony. The brisk pace provides instruction, encouragement and commentary to assist you and the on-screen class.

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218 of 227 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Video October 16, 2000
By Art
Format:VHS Tape
Brain Kest's videos genuine, effective,powerful. Kest has a real concern for his students including those who watch his videos. Those who snipe about him posing or being shirtless are simply missing the point. Its ok to have a beautiful, healthy body!
Kest teaching style is motivational, yet compassionate.He urges the user to modify the exercises to the user's body type rather than a precise replication of the asana urged by "old school" yoga teachers. Kest understands that most students (especially westerners) cant readily adapt their tight, rigid bodies to an Iyengar level of perfection. For them to do so would put them out of harmony with their body and possibly cause injury and needless duress.I bring this up as one reviewer ( a yoga techer) complained that some of the students in the video were not in perfect form.
Anyway, his video vol 1, is best for those who have some exercise behind them, particularly some yoga.These tapes are based on Ashtanga yoga, the most physically difficult system of yoga. An out of shape beginner will find this tape very challenging.
For those stick with it they will experience a body transformation unlike any exercise program they have or will work with. Hang in there. Youll love the way you look and feel. Namaste A
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166 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn by listening and doing June 9, 2004
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I'm a yoga novice and ever since I purchased this DVD, I have consistently used it three times per week. The first few times I was unable to maintain the poses for long, but I listened carefully to Bryan's instructions and when it got to be too intense, I sat down and watched. He's a wonderful instructor and getting this DVD and learning from it was better than some live yoga classes I'd paid for and been disappointed by.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout Will Test Your Limits August 18, 2005
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Many have criticized Kest but I don't care that he's a performer. A great yoga leader has to have a larger than life persona so I don't criticize him for his approach. Besides, these are great workouts, no doubt about it. I get into a huge sweat and feel great afterwards. At first I was turned off by the brassy instruction but I've grown used to it. This DVD is for people with a background in exercise, not overweight inactive people who are just starting. If you want to test your limits, Kest does a good job. One small flaw: The moves are done so quickly and the camera shots are so close-up, that it's impossible to replicate over 40% of the exercises. But after a half dozen times you can follow it.

For a beginner's level, easier-to-follow yoga workout, without check out the Yoga Zone Premiere 4 Pack Collection.

Post Script: After viewing dozens of other power yoga DVDs I have to say this is the best one. So kudos to Bryan Kest. One more positive point: Unlike some of my yoga DVDs, this one, to its credit, does not require blocks, belts, chairs, etc. All you need is a mat. I hate yoga workouts where they don't warn you that you'll need a bunch of equipment. Suddenly the instructor is sitting in front of you with blocks or a belt. Happily, Kest's workout is streamlined and doesn't surprise you with sudden equipment requirements.
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding Video March 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Reading the varied opinions of this video reminds me that we all have different needs and tastes. That's good. It makes life more interesting. I think this is a beautiful video. I have the series and have thought the producers allocated more of their budget to Video 1 than the others with the idea that "beginners" need more motivation. I liked that the class includes participants who appear to be relatively new to yoga practice. The class members display some variety of strength and flexibility. This was not an easy video for me. The first time I tried it I got through 20 minutes and thought, "No way!" Fortunately, an injury forced me to incorporate some intense stretching into my training or give up my running addiction so I kept at it. Now after more than a year doing Videos 1 & 2 several times a week I am addicted to power yoga too! Just wish these videos were available on DVD. One more thought: I am fairly flexible and had little upper body strength before I began this doing this video. This workout challenges your flexibility, strength and balance. In sharing it with others I have found that it seems more difficult for those with less flexibility to stick with this video in the beginning.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Kest rules! February 23, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Most people think of the stereotypical yoga teacher as someone with a calm, soothing voice spouting all sorts of New Age wisdom as you twist yourself into impossible asanas and contemplate your third eye. Well, Bryan Kest is not that sort of teacher -- I couldn't do this video at first without giggling a little at this guy telling me to "get into the sweetness of the pose" in this tough, New Jersey-ish "dude" voice. That said, this is an EXCELLENT video for a beginning-to-intermediate practitioner who has had some yoga experience. It is an excellent workout and uses a wide variety of stretches to challenge your body and your mind. There isn't much detailed instruction in these videos -- not many breakdowns of positions or explanations of movements, which is why I wouldn't recommend it to a rank beginner. It is much more like attending a class as opposed to an instruction video. In terms of production values, it is beautifully photographed and lit, and the wide variety of (admittedly very attractive) people featured in the video give a good sense of how to adapt poses to suit your own body's needs. And the background music is both pleasant and non-obstrusive. If you can adapt to Bryan Kest's mannerisms and voice, this is an awesome tape. In all honesty, I find him really positive, encouraging and rather entertaining, and it's refreshing to see a teacher who isn't into showing off his or her superior flexibility for all to see and admire.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I like few things about this DVD but find Byran Kest too self-conscious…He appears with jeans for the yoga class. If that is fine for him, great! I am not here to judge. Read more
Published 5 days ago by researching
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could return
This video is so so so so so so awful.
I purchased this based off the killer ratings and am so surprised of all the rave reviews. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
I have just finished the first dvd in the set and I loved it. I have been doing Rodney Yee's Yoga Burn for the past few months, and for the last two months I've been incorporating... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Hayley
4.0 out of 5 stars Three workouts in one
I like this DVD. It has 3 progressive workouts. I'd give it 5 stars, but Bryan talks a bit too much for my liking....
Published 15 days ago by Dynamic 353
5.0 out of 5 stars No1 favorite 16 years later!
My headline sums up my feelings pretty well on this trio: I first tried power 1 back in 1998 and instantly fell in love. Read more
Published 25 days ago by seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard workout but I feel fantastic.
I'm used to a more moderate yoga style (Bikram's) but I wanted to get more into athletic condition. These workouts have done just that. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Rishi Winn
4.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery, good product
fast delivery, good product...would recommend to anyone with moderate yoga ability.....not super basic but just a level above.
Easy to follow.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Carvalko
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall feelings
I would have appreciated it more if he used Sanskrit or just used the English name for the poses, rather than say "right foot forward, left foot back (warrior one). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite yoga dvd
I have used this DVD for a very long time... Never get sick of it. Love it! This is my second copy!'
Published 1 month ago by Katherine B Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Surprised to still see this for sale. I bought this from Amazon in 2005 and it's still the only Yoga video I use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T.S. Ward
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Yoga for someone who is new and has done P90x Yoga?
i've done the p90x yoga and I recommend bryan kest's power yoga series (you can get 1, 2, and 3 on 1 dvd). i actually prefer kest to tony horton's yoga mainly because it flows better and the classes seem better thought out. tony seems to try to get everything in to that one routine and he does a... Read more
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