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Ease Into Ashtanga (2006)

Tania Jo Ingraham , Rupali , Andrew Sanis & Howard Rosen  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tania Jo Ingraham, Rupali, Yoga-Hawaii
  • Directors: Andrew Sanis & Howard Rosen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Two Brothers
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 233 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T3Z2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Over 3 1/2 hours of professional yoga instruction shot on location in Hawaii. Essential 3 is proud to present the first run of Ease Into Ashtanga. This fabulous yoga DVD was created with the excellent instructors at the Yoga-Hawaii school in Honolulu. Tania Jo Ingraham and Rupali have created the Ease Into Ashtanga curriculem as a perfect entry to the Vinyasa (breath and movement) style of Ashtanga. This DVD truely creates a manageble way to approach the active sytle of Ashtanga. This DVD utilizes the latest dual layer DVD technology to provide over 3 1/2 hours of video content. The DVD contains two elements. The first element is instructional, teaching all the postures in the primary series of Ashtanga and also offers modifications for each of the poses. The second element is the 75 minute flow series. You may also select from a 30 minute, 40 minute, 50 minute or 60 minute routine. Multiple Teacher Voices: Using your DVD remote you can select your teacher for the practice. Rupali, Diane or Tania. You can even select their voices without music and select your own music from your stereo or ipod. Shot entirely on location in Hawaii. This DVD features a beautiful ambient soundtrack by renowned British musician Rob Palmer.

Customer Reviews

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Ashtanga DVDs on the market! October 6, 2008
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I have been practicing yoga for almost 2 years now but I am still a beginner. I can't do arm balances or head stands but I can do most of the basic poses. I found Ease Into Ashtanga challenging without being overwhelming. This DVD is the full Ashtanga Primary series. The DVD is broken up into lessons where each pose is explained fully with modifications. Then once you master the poses, you can do one of 4 flows...the full 90 minute flow, a 60 minute, 40 minute and 30 minute flow. You can also pick which instructor's voice you want (out of 3). They even explain proper sitting and breathing. It is a very thorough DVD and one that a beginner can grow into. I think it is challenging enough for intermediate and advanced yoga students as well since they will probably be able to get into the full poses (very challenging!) rather than the modifications. It's a fun DVD and never boring. Minimal chatter which is refreshing. Plus, Ashtanga is a lot of fun and super conditioning!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, informative and graceful to work with! July 13, 2007
I adore this DVD. The instruction is graceful and helpful - with the capability of breaking down specific asanas from the flow sequence into specialized "lessons" that offer modified poses! The music is delicious and the choice of instructional voice-overs keeps it fresh. It's smart, aesthetically gorgeous and immensely helpful.
Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By yogi
This ashtanga DVD is phenomenal! It's extremely user-friendly. You can easily choose to do the full sequence, or a shortened version if you have less time or are a beginner. The background is peaceful, soothing & inviting. You can choose from multiple voice-overs to suit you. And, there is extra instruction should you need it. My husband & I both use this DVD on a regular basis and couldn't be happier with it. A must-have if you do not have time to make it to a live class.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it so much I stole my wifes copy! August 13, 2007
I usually laugh at my wifes ongoing fitness DVD collection but this disc was so down to earth and engaging I nabbed it for myself. The interactive nature of the DVD shines. It meets me where my body is physically. After a solid mountain biking session when I think I don't have the energy for a full yoga class I throw on one of the shortened sequences in this DVD and reboot for the next activity. As a guy who was shying away from namby pamby yoga classes this DVD is beginning to change my views on yoga. This style of yoga is affecting parts of my body previously off limits. I was fighting chronic hamstring tightness and various nagging injuries. Since starting with this disc my injuries have been kept at bay.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By D. B.
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I was a little skeptical at first given the price. When I got this dvd home boy is it the real thing. I have taken yoga for just under a year and needed to find something that would give me an intense home practice. Now with the economy the way it is this is the only yoga practice I can afford at the moment. And let me tell you! It is fantastic! I can burn well over 300 calories with this tape in less than 40 minutes. I love it and have noticed an improvement in my practice. I actually learned more with this tape than I did in class. Amazing. I love the instructors as well. Great dvd will not go wrong. If you are a beginner and have had some yoga classes but want to try it at home on your on GET THIS DVD TODAY! you will not waste your money!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the instructive part of the video February 12, 2012
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I keep trying to like Ashtanga. It is a very popular style of yoga. It will build muscle strength. It is beautiful to watch people do. This video is filmed in beautiful Hawai'i with lots of strong good looking people. The instructive portion of the tape was very instructive. A friendly looking woman with two models shows how the same pose may look different on two different people. She is very reassuring.

But here's the thing, Ashtanga is Ashtanga, is Ashtanga - there's no way to make it easier, easy or to ease into it. The poses change too rapidly for me! I can barely keep up with these guys and I have no time to check my alignment! If you are already steady in your Ashtanga practice, none of this is going to bother you. You will enjoy the music, the filming and the instructive features.

If like me, you already purchased the David Svenson video and hoped this video would be easier, based on the name "Ease into Ashtanga" you may be disappointed to discover - it's exactly the same sequence. Well, of course it is. They can't really do anything else and still call it Ashtanga. Ultimately I think the only way to "ease" into Ashtanga, is to find an Ashtanga instructor. In a studio, the instructor won't teach you the next part of the sequence until you are proficient with the beginning moves.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb January 9, 2011
I started a yoga practice just over a month ago and this was the first DVD I got. I'm an older guy who's run, raced bicycles, and generally worked out for many years and the injuries started piling up over the last 18 months. The most recent is a torn calf muscle while doing a 3.5 mile trail run. Swimming is not an option right now so I was stuck with none of my usual fitness alternatives and that led me to try ashtanga. I am so glad I did. It has been a startling revelation how greatly my flexibility differs from my right and left sides. Having now seen how dramatic this imbalance is, I am not at all surprised I've had these recent injuries and I am convinced that restoring right-side/left-side balance in flexibility will enable me to resume my other activities.

Ease Into Ashtanga is a superb production with excellent instruction sessions showing both advanced and beginner alternatives. The main focus of Ashtanga is the "flow", of course, and this DVD makes the flow very accessible by editing down the full flow to 30, 40, 50, and 60 minute easily selectable subsets. The scenery, audio quality, and apparent knowledge of the teachers is also excellent. These are people who know what they're doing and how to teach it to others. There are several audio track options with your choice of three teachers and with or without a very suitable background music track.

In short, none of the other yoga DVDs I've gotten since compares with Ease Into Ashtanga for usability, efficacy, and value. I've also looked into other online options such as podcasts, free downloads, etc, and none are anywhere near as suitable for an older guy working hard to maintain fitness and prevent future injuries.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor video quality
I've owned this INCREDIBLE dvd before. I can say without hesitation, "buy it!" BUT... maybe not from Amazon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen
2.0 out of 5 stars Works on my PC, not my TV
I can't get the sound to come through on my tv/dvd player, only on my PC. A presentation with "real" people and their "real" bodies would be nice for a change instead of another... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Richner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this DVD!
I go to Ashtanga classes on a regular basis but wanted something for home practice. I picked the right DVD. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Yoga Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile
My favorite yoga video. Not only does the video show the entire vinyasa flow at over 90 minutes, but there are selectable 30, 45 minute shortened sessions. Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Matthew Robison
I recently added "Ease Into Ashtanga" to my extensive yoga dvd collection and it's possibly the best instructional Ashtanga dvds on the market. Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by Dianna
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great
I like the instruction part of the DVD but the actual lesson moved way too fast for a beginner like myself. The price is expensive. Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, uneven instruction
OK, what am I missing?

I read all the glowing reviews and, despite the high price for a single DVD, I thought I would try this out. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by D. Niedringhausz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but can't pause
I like this video; however, it's annoying because you can't pause in the middle of a workout. I know you shouldn't be stopping in the middle of a yoga workout but when you're... Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by samantha dietzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ashtanga video!!!!
I agree with all of the 5-star reviews. This is a complete package for Ashtanga yoga, the primary series. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by M. Maracini
5.0 out of 5 stars Ease into Ashtanga
i love this video. it has to be one of the BEST ashtanga videos, next to david swenson -- this video is easy to follow and the voice is so soothing and relaxing. Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by Lorraine Alcamo
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