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Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga For Beginners (2011)

Tamal Dodge , Andrea Ambandos  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tamal Dodge
  • Directors: Andrea Ambandos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Yoga is a wonderful way to reduce stress, increase strength, tone muscle, cultivate flexibility, and improve overall health. Filmed on a lush, tranquil location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, these two 30-minute programs offer great variety for your practice. The Hatha session will relieve stress, increase flexibility and recharge circulation as it guides you step-by-step through a breakdown of static poses using the strap, belt or towel to aid in stretching. The Flow session will build strength and stamina by taking postures from Ashtanga yoga and sequencing them into a simple, natural flow that aids in weight loss, tones muscle, improves balance and calms mental focus. These two diverse programs may be practiced individually but are also perfect to complement each other in the same day. Enjoy both sessions as they create breath awareness and foster clarity between your mind, body and spirit to help you realize your optimal potential.

About the Actor

Raised in his family's yoga ashram on the island of Hawaii, Tamal Dodge ( has practiced and taught yoga for most of his life. He is the co-founder of The Yoga Collective, one of the largest yoga studios in California, and is the owner/director of the Tamal Yoga School, a national yoga certification program. Also a dedicated musician, Tamal has recorded and released many alternative spiritual songs in addition to creating the music that accompanies the programs on this DVD. When he is not teaching at his studio or school, Tamal spends much of his time touring the world to share the benefits of yoga with people of all ages. His goal is not only to help people become physically fit but ultimately happier and more fulfilled.

Customer Reviews

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226 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great yoga practice December 2, 2011
By Yma Art
I have many yoga dvds. For almost two years I have been exploring different types of yoga disciplines, such as Iyengar and Anusara. I previously tried two other Hatha yoga dvds, but they lacked modifications and moved too quickly. About one month ago, I purchased the Hatha & Flow YOGA for beginners by Tamal Dodge. I love this yoga practice! With the Hatha flow, Tamal uses a strap with many of the poses and guides you how to approach each pose at your own pace and ability level. The practice is challenging and I always finish feeling very relaxed. Tamal also has a soothing, calm voice and gives clear instruction so that I am able to focus on the pose and not on the screen. He also describes the benefits of each pose as you are doing it. I also like the Flow practice. Tamal doesn't go too quickly, but creates a repetitive flow. It is a great cardio workout. I have already experience results and challenge myself to go farther into each pose each time I practice. This is by far the best yoga instructional DVD that I have. His positive words and guided meditation always leaves me feeling more at peace.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole family enjoys it! January 6, 2012
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Husband, teenage daughter and myself started practicing yoga at a studio. We found that we can accommodate all our schedules by doing it at home with dvd guidance. I have purchased a STACK of yoga dvds and Tamal Dodge's dvd is the only one we collectively enjoy. His voice is very relaxing and it brings your focus completely to the mat. There is the slight sound of his breathing that reminds you to breathe. Very important point - He uses descriptive terms of poses along with the Sanskrit name. Some dvds and even the studio we went to only use the Sanskrit terms...not very helpful for beginners. I found after numerous times practicing with his dvd that the Sanskrit terms came easily to me. The dvd has two sections. The first section is a great stretching routine that uses a strap. Big difference using a strap! The second section is more of a vinyasa routine -transitions between poses are smooth.It is a very well thought out dvd - scenery is nice, music is perfectly balanced with the flow. Love this dvd!!
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for yoga newbies December 8, 2012
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I notice now that most of the great reviews on this video are from people who are already into yoga. I am very flexible and rather strong, but the pace and expectations here are not at a true beginner level...maybe an experienced beginner. After 15 minutes of the flow, I just gave up. The poses weren't hard, but there wasn't even time to get yourself into position and check if you were doing it right before he was on to the next.

Also, so much leaning on the hands so early on, my palms are still red and sore. He says to go at your own pace, but if you slow down to check your posture, you have just missed the next pose.

It's a shame...I really wanted to like this video, and the instructor is calm and pleasant. I want to be his friend. But he's focused on his own workout, not helping me figure out mine. I bet he's the best instructor in person, but this video is not an introduction to yoga.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for First Timers Though Short and Mirrored December 25, 2011
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I've been practising Yoga for six or so years now so didn't really buy this DVD because I was after a beginners practice, I actually bought it because I was after a Yoga DVD featuring a male instructor which is almost impossible to find (as much as I love Shiva Rea's DVDs).

Having said that I really enjoyed this DVD. The instructor sets a great pace and explains the physical and mental aspects or the practice very clearly which brings a new depth to each pose. Being an Intermediate practitioner I can see myself coming back to this DVD every now and then when I want a slower practice.

This DVD is definitely aimed for Beginners though and unlike most of the other "Beginnner" DVDs on Amazon, this one would actually be perfect for real first timers or those who have only taken a few classes. Actually think I'll buy this for my mother as all of the other Beginner DVDs I've got are way too advanced for most first timers.

If you're like me however, and you find "mirroring" confusing (i.e. instructor says raise your right hand and he's shown raising his left) be warned as this entire DVD is in this style. Personally I don't know why instructors feel the need to do mirroring as I don't think I've ever seen it work in class and almost always confuses people who are trying to mimic the instructor only to realise they're doing it backwards. I actually found myself choosing to avoid watching the screen as to not through myself off during the arm and leg raises in the FLOW practice.

This DVD is also rather short compared to some of the other Yoga DVDs (like Shiva Reas which fit 2-3 hours of footage).

If you're after a male instructor and/or a complete beginner though I do recommend picking this up. Here's hoping Tamal releases a future DVD that is longer and un-mirrored.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great relaxing and genle but feel in muscles February 26, 2012
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I have had different Yoga tapes, things I like about this one:
1. I have very tight hamstrigs and like yoga that is more slow and controlled. This does slow deep stretches. To me this is very effective in loosening tightness. I think it is more beneficial than having a tape that you can't do the move and you feel like you are wasting time waitng for it to move to something you can do. It also makes it safer. I feel the muscles sore the next day in my back and I notice the discomfort in hip lessening significantly. I think people are not always aware of how much tight hamstrings cause misalignment and rotate hips externally.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me fall in love with Yoga
I have never tried yoga before this video. I absolutely fell in love with yoga after doing the first one. The second is definitely harder, so these are a great place to start.
Published 8 hours ago by Kelly Dunwell
5.0 out of 5 stars ... while loosing weight I found this to be a great video as compared...
As a VERY NEW beginner in Yoga and transitioning to an active lifestyle while loosing weight I found this to be a great video as compared to others I've purchased. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD may be fine but the digital version only contains half of what...

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Published 16 days ago by Micah B Dutro
5.0 out of 5 stars Must get for beginners!
easy to follow, feel the stretch, he is amazing at explaining!
Published 17 days ago by tamye centeno
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product
Published 21 days ago by D. Blake
3.0 out of 5 stars I love this instructor
I love this instructor, and the routine is easy for a beginner to follow. However, the tape says Hatha and Flow Yoga, but only contains the Hatha routine. There is no Flow.
Published 28 days ago by J. R. Dunkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife is Really enjoying this video
Published 1 month ago by Tim Sadihov
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect for getting back into daily practice after not having done any yoga for over a year.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Foster
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Don't order if you are out of the US, the disc won't work. Shame because I was looking forward to using these. Glad that the returns procedure is so easy.
Published 1 month ago by Belinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners!
This is possibly one of the best instructional videos I've found for beginners up to this point. He moves slowly between poses giving you time to follow and the instruction are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DoodleBug
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