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Flow and Yin: A Balanced Yoga Practice with Donna Helm-Yost

4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: The Karma Yoga Project
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GL196W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


I think Donna Helm-Yost has created a wonderful introduction to Yin Yoga and its integration with Vinyasa. She is an excellent teacher, knows her material, and communicates it very well. Most importantly, she paces the yoga class in an unrushed and thoughtful manner, not burdening the student with too much information and allowing practitioners to experience the poses firsthand. --Paul Grilley

Product Description

One of the perks of practicing in a yoga studio is the energy that envelops the room when we are surrounded by intention and drawn deeper in to the present moment. Flow and Yin: A Balanced Yoga Practice provides this studio-like environment as it includes students with different body types and practice levels sharing their energy with you as you practice with them.

Flow and Yin includes an energizing flow sequence to strengthen the muscular tissues and a grounding yin sequence to stimulate energy flow through the connective tissues. Flow includes sun salutation variations and yin provides deep stretching into the shoulders, hips, inner groin and spine. Flow and Yin can be completed together or separately. Combining these two styles of yoga can lead to a more peaceful mind, healthy body, and balanced life. May all beings benefit from our practice.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY AUTHENTIC YOGA PRACTICE - - September 2, 2006
Flow & Yin is truly a refreshing and balanced practice. As an avid practitioner (owning 80+ yoga practices with studio practice 2x week), this DVD is one of my favorites. Filmed in a beautiful studio environment, students of all shapes, sizes and levels practice along with you. The DVD begins with a 50 minute flow sequence (mainly standing postures), challenging enough for advanced practitioners (as Donna provides variations throughout) and encouraging enough for the advanced beginner (you will not want to give up). The Yin practice loosens connective tissue, as the floor poses are held for a longer period of time than traditional classes. The practice is light on Sanskrit terminology -- and easy to follow for those unfamiliar with yoga terminology.

This is truly an AUTHENTIC yoga practice!! You will become aware of your breath. Donna reminds you to make the pose for you -- there is no perfect pose. She continually makes suggestions and seems to know just when and where to offer them. She offers variations that will suit you at any level of your practice and reminds you to practice them when you are ready. I found myself experiencing calmness throughout this challenging practice. She reminds you of your intention, and if you already forgot -- she is the kind of teacher who has already covered it for you in the beginning.

All in all, this is an enjoyable yoga practice. If you are looking for a great yoga workout -- this DVD will take you to a higher level. If you are seeking to find peace, calm, connection and teaching -- you will find it through this DVD. As Donna makes clear in her liner notes & credits, her intentions are for the benefit of all beings. Just by purchasing this DVD you are doing a great part for yourself and other beings!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars something to aspire to January 6, 2007
This is NOT a DVD for a beginner, so perhaps my rating would be higher if I weren't one. There isn't any instruction given for proper alignment or pose description. If you aren't familiar with the sanskrit names of poses, you will be lost or constantly looking at the television and trying to figure out what is going on. For those practitioners that really know their stuff, this DVD will be a nice addition to your collection. This is a DVD that I would like to be able to follow along with someday, but for now, I need to concentrate on learning the individual poses and how to correctly move from one pose to another without injuring myself. While the flow portion of the DVD is beyond a beginner level,I do think the Yin session would be useful for all levels.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Pleasant Practice July 19, 2006
I couldn't wait to try this DVD after having found out about the Karma Yoga Project and the instructor's involvement in raising money for charities dedicated to helping also the non-human animals. I believe that compassion for all beings is vital in the practice of yoga.

I wasn't disappointed one bit. I loved the beginning, feeling as though my muscles were being strengthened, yet with the guidance of Donna to not feel as though the practice must be perfect and to come back to my breath. I have never had a yin relaxation/stretching session such as the one in this DVD; I felt so renewed and open after it! I have been having problems with certain yoga poses, maybe because I wasn't holding the poses long enough to gain enough benefit. I feel that Donna is an encouraging and inspirational yoga teacher with great wisdom. She's also very articulate and her voice is soothing, as is the music.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true treasure... September 10, 2006
I purchased this DVD from and after having practiced it this morning, I could feel just how powerful this style of yoga is not only for myself but for the planet. I love this DVD-the studio setting was beautiful and the music was perfect. There was obviously a lot of work and love put into it, and having a home practice for 6 years now, I so appreciate that in a yoga teaching tape. Donna has such a wonderful spirit about her, and her teaching style made me feel comfortable in my own skin. She made me feel as if I could do anything but yet she also gave me permission to be compassionate towards myself when I couldn't. Her voice was soothing and her words kind and reassuring. She made me free in my practice of yoga, free from all my negative thoughts that continually seek to keep me from my fullest potential. I recommend watching the DVD at least once, if not twice before actually practicing it, and more than any other yoga DVD I have, I was amazed at how good I felt afterwards- not sore or drained. I do hope she will be putting out another yoga DVD- we need more dedicated teachers like Donna .
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites when I have 2 hours to practice.... December 20, 2007
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An EXCELLENT intermediate practice. The first segment of this video is an intense 50 minute flow sequence. The pacing of the sun salutations is moderate-to-fast, energizing, but not difficult to follow, and not before a nice long dangling Uttanasana (forward fold) to begin to warm you up. Following the fairly traditional warmup come some challenging asanas, (Parsva Bakasana (sideways crow), and a long Trikonasana series that includes Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle) for example) but instructor Donna Helm-Yost offers them as an option for those who can manage them, leaving plenty of modification options for those of us in the stages of approaching the full pose. Donna's instruction is excellent, helping the student to focus appropriately, never forgetting to work the dynamics of breathing into the postures, keeping the meditative mind throughout. The yin section is also excellently taught. It goes on just a little bit longer than I would find optimal, leaving me sleepy insted of energized, but others may not find this so. Donna has a good voice for teaching; soothing and down-to-earth. Her instruction rocks. The musical selection is inspiring without being at all intrusive. The studio setting is lovely, with lots of people of all shapes, sizes and levels of ability to suggest variations of the postures that might work for you. This has become one of my favorite yoga DVDs, and I reach for it almost any time I have 2 hours to devote to my practice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great yoga video for your library. You will use it often.
I am at an intermediate yoga level.I really enjoy doing my yoga practice wiht Donna Helm-Yost. Her pace is perfect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joy Assad
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal yoga practice from a gifted instructor. A staple in my...
I absolutely love this DVD. The instruction is patient and sage-like, and I benefit both physically and emotionally each time I complete either the flow or the yin series, and... Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by VioletWren
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT YIN/FLOW DVD
I take this DVD with me whenever I travel. It feels great to do 75 min of yin after a long flight. The yin is mainly what I use because I go to my studio for flow classess, but... Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by KD
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment!
She must be a good yoga instructor, but to deliver the yoga on video there must be more . More enlightment, more energy, more empathy, more charisma. Read more
Published on August 5, 2010 by P. Barzilai
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic
This is a very fine yoga dvd. If you are looking for either a quality flow or yin guided practice this will fill the bill. Read more
Published on April 10, 2010 by E. Tillema
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but you better know sanskrit
This is an excellent dvd! It flows very nicely and it challenges you to a degree. However, I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn't know sanskrit. Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by NamasteYoga
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best yoga videos out there. Period.
I have used many different DVDs and CDs. Very few are stand the test of time. Donna's is excellent. She's a compassionate teacher, with a very approachable style. Read more
Published on February 7, 2008 by Nicole S. Urdang
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT addition to the yoga library
I must concur with all the glowing reviews regarding this DVD. Donna is a skilled and caring instructor. I felt very motivated and relaxed in her hands. Read more
Published on August 1, 2007 by M. Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs UP!!!!!
This is a truly great video for the intermediate practitioner. The "flow" sequence is simply fabulous, much better than what some of the better known names have produced. Read more
Published on April 19, 2007 by Yllen
4.0 out of 5 stars Alittle Advanced
This is a nice DVD but the full w/out is a bit adv. for me due to alot of "vinyasa" in the flow segment. Read more
Published on February 27, 2007 by Martha M. Sparling
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