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Living Room Yoga: Strengthen And Lengthen (2007)

Eva Barash , Steve Portney  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eva Barash
  • Directors: Steve Portney
  • Format: 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: Razor Digital Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Have you ever come home and just not eanted to go to the gym? If so, this workout is for you. Based on lyengar's principals of alignment, this workout includes movement (vinyasa), breathing exercises (pranayama), and yoga calisthetics to help strengthen the body and mind.

About the Actor

Eva lives and teaches yoga in the living rooms of Brooklyn and New York City, where her classes are an excititing blend of East and West, energy and relaxation, and strong and soft. Certified to teach prenatal, post partum, restorative yoga and yoga for children, she created Living Room Yoga after completing an intensive basic and advanced teacher training in India.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A down-to-earth yoga practice July 8, 2007
In Living Room Yoga, instructor Eva Barash offers a down-to-earth yoga practice set--where else?--right in her living room (well, in someone's living room, this one being quite modern, with chrome furniture and a flat-screen TV). She describes her 45-minute yoga practice as being "not for beginners," as some of the poses are a bit more challenging, and she does not provide a lot of detailed form instruction. However, a separate section of the DVD, titled "The Library," offers almost 30 minutes of more detailed breakdowns for many individual postures. THe Main DVD menu includes the following options: Play All-Introduction-The Workout-The Library. There are also bonus materials, including "Getting the Most Out of Your Living Room" (see below), and a 6-minute interview with Eva.

As mentioned above, main yoga workout is about 45 minutes long, with Eva teaching live in a casual, laid-back manner (although surprisingly, she mostly uses Sanskrit names for the postures). The practice begins seated on the floor for some opening poses, including down dog and locust, with Eva's sequencing continuing to be non-traditional throughout. She does then move on to sun salutations, completing 10 total rounds: 4 modified, 4 full, and 2 with breathing only (no instruction). Following this, Eva performs some standing side stretches and then moves to the floor to lie briefly in relaxation pose and to perform a reclined twist. A standing series is next, starting with warrior 1 to warrior 2 to wide angle forward bend then side angle, triangle, and another standing forward bend. Next the difficulty level increases a bit with side angle and half moon postures, and then Eva finishes the standing work with dancer's pose.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and practical yoga! November 13, 2007
This is by far the most accessible and friendly yoga DVD I have come across. While I love to practice with beautiful beaches on screen, I found this DVD very refreshing. I was immediately struck by the sense of familiarity, fun and humility of the video. She was doing it in a living room! You know Eva did not spend a lot to produce the video, but her sincerety, humility and sense of joy come through, and that makes her practice more enticing.

(1) Eva is so accessible - You can understand her and relate to her. Her explanations are simple and friendly. She tells you what to expect so you don't wonder in the middle of a pose whether you should be moving on to the next one. Even if you are a beginner, you will not be overwhelmed. She looks like an ordinary person (I don't mean this in a dismissive way but as a complement), who does not do "perfect" poses. Just watch when she transitions from upward facing dog to downward facing dog - she does it the way I and many other ordinary practitioners do.

(2) She seems to enjoy what she is doing. I rarely see yogis on DVD smile while practicing. In fact, I'm now trying to think of one who actually does smile while practicing.

(3) She gives instructions while actually doing the poses herself, so you know that her poses and sequence are doable. I also appreciate the fact that she doesn't do "perfect" poses.

(4) Her introduction to the DVD is very useful and practical (for example, she says that her sequence is not for complete beginners, and that if you are a complete beginner you should check the library for more explanation).

(5) Her short presentation on how to do poses using objects in your living room, while wearing jeans, is very practical and useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down-to-earth, friendly, beginner yoga session January 25, 2008
Dr. Beth Chollette & Caravaggio38 both wrote insightful reviews on both the personality, pace & content of this yoga dvd so I won't be redundant here.
The fact Eva does it in the living room is great, she's sweet, like working out with a girlfriend. She's very encouraging, she gives both the Sanskrit & English pose names, she tells you how to move your body well, she uses great analogies, "lift up your heart" & even reminders on how not to move or what to watch out for on some poses which most don't give. She also gives a lot of rests in between poses except for during the sun salutations. The extra library tutorial is great. Because of that, I think this is fine for beginner yoga practitioners or even novices. She shows good body awareness, she isn't afraid to add a unique extra stretch during downward dog that really helps open you up that I've always done on my own that's made me relax tight areas.
I'd give it 5 stars except for several reasons:
She really races through the sun salutations, but luckily that's the only place she races, she spends a perfect amount of time on all other poses. When she did it with just breathing, you see her be more aware of her body & go a little slower. She admits she races after she's done.
She has a sweet voice, but she seemed very jittery, overly chatty, racing through words, unable to be quiet though I could see she can be relaxed especially in savasana. It was a bit distracting & I couldn't relax or be more aware of my body because of it. She is silent here whereas most keep talking during savasana which is refreshing. I think it would have been perfect if she did a voice over after so she can be aware of her body during filming & relaxed voice separately.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for someone new to yoga but not brand new
This is a nice home practice DVD for someone familiar with yoga and preferably strong. Eva doesn't show modifications in the 49-minute practice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy Hiker
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED ITTTTTTTT!!!!
I LOVED THIS DVD! I made my children sit down and watch it with me and they definitely learned some new things. Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by drobs
5.0 out of 5 stars JOYOUS AND RELATABLE YOGA
LIVING ROOM YOGA it's a great practice that I'm glad I discovered. I wasn't really expecting much because I'd never heard of this instructor and there are some minor audio problems... Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Buggy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this DVD
I have 3 of the 4 DVD's. I have taken yoga classes and enjoyed them. I have to say this DVD is as good or better because I can do it from home . Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by T. Munson
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Living Room Yoga
I like this video and you really can do it in your living room. Eva is a little kooky, but that makes it fun and not so serious. Read more
Published on February 4, 2010 by CPage
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
This seemed like it would be basic Yoga. It is not. But like another reviewer said, you don't find this out until the intro. Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by ang
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Yoga Practice.
A little too strenuous for the beginner and too easy for the advanced. This DVD gives a wonderful intermediate workout. Read more
Published on May 21, 2009 by Morganna
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Practice
I love this 45-minute practice. It's not too short and not too long. And, as mentioned, Eva Barash's non-traditional sequencing is a nice change of pace. Read more
Published on March 27, 2009 by R. Esposito
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
This yoga session is not for beginners, the instructor mentions this during the introduction but there was no reference to it in the bio or reviews as being "for those who have... Read more
Published on January 9, 2009 by figuring it out
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Faint of Heart
The title is completely misleading. This is a very intense yoga tape paced far beyond what is traditionally done in most yoga classes. It is more like power yoga. Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by J. Rose
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