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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.Read more ›
(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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I originally borrowed this DVD from the library. If you aren't already good with yoga then watch the bonus feature "library" as Eva will go over slower how to do things... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anonymous
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Happy Hiker
I LOVED THIS DVD! I made my children sit down and watch it with me and they definitely learned some new things. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by drobs
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 morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Buggy
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 morePublished on February 5, 2010 by T. Munson
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 morePublished on February 4, 2010 by CPage
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 morePublished on January 17, 2010 by ang
A little too strenuous for the beginner and too easy for the advanced. This DVD gives a wonderful intermediate workout. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Evelyn
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 morePublished on March 27, 2009 by R. Esposito