Namaste Yoga: The Complete First Season[DVD]
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- Thirteen, 22 minute sequences.
- Appropriate for beginner to advanced practitioners
- Learn Warrior III, Crane Arm Balance, and Revolved Triangle Pose
- Hatha/Vinyasa style yoga
Top Customer Reviews
First, the visuals in this show are really appealing. Unlike a lot of other yoga and fitness DVD's I've tried, these aren't set in a studio with people poorly trying to guide you. The women in these DVD's practice in a few different locations (visually stunning ones at that), and the voice over does a good job guiding you through the poses and also instructing you on the poses. The locations as well as the voice over are very soothing, and help to keep you focused without you even really noticing.
Second, the time of each sequence is about 23 minutes, which is what the half-hour show is cut down to without commercials. It doesn't seem like that long, but you really feel it. It breaks down to a short warm up, the proper sequence, which is always 12 minutes, then a cool down and a brief savasana. I love this time frame for when I want to get something in, but don't have the energy for a really lengthy routine.
Third, the poses are again some of the best I've seen on a DVD. There are the easy, and staple, poses such as Warrior 1, but there are also more advanced poses such as Crane. The poses vary for each sequence, and if you buy all three sets, you have about a month's rotation if you do one a day.Read more ›
I, like so many others, came across Namaste on FitTv and it was absolutely life altering for me. 5 years ago, after the birth of my 2nd daughter, something in my body had changed. I had acquired an annoying pain that started in my back. First I did what most people do and tried to ignore it, but after months of chronic pain that only seemed to get worse (I could only sleep in a chair), I finally saw a physician. This led to 5 years of Dr.'s, testing, medications, multiple diagnoses (osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia)...all of which seemed to say that I would have to find a way to "live with the pain." At its worst, I was barely able to get out of bed, rarely could stand up straight without excruciating pain and spasms. Not only was I practically unable to care for my two young children, I couldn't enjoy them. I couldn't be the "fun mom" that I was and longed to be. This coupled with the pain I felt everyday spiraled me into a depression.
I became pregnant again and surprisingly all of my symptoms seemed to disappear during the pregnancy. This was a great relief to both my husband and myself. However, a few months after her birth, the symptoms started to reappear...slowly. In search of a less medicated and more holistic approach, I came across Namaste. I watched, and I knew that it was exactly what I needed. The sessions are fluid, they are meditative and they are challenging. I absolutely LOVE everything about them: the music, the instruction, the location, the ambiance, EVERYTHING. I am not new to yoga or meditation but am far from a seasoned yogi.Read more ›
I've read elsewhere criticism of how young and beautiful the women are. They are lovely but they are 100% committed to the discipline. I like that the DVDs show multiple practitioners and allow you to see variance in form.
There are poses that I never understood (even in class) until I saw them on this DVD set. The camera serves as no human eye could, delivering every view possible. Kate Potter's narration is flawless.
I now use these DVDs for my home practice. I could not be more happy with them and recommend them highly.
The bad: Due to the swirling camera, it's actually somewhat difficult to see what's going on. I've looked up to understand the pose, only to see an extreme close-up of some woman's belly - not real helpful. I find myself hitting rewind multiple times, just so I can understand what she's trying to say.
Although I've been practicing yoga for 14 years from a wide variety of teachers and videos, I frequently have no idea of what the narrator is saying. She whispers everything, and apparently makes up her own names for established yoga poses. (It's Cat and Cow, not Cat and Cat Lift! There is no such thing as Cat Lift, or Cat Bow! It's Standing Splits, not Needle!)
Also, the essence of yoga is breathing. This style requires constant movement, and so guided breathing is even more important than it usually is, but the postures here are done with very little comments relating to breathing. It should be "Inhale as you do this, annnnddd... exhale as you do this", but that's not the way it happens.
Very disappointing. I have lots of yoga DVDs, and this one is near the bottom of the barrel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like that these sequences are different than other yoga classes and videos. However, I don't care for the speed of the flow. She goes too quickly between poses. Read morePublished 10 days ago by anonymous
This is a great program that used to run on my cable networks but went off air. I had to get a copy when I saw it was on DVD. The exercise routines use a build up system. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BD
This is exactly what I wanted for beginning Yoga. Thank you!!!Published 3 months ago by Mary Potter
This was a waste of my money. Very pretty to watch but not easy to follow when the camera keeps moving from one scene to the other while you are trying to follow the moves. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wise Shopper
I've been to a few yoga classes, wanted to learn more about it at home. I'm an athletic 33-yr old male. But I'm not super flexible--its something I hope to address with Yoga. Read morePublished 4 months ago by crt
They are short, about 20 minutes in length, but very well designed in sequencing. The music is calming. The backgrounds are pleasant and pretty. Kate's voice over is so soothing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Happy Hiker
Like most other reviewers, I discovered Namaste Yoga on Fit TV. This series sets the bar, a very high bar, for in home yoga practice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Biznis Kitty
I first found this series on TV by accident and fell in love. I recorded them, but when we upgraded our satellite receiver I lost them all !!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ali E.