Yoga Zone - Power Yoga for Strength and Endurance
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(Mar 26, 2002)
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The first time I did this I sweat buckets. What really revs this workout up is the chairs and twisted prayers which are held for what first seemed like an eternity. Those asanas are part of an extended sun salutation which progressively builds. You start with warrior 1, then move into warrior 1, warrior 2. This continues until you have built into warrior 1, warrior 2, right angle, crescent, triangle. Throughout, you are interspersing the chairs and twisted prayers. Following the sun salutation are several balancing poses. They don't look that challenging on preview, but when your legs are quivering, you feel it.
This is a nice, challenging video, and I enjoy Lisa Bennett's instructions and tips, particularly to pay attention to the breath and not push yourself beyond a flowing breath. However, it would have been great if the video had begun with instruction on ujjayi breath and ended with a longer guided relaxation. This would have put the tape at over an hour, though, and maybe they were trying to keep it brief.
I would recommend this tape for being familiar with the breathing; however, beginners should try the Total Yoga series to get acquainted with the basics.
Overall, the disc contains a clean, relatively simple flow-oriented routine which does a nice job of building heat and deep breathing. There are relatively few of the more complex standing or seated postures, but the postures that are included are entered into in unusual and interesting ways.
The disc includes a standing one-leg balance with a twist, which is not very common on yoga videos. It also includes sequences in which you move from a twisting chair (thunderbolt) position back into a twisting lunge. This presents a new challenge and brings the body into the position in a way that opens up new sensation and insight into the posture.
For the money, this is a simple, enjoyable, challenging and very rewarding routine that is well worth checking out. It is accessible and challenging at the same time, which is nice. This will allow many viewers to have a great yoga experience without getting caught up in the details of a lot of unfamiliar poses. Experienced yogis will like the chance to flow through a clean routine and build heat.
I was surprised at how much my wife and I enjoyed it.
I do have one big problem with it, though. Lisa spends a LOT of time on one side of the body before moving onto the other side. You might do 10 Warrior I's and II's with one leg, before moving onto the other. The problem with this is that if you can't do the entire thing, you get an uneven workout. Either that, or you have to keep track of how many times you do the pose on each side. I think that many people will be unable to complete the entire workout at first, so this is a big flaw, in my mind. Why not alternate from one leg to the other?!
Even though I like to think I'm in pretty good shape, and I have always had strong legs, I can't get through this video completely without stopping to rest or doing modified versions of some of the poses. After the warrior/chair series, they go straight into balancing poses, and this is where I usually have to stop for a minute -- by this time I'm sweating like crazy and my legs are burning, and you don't really get a rest before switching gears. By the time they get to the floor poses, I'm so ready to rest my legs that I don't even mind the "screaming pigeon" pose!
I agree with the other comments about the lack of warmup on the tape. I don't think this is a tape for real beginners, even people in good shape because although they do describe the poses pretty clearly, they don't go into the details of the breathing, except to remind you to keep doing it. And the instructor is a little chipper for my taste. But I find her very informative about the poses.
Right now, I am currently rotating this tape with Fat Burning Yoga by Crunch (which is excellent, and deceptively hard) and Yoga Mind & Body with Ali MacGraw (which is also terrific in a totally different way).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had this workout in VCR for years and was so happy to find it in DVD.
Excellent yoga workout, it says "all levels", but is challenging. Read more
I love anything Yoga Zone. This is not a full yoga class, there is more talking about how to do the poses correctly.Published 5 months ago by Joanne Dagato
My favorite yoga zone of all I have done. The other yoga zone videos are very easy. I feel like I get a good workout from this dvd. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JLA
Best conditioning yoga video I've found. I'm a cardio-junky and this one will get your heart-rate up! Read morePublished 18 months ago by lkriegs
I have several yoga workout DVDs and this one is by far my favorite. The instructor tends to ramble a bit but I love the flow of the workout.Published 19 months ago by Christy L. Lawson
I've had a hard time choosing a Yoga DVD. I'm past the beginner level and almost to the intermediate. This DVD has 3 people in the video, each at a different level. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Heather
Yoga Zone DVD's are always easy to follow. The instructors are clear and encouraging. Lisa Bennett is one of these. This particular DVD combines all levels of experience. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Pam
I am a fan of Yoga Zone videos especially for beginners. Love all Lisa Bennet-Matkin's videos. Always easy to follow, pleasant and light-filled. Definitely worth the purchase.Published on July 20, 2013 by CJ