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AM wake-up w/Billy (10 min)
Beginner's w/Patty (45 min)
PM Relax & Restore w/Patty (10 min)
Learning Guide w/Patty (15 min)
You'll excuse me not knowing the full names of the instructors, they didn't give their last names, nor could I find the credits anywhere, not even at the end of any of the segments. I could not even find info on the yogaworks site.
Patty's teaching style -
She does tell you always when to inhale/exhale which is great, she tells you what areas each pose strengthens, she gives good postural instructions on how to do the poses correctly, but her teaching style & voice is the style of an aerobics or toning gym class. Her voice is not soothing, I believe she doesn't always give the Sanskrit names of the poses, nor uses terms that are more aligned with traditional teaching like Rodney Yee, etc. This style has a more watered-down, Western style which many people do like, but not myself. Adding to that that this is hatha style to the point you will be standing waiting in between each pose while she introduces them & each pose is separate from each other w/o flow except for sun salutations. The ending meditation is as another said, has her speaking about what to visualize with the same no-nonsense voice.
Billy's style -
Unfortunately he only gets 10 min. His style was more traditional in that he had you do chair & then right after go into a standing fwd bend which I always do together even if the instructor does not as it just doesn't feel right unless you do. He does grunt or sighs a few times, but the same as anyone would when feeling & enjoying the energy more better in the body when you feel the stretch.Read more ›
I really longed for the straightforward, simpler class that I remembered from my first practice back in 2005-2006. Something that was comprised of accessible yoga moves with a relaxation component. That is why I was so excited when I found YogaWorks Beginner's workout On Demand with my cable provider. This is exactly what I had been looking for.
The pace is slow, but that's OK with me. Even though this is not my first exposure to Yoga, I prefer a meditative and thoughtful practice. I also appreciate that the instruction is very straightforward, and not overly emotional like some yoga DVDs.
I have viewed, but not practiced the AM/PM workouts. They look like shortened versions of the beginner's workout.
The beginner's workout is 45 minutes, and is (roughly) broken down as follows:
One-third sun salutations
One-third standing poses
One-third floor poses
Overall, I think this is a great way for someone to begin (or come back to) a yoga practice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been using this dvd for the past few weeks and I can't say enough about it. I love the quickie AM/PM for quick session. However, the beginner's class is where it's at!!!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Btchybeagle
I am a rank beginner and found this DVD to be perfect. The instructor gives clear instructions throughout. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jenna
This is a great 45 minute basic workout for anybody who like yoga or wants to learn yoga.Published 11 months ago by MamaRowe
I really like this video. I'm not a yoga expert, but i have done a little and I learned one or two new things. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jennifer O.
Great beginning yoga routine or if you just want an easy day.Published 14 months ago by Charlene Abbott
I am using this DVD every morning, and find it energizes me for the rest of the day. Much better than rushing to go out to some class on someone else's schedule!Published 15 months ago by Merry Melon