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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done yoga dvd....., March 24, 2012
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I would say this dvd is "awesome", but Tara kind of turned me off of saying that when I heard her use it over and over in this dvd....that would be my only "con" on a really well put together dvd. I like yoga and I do it at least once or twice a week to keep flexible and to get that great "balanced" feeling that only yoga can provide to me. I have never done Tara Stiles, but have done Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffman, Yoga Zone, Brian Kest, Sara Ivanhoe & Shiva Rea. The thing about yoga is each teacher brings something unique and their own twist to this ancient practice, so it gives me a variety to fit my mood.

Tara's practice I would consider to be at an intermediate level and is about 50 minutes long. There are the normal, classic poses, chair, up dog, down dog, warrior one & two, twists, bridge/wheel, pigeon and many others. I thought this dvd flowed really well and I loved the twists, that really helped me relax along with, (as always) the deep breathing, which is the key in any yoga program. The dvd is beautifully shot, in a desert background and the music is calming without being too low-key or too overwhelming. Tara has three exercisers that demonstrate the poses and she points out form but she does not do the poses herself. For some people this kind of style is not what they may want, however I felt it really fit and it didn't bother me in the least. The poses were easy to follow and my hubby also joined in (he does yoga intermittently) and he loved the dvd and wanted to know if I would be purchasing it (highly likely). If you can do the routine without instruction (I personally find this difficult, as I don't know how one would know when to come out of down dog, etc), there is the option to do the dvd muted, with only the music and no instruction. Not for me, but nice option to have if the instruction bugs you.

The dvd also includes a 15 minute meditation sequence. This is led by Deepak Chopra. He speaks briefly at the beginning and then it is quiet with only music and changing scenery. If there was a drawback in this section I would say that the scenery is so pretty that I kept my eyes open for half the time so I wouldn't miss anything instead of closing my eyes like I normally would. Oh, who cares though, as long as my mind is empty of thoughts and I'm relaxing, right?

The dvd also includes segments where Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles talk about yoga, breath, flow and mindfulness about food. I found it interesting and would recommend watching this at some point to get a full picture. It most definitely does not need to be watched prior to doing the exercises.

Overall, a really good dvd. I liked the flow, loved the music, scenery and the way I felt when I finished the yoga and meditation. If you are looking to try something new and you have done yoga in the past I would recommend. If you are an absolute beginner, I would recommend a more basic dvd, just to learn the poses and then work into this one. Otherwise, I would wholeheartedly recommend and am most likely going to purchase this item for myself to add to my yoga practice.
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