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Frustratingly hard to follow,
This review is from: Quick Yoga Training - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
First off, let me say that I love yoga and have been practicing for 12 years (on and off - not continuously!) and am certified to teach therapeutic yoga. So, I got this game not to learn yoga as a newbie, but to mix up my practice and have fun with the technology.
Unfortunately, despite a long background in yoga, I have had a hard time following the programmed practices because of the lack of narration. I was hoping there would at least be an option to turn the narration on or off, but it's not available at all! That's not so bad for standing poses, but when you're lying on the floor and the pose calls for both hands to be outstretched with palms down, how do you look at the screen? It doesn't even have sound cues to tell you when to switch from your left side to your right side. In fact, the game tells you where to put your gaze for each pose: guess what, it's never "look at the DS screen" which is required if you want to know when to come out of the pose. One of them even says "Close Eyes." Um, then how do you know what you're supposed to be doing, since there is no audio cue?
Even if you are looking at the screen, the cues are not explicitly clear. For example, to begin Warrior Pose II (Virabhadrasana II), you are first instructed to turn your right foot to the right. After getting into the pose and taking a few breaths, you are then instructed to straighten the right knee and turn the left foot to the left. What happened to the right foot? Is it still turned to the right? I know what to do because I'm familiar with that particular pose, but the lack of comprehensive instruction bothers me because I know yoga newbies will be trying this software and might be confused.
Another beef with the game is the lack of transition between each pose. One second you're lying on the floor, then the screen goes to the next pose and suddenly you're standing. Safe, mindful transitions are key to a pleasant yoga practice. And, none of the practices I've tried so far end with Savasana (corpse pose), the traditional relaxation posture that allows your body to adjust to the changes that took place during your practice.
On the plus side, it does have an excellent variety of challenging poses and makes good use of the sanskrit translations for each pose. I also like the ocean sounds in the background, though you can choose from 3 different music options if ocean isn't your thing. And, the tones that tell you when to inhale/exhale help to keep your focus on the breath throughout the practice, which is important.
Overall, though, I like Let's Yoga much better. It has voice narration, safe (and well-explained) transitions between poses, and every routine ends in Savasana. It has some other details that I personally enjoy, like the expanding mandalas for the breath, but that's just a personal preference! I'll probably keep Quick Yoga Training just to mix things up, but I'll definitely keep using Let's Yoga much more often. Quick Yoga Training is not "bad" or even unsafe, it's just sloppily put together. It could have been great with a few more months in production, but as is, it's below average.