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Perfect for those who want to develope their Ashtanga technique at home.
on February 21, 2013
I got this because a friend who is a yoga person said I'd like it. She was right. For those who don't know, Ashtanga yoga involves doing a predefined set of movements in sequence. It is a surprisingly hard work out that uses lots of muscle control. The idea is that as you get better and stronger, you will be able to do more of the sequence (doing all of the sequences takes several hours!). So far, I can only make it 45 mins into the sequences before my muscles get worn out but everyone one says it takes years to master so it is okay. In other words, this disc will last you years!
It is an older recording so don't expect fancy graphics or dynamic camera angles. It is very simple, a guy showing you how to get in the right positions for the ashtanga yoga sequence. There are different parts, first there is a part where he goes into detail about each position, variations of these positions based on where you are physically (I started from can't touch my toes or do a push up), and talks about breathing and movement between poses. There is another part where he just does the entire Ashtanga sequence and calls out the moves just like if you were in an instructor lead class.
This disc is a classic yoga guide for those who are just starting out (like me) and for those who are advanced but want to make sure they are performing each pose correctly (like my friend). Every ashtanga yoga person I've met so far knows David Swenson and like his instructions. It is definitely a good investment.