Bryan Kest Power Yoga Complete Collection
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Get in shape like the stars with Bryan Kest, one of the most popular yoga instructors in Hollywood. His lessons introduce beginners to the energizing, strengthening, slimming, and detoxifying benefits of Power Yoga and gradually rise to intermediate and advanced levels of difficulty. Learn the power of proper breathing, improve strength, stamina and flexibility with challenging yet encouraging instruction. As Bryan Kest says, "If you're doing the best you can, you're doing this class perfectly."]]>
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Post Script: After viewing dozens of other power yoga DVDs I have to say this is the best one. So kudos to Bryan Kest. One more positive point: Unlike some of my yoga DVDs, this one, to its credit, does not require blocks, belts, chairs, etc. All you need is a mat. I hate yoga workouts where they don't warn you that you'll need a bunch of equipment. Suddenly the instructor is sitting in front of you with blocks or a belt. Happily, Kest's workout is streamlined and doesn't surprise you with sudden equipment requirements.
I borrowed these workouts from my library and jumped right in with #3 - Sweat. Fortunately, as I say, I am really flexible, and I've done enough yoga to be familiar with the breathing and the poses. I made it through #3, didn't sweat much, but I sure loosened up! I was able to hold and maintain most of the poses, although I defintely have some work to do on some of them. I did #2 Tone a few days later, and in some ways I found that a little more difficult. I think because of all the standing poses which are held for quite a while. I haven't tried #1 yet.
What I like about these workouts are that Bryan DOES give constant instruction! (I see this fact has been debated in other reviews.) Because of my basic knowledge of yoga poses, I was able to do the whole workout without looking at the TV except for occassional glances just to check my form. If you really LISTEN to his instruction and follow them, anyone should be able to assume the pose. (Okay, beginngers may need to take a few peeks at the TV to make sure they've got it right!) To me Bryan's running commentary is soothing. I'm way too hyper to listen to some soft, new-agey music and my own breathing! I'll get bored way too fast this way. Bryan is motivating, encouraging yet always reminding that we need to listen to our bodies. To me, during the workout, I feel calm, I focus more on what I'm feeling and doing, and I can (usually) let my over active brain rest from thinking about the 8 zillion things I need/want to do. Yet I'm not being preached at to "feel the power" or "just be" or pretend my body parts are anything other than what they are or that I am actually sucking power from the floor of my bedroom!
It depends on who you are and what you want, and I know there are a lot of people who practice yoga for that spiritual aspect. I'm just not one of them, and for those of you like me who want the benefits of yoga without the other stuff, these are great workouts! I get an awesome stretch, increased flexibility, increased power (these workouts will definitely strengthen your muscles - particularly in the legs), and a calm mind. When the workout is over, I feel loose, open, relaxed yet energetic and just plain good! (Kudos to you people doing these first thing in the morning! There is NO WAY I could move smoothly through them with morning tightness! I find mid-afternoon to early evening to be my best time with them. I do cardio in the morning!)
And finally, c'mon guys! Making of fun of his hair and a possible speech impediment! What's with that? I actually like Bryan's voice. He's not bad to look at either. And the hair? Heck, I've got the same wild, natural curls. Bryan's "look" might not be for everyone -- but he's a yoga instructor not your date!
These workouts are just plain awesome! If you're anything like me and are searching for some yoga you can and will do, this is it!
If, and I mean IF you're experienced with yoga. This is not a beginer's set of videos. I wanted to try some yoga that was more powerful and advanced than the Yoga journal's AM PM yoga tapes. I didn't really consider myself a slouch at it, but my goodness! I got the Bryan Kest - Power Yoga set for myself for christmas. Yoga that involves pushups! Had me panting and sweating heavily, and that's the first tape..but dispite the fact I didn't keep up with the class of Gumby like perfect people I felt like I got a good workout and it woke me up.
It's impossible to watch the tv and follow along with the tape, so you -have- to know all the asana's before you start so you can just listen and follow. It's a good work out, but let me repeat, this is NOT for anyone just starting out, or anyone that gets discouraged by the perfect people in the class. Good luck! and keep with it!