Bryan Kest Power Yoga Complete Collection
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Bryan Kest's Power Yoga: The Complete Collection (DVD)
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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Bryan is a great instructor, and has a great, calming presence. He provides constant tips (pull your belly to your spine, tighten up your back leg, etc.) which I find very helpful. He also gives basic instruction as to what you should be thinking of in each pose (front leg at a 90 degree angle, back leg straight, belly pulled in, etc.) -- again, very helpful. It also shows him doing each pose so you know what it should look like. It's not a beginners DVD but if you have some background in yoga you'll be able to keep up. The only real criticism I have is he doesn't use the Sanskrit names for the poses. I like to know the true names of the poses as I'm doing them (I can't remember all of them off the top of my head), so I wish he did that. Otherwise, I'm very pleased.
I had a very different experience than several of the reviewers who didn't like this DVD. It's almost as though we were watching totally different DVDs. This brings home the point that yoga is a very individual practice.
I am an advanced exerciser who does mainly weight training and intense cardio. I've been practicing yoga for about 8 years and consider myself a high intermediate.
It seems the stronger I get, the harder these yoga routines become. I think this is because as my strength and balance improve, I am going deeper into the poses. I'm also holding the poses longer. Thanks to yoga, I am so much more aware of my body and can really isolate exactly where I should be feeling a pose.
Why I love this DVD:
**It's yoga that grows with you. You can make the practice as easy or as hard as you like.
**No "impossible" poses like head stand or full crow.
**I feel so calm, yet energized after finishing.
**Bryan's calming voice is relaxing on its own.
**Bryan gives just enough instruction and doesn't go on endlessly about a pose. I have found this to be a major annoyance with other yoga workouts, most notable Cathe Friedrich and Tracey Staehle yoga programs.
**The calming music suits the workout.
**The set, that of an old warehouse with brick walls and wooden floors fits the mood of the workouts.
There are a few things to note in these workouts. I don't consider them to be negatives. Here are the things:
**Bryan doesn't give a lot of form pointers. To get the most out of this workout, you should be somewhat familiar with the various yoga poses.
**Bryan usually doesn't give the yoga terms for the poses. For example with fierce pose, he just says to bend your knees and raise your arms. It wasn't until I did subsequent yoga workouts by other instructors that I learned the official pose names.
**Even though I love all three programs, I couldn't really tell the difference between the three. I felt that I was able to Energize, Tone and Sweat in each program.
**The only chaptering in this DVD is between the 3 programs.
**The production quality isn't great. I think they had to convert the VHS tapes onto DVD, so there wasn't a lot to work with.
I highly recommend this DVD. It has stood the test of time.
I have been doing yoga at home/and some studio time on and off for 10 years. I took a break and bought this to get back into yoga. It is very hard. If you can do more experienced poses like crow and such- this will be challenging for you. For beginners, you need to work up to this practice. Level one is very difficult. I haven't made it through an entire level yet, but I am working towards it.