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Put a daily dose of variety into your at-home yoga practice with five energizing workouts. Yoga masters Rod Stryker and Suzanne Deason cover all the bases with these full-length programs to get you strong and centered.
AM Peak Performance Yoga with Rod Stryker (28 minutes)
Optimize physical and mental well-being and become more at ease in everything you do, with this series of gentle morning stretches that help awaken the body.
PM Peak Performance with Rod Stryker (31 minutes)
Focuses on breathing, relaxation and “softening the mind.”
AM Yoga for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason (24 minutes)
Gentle selection of morning Yoga exercises to help maintain weight loss by restoring a stronger connection between the body and mind.
PM Yoga for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason (27 minutes)
Series of energizing and fluid movements to relax the body and mind at the end of day.
Stress Relief Yoga* with Suzanne Deason (20 minutes)
Unwind, soothe and relax yourself with this calming workout and revitalize your mind, body and spirit.
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1. AM Peak Performance (Rod Stryker)
2. Stress Relief Yoga (Suzanne Deason)
3. PM Peak Performance (Rod Stryker)
4. AM Yoga for Weight Loss (Suzanne Deason)
5. PM Weight Loss (Suzanne Deason)
Straight from Gaiam's site, the order of "workouts" (Way too easy to be considered such), are:
1. A.M. Peak Performance Yoga - Focus w/Rod Stryker (2003)
2. Stress Relief Yoga w/Susan Deason (1998)
3. P.M. Peak Performance Yoga - Stress Relief w/Rod Stryker (2003)
4. A.M. Yoga - Conditioning For Weight Loss w/Susan Deason (1999/2002)
5. P.M. Yoga - Conditioning For Weight Loss w/Susan Deason (1999/2002)
The list on the back of the DVD case lists them in a different order which makes no sense. The reason there is no intro was because when filmed, the intros were also a different section/menu choice. But they still could have included them or at least have identified them somehow. On Susan's Stress Relief, there is more content then just the 20 min here & on her Weight Loss, there is 20 min. Breathwork that goes deeper & is more of a workout, though still easy.
These are professionally done, beautiful outdoor scenes, all were originally on VHS as well & re-released on DVD previously except Rod's AM/PM which never was until now & is still is listed on VHS here. (This is not his Longevity DVD version.) You can check reviews for content.
None of these are going to make you sweat or work your muscles, or lose weight unless you are obese (>30 BMI). They are mostly relaxation poses w/a few triangles, lunges, side angles, chair & maybe a warrior thrown in, 1 standing pose per workout almost.
This is for beginners to yoga, those just starting to workout & don't want anything that will be daunting, those who are inflexible or limited endurance due to health issues, or those looking only for slow, careful, easy relaxation only.
Susan Deason & Rod Stryker's style is not flowing, more a stretching "workout", very different from Rodney Yee's who's more fluid in both how he decides the order in the poses as well as his teaching style that is more mind/body while Susan's & Rod's comes off more stiff & only about the physical ability.
Copy of my 7/23/07 review for VHS A.M. Peak Performance - Focus w/Rod Stryker:
Fusha wrote a great review. This is set right at a Maui beach by the rocks with the water spraying nicely. The music is very light, like Kenny G type light sounds.
He does not say the Sanscrit names & talks as minimally as possible about how to do the pose right & barely mentions how they benefit the body. He doesn't use any new age lingo.
He does the poses one at a time like a gym session, w/o flow & goes into seated or basic stand to rest in between. He starts off easily, does the pose very modified a few times before actually doing the pose fully. Each pose is only held a few seconds then given a rest & repeated or to the next pose. There are no sun salutations.
Considering it's only 25 min, he does a considerable amount of poses such as upward dog, downward dog, upward dog, locust, cat/cow, chair, lunges, triangle, modified side angle, seated spinal twist, sitting straight leg single & double leg fwd bend. (not in that order)
I did this after being awake about an hour & found it too easy. My endurance isn't that good, but my flexibility is above average. I found myself annoyed at the lack of flow, light/non deep beat music & stiffly executed intention of the poses. I did held a pose longer while he went in/out of the next pose or did other ones to stretch out more since I had limited time before rushing for an appt. I did not sweat at all or feel anything other then enjoyment for being stretched out & getting more circulation from physical work rather then being lazy.
This would be good for beginners if he gave more detailed instruction. For those looking for a very short & easy session w/decent amount of poses, this is for you.
Gaiam has a video trailer for this
Stress Relief yoga video clip can also be found on youtube
This is a relatively easy, true beginner's DVD. I have no complaints with that because I have fibromyalgia and I like to have some form of exercise every day but intense exercise will cause me to have severe bounce-back pain and stiffness. These sessions are a true relaxing joy for a beginner or person with limited mobility or ability - or someone who wants relaxation or stretching after other types of vigorous exercise.
So many people now expect yoga to be sweaty pushups - they've forgotten to just breathe, relax, and enjoy the joy of stretching and feeling their bodies. I love this DVD and I have been doing yoga for over 20 years. Because I also like to do other types of exercise often on the same day, these 20-30 minute yoga sessions are often just the right thing.
As soon as this DVD started I was in for disappointment. First off, the title screen is bare bones ans is simply numbered with 1,2,3,4,5 exercise designations. There is no indication what the numbers mean. And the numbers on the DVD title screen do not coincide with the exercise order listed on the back of the DVD box. And finally, the DVD has no extras. Nada.
Okay, so they skimped on the frills. All could be saved if the workouts are any good. I can not speak for the AM workouts but PM workouts were nothing but some gentle stretching. And worse of all this gentle stretching did not induce the sense of calm and well being I was looking for with my last workout of the day.
I really hate giving these fine people such a poor score but this product not only failed in its presentation but the actual product itself did not work for me at all. BTW, I accidentally played one AM yoga session and the only difference was the use of blocks (none in the AM)
On the bright side, I will continue to search for more PM yoga DVDs. I like doing that.