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Yoga is one of the best ways to cultivate a connection between your mind and body. It tones muscles, increases flexibility, calms the mind and can improve overall health. Filmed on a lush, tranquil location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this unique beginner yoga sequence will teach you yoga breathing, and take you step by step through a full range of yoga poses that will strengthen, stretch, and revitalize your body. You will notice results from your very first practice, and as you become familiar with the postures, both your yoga practice and your body will evolve in an uplifting and truly empowering way.
Elena Brower is a Certified Anusara Yoga instructor and has been teaching for over 10 years. She is the founder of Virayoga in Soho and has been featured in such prestigious publications as The New York Times, Yoga Journal and In Style magazine. Named one of New York City's top yoga teachers by Fit Yoga magazine, Elena's clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Minnie Driver, Eva Mendes, Carla Gugino, Christy Turlington and Rebecca Romijn. Her teaching encourages observation, connection, empowerment and healing.
Element is proud to support the Arbor Day Foundation. For every four Element DVDs purchased a tree will be planted*. In addition to generating oxygen, trees provide air pollution control and decrease atmospheric carbon dioxide levels thereby reducing global warming.
*up to 20,000 trees annually
The instructor, Elena, was kind enough to answer some questions from Amazon.com about the Element line of DVDs.
Each of my clients receives what Ive learned from my teachers; attention, precision and authenticity. Celebrity or not, I always offer my complete focus in order to understandably articulate what each student needs, speaking to their bodies, their minds and their hearts. Ultimately, the alignment cues I offer are not just for the physical pose, theyre intended to help my clients to observe and refine their inner connections, enhancing every experience.
What are the biggest benefits your students reap from yoga?
Consistency and healing. My teachers have taught me to attentively offer meticulous alignment instruction so students may have a direct experience of healing. When youre consistently aligned physically, your breathing deepens, your mind and heart begin to work in clear harmony with one another, and invariably your body heals in a subtle way. This healing, whether physical or emotional, is reflected in every one of your interactions and relationships.
Who is this workout good for?
If youre curious about yoga, this is an inspiring introduction. if youve got a practice already, youll find this is a respectably challenging sequence for a led home practice. And if youre giving the gift of yoga to a friend, this DVD sets the standard for beauty and production quality. .
How do the Element DVDs differ from other workout programs?
Element DVDs are presented by teachers who have spent many years learning, practicing and teaching; its an honor to be included. Each of us endeavors to offer a strengthening practice to challenge you to shift toward balance in both mind and body. In particular, this yoga sequence will provide practitioners of all levels with an uplifting, motivating practice for years to come..
Tell us about the connection between this production and the efforts to reduce global warming.
Anchor Bay Entertainment recently became a corporate sponsor of the Arbor Day Foundation. For every four Element DVDs sold, a tree will be planted in a national forest- so when youre harmonizing within yourself, youre also harmonizing with the environment. Over the course of 50 years, that single tree can provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion.
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I have now been doing this DVD for almost two months, and I can't praise it enough. Even though it is for beginners, one should not expect it to be easy at first. One of the things that has helped me build up to better poses is to leave the heel flat on some of the balances for more stability. You should always listen to your body and not push yourself too far when first acclimating to a dvd. Sometimes I think of my own variations to make certain poses more accessible for this fifty something gal. By giving myself permission to not be perfect like her, I am also giving myself permission to be where I am -- and to improve. And I have seen big improvement in the two months. This is my absolute favorite Yoga dvd. I feel powerful, strong and at peace -- even if only for that fify minutes a day. I wish she would put out more dvds!
The company that sent it had it packaged nicely and it came right away!
That said, she appears to be incredibly flexible (as she should be with 15 years of yoga under her belt), and though her poses are not necessarily difficult, at times she does move through them somewhat quickly--not in a hasty sense, but more as collective parts of one fluid movement. She offers various creative and very deep stretches I have not seen in any other yoga programs, and while she verbally instructs ways to modify the pose if needed, perhaps less flexible viewers would benefit from having another practitioner on screen to display modifications. I think that for someone completely new to yoga, it may prove a bit challenging to keep up. At the very least, watch the video all the way through before trying it. I would also recommend her AM/PM yoga program to anyone looking for a more basic introduction to yoga. The segments are only around 30 minutes, and I found exactly what I would hope for from each; AM was very awakening and energizing, and PM was relaxing and de-stressing.
To anyone with previous exposure and even mild experience with yoga, however, I think it this a great video with much to offer a very satisfying opportunity for growth! I felt nothing but great on all counts after my first practice, and I'm excited to work this into my daily activities.
As a last note, something about her voice is very soothing and calming to me, and her mere presence on screen feels serene and respectful--a quality which, in my experience, is not entirely common among other yoga instructors.
All in all, I do really like this video, but buyer beware that it is not for the novice.
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Can't watch her at all.