Flow Yoga: Elements of Yoga: Air & Water with Tara Lee
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Air & Water is the second release in Tara Lee's elements of yoga series. This title was created as a more flow based practice, focusing on connecting to the Air & Water elements inside us all. The routines are all about opening up the chest and expansion while linking the fluid movement of the postures to the water element.
The DVD is divided into three 20 minute sequences and can be played in succession or individually. In addition, there are 4 bonus features:
10 minute balancing series
10 minute core workout
10 minute breathing exercise
5 minute relaxation.
Practising these routines will help create space in the body, linking fluid movement with breath as well as open the heart centre.
Here is a trailer for this DVD : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2aG5ERJP_g
"Tara introduced me to the wonderful world of yoga 10 years ago... I couldn't even touch my toes! I've been hooked ever since. Like every woman, sometimes it's hard to steal, even, thirty minutes for myself, I'm constantly traveling and juggling schedules. But with her yoga DVD even I can find some me time, to focus my mind, reset my body and just breathe!" Cat Deeley
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It's also advanced my flexibility and balance a great deal. She's an excellent teacher. I hope soon to purchase her more advanced yoga DVD in the near future. This has been one of my best fitness purchases ever.
Tara Lee is a London-based yoga instructor who has created the Elements of Yoga series. As she explains in her short introduction to "Air and Water Flow," the purpose here is create more space in the body while moving fluidly. For all practices on this DVD, Lee is outdoors by a river teaching via voiceover. Her only prop is a mat (with the orientation frequently changing from parallel to the viewer to perpendicular due to shifting camera views), although occasionally an inset is shown with modification options. Lee sometimes notes the names of the postures in English, sometimes in Sanskrit, sometimes not at all.
The Main Menu of the DVD offers the following options: Introduction--Play Workout--Practice 1 (22 mins)--Practice 2 (22 mins)--Practice 3 (24 mins)--Savasana (5 mins)--Bonus Features--Music Options. Music Options includes choices for "Music & Instruction" and "Music Only," but no option for "Instruction Only" (a.k.a. a "Music Off" option). The individual practices work as stand-alone sequences, but they can also be combined together for a full routine of just over an hour. I have provided detailed information on each practice below.
This sequence provides a slow, gradual warm-up. Lee spends the first six minutes or so focusing on the breath, including breathing with the hands at the kidneys, ribs, and collarbone as well as practicing breath retention with root lock. This is followed by a long series of simple seated stretches. Coming to all fours, Lee performs moves such as hip circles, modified side plank, and kneeling half moon. She then moves into elbow plank, elbow down dog, sphinx, and cobra, and she finishes the practice in child's pose.
The second routine involves more flowing movements. From child's pose, Lee comes into a shoulder stretch and then side plank. Next, she flows between lunge and upright lunge for a short vinyasa, ending in pyramid pose. Moving to the front of the mat and lifting onto her toes, Lee comes into a squat position, repeating. This is followed by several rounds of both A and B sun salutations. Lee performs another vinyasa which begins in warrior 1, moves to lifting one knee, and then shifts back to balancing in warrior 3. Next is a standing sequence which includes warrior 2, triangle, side angle, reverse warrior, and side angle with optional bind. After coming back to the front of the mat (Lee frequently transitions between poses with a vinyasa), Lee concludes this practice with a big toe forward bend.
This last routine centers largely around twisting postures. Lee begins with two rounds of sun salutations and moves into twisting chair. Next, she steps back to revolved side angle, adding an optional bind, and moves right into a seated series which includes seated twist and cow face pose. After repeating this sequence on the second side, Lee comes to lying face-down for locust, two repetitions of bow pose, and frog leg lifts. She then flips over to her back for bridge pose, first moving, then holding and adding leg lifts. Following a cross-leg twist, she cues either shoulderstand or legs-up-the-wall for ten breaths. The finishing postures include plow, deaf man's pose, and fish. Lee concludes with several minutes of relaxation and then finishes with a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing in a seated position.
Selecting Bonus Features off the Main Menu brings up a submenu which offers the same options on all three Elements of Yoga DVDs. In addition to three short yoga practices, the bonus submenu includes a Q & A with Lee (11 mins) and Credits. The routines are as follows:
Earth--Balances (9 mins)
Air and Water--Breathing (10 mins)
Fire--Core (Advanced) (11 mins)
Lee has obviously put a lot of thought into this DVD series, combining mostly solid instruction (although not mirrored cuing) with a varied selection of yoga practices. In her "Air and Water Flow" DVD in particular, Lee offers three pleasant routines to foster relaxation as well as to increase flexibility and to decrease stress. Although most of the postures included are geared toward beginning yogis, Lee does not provide enough instruction for those brand-new to yoga, so I would recommended her Elements of Yoga series to experienced beginners and beyond. I think that this DVD is the best of the three in the series, and I would rate it about 4 1/2 stars.