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Gaiam Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga 3 Workouts on 1 DVD

4.3 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews


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  • Format: DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006BAPIBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I came across Kathryn on Yogaglo where she has online classes and liked her fun and challenging approach to vinyasa and her love for arm balances which I love as well. I tried Authentic Flow which is the intermediate 45 minute practice on this DVD and liked it a lot, it really packs a punch in this short time. It starts with a warm up of some down dog - chaturanga - cobra vinyasas and some sun salutations and then some core work on your back which was very nice and a little challenging and includes boat and half boat pose as well as some others. There's also cool vinyasas with side plank variations and warrior one, warrior 3 to high lunge and revolved lunge and a cool archer sequence where you aim an imaginary arrow in warrior 1, 2 and extended side angle . Other poses include half moon and crow, half standing splits with some kicking as a prep for handstand, pikes, forearm stand prep and 2 rounds of wheel , it ends with happy baby , lying twist, Paschimottanasana, and double pigeon. There's a short to non existent shavasana but you can stay longer on your own of course. The 25 minute beginner includes the more basic standing poses and easier variations of some poses like side plank with the top leg on the floor. There's also an 8 minute yoga pose tutorial that includes good explanations and some tips on shoulder placement, pikes , crow , half moon and tripod headstand. There is also a link to a nice 10 minute core work which is actaully 5 minutes. Overall I really liked it and Kathryn tips during the practice are helpful and her explanations are amusing at times. I hope she'll come up with some more DVD's in the future that includes more fun, challenge and arm balances. (:
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This DVD is instructed by Kathryn Budig, a frequent model for the magazine YOGA JOURNAL. Budig explains in the included interview that she was inspired by the Greek Goddess Artemis to come up with the "Aim True" theme, and she weaves this theme into both practices. Budig offers two main yoga routine, a shorter "Beginner's Flow" and then a longer "Authentic Flow" which she designates as an intermediate practice. She also provides a brief tutorial called "Yoga Poses Demystified," which breaks down several more advanced postures. The final items on the Main Menu are the Exclusive Interview with Kathryn (6.5 minutes) and the link for downloads from Gaiam.

For each of the two yoga practices as well as the tutorial, Budig is alone in a large studio, instructing via voiceover. Her only prop for the main routines is a mat, but she does use a yoga block to assist with the postures in the tutorial segment. I have described each of the practices in detail below.

BEGINNER'S (25 minutes)
Budig begins this routine in child's pose. She moves quickly through a few cat's breaths to down dog, providing the option of movement. From there she moves on to a chaturanga variation, flowing through a vinyasa which includes plank, baby cobra, full cobra, and returning to down dog. Eventually, she moves into forward bend and then comes to standing for two rounds of sun salutations. Returning to the floor, Budig moves through some abs work, including boat pose with bent knees, and then flips over for some work on the elbows. From down dog, she practices hops, hovering in the air.
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I actually joined Yogaglo simply so that I could experience a "class" with Kathryn and I have been hooked every since. Kathryn has a style which is distinct and unique. She is not all fluffy/spiritual all the time...in fact she is great for the more aggressive, athletic yogi's. This is not to imply that her flow has no connection to spirit or mind/body as I do find her to be deeply connected and very good at conveying what is necessary. She is not constantly reminding you to connect with breath or spirit or any of that and while there are some days that I want a practice that does place more focus on the mind/body connection I love Kathryn for when I want to sweat and build muscle and strength.

I consider myself to be an avid practitioner of yoga. I have had a steady practice for the last 7 years. I find that even her beginners flow is definitely challenging and gets the heart pumping. Her intermediate flow is definitely a whopper and accomplishes what some fail to do in even a 90 minute class and hers lasts just 45 minutes which is perfect from this work from home mama of two.
I am so glad that I purchased this disc and cannot wait to see how her teaching continues to unfold. This is definitely a must buy for those who are looking to add to their collection of at home sequences, want to tone and build strength or simply want to relish in Kathryns enjoyable, comfortable and affable teaching style. Thanks Kathryn!
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Unfortunately, it's yoga like this that is why I switched from vinyasa based yoga to kundalini yoga. I have been practicing yoga for 14 years, and when I began I loved sun salutations. The way most yoga is oriented around them and emphasizes coming into them between every pose eventually dampened my enthusiasm.

Nonetheless, I was looking for a DVD to help with arm strength, and while this definitely could fit the bill, I really disliked the overall vibe of the disc. The background music borders on muzak, and the routine winds up feeling too rushed, at the expensive of some important stuff. For one, alignment is really given the blow off, and this isn't good as I wound up with a really painful neck after doing the intermediate practice. Second, once you come down into savasana the disc ends and goes into the very unrelaxing menu music. I hate when discs just .. stop when you're doing what's supposed to be one of the most important poses. I did the intermediate workout because 25 minutes is much shorter than I'd like to do. However, I found myself really frustrated. It felt like Kathryn spent the entire routine wishing she was doing handstand, and nudging the rest of us to join her. I didn't feel comfortable doing a lot of these high hops without someone to check my posture (and as I thought- ouch afterwards).

I feel like this is the worst kind of American yoga, where the focus is mostly on the same goals as your average gym routine, with a little bit of self-esteem building built in. Kathryn didn't even remind us very often about breathing, which at least I can usually count on in vinyasa based routines.
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