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Good exercises, overproduced - bring back the old format!
on August 16, 2009
If I could rate this DVD as 3 1/2 stars I would, as I feel that 3 stars is a little low, but 4 is definitely too high.
Like most of the reviewers, I agree that this is a great workout. It is pretty challenging, and you shouldn't do it if you're out of shape, or haven't done any yoga lately, as you could hurt yourself. The core, stretching, and toning sections are fantastic. Challenging, some new moves I haven't seen Ana & Ravi use before, and effective. It is for these things that I will keep this DVD.
Now, I have many of Ana & Ravi's DVDs. The format of their older vids was fresh, simple, and fun. I HATE this new production. I'm open to change, I don't care that Ana's gone blond, but there is way too much noise. Someone described the music as ugly and jarring; some of it's nice (and it's all the old music), but most of it IS ugly and jarring. The new DVDs have too many distractions; the older productions were great because of their simplicity. The new ones try too hard to be fun, different, and new; it's too techy, and this goes against the grain of what yoga should feel like. Also, the cardio section was good, but I would have felt stupid if someone had walked in on me doing it. Dance the Chakras and Fat Free Yoga covered cardio in ways that were far more enjoyable, and just as effective.
If you want a good workout with a yoga twist, this one is worth purchasing. Just be aware that the new format is annoying if you're used to the older DVDs. I think if you buy ONE of the 3 newer DVDs, Yoga Radiance is the best one; the routine is good enough that I was able to tune out the things I didn't like about the new production. With this DVD, though, I had a lot of trouble tuning out my dislikes.