Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series with Melanie Fawer Certified by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
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This DVD is a great way for any new ashtanga practioner to learn ashtanga in a safe way. Going to an experienced and if possible certified/authorized ashtanga teacher while using this DVD to supplement your experience is best, but if that is not possible, this DVD will still help you along.
For the experienced Primary Series practioner, the instructor (Melaine Fawer) provides easy to follow prompts and does a very clean, basic version of the Primary Series (e.g. she does not do hand stands between navasanas, and does basic jump back/jump throughs on the marchiasanas). Her pacing is less rushed than the David Swenson Primary Series DVD (I've heard people complain about having too fast of pace), but is faster than Richard Freeman's Primary Series DVD (Some complain about holding poses too long). The entire practice takes about 85 minutes and she does a very traditional practice. Overall, this an excellent DVD if you are new to ashtanga or want a moderate pace to follow along with for your Primary series practice.
I would not suggest this DVD for a very advanced Primary Series practitioner other than for reference only.
I am very surprised that this DVD is only available through Amazon Marketplace now, because it is, in my humble opinion, the best Ashtanga DVD on the market. I own David Swenson's, (and he has the best book on the market for learning Ashtanga), which, unfortunately, has poor aesthetic/sound quality. Melanie's aesthetics, sound quality, and step-by-step instructions are immaculate. The DVD contains one 90-minute practice DVD, and one that is approximately three hours, which is the learning DVD for all the asanas and for putting your Mysore practice together in the correct manner--always ending with the finishing sequence, even before you have mastered the standing and sitting asanas.
I do not recommend learning Ashtanga only through DVD instruction. I began learning Ashtanga after several months of hatha yoga classes, and proceeded to take a workshop with Sri K Pattahbi Jois. Once I was on my own at home, I wanted to have some support, and a DVD to help slow me down (I tended to finish in 75 minutes) and keep me at an even pace. Even now I will occasionally do my daily practice with her DVD, to keep me paced.
Melanie Fawer filmed this in her shala in New Orleans. Besides a beautiful and graceful form, Melanie possesses an intention that is palpable through watching her Mysore practice.Read more ›
Apart from this I like the very traditional and pure Mysore style approach that makes it possible for the new practitioner to build the practice pose after pose.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This video is great! Melanie is one of the few certified female teachers and has a unique perspective. I love the instructional video and refer to it often. Read morePublished on August 6, 2014 by robert lacy
If you want to learn yoga and learn it correctly, then this is your girl! The instructional shows the proper form and the second DVD allows you to practice it in a flow.Published on March 23, 2014 by trigger.hippie
this video keeps me motivated and i go farther through the sequence than if i was practicing solo. the instructor and the video are not distracting or annoying. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Papillon
This a great but pricey DVD but I feel it is worth it. I will be working with this one for some time it challenges you but not to the point you feel like giving up. F.Y.I. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by Robert Garcia
I really wanted to love this video, but I don't. I am new to astanga and really wanted to learn from this video. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by KimJW
I have done other styles of yoga for years and after practicing Vinyasa Yoga for a while I became interested in the source - Ashtanga Yoga. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Zen Lightening