Namaste Yoga: The Complete First Season[DVD]
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Namaste Yoga is more than just an exercise video- it’s an experience that will calm your mind, strengthen your body and inspire your soul. Master yoga teacher Kate Potter guides you through 13 classes, all filmed amid the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
- Thirteen, 22 minute sequences.
- Appropriate for beginner to advanced practitioners
- Learn Warrior III, Crane Arm Balance, and Revolved Triangle Pose
- Hatha/Vinyasa style yoga
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The videos are structured in a three-part warm up, sequence, cool down structure. The warm up and cool down are essentially the same in each episode with the sequence changing each time. Given that the main sequence seems to be about 12 minutes, it does feel like the workout is rushed (I'm guessing it was designed to fit in a 30 min TV spot with commercials). In addition, while the cinematography is pretty, it isn't necessary focused on showing you how to the pose. Instead is seems more interested in close up panning over the women doing the poses. For that reason I usually do the main sequence once with video, pause it while I go over the sequence again, and then proceed to the cool down.
I think this is a good purchase that would be even better if they slowed it down and focused less on the ladies and more on the yoga.
*Interesting poses and sequences
* Sequences are too fast for a beginner to follow without either missing the pose or pausing
* Seems a little too sexualized from the "knowing looks" to the zoomed in body pans that don't actual show you how to do the pose. (I may be making too much of this, but my wife and I always have a good chuckle when we do the videos together)
* The narrators tone takes a few episodes to get used to.
I've read elsewhere criticism of how young and beautiful the women are. They are lovely but they are 100% committed to the discipline. I like that the DVDs show multiple practitioners and allow you to see variance in form.
There are poses that I never understood (even in class) until I saw them on this DVD set. The camera serves as no human eye could, delivering every view possible. Kate Potter's narration is flawless.
I now use these DVDs for my home practice. I could not be more happy with them and recommend them highly.
Though short they are challenging enough to keep my interest and strenuous enough to build some strength and flexibility.