The Pursuit of Happy Hips with Eoin Finn
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About the Actor
One of Canada s most well-known and well-loved yoga instructors, Eoin Finn has been a long-time disciple of Yoga, Philosophy, Martial Arts and Meditation and has been teaching his unique, authentic and transformative style of Yoga and Blissology for over a decade. Eoin teaches all over the world and shares his passion for living well through yoga. He is a strong advocate of the belief in yoga and environmentalism. For more about Eoin and his practice visit blissology.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Eoin Finn's newest DVD is in many ways his best yet.
As promised, there are four routines, ranging in length from 80 minutes to just over 40, of various degrees of difficulty.
Even though there is some overlap, I definitely didn't feel like I was doing parts of the same routine. Each practice had something absolutely to offer in terms of sequences and poses.
World Champion's Hips (80 minutes) and Hot Chocolate (about 60 minutes) are probably my favorite (and probably more challenging than others) - they include nicely paced sun salutes and two rounds of sun salutes with extra push-ups - but only two rounds, some very nice variations of standing poses combined with shoulder and chest openers, hip opening poses, back bends (front body openers) as Eoin calls them (bow, wheel, again, with interesting variations). Hot Chocolate includes crow and some interesting squat work, WC's Hips includes some wonderful splits variations. Lovely core work is included in these segments as well.
Downhill and Easy Street are more relaxed practices, they include some sun salutations and some standing poses, lovely hip openers, Easy Street has a nice seated meditation.
All practices include wonderful hip opening work - from every angle - hip flexors, glute muscles and underlying smaller muscle groups, hamstrings, quads, etc. Each practice also offers fantastic shoulder and chest openers.
The pace of the practice is very very pleasant - there is no rush to get in and out of the pose, there is a lot of emphasis on alignment, and gradually getting into a pose deeper. There is also a lot less vinyasa than in previous DVD - i.e. once you get into seated poses you stay seated.
Eoin's narration is absolutely wonderful, playful, light and humorous (that's what we love his DVDs for) yet he provides some extremely valuable guidelines how to get into each pose correctly so it feels right, etc.
Eoin also offers some really nice insights, without being preachy or dogmatic in the slightest, he shares a lot of yogic wisdom.
The cast is great - you can tell some members are Winter sports Olympians - they use ski poles to assist with balancing poses ;)
The music is pleasant, mostly instrumental.
The background is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.
I've done two of the workouts, and they are really good for hip opening. The instructor is good, and very descriptive, so if you prefer to close your eyes, you can do the work out. What I don't like is how this switches from scene to scene within the same workout. One pose the class is in a meadow, the next the instructor is on the beach. I find this distracting, and as when I first do a work out, I open my eyes only between pose changes to make sure I am doing the pose correctly. The changing scenes make me think I missed something. Obviously, this is just my personal opinion, and others may enjoy the scene changes.
(I will say, though perhaps some would feel differently, that I would not consider this a beginner's yoga DVD, but I don't think beginners are best served learning yoga from DVDs. Live teachers are crucial to help you really understand each pose and work towards flowing into and out of a pose correctly.) So having said that, while the flows move with your breath, there is great attention paid to detail. The guidance into and through the poses, many which are unusual variations of more traditional asanas, is impeccable. And Eoin is such a beautiful and radiant being and his light shines brightly through my TV screen via this DVD.
I confess I have done this DVD probably 20 times at this writing and I have cried tears of release and joy at the end of it every single time.
Thank you Eoin Finn! You are truly a Blissologist!