Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Power Hour with Sadie Nardini
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This hour is a cardio amping, fat-blasting and creatively fun flow with master instructor Sadie Nardini. Called a "rising star" by Yoga Journal, this top instructor will change the way you practice yoga. She's the founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, a style that puts the core back into all your yoga poses! You'll torch calories, reshape and tone your entire body, gain strength, flexibility, and replace any vigorous hour you could do at the gym with the healing, balancing and transformative power of yoga. If you love to move and are looking to get strong, lean and flexible in less time, all while having a blast--this DVD is for you!
A Rising Star --Yoga Journal
Nardini's method which stresses deep abdominal work is different from other vinyasa-related instruction. It s like hot yoga, except instead of heating the room you re heating from the core center, she explains. It s a sweaty, calorie-torching process. Nardini s emphasis is as much on feeling the burn as on firing up a useful worldview. She offers a contemporary spirituality that students can apply to real-life situations. And although her workouts are challenging, variations are always offered so that even first-timers won t feel left behind. --Time Out New York Magazine
You need look no further. Sadie's yoga is kick-your-booty, expand-your-heart amazing. --LiYana Silver, Student and Yoga Teacher, San Francisco
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She uses phrases like 'offer your heart" instead of "open your chest", and 'wave" instead of "push back", so I had to keep looking to see what she meant.
But despite the language, it's not spiritual; there's no meditation, no shivasana, no dharma. No inversions, or very mild ones, because inversions require not moving, so they don't contribute to the exercise function. Also not alot of work leading up to poses (the best yoga classes I take work on triangle, say, for about 10 minutes, using different small variations in the exercise to deepen the twist, open the shoulder, activate that standing leg, etc.). She starts handstand with the jump practice, when a half handstand with feet on the wall is a much better way to start to build the shoulder, arm and core strength you need.
I'd characterize this as an intermediate to advanced level core workout---it's fast, and assumes flexibility and some experience with yoga. If you are looking to strengthen your core and get a pretty good workout in an hour, do it! If you want help building a home yoga practice, probably not for you.
Setting: Bare studio with concrete looking floors. Sadie is set up in front of a window with a heating vent beneath it. Very stark. She is on a black mat and is wearing black. When the camera pulls back, it is hard to distinguish her body from the mat.
Production quality: I read the back of the dvd cover and it said that you can pick from 2 views, one normal and one 3D where you can see the poses from different angles???? I didn't see that option on my dvd?? The camera was to the side of her throughout most of the class. Also when I first watched the dvd, I chose the beginners option. About 5 minutes into that I realized that there was absolutely no cuing, just wah wah wah commentary. I thought, oh no , another dvd to return to amazon! Something told me to go back to the menu and just press play. Aha, cuing, such as it is. Her cuing is often late and doesn't match the movement. I don't know how these dvds are made,but I am assuming the audio is added after the video while watching it. How hard is it to match up the instructions to the movement? Several times I had to crane my neck to see what was going on only to realize that she had moved on to another pose.
Wow factor: As I said physically, this was challenging. If you are a beginner as I am when it comes to vinyasa yoga, you will not be able to keep up. I wasn't able to. As such, I didn't feel really good after the practice, not like I did after Jennifer Lynn's flow yoga dvd. It moves really fast and is over in 60 minutes (gratefully!) Will do it again, only because I am trying to get back in shape and power yoga beats lifting weights any day of the week.
Simple suggestions: I know she is producing another dvd due out in February (checked out her website). A couple of suggestions. Pretty up the space a little. Cover up the air vent. Black clothes, different color mat, or vice versa. Fix the cuing. This is so important on yoga dvds. Try different camera angles on poses, it helps, alot.
To me these type of classes are always better when there is more than one person in the class. Perhaps someone who is less flexible with a diffeent body type. Just my suggestions for whatever they're worth :)
Overall good dvd. Good class. UPDATE: I returned the dvd. I went to her website and saw a video clip of her upcoming dvd. It looks much better and more comprehensive than this one. I couldn't see owning them both.
I will definitely purchase this (after having just rented). I'm sure it will be my go to practice as I find myself with no sitter and a desire to deepen my practice in a very real way.
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