- Learn yoga or a new style of yoga by building in increments
- Yoga as a flow
- Clear guidance from Nicki Doane
- Sun Salutations A & B to establish the rhythm of movement and breath.
ASHTANGA YOGA:INTRODUCTORY POSES – DVD MovieYoga Journal’s Ashtanga Yoga: An Active Practice, Introductory Poses offers another take on the gamut (or glut) of yoga videos out there. Instead of picking the “time crunched yoga workout” or “weight-loss/relaxation/back/stomach” workout theme, Yoga Journal’s Ashtanga Yoga presents a straightforward, old-fashioned set of beginner asanas (poses) in the rigorous Ashtanga method. Ashtanga yoga places emphasis on focusing inward, using “breath-synchonized movement” to flow from pose to pose in a precise order. This is not a “yoga’s greatest hits” composite stretching video, but rather an introduction to a very specific method of practice. The video begins with some chanting in the hero pose, and instructor Nicki Doane invites viewers to repeat along after her. While standing on a scenic ledge in Hawaii, Doane slowly demonstrates the two beginning series, Sun Salutation A and B, which include familiar poses such as warrior, plank, and downward dog. Her instruction style and voice is markedly different from the dreamy and almost soporific likes of Patricia Waldon or Susanne Deason. Doane keeps the viewer “active” by punctuating the silences with her strong, almost stern voice and demonstrating each pose with her incredibly strong body. This viewer lost count as to how many “pushups” she does from plank to upward dog positions. The 60-minute tape covers ujjayi breathing and a few cursory poses outside of the familiar Sun Salutation, and could serve as either a basic wake-up sort of video, or merely an introduction to very basic poses. Viewers with this solid base introduction to the flow of Ashtanga yoga practice will be well-prepared for the next step. –Gilia Angell
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John Scott’s Ashtanga Yoga draws on his expertise as a teacher of this most energetic form of yoga. An easy-to-use guide, it features color photographs and a series of step-by-step exercise sessions — starting with a simple sequence designed for beginners that, once mastered, provides the foundation for moving to the next cycle.
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