on July 17, 2003
For someone who has been into running and weight training for several years, I decide to give yoga a try after I had my first baby. I thought I would be totally bored and unchallenged, boy was I wrong. Brian Kest's yoga videos, especially volume 2:Tone, has helped me create a lean and sculpted body. Brian Kest does an excellent job explaining the poses and making you feel comfortable at what ever level you are at. He is definitely not what you would picture when you think "yoga instructor",but you certainly can not judge this book by its cover. I love what his tapes have done for my body and mind. He presents the instruction in a well sequenced format and makes you feel as though you are actually in the studio taking his class. I look better now than ever! I recommend this series to only those who have yoga experience and no serious neck or back problems. Great challenging workout!
on November 1, 2006
I've always been a bigger fan of going to classes rather than following a video, but this one takes the cake!
A month of doing this video had me in positions I hadn't seen in years and feeling stronger than ever.
This video is not for the weak, it will really push you hard and is very physically demanding. If you are looking for a slower hatha type yoga, this is not for you. If you want to push your flexibility farther while strengthening your muscles, buy this, and do it! You'll see the difference.
on May 26, 2002
I have tried about 5 different yoga workout tapes, and these are by far the very best. The biggest benefit of Kest's is that he gives you time to stay in the poses, and paces it like a master. Rodney Yee's tapes are so stupid by comparison; he races through the poses like a science nerd who has no patience for dopey beginners. Kest, on the other hand, is very patient and persistent. His comments are encouraging and reassuring. He is a real human. While I agree with most of the other reviewers who say that it is not for beginners, it is not necessary to be Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, either. I had worked with Susan Deason's tapes, which were great preparatory workouts for this, for about 3 months. After that I felt I needed something more powerful and fat-burning (hate that word). You can stop worrying about weight loss and all that bunk that the consumerist gurus obsess about. Kest's approach has a spiritual side that makes you stay involved in the workout from a personal growth point of view; this guy has a wonderful system. My body is going through miraculous changes already, after 3 weeks; my waist is thinner, my torso is lengthening, my breathing and sense of well-being have improved by about 100%. Bravo, Bryan Kest!
on May 19, 2004
I LOVE this video set. I really really do. I get SUCH a great workout with this set. At first, I could barely make it through the videos and my legs would shake and shake and I would drop out of the poses and couldn't for the life of me hold any of the darned poses. But after a few weeks, I kind of got good at it! And I feel great too.
I love the fact that there are three different workouts but in the same form type and with the same instructor. It makes it so that you can mix it up so you don't get bored and don't work all the same muscles every day.
I have tried SO many yoga videos. I HATE those videos that end up being fake yoga modified for the beginner but trying to fit for the advanced person. Almost all the videos I have tried have been so tempered down that I really don't feel my body is benefitting from it. Not only do I not feel like I get a stretch, but I also don't feel like I am developing muscle!
I have wasted so much money trying to find another yoga video. I don't know why I bother. Probably because psychologically I am always trying something new. But this cookie is THROUGH wasting her money. This and Kundalini Yoga by Gumukh (sp?) are the BEST I have tried.
on July 30, 2009
I was initially afraid that this Warner Bros DVD would be a Hollywood-type production without a firm grounding in the rich tradition of yoga. But no cause for concern: Bryan Kest's Power Yoga is the real thing. The workouts are vigorous--Power Yoga is meant to get the heart pumping and really stretch the body. However, in the three hour-long workouts on this DVD, he explains each pose clearly and succinctly, and directs the class at a reasonable pace. The first of the three sequences would be, I believe, within the range of most beginners--not too demanding, but definitely energizing. The second, "Tone," is a real workout, difficult to get through without pausing for a break, and with some slightly challenging poses. The third, "Sweat," is as almost as demanding aerobically, and contains some even more challenging poses. In all three, he gives lots of good tips on how to do the poses with proper alignment and constantly encourages you to go easy and not push beyond your healthy limits, especially at key points where strain or injury could occur without due care. On the DVD, he directs a group of nine or so male and female yoga students, most of whom are accomplished practitioners, in performing the poses. It cuts away regularly to shots of Bryan himself expertly demonstrating the poses. The music has a beat, and I think is just right for this kind of semi-athletic yoga style. No surprise that this would be a quality production. As just a teenager Kest (now in his 40's) travelled to India and studied with one of the world's leading luminaries of Yoga, the founder of Ashtanga yoga, K. Patabhi Jois. He also spent years with other top teachers in the U.S., and then opened his own studio in Califoria. I enjoy the challenging workouts on this DVD, I feel great after doing them, and I feel real growth of flexibility and stamina in my yoga asana practice as a result.
on June 18, 2004
The good point about this tape is the price,that you have 3 practices,and that this is REAL Power Yoga..This stuff hurts..I can almost guarantee if you do these tapes daily you will see results...yesterday the UPS man told me I had nice arms,and I am positive I am now leaner as opposed to that bulky weight lifting nautilus look I had.Ok,Level 1 is for Total Newbies,Level 2 is the HARDEST,and Level 3 although hard is NOT as hard as level 3...My butt is sore everytime I do the tapes....I myself as a former fashion student love the lighting and music,but here is the thing I find made it hard for me to concentrate in the beginning...Bryan Kest is a long haired stud muffin and we see 90s video type shots of his lovely face,him in a leather jacket,and him doing handstands half naked in black tights..Wonderful,but nothing to do with the instruction practice...Also,Mr.Kest is perpetually shirtless during the class,showing off a beautiful body (obviously from yoga) wearing strategically sexy yoga attire, and adjusting a cast of women with 6 pack stomachs and gym god men..I do not think I am being immature for noticing this (I am 39)..but it does give the tape am erotic vibe..Now I have gotten past it,because this is a must have for a collection,at a decent price...I would recommend this tape along with Roddney Yees Power Yoga (make sure you get the 75 minute tape) and also watching Steve Ross on Inhale on The Oxygen channel at 6 am,and in 6 months you WILL see a new body as long as youre also watching your diet and adding cardio .
on July 11, 2004
This set was the first set of yoga tapes I purchased several years ago, and it is still a favorite, joined by the Power of Hatha Yoga Ultimate Series with Naader Shagagi. I've been doing yoga for some time now and am still even challenged by the first one, so I can interchange all three. The greatest part is that this doesn't feel like the "fad"-type power yoga -- Kest's soothing voice and reminder to only go as far as you can while remaining equanimous keeps the tone down but makes this a powerful, yet smooth-paced workout. Great for both beginners and those more advanced at yoga!
on March 23, 2005
I have to agree with the others on this DVD as far as the content but the the long hair, tight jeans (while he is teaching!) and the slow various shots of him with his opened shirt is a little much. This is why it lost a few stars. If you can get over the esthetic 'cheese', this DVD is for you.
on November 15, 2005
I can not say enough great things about this DVD collection. If you are at all curious about learning Yoga, this is a great place to start. If you are an experienced yogi or yogini then this is also a great DVD to add to your collection. Bryan Kest not only gives you a great workout, he allows you to accept were you are at. As a power yoga teacher myself, I can olny hope that I can give my students the spiritual guidance and physical challenge that this collection gives. Bravo!!
on July 13, 2011
I ordered this video based on the reviews from other customers, and I was not let down. I enjoy yoga, but not paying the big bucks for the studio experience. I wanted something challanging and know that I will get results. This video has 3 yoga workouts that are all challenging. My favorite's are level two and three. I alternate between the two, depending on my energy level. I am so addicted to this video that I work out to this video, 6 to 7 times per week. I used to be an advid runner, but due to injurys and stress on my joints, I am unable to run and have experienced pain in my left knee for months. Since starting this video my knee feels better and stronger than ever and I no longer limp. My flexiblity and strength has greatly increased in just the month and half of using Bryan Kest's Power Yoga. Bryan Kest is great to look at too. I feel like I am right there, in his class and it has both men and women, who are unbelievably flexible. His voice is calming yet not corny, and his instructions are extemely well done. This is a great video for someone who is familiar with yoga and is wanting to be challenged and increase strength and flexiblity. I love it and you will too.