- Format: NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Release Date: Jan. 22 2013
- Run Time: 150 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00GY4RG1W
Element Intro to Yoga Kit With Yoga Block [Import]
Yoga has an amazing way of stretching and strengthening the body while calming the mind and restoring energy. Filmed in a serene garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean, these two sessions offer a comprehensive introduction to yoga so that you can begin at any level and continually progress. The Fundamentals program will take you step-by-step through the basics of yoga breathing, foundation postures and short vinyasa flows. The Intermediate sequence will introduce the next stage of postures and flow through a series of full sun salutations. Both of these programs will build strength and tone muscle while they improve balance, increase flexibility, release tension and allow you to start realizing the positive impact that yoga can have on your life.
About the Instructor: Raised in his family’s yoga ashram on the island of Hawaii, Tamal Dodge (tamalyoga.com) has practiced and taught yoga for most of his life. He is the co-founder of The Yoga Collective, one of the largest yoga studios in California, and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Self Magazine and Yogi Times. When he is not teaching at his studio, Tamal spends much of his time touring the country to share the benefits of yoga with people of all ages. His goal is not only to help people become physically fit but ultimately happier and more fulfilled.
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As a somewhat experienced yogi, I find both Intro & Intermediate practices challenging & satisfying in their own right. If you're a beginner, you'll definitely have to warm up to this DVD, especially the intermediate. Tamal is amazing at making you constantly aware of your breath regardless of how difficult the pose is you're holding. He does not rush so you're holding each for a nourishing amount of time.
I would also recommend his Yoga for Energy & Relaxation as it is SLIGHTLY less intense.
Instructor/Instruction: Tamal Dodge's voice is very soothing. It's a voice over style, which I like. His sequencing flows. His cuing is very good, but the true beginner who may want to watch this once before moving along with the DVD. He gives a lot of pointers on what the poses do to the body and mind. He doesn't always show or tell how to do some modifications though. He seems very sincere in his teaching, and I would take a class from him in person, given the chance. Each practice is about 34 minutes in length and includes a short savasana.
Setting: It's filmed outside, in a beautiful garden on an ocean. It's beautiful and soothing. Element seems to use the same place.
Music: It's new age ambient - relaxing and soothing.
Programs: There are two programs on here. The beginner program is easy but requires strength and balance. The intermediate requires more strength and balance. However, even a true beginner can benefit from both programs. Both programs will develop endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.
Props: a foam block is used for some asanas, but it's not completely necessary.
This is a nice introduction to yoga. It moves a little slow for me, but it really is good for developing a very good understanding of basic yoga poses. If you're new to yoga and seeking to advance your practice, this is an excellent choice.