Rated 4 out of 5 by IvySantaFe Solid, Basic Yoga Quickies
You won't find many surprises in these five 20-minute yoga sequences, just solid sequencing of bedrock poses--not a bad thing in my book. The pace of each practice is moderate, with medium length holds of poses (a possible exception is the repeated cycles within the hip opener sequence, which some may find a bit quick). Despite the short time frame and leisurely pace, each sequence manages to pack a surprisingly good selection of asanas within its particular theme: standing poses, twists, backbends, forward bends, or hip openers. The standing sequence is fairly standard, but each of the other series is more creative. Twist incorporates reclining, standing, and seated twists. The backbend sequence is dynamic and graceful. The forward bend sequence includes both standing and seated asanas. The hip opener series works repetitively and progressively. Sequences can be string together for a longer practice, but only manually. The music is pleasant and unobtrusive, mostly wind instruments with some drums. The scenery is typical Gaiam-beautiful.
I don't notice anything especially "A.M." about the sequences--they can each be done at any time. If anything, all but the more fluid backbend sequence could use a warm up, so time permitting, I do a few sun salutations first, or start with backbends when linking multiple sequences. The "full instruction" audio track assumes some knowledge of the asanas, and consists mostly of cues for moving between postures and helpful alignment reminders within each pose. There is also a "minimal instruction" audio track that is nice once the sequence is familiar. Some asanas reappear in a number of sequences, allowing for increased familiarity and progress over time. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Spanish language audio track as well, well translated and cued in a pleasant voice that matched Rodney Yee's own rather nicely.
Overall, this is a decent addition to my yoga library, which I use mostly for quick fixes, lazy days, or as a stretch or cool down after a workout. I am an early intermediate yoga practitioner, but can see this being of use to most levels of practitioners, from for slightly advanced beginners (those with basic familiarity of the asanas) on. Here is my best shot at an asana list, not including linking or repeated poses: STANDING SEQUENCE: Mountain, Standing Forward Bend, Down Dog, Lunge, Tree, Triangle, Standing Forward Bend, Side Angle, Warrior 1, Standing Forward Bend, Warrior 2, Wide Angle Standing Forward Bend, Chair, Hero, Relaxation. TWISTS: Reclined Mountain, Reclined Bent Knee Single Leg Twist, Reclined Bent Knee Double Leg Twist, Reclined Single Leg Stretch, Down Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Single Bent Legged Down Dog Twist, Crescent Lunge, Standing Forward Bend, Cobbler's Pose Forward Bend, Seated Wide Angle Forward Bend, Simple Cross-legged Twist, Sage Twist, Half Fish Twist, Cobra, Relaxation. BACKBENDS: Supported Reclined Mountain, Mountain, Sun Salutations, Side Angle Pose, Warrior 1, High Cobra, Bow, Camel, Cobbler's Pose, Bent Knee Twist, Reclined Single Leg Stretch, Relaxation. FORWARD BENDS: Reclined Single Leg Stretch, Happy Baby Pose, Thread the Needle Pose, Rock Up to Sitting, Child Pose, Down Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Standing Wide Angle Forward Bend, Single Leg Down Dog, Simple Cross Legged Forward Bend, Seated Single Leg Forward Bend, Seated Forward Bend, Cobbler's Pose Forward Bend, Seated Wide Angle Forward Bend, Reclined Cobbler's Pose, Relaxation. HIP OPENERS: Cycle Repetitions of Staff, Cobbler's, and Seated Wide Angle Pose, first two also interspersed with Boat, Simple Cross-legged Forward Bend, Hip-Knee Rotations, Cobbler's Pose, Down Dog, Pigeon, Reclined Pigeon, Crescent Lunge, Simple Cross-Legged Forward Bend, Half Fish Twist, Seated Wide Angle Forward Bend, Cobbler's Pose Forward Bend, Hero, Relaxation.
October 26, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Superfreak Everyone should have this!
Get up earlier and get your day going with Rodney - all routines 20-23 minutes.
October 24, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by mbs78 Best way to work yoga into your daily routine
This is an excellent yoga DVD suitable for practitioners of all levels. I have been using it regularly and it has really made a difference to my strength and flexibility. I have been able to benefit from just a commitment of 20 minutes a day.
October 21, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cheetah Nice Change
This DVD is good for those mornings when you have little time to spare, but still want to maintain a regular exercise regimen.
October 21, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Devotee Favorite Collection
In my collection of approximately 20 yoga DVDs, this is by far the most practical and user-friendly morning practice that I own. I love the flexibility of choosing a particular focus, and whichever one is selected, inevitably it leads to doing more than one 20-minute work-out. Whether one does a 20-minute practice, or, time allowing, moves into a 40-60 minute practice, this DVD will leave one refreshed, relaxed and ready to greet the day.
October 21, 2009