You know how most yoga DVDs are titled something along the lines of “Yoga for Stress Relief/Weight Loss/Flexibility/Upper Body/Lower Body/Abs/Confidence/House Painting”? Usually they just end up being the same couple of sun salutations with a triangle and tree pose thrown in for good measure.
Yes, we can credit yoga with everything under the sun, but the general ‘sameness’ of most yoga DVDs can be a bit, err, boring.
I am a pretty big fan of the Element series of workout videos, and I will say, without a doubt that Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility is “different.”
As always, this series delivers solid, well educated, flowing, challenging yoga. What really makes this DVD stand apart is that it really does seem to be targeted toward Stress Relief and Flexibility.
I really like the instructor, Ashley Turner. She also coaches what is probably my favorite Yoga DVD, Element: Yoga for Weight Loss. This DVD isn’t necessarily the kind of DVD I would go to when I’m in a hardcore yogi mood, for that I’d probably go to Ashley’s other Element DVD, but I’ll definitely be doing it for a few weeks as I try to recap some of my flexibility before I venture back to my regular class.
The DVD is broken up into two 35-minute practices. Practice one is for flexibility and it consists of a few sun salutations and cobras, but the flexibility aspect seems to come into play in the duration of time you hold each position, and the amount of repetition. Honestly, the majority of yoga is going to help you with flexibility if you stay at it long enough, except…
Yoga for Stress Relief, the other half of this DVD. This portion of the practice has a strong focus on breathing with some mild stretching. The majority of the practice is spent in a crossed-leg seated position. That’s pretty different if you ask me.
I will say that the one major drawback I found in this DVD is in the editing. On the title page there is an option to play the complete workout for a 70-minute practice, which I did. Unfortunately, whoever was in charge of the editing process didn’t transition the workouts appropriately, allowing for the full cool-down of the first practice, complete with Savasana, to divide the two workouts. Had they just cut that scene and transitioned directly into the next practice it would have been less disjointed. I don’t know about you, but once I’m all relaxed after Savasana the last thing I want to do is start all over again.
Overall, I appreciate that this Yoga DVD breaks the mold a bit and really does try to target the areas promised. It’s not my favorite Yoga DVD, but it certainly has value if your tired of the same ole, same ole. If you’re looking for a great home practice I would definitely suggest two other Element DVD’s, Elena Brower’s AM/PM Yoga, and Ashley Turner’s Yoga for Weight Loss.