Thursday, September 22, 2011

Element Hatha & Flow Yoga For Beginners Review

Today's Review: Element Hatha & Flow Yoga For Beginners With Yoga Strap Kit
Tamal Dodge, 2011

This dvd has two 30 minute workouts on it and comes with a nice yoga strap. Tamal works out alone and the workouts are voiceover. Filmed overlooking the beautiful Pacific Oean providing lots of lush greenery and gorgeous views. You will use the strap for the Hatha routine but not the Flow routine.

Hatha: This routine focuses on increasing flexibility and dissolving stress. The poses are used to relax not invigorate. Exercises include: breath work, forward folds, inversion, 1/2 sun salutation, butterfly stretch, boat, down dog, seated lower body stretching, static core work, low back stretch, and concludes with a long corpse pose.

Flow: This routine focuses on building strength & stamina and is more active than the Hatha routine. Exercises include: Victorious Breath, cat cow, plank, chataranga, up & down dog, sun salutation A, chair, warrior 1 & 2, inverted bike, seated lower body stretches, lower back massage, and finishes w/ a long corpse pose.

I would rate the work intermediate but because he provides lots of great pointers & the names of the poses it is a great workout for beginners. The use of the strap in the Hatha routine helps you ease into and get the most out of the stretches provided. Tamal is a great instructor, providing plenty of great form pointers and cues very well. Solid yoga routine, not boring. Good for fans of yoga. Received this dvd to review.

Weekend Crafts:
Made these at stamping last weekend. The first one has a cool pop up type fold- it was supposed to be a Thanksgiving card but I dont really give out Thanksgiving cards so I subbed flowers for the leaves and then left the message box empty until I decide what Im going to do with it. Then 2 Christmas cards and the last one is an envelope- its actually really cute but hard to see here (you can click on the image to view larger). It will be good to put a giftcard in.

Today's Tip: Kefir for health
The idea of eating anything fermented doesn’t sound too appealing, but fermented foods like kefir have many benefits. “They offer probiotics and are commonly eaten in many indigenous diets,” says registered dietician. Read more on Self

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1 comment:

  1. This is good traditional yoga in 20 minute the way it is meant to be done. If you practice these everyday you will find a great increase in flexibility and wellness. People who don't understand yoga may not get the benefits of a short practice. I am very active and busy. I find this yoga a good balance for cardio and strength training.