I've recently decided to take advantage of my Netflix membership to check out some Yoga DVDs. First on the list is Yoga Mind and Body with Ali McGraw and Erich Schiffman. I'll tell you up front: I'm a huge fan of Erich Schiffman. He's like what would happen if you fused Patanjali with The Dude from The Big Lebowski. This DVD did not disappoint. I can't believe I haven't seen it until now- it was originally released in 1994!
It's a moderate practice, clocking in at about 50 minutes. The pacing is perfect, and it's a nice potpourri of poses that is great for beginners who want to supplement their class as well as advanced practitioners who want to focus on alignment or playing the edge in basic poses. I love the standing pose flow which goes from Trikonasana to Ardha Chandrasana to Uttitha Parsvakonasana to Parsvatanasana, to Prasarita Padottanasana. Whew that was a lot of sanskrit right there!
Also I have to mention I love the MTV-esque editing* and the Dead Can Dance soundtrack.
Of course this only prompted me to dig deeper into the Netflix Yoga vault and thus the next installment of yoga reviews will feature Yoga for Indie Rockers. Stay tuned! Also feel free to add your favorite yoga resources or request reviews in the comments!
*True story: my first and favorite yoga DVD is MTV Yoga. Perhaps I should be embarrassed to admit that, but I promise it's actually a decent instructional DVD!