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Wonderful if you like Barbara,
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This review is from: Barbara Currie: Power Packed Yoga [DVD] (DVD)
Like another reviewer, I'm allergic to Californian yoga videos with a lot of silence, heavy breathing and sunset scenes - and Barbara does it for me. Her yoga is taught in a style more like 1980s aerobics than yoga - and she doesnt give you a lot of explanation about how to improve e.g. by breathing into the poses - so if you want the dolphin music and chanting this is not for you.
However, they shouldnt be dismissed as they have many benefits - this one is the best for me as the sections are long enough and not split into body parts like "exercises for the arms" as some of her other DVDs are, but organised into "balances" "flexibility" etc. Only drawback for me is that it does not include the inverted positions like the shoulder stands in other DVDs.
For me the benefits of this DVD are:
1) Barbara goes at the right pace for me- fast enough not to get bored or feel like you've just been lying on the floor breathing for ages (I can't take Katy Appleton for this reason as there are just great long sections of irritating breathing). If you're the type to get impatient with yoga, this is for you. It can seem fast the first time you watch - but this is good, because by the time you've done it a few times, it is just right - and now I've had it for a while I fast forward quite often.
2) The DVD is filmed so that you can always clearly see exactly what she is doing and how to do it. Unlike some DVDs where they keep showing you the scenery. Again, it's aerobics/keep fit style, so it's all about showing you how, not creating a spa atmosphere.
3) I love Barbara. It's a personal taste, but she is for me indeed the Delia Smith of yoga: kind, sensible and without vanity - yes, she is a bit like a nurse, but I don't mind being her patient!
4) It really works. I went to yoga classes, tried 2 private teachers, and didnt get on well until I started with Barbara Currie. I have been using her DVDs (and videos before that) for years and have gone from feeling I could never ever get into the poses to doing them with ease. I can do all the poses easily - and although no doubt I am missing many aspects of yoga, it's made me really flexible and given me great body tone.
Yes, it can seem fast at first - and her yoga is more like aerobics than the California style - but you have to bear with it as by the time you've watched it a few times you