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) the problem with this is that when I did not understand the instruction and looked up towatch it, it had all ready been done
on 5 June 2015
I bought this as a beginner's DVD, that's what it is called and it says 'no yoga experience necessary' on the box front and it says on the back, 'Shiva Rea leads this introductory practice'. What I expected from a DVD aimed at beginners was a detailed description of the poses, possibly how to modify them if you were more or less advanced, followed by a flow using those poses. That is not what is on this DVD. Firstly I found the language vague, this forced me to look at the TV more times than any of the other approximately 8 yoga DVDs I own, (from multiple teachers,) none of them are aimed at beginners, for instance what does 'radiate your arm' mean, by the looks of it, it means extend your arm, why not use a term that, I suspect, is much more widely understood? Shiva Rea uses repeatedly the term wisdom pose instead of child's pose, I presumed that these were different names for the same thing but a Google image search for Wisdom pose yoga returns very few images of what I expected, where as Child's pose returns entirely what I expected. Secondly the narration lags the action on screen by 1-2 seconds, (I think this is deliberate,) the problem with this is that when I did not understand the instruction and looked up to watch it, it had all ready been done, so on several occasions I had to rewind to watch so that I could understand what I was supposed to do. There is also a section that is done on a beach at sunset, while this is picturesque, as she seems to be wearing dark trousers against a dark beach I found it difficult to see what her legs were doing.
In a beginner's DVD the language should be clear, precise and consistent with what is commonly used elsewhere, it should also lead the picture if anything so that if someone does not understand they can hopefully look to the TV in time to watch what has just be described and finally the setting should be well lit and not in shadow.
If this were sold as a gentle Yoga DVD that does not require a lot of strength and flexibility it would be fine, it is the fact that it is sold as a beginner's DVD that I rate it so low.