Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ELEMENT: AM & PM Yoga for Beginners

This is a fantastic DVD to wake you up in the morning, relax and release your body at night, or to help ease muscle soreness or stress! Elena Brower is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor and a genius! This DVD was shared with me and I honestly wish that I owned it. Elena demonstrates and talks you through all the movements, she also demonstrates variations.

I was feeling sore after my run this morning and popped in the DVD since I forgot to try it last night before bed. This DVD has two 30 minute segments that you can try either separately or back-to-back. Elena keeps you moving and breathing to help ease your mind and your body. When I think of AM & PM yoga DVDs my mind immediately goes to meditation, and very basic poses. This is not one of those DVDs.

My thoughts on the sequences are found below:

AM Yoga (30 min.)-A great morning routine! My body feels relaxed and energized already! Elena has some very cool twists on transitions and specifically the cat-cow poses. Gentle repetition in stretches and poses help you to warm up your  body and ease deeper into the poses.She also has you step back into down-dog instead of straight into plank like most routines, this is easier on the body.

PM Yoga (30 min.)-A very relaxing routine that focusing on stretching with your breath. A good portion of the end of the sequence is deep relaxation and meditation. A pose that is used in this sequence that was not used in the AM sequence is Pigeon pose. This also felt really nice on my IT-band (Iliotibial tract) which was tense from running.

If you are interested in Elena Brower and her yoga studio in NY, USA then visit the website below:

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Happy Training! à bientôt!

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