This review has been a long time coming. MTV Power Yoga (affiliate link) was the very first workout DVD I bought way back in university (I graduated in 2006, so it’s definitely been awhile). I remember wandering the aisles of the Zellers media section looking for a workout that wasn’t too cheesy. I had never done any yoga what so ever, but I thought I’d give it a try. Fast forward to now and I’m sure I’ve done this DVD close to fifty times since then.
First off, this is a tough yoga practice. It’s a fast paced vinyasa style. That means poses aren’t held for very long, and you move from one pose to another quite quickly. There’s not a whole lot of cuing or discussion about modifications, so if you’re just starting out, I think there are more appropriate yoga DVD’s to begin with. I wish I had known that when I bought it, because I remember thinking after the first time I finished it that I was way more out of shape than I thought.
Now for some details. It’s a 45 minute long yoga practice. Kristin McGee (who’s a well known yoga teacher) leads it, along with three others who demonstrate beginner, intermediate, and advanced modifications. There’s also an additional Pilates core workout on the DVD. I haven’t done it very many times, but it’s a great core workout. It’s pretty tough, which always makes me thankful that it’s only ten minutes long.
Be forewarned, this is a fast paced yoga practice. If you’re a beginner or prefer a slower yoga practice, this isn’t the DVD for you. I have to admit that the first few times I did it I was overwhelmed. As soon as I thought I’d figured out a pose, Kristin would move on to the next one.
I know yoga has a reputation for being pretentious, which is a shame. Even though that’s the opposite of what yoga teaches, I think it comes with the territory when something gets as popular as yoga has gotten over the last ten or 15 years. Fortunately this DVD isn’t that way at all. Kristin comes across as very down to earth and relatable.
I’m one of those people who will take just about every chance that I can to workout outside. I love going for walks, hikes, and even do yoga in the backyard to get out. While I have yet to do this DVD outside, the setting is outside which is kind of nice. Instead of looking at a bland, generic set behind the people doing yoga, you get a peek of nature with mountains in the background.
All in all, I think MTV Power Yoga (affiliate link) is a great DVD if you like fast paced vinyasa classes and you have a firm yoga background to draw on. If not, try a few different yoga classes at your local studio or try Tia Mowery’s Calm Yoga for a slower paced practice.
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