Yoga Zone: Flexibility & Tone
Cast: Alan Finger
The creator of Yoga Zone, Alan Finger, leads the viewer through a workout that concentrates on improving one's flexibility and tone. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are just fine for a disc of this type. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but workouts are available for… See more details below
The creator of Yoga Zone, Alan Finger, leads the viewer through a workout that concentrates on improving one's flexibility and tone. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are just fine for a disc of this type. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but workouts are available for both beginners as well as for those more familiar with yoga techniques.This is yet another excellent video from yoga master Alan Finger, who runs several studios in New York. Just a touch more difficult than Introduction to Yoga, this tape, as the title suggests, focuses on poses that increase muscle strength and flexibility. Some basic poses are the same as in Introduction to Yoga -- potted palm, cat pose, downward dog and mountain pose, for example -- Finger introduces some variations. The lunge here is practiced with the torso upright, and in addition to sun salutations, there is also the more complex sun worship. Other poses include scale, triangle and the squt. Finger safely guides the student through each move with clear-cut instruction and his gentle humor makes them all very non-intimidating -- even that dreaded cross-legged hip-opener that some instructors call "the pose of nobility." As always, Finger's non-mystical approach makes this tape accessible to everyone, although those who want the Indian names for the poses and any new age philosophizing may be disappointed. On the other hand, yoga enthusiasts who want a tape that they will be able to use for many months (preferably to supplement their in-person instruction) will love this video. Two of Finger's senior teachers show each pose -- one displays the less flexible version while the other gives the more advanced move. Props are minimal -- only a belt is used for one pose -- and there is an especially relaxing guided meditation for the corpse pose. A highly recommended video.
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First of all, one of the reasons why this video is fantastic is because of Alan Finger! He is a wonderful yoga master. This man has a gift. His voice is calm and soothing and his instructions are easy to follow. Once you get the hang of this video, you would just have to follow his voice and not look on the tv screen. Another thing that impresses me is that he lets you adjust and gives you time to perform the poses before he proceeds to the next one. The work out is pretty challenging. The degree of difficulty maybe at the beginner's level however, you would get results from performing this series.