Review of "Yoga Inside Out: The Healing Way"

By Paula Tursi, 2007
Review by Christian Perring on Mar 18th 2008
Yoga Inside Out: The Healing Way

Yoga Inside Out: The Healing Way is an introductory DVD with an 80 minute workout.  It features Paula Tursi and two others yoga students, a man and a woman.  They are in a large room with a wooden floor and a green-lit white curtain in the background.  They use yoga mats, blankets with yoga blocks.  There's gentle music in the background and Tursi speaks in voice-over.  She has a calm clear voice, and for the most part her instructions are clear, although occasionally one needs to look at the screen carefully to see what the 3 people are doing, especially when they are doing variations or modifications of postures.  The 3 people have different levels of strength and flexibility and so most beginners should be able to find someone to follow.

It's a nice workout that starts with breathing exercises and then goes through a fairly standard sequence, with sun salutations, standing postures, sitting postures, bridges and backbends, inversions, and finally a relaxation period.  It's possible to use the DVD menu to skip the initial breathing exercises or just go to a desired set of exercises.  There's also a short extra section that shows how to do some of the postures with more detail: wide-legged forward bends, shoulder stands, Tree Pose using a wall, and pigeon pose.  Another extra, mainly for information, is about the mechanics of the spine and how yoga works on it to make it more flexible. 

For those looking for a way to start yoga, this DVD could be a helpful supplement to yoga classes.  The production qualities are high and it does not get tiresome after repeated viewings.

© 2008 Christian Perring

Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York


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