Nicki Doane is a reliable name in yoga teaching, especially Ashtanga yoga. Her yoga teaching goes beyond traditional yoga and her teaching classes include asana, Pranayam, poetry and philosophy. She emphasizes on awareness of being healthy with her each pose. She has taught yoga at many studios and conferences and has launched two DVD programs on Ashtanga yoga, i.e. Ashtanga yoga: Beginners practice and Ashtanga yoga: Introductory poses. Here we will discuss about the introductory poses DVD program with this famous Ashtanga teacher. This DVD program is about 85 minutes long and contains poses to tone up your muscles and breathing techniques to improve mind – body connection and enhance the concentration.
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- It helps you learn the basic poses of Ashtanga yoga with the Hatha yoga system.
- Cleanses the body through cardio exercises.
- Its breathing techniques like Vinyasa (flowing poses) and Ujjayi (ocean sound breathing) strengthen the body and mind harmony by creating a rhythm and boost up your focus.
- These exercises will help in regulating the energy flow within the body.
The DVD program has runtime of one hour and 25 minutes. It opens with an introductory note from Nicki Doane about Ashtanga yoga, then the two parts of Surya Namaskar or Sun salutation and it is described and demonstrated in a beginners approach to give a better understanding. These sun salutations help you in increasing your flexibility and cardiovascular ability which will sculpt lean muscles. There are standing poses of the primary series, which is designed in such a way that it helps your body in re-aligning the skeletal system and cleanse out the toxins from the body. It removes spine related problem like hunched back and gives you extra inches to your height. There are Ashtanga yoga demonstrations instructed with the soothing voice of Nicki Doane in the program and it finish with the interview of the yoga teacher. There is this unique feature in the DVD program known as a pose guide which helps you in receiving additional information on the proper alignment for a certain pose during practice by just pressing the enter key and a pose guide will appear on your monitor. After getting the information you can resume the video from where you have left it. This feature will help you in understanding each pose more clearly and you can set your pace accordingly. After all exercises, corpse pose is demonstrated for relaxation of the body.
This program focuses more on the breathing part therefore don’t compromise on your breath over a pose. This poses can be seen to be challenging and a bit difficult but after practicing them few times, you will actually enjoy them and feel their positive result. You can make some changes to the poses according to your abilities since your adult body is not used to the stretching stuff, but still you can try to move your body as far as possible into a pose. This is challenging and you could feel discouraged, but if you will do it consistently then you will notice the difference by yourself. Ashtanga yoga requires you to perform a set of poses repeatedly in a same order and when you will start practicing it, then you will feel how dynamic and effective it is.