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Kripalu Yoga (1998)

Cast: Stephen Cope, Stephen Cope
Director: Bill Swotes, Bill Swotes
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Wellspring Media
Running Time: 235 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

Stephen Cope guides the viewer through 80 minutes of yogic routines, demonstrating over 30 different poses. This is not a tape for the beginner, and presumes that the viewer possesses enough knowledge of the art that they won't be confused by the use of Sanskrit to refer to basic yogic techniques. Nor will the basic techniques be explained. For more advanced users, however, the tape carefully explains some fairly complicated yogic poses. As an added benefit, the video comes with a poster outlining each of the poses taught. The poses are demonstrated by people whose age and physical abilities range widely, pointing out that yoga -- even complicated yoga -- can be of benefit to all ages. ~ Michael McGrath, All Movie Guide

Contains three volumes on one DVD:
Kripalu Yoga Gentle
Kripalu Yoga Dynamic
Kripalu Yogo Partner

GreenCine Member Reviews

Life- and body-affirming yoga for all levels by awehman July 6, 2005 - 4:55 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This DVD is a set of three yoga series. All three series depict a variety of "real" people doing yoga, as opposed to the usual 25 yr old skinny models and actors. The emphasis is on the life-affirming aspects of the Kripalu philosophy and spirituality.

The first set is "Gentle", which will not increase your heart rate and is merely stretching. I think a beginner could easily follow this video. It starts off with meditation, gives you a break point at 30 minutes, near 50 minutes you have 5-10 minutes of freeform movement, and ends with more meditation.

The second set is "Dynamic" and is not for beginners. They throw out a lot of jargon without explaining it, so you either need to view the DVD before trying to follow along, be comfortable with rewinding, or have experience with the poses and breathing styles and their hindi names. This 75 minute section also includes meditation at the beginning and end as well as a free-style movement section.

The third set is "Partner", i.e. yoga for 2. I didn't watch this part, but it was also around an hour long. The DVD also includes a short video on Kripalu and what their center is all about.

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(Average 7.00)
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