Power yoga is a challenging workout designed to build strength, stamina and flexibility. The flow of the exercises generates heat, which not only increases flexibility but also promotes strength. Instructors Bryan Kest and Rodney Yee are known specifically for their power yoga routines. Both are great choices for an excellent power yoga workout, but Yee's Power Yoga (*Est. $9) has drawn more recent attention.
Kest's Power Yoga (*Est. $15) is designed to make you sweat, and reviewers say it accomplishes that and then some. It includes three 50-minute workouts designed for various fitness levels. Energize is suitable for beginners and includes a dynamic Ashtanga yoga workout. Tone focuses on muscular strength and flexibility, and is designed for intermediate practitioners. Finally, Sweat is an advanced routine with plenty of balance poses and brisk movements. The sessions build on each other, so users can advance to the next level as their skills improve. Kest, a yoga instructor with nearly 30 years of experience, leads each session in an indoor studio.
Reviewers call Power Yoga a good fit for a variety of yoga students. Beginners will benefit from the detailed instruction while advanced yogis enjoy the challenge, especially in the third volume. "I've been practicing for over 10 years, and I find this DVD challenging, energetic and informative," says one customer at Amazon.com, where the video earns 4 stars out of 5 after more than 530 posts. Most users report positive results after regular sessions. "It is actually making me feel and look healthier and more relaxed with my life," says one. Viewers say Kest demonstrates modifications for most poses and corrects the student models, which is helpful for those concerned about proper alignment.
A primary complaint is that Kest talks too much, which users say can be distracting and annoying when trying to focus on a difficult pose. The DVD was originally produced in 1995, and the clothing and music seem dated to some viewers. While most say that's easy to overlook, some find it off-putting.
Rodney Yee, a certified instructor with nearly 25 years of experience, is another big name in the yoga world. His Power Yoga DVD (*Est. $9) is designed for intermediate to advanced practitioners, and he calls it one of his most strenuous videos. As a result, he recommends that beginners limit themselves to the first half of the 60-minute workout and gradually work up to finishing the entire session.
Yee's Power Yoga is a staff favorite at CollageVideo.com and gets nearly 350 user posts at Amazon.com, where it scores an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Viewers report improved strength, better posture and lower stress levels following this program. Yee's mellow, soft-spoken instruction is called a good alternative to Kest, who tends to talk a lot. The beautiful outdoor setting is another perk. "Rodney's videos always have spectacular views (filmed in Hawaii) and his voice is very soothing," says Paige Waehner at About.com. Users say Yee's narration is easy to follow and they don't have to constantly look at the TV for guidance.
Although most reviews are positive, some critics say this power yoga workout can be boring and monotonous after you complete it a few times. "You will like this DVD if you like to do the same poses over and over again," says one. Some advanced yogis also think the video is too easy.