Students who want an intense workout may find "Bryan Kest's Power Yoga" to be a great fit. The three-level program lets users progress to more difficult moves as they sharpen their skills. Kest earns praise for modifying poses and keeping students focused on their breathing. The program also provides a strong blend of moves to promote strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. But many say the DVD has become dated, while others say they find Kest overly talkative.
A Power Yoga pioneer. Bryan Kest is credited with launching the power yoga craze. With more than 30 years of experience, he encourages a more personal, spiritual yoga experience than some casual yoga instructors. Yet more than one viewer calls Kest corny, and critics say he talks too much. However, if you can overlook these points, reviewers say "Bryan Kest's Power Yoga" DVD provides interesting moves, creative sequencing and explains what each pose should feel like when performed correctly. Reviewers say he does a good job reminding them to focus on breathing, though some say more instruction would be helpful.
DVD is showing its age. Reviewers like the variety that "Bryan Kest's Power Yoga" provides. Ashtanga-inspired power yoga is an athletic and vigorous style that benefits athletes or anyone looking for an intense workout, and users say Kest is adept at blending moves that focus on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. But some say the dated production is distracting: Originally produced in 1995, it includes several fitness models in matching uniforms performing moves in a brick loft-style setting. Music draws mixed reviews, too -- Kest uses thumping beats that one reviewer says is like "music from a bad '80s action movie."
Three workout levels let users progress. "Bryan Kest's Power Yoga" includes three 50-minute sessions designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced yogis. Reviewers like that they can progress to a new level as their skills improve, but they say the beginning-level workout is still too intense for most students who are out of shape or new to yoga. For those who are up to the challenge but still building their skills, Kest demonstrates modifications for most poses. However, some say his verbal cues can be easy to miss. No special equipment is required to follow along, which reviewers appreciate.
More than 600 reviewers give "Bryan Kest's Power Yoga" 4.2 out of 5 stars. Reviewers say the workouts are challenging, and most report excellent results. However, some think Kest talks too much throughout the video and they find the dated clothes and music distracting.
Review: Bryan Kest Power Yoga Complete Collection, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
Tiffany Chion likes the increasing difficulty in "Bryan Kest's Power Yoga," and calls the sequencing "fun and satisfying." She praises Kest's energetic, motivational style and says the DVD is best for intermediate or advanced students. No cons are noted.
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Robyn Hurst says Kest may come off as "the stereotypical yoga dude" and the program can appear dated, but praises its content. The short review does not note many specifics, however.
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