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Bryan Kest's Power Yoga Review

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Pros

  • Vigorous, challenging workout
  • Three progressive workouts
  • Program includes modifications

Cons

  • Dated production
  • Overly chatty instructor
  • Not suitable for beginners
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Production

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."

Ease of use

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.

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Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

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.

Tiffany Chion, Not Dated

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.

Robyn Hurst, Jan. 2, 2013

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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