If you're looking specifically for a yoga workout to help relieve stress, few come more highly rated than Element: Yoga for Stress Relief and Flexibility. Calm but informative instruction and a relaxing atmosphere make this DVD a top pick.
Knowledgeable, not intimidating. Element: Yoga for Stress Relief and Flexibility is led by Ashley Turner, a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor who has a master's degree in psychology. Reviewers say her relaxing yet informative style is beneficial for beginners. "She is knowledgeable and talented without being intimidating," writes one. Turner offers excellent instruction for each move and precisely explains its effect. Cuing isn't live, but viewers say the voiceover is excellent and doesn't interrupt the flow of the movements.
Centered on flexibility and focus. This restorative yoga video is designed to relax and repair the body through gentle stretches and flowing Vinyasa poses. Users say it's suitable for beginners but will also satisfy experienced yogis who want an active rest day or relaxing session.
The DVD features two 30-minute sessions, one devoted to stress relief and the other to flexibility. The stress routine focuses on controlled breathing and longer holds of individual positions. The flexibility section is a series of shorter movements done at a faster pace. Users say they finish the class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, but don't feel as much pain release as is promised. Still, they agree that the "solid mix of physical and emotional benefit" make this title a strong choice. If you prefer a more vigorous workout, reviewers recommend Shiva Rea's Daily Energy (*Est. $16) for intermediate and advanced practitioners.
Background receives high praise. This video is well produced and set against a gorgeous Pacific Ocean backdrop. All that's needed for this routine is a yoga mat.
Review Credibility: Very Good Seymour calls Element's Yoga for Stress Relief and Flexibility a "great yoga workout." Ashley Turner gets high marks for her instruction, and Seymour says she does a good job describing the benefits of each pose.
Review: Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility DVD Review, Kristen Seymour, Dec. 6, 2010
2. Chicago Sun Times
Review Credibility: Very Good Chase calls this Element yoga video "calming yet invigorating." The first segment is great for relaxation, but she prefers the flexibility session for a physical workout.
Review: Yogi Is in Her 'Element' While Relieving Stress, Tammy Chase, Dec. 22, 2010
3. The Providence Journal
Review Credibility: Good Cotter says Ashley Turner is a "calm" and "easy to understand" yoga instructor, and she likes the DVD's focus on stress relief. Her full post seems to no longer be available.
Review: Review: 'Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility', Pamela Reinsel Cotter, Dec. 14, 2010
4. Today's Diet & Nutrition magazine
Review Credibility: Good Element: Yoga for Stress Relief and Flexibility is named an Editor's Pick of the Week. Editors like the ocean setting, and say the two yoga sessions will increase relaxation and flexibility.
Review: Editor's Pick of the Week, Editors of Today's Diet & Nutrition, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good Yoga for Stress Relief and Flexibility earns an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 after about 45 customer reviews. Most say the workout is accessible to people of all fitness types, but one user finds the music annoying.
Review: Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013