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Kurt Johnsen

This is billed as a beginner video, but I would not recommend it for beginners of yoga, only those who have a base of practice and are interested in trying out a vinyasa or power style workout. The instructors at this studio trained with Bryan Kest, and you can hear some Kestisms in Kurt's patter, but without the curmodgeonliness.

Kurt also incorporates some moves or poses from different traditions of martial arts and even "good old american rehab", as he calls it (it's a good move too). This is a great variety of different postures linked by vinyasas, with a lot of standing work, then floor work. I suppose I would rate it alongside Kest's Vol 1 or 2 for difficulty, also Baptiste's Soul of Strength--it will definitely get the sweat beads a poppin'.

Instructor comments: Kurt has a sweet demeanor, very friendly. He uses English descriptions for each asana, making them very approachable to the novice.

Kim Reist


Iím convinced Kurt Johnsen is really Bryan Kest in disguise. Pretty much everything he says is just exactly what you would hear from Bryan. Which is okay Ė I like Bryan. This is billed as a beginning power yoga workout, and I would agree that it is beginning for power yoga (but intermediate for Hatha yoga in general). This one is wonderful for when I feel the need for some yoga strength work, but donít feel like going all out. Good production, low-key new-agey music, and a pleasant workout. Grade A.

Annie S.


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