Ravi Singh and Ana Brett
I love this dvd! I am trained in kundalini yoga and though the pace
felt just right for me - relaxing
and invigorating by turns, I still
feel a beginner, or any level for
that matter, could benefit from
this dvd since it is so clear and
easy to follow.
If you are used to hatha where you
work on holding poses you will find
kundalini very different and quite
possibly a breath of fresh air. Not
that hatha is not as good. And, in
fact when I took Anas vinyasa class
in NYC she recommended that the
best results come from combining
both practices. In kundalini yoga
you move through poses - twisting,
turning, flexing and breathing. Its
aerobic and energizing! After all
the point is to get your kundalini
energy to rise!
Ravi is very encouraging with his
positive affirmations so he makes
it easy to push yourself when you
I actually got this dvd less for
the 'Total Body Tuneup' (though I
know beyond a doubt from my
experience with their Fat Free
video that it does work -
dramatically and fast!!)and more
for the other benefits of
kundalini, ie., getting a handle on
stress(especially with the
holidays!, getting rid of conscious
and not so conscious habits, making
breakthroughs I never thought I
could, in other words changing my
life - which kundalini yoga has
definitely done for me though I
can't tell you how and why it
works. Is it the rapid movement?
The meditations? The mantras?
Ravis voice is very soothing, the
instructions are clear and succinct
and Anas demo is so precise. I
can't tell you how much faster you
can make progress when you see how
stuff is meant to be done and Ana
is the one to watch. What do they
say? A picture is worth a thousand
It is very satisfying to me to now
have two of my favorite teachers on
WE ONLY SEE RAVI SINGH IN THE
BEGINNING AND END. HIS INSTRUCTIONS
ARE VERY CLEAR AND EASY TO FOLLOW
AND HE INCLUDES MODIFICATIONS FOR
BEGINNERS. ITS OBVIOUS ANA BRETT
HAS EXTENSIVE DANCE TRAINING. IT
LOOKS SO EASY WHEN SHE DOES IT SHE
MAKES EVERYTHING SEEM POSSIBLE
January 2, 2004
This video was my first experience with kundalini yoga, which I found to be different. Throughout the practice, there were only a few yoga poses which I recognized from my prior practice of hatha yoga for the past several years. This workout placed an even greater emphasis on breathing than my other yoga tapes; specifically, the "Breath of Fire," a rapid form of inhaling and exhaling which is purported to result in all kinds of benefits.
The workout is broken down into four approximately 17 minute segments. Ravi Singh provides instruction but does not participate--he sits on a cushion in the corner while model Catherine Quinn performs the movements. The first segment (which is actually about 22 minutes) serves as a warmup, and it begins with simple breathing and stetching. The Breath of Fire is introduced here, but little instruction is provided on this technique. Left Nostril Breathing is also used, and the segment ends with a lying relaxation (Ravi notes that you can skip to the next section if you prefer to keep active).
In Segment 2, called "Fight Fire with Fire," there is an even greater focus on the Breath of Fire, which is performed while holding various static positions--eg, lying on your back with your head and shoulders up and one leg raised. This 17 minute segment ends with practice of the Cooling Breath. The third segment, "No Impact Aerobics," is very similar, and it repeats some of the exercises from the second section. Some new exercises are added, such as a modified pushup on one leg--it's fairly easy to perform, but there are many repetitions. There is more practice with the Breath of Fire, and the Serenity Breath is also introduced. This segment ends with another lying relaxation and comes in at about 15 minutes.
The final segment is titled "Your Life is in Your Own Glands," and thus the exercises are specifically designed to stimulate various glands. Following these movements, there is an extended period of seated meditation as well as an extended lying reaction for a total of 16 minutes. (Brief periods of meditation and relaxation--including rolling up and down on your back to relax your spine--are also interspersed throughout the workout.)
What I liked about this workout was how the energizing bursts using the Breath of Fire were combined with periods of meditation and relaxation. However, I found it hard to believe that the practice would have the weight loss benefits which Ravi Singh repeatedly claimed; in fact, I didn't like the fact that Ravi was so focused on weight issues throughout the workout. This workout might be better suited to those already familiar with kundalini yoga rather than newbies to the method like myself.
Ravi's overall style just did not mesh very well with me, including his tendency to spout off in rhyming couplets. I also found it strange--and even somewhat condescending--that he just sat in the corner providing instruction during the workout, and I didn't like his focus on weight loss (as opposed to overall health).
Beth C (aka toaster)
February 20, 2004
Kundalini Yoga and I have never clicked. I had the mass-market one you see everywhere (sorry, canít remember the name), but couldnít bring myself to do more than a couple of minutes. I had the Mantra Girl Advanced, and about died from boredom because it was so repetitive. However, something made me want to like it Ė call me a glutton for punishment, but there was something about the feeling afterward Ė sort of a completely refreshed feeling Ė that made me want to try again. So I bought the three ďFat FreeĒ DVDs from Ravi Singh, and Iím happy to say that with at least this one, Iíve clicked with Kundalini! This one has four (chaptered) segments that you can do separately or all together. They are called Warm-Up & Open-Up, Firm & Affirm, Burn Baby Burn, and Raise Yourself Up. Iím very pleased with both this workout and the options of doing longer or shorter versions with the DVD. I canít wait to try the other two. Grade A.
This is my first review, so please be patient. :)
Some background on me: I am advanced in cardio (IMAX2, TLP, Christi, and FIRMS are my favorites), low-advanced in weight work (Cathe at almost Cathe's weights and FIRM), and high intermediate in yoga (Eoin's Power Yoga for Happiness is a favorite - but I don't do full backbends or hand/headstands). I was a Kundalini yoga virgin before trying this DVD.
I wanted something new and different...and this definitely filled that niche! First I will list what I felt were the negatives of this workout. Warning: Some may sound petty.
1) Ana's outfit! As another reviewer mentioned, she appears to be working out in her underwear. She wears an almost transparent white tank top, very obviously with no built in bra, and tiny panty-looking shorts. I kept wishing she was a believer in Anna Benson's black underwear dictum. Perhaps she wore minimal clothing to help the viewer see her yoga form, but I kept hoping my 13-year-old son wouldn't walk in and get an eyeful.
2) At first I found Ravi's speech patterns to be a bit condescending. He also has some silly sayings and rhymes (reminded me of some of Baron Baptiste's sayings, in a way).
3) There are a few moves I would never want anyone to witness me doing! My 9-year-old daughter walked in as I was doing the part where you stick your curled tongue out and breathe in through the mouth and out throw the nose. She asked me, "What are you pretending to be?" Then she fell on the floor laughing.
4) There were some rather quick neck rolls near the end of the workout, to help the parathyroid gland, Ravi says. I have neck issues, so I did slower neck rolls and not all the way to the back.
5) There was some weird (to me) chanting at the beginning and end. I'm not really a chanting kind of person. :) I guess the chanting is common to Kundalini yoga, from what I read.
From the above, you may get the impression that I put this DVD on my trade list immediately after trying it. That is not the case. This DVD grew on me. This is why:
1) I felt great afterwards!! I don't know if it was the breath of fire (which I hadn't done much before), the exercises, the meditations interspersed between the active sections, or what, but I felt relaxed, lightly worked out, and happy afterwards.
2) As the workout progressed, I began to find Ravi's voice relaxing and his silly rhymes encouraging. Maybe the breath of fire made me light-headed. :)
3) I had heard that much of Kundalini yoga is done with the eyes closed (and Ana demonstrates this). When I tried keeping my eyes closed, I was not as distracted by her skimpy attire and I could concentrate much more on how I felt. Very nice.
4) I liked how active the practice was. It was a complete departure from hatha yoga and the power yoga I've tried.
5) I liked how the DVD was chaptered into four distinct sections, that could each be done as a short, 17-minute practice when I am short on time.
I like it! I don't think I'll do it when my husband is home, and I'll be sure my son is in the other room. It definitely was something new and different. I may be interested in trying more of Ravi and Ana's workouts.
Ravi appears only at the beginning and gives instruction via voiceover. Ana demonstrates the moves, but does not speak.
Music: I really enjoyed the music. Not overtly indian (which I would have loved), but soothing and very enjoyable. Kept me in the moment.
Spirituality Factor: My grandparents, etc, are Hindu. I am an agnostic. Lately I have been enjoying Yoga as a means of connecting to my heritage. If the religious emphasis on any workout is heavy on theism, I find it difficult to relate, but when it comes to discussing yogic texts, etc, I feel as if I'm communicating with my ancestors - as Iyengar Brahmins, I imagine many of them were yogis/yoginis.
Thus, the spirituality in this workout resonated beautifully with me. I didn't hear much mind-body talk, which is good, because that is usually a huge turnoff for me. It was just right.
There is quite a few meditation breaks. As a practitioner of transcendental meditation I actually believe taking meditation breaks mid-exercise is healthy and wise.
Well. Ravi & Ana real wiped me out during the frog pose to standing in the burn,baby burn section.
I found this workout to be arduous and relaxing all at the same time.
This isn't power-yoga. No sun salutations over and over again (and I like those - butI was yearning for something different).
Lots of hip openings.
This is a treasure which I will keep. I am going to try to do one segment a day every day.
Of course, I have 2 other Ravi/Ana workouts so I guess I'll just say, I'm going to do yoga daily in some form or another and Ravi and Ana will figure greatly in this rotation.
Ana is lovely and graceful. Very strong, and a joy to watch.
Ravi is seen at the start and at the end, and we here his voice throughout. I like both of them.
This kicked my butt around the block but I
loved it! High energy and lots of fun.
Even though this DVD felt pretty challenging
for me I really feel this is about as close to a
perfect yoga workout as you can get. This is
one I would like to do everyday because it
seems to get everything covered from just
enough stretching ( which opened my hips
nicely and loosened up my spine) to cardio
which, even though people would argure with
me and say you can't get cardio doing yoga,
made me feel totaly oxygenated. If anyone
asked me if I did cardio today I would
definitely say YES!
Here is a somewhat breakdown of the DVD
as best as I can remember after doing this
There are 4 parts. You can do them all
together like I did or just 1 section.
The first exercise in the 1st section is called
Ravi rolls which is quite interesting and got
the heart pumping.
You are standing and swinging your arms 1 &
3/4 circles one way then reversing, bending
your knees as your arms pass center and
doing breath of fire the whole time.
The 1st section (called Start Your Engines)
continues with a lot of breath and movement
exercises for energizing. Side Bends and
Thyroid stimulating exercises that also really
warm up and open up the upper spine. I
think this section also had some warmups
Set 2 is called Fight Fire With Fire which has a
lot of deep abdominal work. At one point you
are holding in a sort of half crunch position
doing breath of fire and I felt the burn! Other
exercises in this section I can remember are
a wide leg stretch, leg lifts on belly, leg lifts
The next set is No-impact Aerobics. Walking
in place knees high, then Frogs which always
kick my butt, then piston pose which I am
sure I will feel in my thighs and butt
tomorrow.. Then there are these incredible
looking pushups on one knee with the other
leg straight behind which at first glance
made me say "no way!" but I found I could do
them. I might not have looked quite the same
as Ana but I think it still worked the same
important areas i.e. chest, back and arms
and butt again! Then more arm work...
The last set is your life is in your own glands.
Alternate leg lifts where you raise and lower
your head opposite to your leg. Then there
is breath of fire in cow and cat pose. Overall
this last set seemed to be a shorter set
though this is supposed to be four 19 minute
sets. I will try to remember to time them next
Then there are 2 meditations(for calming &
emotional balance) which I skipped today for
time constraints though I will probably do
them other times.
I actually felt pretty calm and emotionally
balanced by the end ot the workout anyway.
Overall it is a tough, energizing and
refreshing workout and like most Kundalini
yoga workouts contains no sun salutations
which have begun to bore me beyond
The soundtrack is really well done. The
music has an Indian flavor but mixed with
other influences I can't quite recognize but
really liked. You can hear Ana's breathing like
she is right there in the room. It helped my
breath of fire enormously to get into her
Ana is always an inspiration. She looks like
she is having fun and smiles encouragingly
making even the toughest sections seem
Ravi is off camera speaking. We never see
him. He gives good aligment cues and as
always emotional and spiritual support with
his soothing voice.
Also in the credits before and after the
workout you see Ana dancing which is really